<![CDATA[NECN - Business News - On the Lookout]]>Copyright 2017http://www.necn.com/news/businessen-usWed, 26 Apr 2017 21:30:08 -0400Wed, 26 Apr 2017 21:30:08 -0400NBC Local Integrated Media<![CDATA[Could Your TV Be Watching You?]]>Tue, 25 Apr 2017 21:07:15 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/186*120/shutterstock_2623372258.jpg

While you sit and watch your TV, did you know it could be watching you back?

Smart TVs have features called "automated content recognition." ACR allows your TV to identify what you're listening to, what you're watching and even what you're saying.

"The downside is that this is really valuable information, and so a lot of companies want to sell it to advertisers, marketers, people who want to use it for commercial purposes, and so a lot of consumers think there is a loss of privacy," said Jim Willcox, senior electronics editor at Consumer Reports.

All smart TV companies are required to allow you to opt into these data-collecting features. The problem is people are blindly approving these privacy agreements when they first turn on their new TVs.

"A lot of people don't read them because they tend to be very long," said Willcox. "You have the ability right there to opt out of it."

The good news is it's not a done deal. In just about all smart TVs, you can go into the menu settings and manually turn off the ACR features — usually there are three. Every TV is different and there are several steps to follow, but if you're concerned about who is watching you, it's better to be safe than sorry.



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<![CDATA[Budgeting for Baby]]>Thu, 30 Mar 2017 22:24:04 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000005233169.JPG

Once the baby arrives, you'll be dealing with sleep deprivation and extra responsibility, so getting your finances in order is something you should do sooner rather than later.

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<![CDATA[Tax Fraud Warning]]>Thu, 16 Mar 2017 20:57:11 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/IRS_GENERIC.jpg

There's good reason to be on guard this tax season — particularly if you get an unsolicited phone call from someone claiming to be with the IRS or FBI.

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<![CDATA[Is Premium Worth It?]]>Fri, 06 Jan 2017 22:27:38 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/gas23.jpgAmericans are losing money by fulling their tanks with the wrong types of gasoline.

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<![CDATA[Best Days to Shop For The Holidays]]>Wed, 07 Dec 2016 11:08:38 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/215*120/Consumer+Thumb1.JPGWhen to shop for the holidays, plus some credit card perks you might want to know about,]]><![CDATA[Check Those Smoke Detectors]]>Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:00:35 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Consumer+Thumb.JPGA simple check of your smoke detector could be life-saving.]]><![CDATA[Thanksgiving, Black Friday Shopping Sales Up]]>Tue, 29 Nov 2016 11:50:07 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/compradores+black+friday.jpgA study shows that shopping during the November holidays went up significantly.

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<![CDATA[Consumer News: New Uber Compliments]]>Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:16:53 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Uber-X-Generic1.jpgA new update to the Uber app allows riders to give compliments to their drivers.

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<![CDATA[3 Arthritis Medications Can Be Dangerous for the Heart]]>Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:00:52 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000002372259_1200x675_809299011966.jpgSome medication can provide pain relief, but can also be dangerous for the heart.]]><![CDATA[Beware of Third-Party Sellers on Amazon]]>Wed, 28 Dec 2016 11:01:20 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000002330598.JPGCustomers should be aware of who they are buying from, even if they are on Amazon.]]><![CDATA[Survey: Millennials Don't Like Credit Card Chips]]>Tue, 08 Nov 2016 13:14:00 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000002312463_1200x675_803802179638.jpgA new survey suggests that Millennials prefer the old mag-stripe way of using a credit card.]]><![CDATA[These Moms are Fed Up With 'Fake']]>Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:37:57 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000002289679.JPGThese moms are fighting against dangerous chemicals in their products.]]><![CDATA[How Much Should You Be Making at Your Job?]]>Thu, 03 Nov 2016 10:17:07 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000002277891.JPGLeslie Laydos looks at Linkedin's new feature, Uber and mothers against "fake."]]><![CDATA[Will Election Fatigue Affect Black Friday Sales?]]>Tue, 01 Nov 2016 09:48:06 -0400A new survey shows that election fatigue may cause shoppers to be more cautious with spending.]]><![CDATA[The Bottle Flipping Craze]]>Thu, 27 Oct 2016 09:31:36 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000002219267.JPGThe bottle flipping craze is spreading with kids looking for new ways to up their game.

