Tag: shopping

Newer light bulbs use lumens to measure the bulb's brightness — not watts. The next time you shop for a light bulb, look for the amount of lumens and the new Lighting Facts label. Learn more about energy efficiency at ftc.gov/green.

Some companies offer “free” trials for their products, but don’t make their cancellation policies obvious. The result? You could end up paying for that “free” trial every month. Learn how to avoid the costs hidden in the fine print.

The latest "gas-saving" gizmos don't deliver as promised, and may lead you to spend more than save. But there are easy steps you can take to increase your gas mileage and stretch your gas dollars.

A new car is second only to a home as the most expensive purchase many consumers make. According to the National Automobile Dealers Association, the average price of a new car sold in the United States is about $30,000. That’s why it’s important...

Planning to do some painting? If finding paint low in VOCs — volatile organic compounds — is important to you, remember: you need to look for low-VOC or VOC-free base paint and colorant. When stores make different colors, the tints they add may...

Recycling symbols and labeling rules help you know whether a product or package is recyclable or made of recycled materials. Sounds straightforward enough. But every community’s recycling program is different. Just because a product or package...

Want to buy products that are good for the environment? Many companies are betting that you do. They’re making claims and designing packages to promote the “green” attributes of their products. What do those claims tell you? The standards for...

Free trial programs often come with catches — expensive catches. If you get an offer to try a product or service for "free" be sure to read the fine print and know how to stop a company from billing you if you're not interested in buying after...

Walking through the mall can teach you about more than just the latest fashion trends; you also can learn how to be an informed consumer — especially at this mall.

Ads contain messages asking you to do something — like buy a product or service. Admongo shows you how to identify those messages and think critically about the action the ad wants you to take.

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