Black Friday Tips And Savings Tools

November 22, 2010
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Black Friday has already started – as the heavy shoppers already know and we have a website that will help you get some of the best deals. Go to http://blackfriday.gottadeal.com/ your tools: Black Friday Sale Ad Listings The site will list all the sale items that retailers will be advertising in their Black Friday...

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BBB Rates Staples F, Office Depot A-: Why? Office Depot Pays Dues

November 22, 2010
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BBB Rates Staples F, Office Depot A-: Why? Office Depot Pays Dues

One of the starkest examples of how the Better Business Bureau’s two-year-old letter grade system rewards dues paying accredited members and punishes those who refuse to pay, is the difference in ratings consumers see when they check the BBB website to purchase office supplies. When consumers look up Staples at BBB.org the see that...

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Surviving the Holidays with Poise: Mindfulness Put to the Test

November 21, 2010
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Surviving the Holidays with Poise: Mindfulness Put to the Test

It’s the holiday season, and this can be a challenging time of year. When we discussed this in my meditation group, the word that came up to describe it was, “expectations.” Of course, the holidays bring many expectations from society, others, and ourselves. We may expect the holidays to be very special — after...

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Holiday Stress: Let Our Experts Help

November 21, 2010
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The holidays can be a wonderful time to celebrate with family and friends. They are also among the most stressful times for many. We had our two psychologists – Dr. Kathleen Cairns and Dr. Arnold Kozak – as our guests on the Connecticut Watchdog News Hour Sunday to explain why we get so stressed....

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LIFE GOES ON: Giving Thanks

November 21, 2010
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LIFE GOES ON: Giving Thanks

THANKS-GIVING DEAR DOCTOR KATHLEEN, I am separated and sad. This Thanksgiving will be the first holiday that I will not celebrate with my wife and children. I will have them for part of the day, and will take them to my parents’ house for a few hours. But it’s just not the same. I...

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Fort Worth Better Business Bureau Gets Low Grade For Charity Reviews

November 21, 2010
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Fort Worth Better Business Bureau Gets Low Grade For Charity Reviews

The Better Business Bureau has been grading businesses for almost a century. So when one bureau messed up big time on its annual charity ratings, CtWatchdog contributor Dave Lieber, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist, decided to ask those hurt what grades they give the BBB.

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Aiello Plumbers Meet Their Match

November 21, 2010
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As the publisher of a website and a believer in the free market system, I fully support advertising. But as consumers, we need to be skeptical, not only about what the ads say but about who ends up paying for that marketing. For instance, when looking for a plumber, it should not be surprising...

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Better Business Bureau To Investigate Los Angeles BBB Chapter

November 20, 2010
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Better Business Bureau To Investigate Los Angeles BBB Chapter

Buried in a statement by Better Business Bureau Council President is his claim that his organization will immediately launch an investigation into the largest BBB chapter int he U.S. and Canada. As the last point is BBB Council President Steven Cox's statement is the following: "Finally, BBB will launch an immediate investigation into the Los Angeles-area...

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Terror, TSA and our Rights as Sheeple

November 20, 2010
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Terror, TSA and our Rights as Sheeple

With any luck, this week's consumer protests will force our government to limit airport porno-scans and genital-area pat-downs to those who are seriously suspected of being dangerous. The government's radical crusade against terror has grown way out of proportion to any actual number of deaths or threatened deaths. “Groping people at the airport doesn’t...

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