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<![CDATA[Apple Warning of Counterfeit Items Sold on Amazon]]>Fri, 21 Oct 2016 10:05:38 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/generic+apple+cellphone.jpgPhony products bearing the Apple name could be fake and catch on fire.

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<![CDATA[Report: 41M Americans Have Had Identity Stolen]]>Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:20:03 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/credit+cards+generic.jpgA new survey finds 41 millions Americans have been victims of identity theft.

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<![CDATA[The Best of the Latest Car Technology]]>Fri, 14 Oct 2016 10:45:03 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/BOST_000000002118972_1200x675_785983043529.jpgNew 2017 car models have some fantastic features to keep you safe and keep your wallet full.]]><![CDATA[Runaway Bridal Vendor Leaves Couples Scrambling]]>Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:38:25 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-10-07-09h43m12s138.pngA company has been under fire for business practices related to a Groupon advertisement.

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<![CDATA[Battle of the Bug: Getting Rid of Super Lice]]>Fri, 30 Sep 2016 10:33:58 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/super+lice+1200.jpgMillions of kids ages 3 to 11 are infested with head lice every year, but super lice are becoming resistant to normal treatments.

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<![CDATA[Beware of Election-Related Fraudulent Calls]]>Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:09:30 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/phone+screen+generic.jpgScammers are using the election season to their advantage and are working to steal personal information.

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<![CDATA[Giving Yourself a Privacy Tune-Up]]>Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:58:58 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/WomanComputerPic_1200x675_300608067571.jpgIt's important to check security and reset passwords on your devices from time to time to avoid having your information compromised.

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<![CDATA[Rodents Chewing Through Wires in Some Toyota Vehicles?]]>Tue, 20 Sep 2016 10:14:51 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-09-20-10h13m52s46.pngA lawsuit says coating used to protect wires on some Toyota vehicles is attracting rodents.

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<![CDATA[Great Alternatives to the iPhone 7]]>Fri, 16 Sep 2016 09:41:34 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-599933522.jpgThere are plenty of phones that are cheaper than an iPhone that are almost the same quality.

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<![CDATA[Fake Subscription Renewal Scam]]>Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:35:45 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-09-15-10h34m39s188.pngIf you get a renewal notice in the mail, watch out, because it could be a scam.

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<![CDATA[Protecting Yourself From Photo Fakeouts]]>Tue, 13 Sep 2016 10:41:15 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-09-13-10h38m08s85.pngWhen the product doesn't match the picture online, what are your options?

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<![CDATA[Managing Food Allergies With an App]]>Fri, 09 Sep 2016 12:02:13 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_090816_consumer_8a_1200x675_761316419658.jpgWith food allergies in the news recently thanks to the skyrocketing EpiPen prices, there are some inexpensive ways allergy sufferers can better manage potential emergencies.]]><![CDATA[Rebooking Fee Runaround]]>Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:45:53 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/boarding+pass+airport+generic.JPGA traveler's plans were put on hold because of a medical emergency, but instead of a smooth rescheduling process, she says she was penalized for it. Consumer reporter Leslie Gaydos has more.

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<![CDATA[FAA's Samsung Smartphone Warning]]>Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:16:45 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Samsung-Galaxy-Note-7-AP_16211641294780.jpgAviation safety officials are warning airline passengers not to turn on or charge a new-model Samsung smartphone during flights following numerous reports of the devices catching fire. Leslie Gaydos also talks about Wells Fargo's $185 million fine and AirBnB's apology to accusations of racism.

