Today, March 13, marks Daylight Saving Time when the U.S. springs forward. You’ve probably already set with many computers and smartphones now changing the time automatically. Remember safety, too, on Daylight Savings Time Day by changing the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.
Fitbit is recalling about 1 million Ionic smartwatches in the United States and about 693,000 internationally. The lithium-ion battery in the Ionic smartwatch can overheat, posing a burn hazard. Fitbit has received at least 115 reports in the U.S. – and 59 reports internationally – of the watch battery overheating.
Recently, I wrote you could find deals on clothing, electronics, mattresses, home goods and furniture, and large appliances at Presidents’ Day sales. Ever hopeful, I went over to Best Buy to see if they had reduced prices for an iPhone 12 or a new Apple desktop.
It’s predicted Americans will spend an average of $175 on Valentine’s Day. That sounds like a present and a nice dinner. Me? I’ll be eating chocolates and drinking cava. Americans will spend more than $23.9 billion to celebrate the romantic holiday this year.
Although February doesn’t have the reputation of being a time for the best deals, you can actually find bargains on a variety of items during the month. Sales often occur around the Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day, and Presidents’ Day, and may occur at other times.
Since everyone is online more during the pandemic, there’s an increased urgency about fixing computers if there’s a problem. Scammers, as always, are lurking around just looking for a new opportunity to strike. They’re offering even more phony tech support services.
Since I wrote an article recently on the top consumer and personal finance stories of 2021, I was interested in a list offered by U.S. PIRG on the progress made in health, climate, and consumer issues in 2021. U.S. PIRG, a public interest research group, and its state partners worked on or supported many of these issues.
The Sweet Truth Act, passed by the New York City Council recently, requires warnings on prepackaged food and drinks that contain more than a day’s worth of added sugars – 50 grams – at chain restaurants. The law is the first of its kind in the nation.
You have until midnight today to score Black Friday bargains and some stores have sales that run for more days. A lot of the deals are online, so you don’t have to go to the store. Lots of people were out when I went to the mall where the Black Friday item I was looking for wasn’t available.
Holiday spending during November and December will grow between 8.5 percent and 10.5 percent over 2020 to between $843.4 billion and $859 billion, according to a survey conducted for the National Retail Federation. The NRF expects that online and other non-store sales will increase between 11 and 15 percent.