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Consumer Watch out for weight loss scams Watch out for weight loss scams
Think twice before you waste your money on a supplement that promises a quick and easy way to drop the pounds – “guaranteed” – without changing what you eat or doing more exercise.
Consumer  Plenti: New reward card raises plenty of questions Plenti: New reward card raises plenty of questions (Video)
Next time you go to a Macy's or a Rite Aid store you may be encouraged to take a new, free rewards card called Plenti. Some of the promotions use talking products to sell the concept of one rewards card, for a lot of different stores. Initial partners include AT&T, EXXON Mobil, MACY'S, and Rite Aid.
Consumer Local fitness club ratings Local fitness club ratings (Video)
In their new Spring/Summer issue of Puget Sound Consumers' Checkbook, researchers at take a close look at local health clubs. Based on local customer feedback, you'd be wise not to automatically sign up with the first club that invites you join.
Consumer Safer used cars for teen drivers Safer used cars for teen drivers
Teens are almost three times more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than drivers who are older. Consumer Reports says it's important to make sure your teen is driving the safest car possible.
Consumer Cash advances can be costly Cash advances can be costly
Need a small loan right away? You might be tempted to borrow from your credit card company. It's called a “cash advance” and it's really convenient. It's also very costly.
Consumer Heavy drinking and cancer Heavy drinking and cancer
We know that drinking alcohol – in moderation – can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. But there’s also strong evidence that heavy drinking may increase the risk of certain types of cancer.
Consumer FreedomPop's free service fuels frustration FreedomPop's free service fuels frustration (Video)
The promise of free internet and mobile service sounded great to a local woman trying to save money. So she signed up with a California company called FreedomPop. The high-tech startup offers free voice, text and data as a gateway to it's many fee-based wireless and data plans and it's catching on. In fact, FreedomPop recently announced plans to expand to the UK. But Leslie Maxwell wonders if it's getting too big too quickly.
Consumer Rent-to-own realities Rent-to-own realities (Video)
Looking for an affordable way to buy that new refrigerator or living room set? Shopping at a rent-to-own store may seem like the best option if you're short on cash. But Consumer Reports warns that some of those so-called deals could end up busting your budget.
Consumer Travel with your cat? Travel with your cat?
It's becoming very easy to find hotels and motels that not only allow pets, but welcome them. Some pet-friendly hotels will let you bring the dog or the cat. I never realized that until I asked recently.