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<![CDATA[From Dorm to Apartment Living]]>Tue, 06 Sep 2016 11:23:09 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/apartment-generic-rent.jpgThere are many changes when transitioning from a college dorm to an apartment.

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<![CDATA[Back-to-School Tech Warning]]>Fri, 02 Sep 2016 15:31:13 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-09-02-10h24m55s159.pngMany schools provide devices to kids that could give them access to unsafe sites. Leslie Gaydos talks to online safety expert Katie Greer of KL Greer Consulting.

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<![CDATA[Finding Student Loan Debt Relief]]>Thu, 01 Sep 2016 12:23:24 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/College+Generic1.jpgWhen it comes to student loans, it can be worthwhile, but not always easy to refinance them.

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<![CDATA[68-Percent of Teens Admit to Using Apps While Driving]]>Tue, 30 Aug 2016 11:18:49 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AP090908065643.jpgMore than half of teen drivers reported using a cell phone while driving.

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<![CDATA[Automotive App Connects Mechanics, Drivers]]>Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:43:18 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_082616_consumer_8am_1200x675_751724099829.jpgNew apps allow you to get full updates on your car work as mechanics do repairs. Check out Blitzify, Repair Pal and Car Minder for more information]]><![CDATA[Connecticut Sales Tax Holiday Ends Saturday]]>Thu, 25 Aug 2016 10:31:29 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-08-25-10h00m59s108.pngConnecticut is hoping to draw in shoppers during the final days of its tax-free season.

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<![CDATA[How to File an Insurance Claim]]>Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:58:10 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/160*120/Concord+Clean+up+Eli+2.jpgFiling insurance claims can sometimes be a frustrating and confusing process.

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<![CDATA[Is Massachusetts in Another Housing Bubble?]]>Fri, 12 Aug 2016 10:33:44 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/house_home_+for_sale_owner_generic.jpg

Nicole Lindberg is frustrated. She's been looking for a house since February of last year. 

"I put an offer on one place that I really liked that was on the market for less than a week and someone outbid me," she said. 

The median home price in Massachusetts is now $372,000, a new record. 

With bidding wars and record prices, the headlines are strikingly similar to a decade ago, right before the housing market tanked. 

Is history repeating itself? 

Annie Blatz, president of the Massachusetts Association of Realtors said, "We have a very competitive market very high demand and low inventory. That is making our prices go up. This is different from years in the past when we had a different economic set of circumstances when we had high demand and high prices and also high inventory. 

Massachusetts' most competitive markets right now are Boston and the western suburbs, where it's not uncommon to wait in line to get into an open house. 

Buyers need to be ready to pounce when they find something they like. 

Jim Cotter of William Raveis Real Estate said, "All your ducks in a row. Ready to make an intelligent offer on the spot is absolutely key. This market is so fast. It is not the type of situation where you can say 'we'll look at it tonight and think about it overnight.'" 

Blatz said, "They have to get in to the competitive spirit of it. They have to be ready to buy and have their checkbook with them and be ready to make their highest and best offer and if they do that they'll eventually get a house. 

She added, "They also need to have some flexibility. Maybe they need to consider a home that might need some repairs or renovation. There may be a better value there." 

A well-crafted offer can also make a difference if a buyer is willing to close quickly or waive the inspection. 

The situation is a good one for Joe McGowan, who just put his South Boston condo at 670 Dorchester Ave. on the market. 

McGowan said, "According to everybody that I have spoken to it won't sit for long. It should go into a bidding war and that's what we're hoping for. 

And for the would-be buyers who keep getting outbid, now is the time to save.



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<![CDATA[Banned From Amazon: Too Many Returns?]]>Thu, 11 Aug 2016 11:15:11 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/amazon+generic.jpgHow many times is to many when it comes to returning items bought from Amazon? One woman says she was banned for life, but wasn't given any guideline.

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<![CDATA[Fake Comcast Offer Scam]]>Wed, 28 Dec 2016 12:38:47 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/phone+generic1.jpgA new scam that has impacted at least two women is making rounds. The caller claims to be from Comcast and is offering a fake deal.

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<![CDATA[Bed Bug Battle]]>Mon, 08 Aug 2016 15:17:27 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/meriden-bed-bugs.jpgBed bugs can show up anywhere. So how can people get rid of them?

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<![CDATA[Curing a Summer Spending Hangover]]>Mon, 08 Aug 2016 10:59:50 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/credit+cards+generic.jpgAfter a couple of months of vacations, weddings and dining out, it can be easy for summer spending to get out of control.

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<![CDATA[What Does the Future of Augmented Reality Look Like?]]>Tue, 02 Aug 2016 10:53:04 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-08-02-10h10m56s251.pngWe may rely less on our phones and computers in the future and instead have a virtual layer of information right before our eyes.

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<![CDATA[Fighting Credit Card Fraud]]>Fri, 29 Jul 2016 10:18:06 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_072916_consumer_8am_1200x675_734662211595.jpgMany people are finding fraudulent charges with a Macy's credit card and some are not getting answers. ]]><![CDATA[Cyber Security Expert Warns of Pokemon Go Data Collection]]>Thu, 28 Jul 2016 10:53:23 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-579689190.jpgPokemon Go has been downloaded 10 million times in a week, but you may be giving up some valuable information to advertisers when you play.

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<![CDATA[Online Safety With Minecraft]]>Fri, 15 Jul 2016 10:32:25 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/180*120/GettyImages-455478822.jpgIf your kids are hooked on Minecraft, there is potential for stranger danger online.

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<![CDATA[Luxury Living on the Rise in Boston]]>Thu, 14 Jul 2016 11:06:58 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-07-14-11h04m58s202.pngBoston's real estate market is looking up. The city plans to add 9,000 new apartments and condos over the next three years.

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<![CDATA[Sharing Netflix Password a Crime?]]>Mon, 11 Jul 2016 08:07:06 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Netflix-GettyImages-464215297.jpgA federal court in California has ruled that sharing your password for your Netflix, HBO Go and other streaming accounts is a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Leslie Gaydos also talks about a study's findings into the most and least dangerous states for senior drivers and 7-Eleven Day.

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<![CDATA[Boston Leads National Sunscreen Effort]]>Thu, 07 Jul 2016 09:34:52 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_070716_consumer_8am_1200x675_720335427921.jpgThe Melanoma Foundation of New England is looking to get more people using sunscreen by providing it free to people in Boston.]]><![CDATA[International Dating Scam Hits Mass.]]>Fri, 01 Jul 2016 10:11:02 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/computer2.jpgImagine getting caught up in an online romance and then getting into trouble with the law for receiving stolen property.

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<![CDATA[New Airbag Safety Warning]]>Thu, 30 Jun 2016 21:36:39 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/212*120/takata-airbag.JPGFederal safety officials are issuing an urgent new warning after tests found some Takata airbags may be even more prone to deadly malfunctions than initially thought.]]><![CDATA[Enrolling in TSA Precheck]]>Tue, 21 Jun 2016 09:47:59 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Logan+Airport+Thanksgiving.pngIf you travel frequently or dread long security lines, the TSA Precheck program may be just the thing for you.

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<![CDATA[Finding the Best Prices for Plants]]>Thu, 16 Jun 2016 09:33:06 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-06-16-09h31m32s33.pngBoston Consumers' Checkbook has compared 61 Boston-area garden centers for where you can get the best prices and products.

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<![CDATA[Homebuyer Beware: Email Scams Can Target Money]]>Tue, 14 Jun 2016 12:10:38 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/home-GettyImages-484768986.jpgBefore you close on a house, an email scam can leave your bankrupt.

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<![CDATA[Fire Marshal Issues Warning About Colored Powder]]>Fri, 10 Jun 2016 05:58:52 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_060916_leslieconsumer_9pm_1200x675_702733379504.jpgColorful 5K runs are happening across the world, the the Massachusetts Fire Marshal is warning people about the fire dangers.]]><![CDATA[Henna Tattoo Warning]]>Thu, 09 Jun 2016 05:01:34 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-06-09-05h00m45s214.pngWhat should have been a fun experience for a family turned into a nightmare after temporary black henna tattoos caused massive blisters.

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<![CDATA[Stopping Summer Learning Loss]]>Fri, 03 Jun 2016 12:09:04 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-06-03-12h06m53s8.pngKids do deserve downtime after the school year ends, but parents should make sure kids don't lose all of that knowledge gained.

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<![CDATA[Faulty Airbags Still Being Installed on New Cars]]>Thu, 02 Jun 2016 10:31:27 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/takata+airbag+ford+shelby.jpgThe U.S. Senate has released a jaw-dropping report over the defective Takata airbags and it is likely to make some new car buyers furious.

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<![CDATA[Liquidation Sales Not Always the Best Deal]]>Tue, 31 May 2016 11:02:39 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-05-31-11h01m51s113.pngYou might think you'll get rock-bottom prices at a liquidation sale, but that's not always the case.

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<![CDATA[Memorial Day Weekend Cookout Gadgets]]>Fri, 27 May 2016 10:52:15 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_052716_consumer_8am_1200x675_694137923715.jpgCheck out some of the coolest products to make your weekend cookout a hit.]]><![CDATA[Crowdfunding to Pay for Higher Education]]>Thu, 26 May 2016 10:23:00 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/College+Generic1.jpgMore and more students are using crowdfunding sites to help tackle their massive college debts.

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<![CDATA[Takata Airbag Risk]]>Tue, 24 May 2016 10:05:29 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/takata+airbag+ford+shelby.jpgNearly 70 million cars with Takata airbags are being impacted by a recall.

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<![CDATA[Face Cream Fine Print Swindles Customers ]]>Fri, 20 May 2016 11:23:05 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-05-20-11h21m36s62.pngAn online ad claims to supply a wrinkle-reducing face cream for cheap, but customers are saying they were duped.

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<![CDATA[Study: 50 Percent of Teens Addicted to Mobile Devices]]>Thu, 19 May 2016 12:17:47 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/phone+screen+generic.jpgHow often do you tell your kids to put your phones away? there's a chance overuse of a mobile device could become a serious problem.

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<![CDATA[Padded Bras for Kids Sparking Backlash]]>Tue, 17 May 2016 09:57:42 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_051716_consumer_8am_1200x675_687175747589.jpgPadded bras for young children have hit stores and some parents are crying foul.]]><![CDATA[Are Billboards Spying on You?]]>Fri, 13 May 2016 09:46:10 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-05-13-09h42m19s131.pngSpecial billboards can gather your data usage and customize advertisements for you.

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<![CDATA[Curbing Rising Pet Costs]]>Thu, 12 May 2016 10:30:28 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Golden-Retriever-GettyImages-522796697.jpgThere's a growing push to help make pet medication cheaper in the country.

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<![CDATA[Beware of Phony Rental Listings]]>Thu, 05 May 2016 09:50:03 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-05-05-09h49m24s167.pngIt's convenient to peruse rental listings, but not every listing is legitimate.

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<![CDATA[New Identity Theft: Phone Porting]]>Tue, 03 May 2016 09:59:07 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-10-12-09h17m54s251.pngThieves can now get complete control of your cellphone with a few basic pieces of information.

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<![CDATA[Mass. Turnpike Turns to All-Electronic Tolls]]>Fri, 29 Apr 2016 09:49:17 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/MassPike.jpgThe Massachusetts Turnpike is switching to an all-electronic tolling system soon and this means big changes for those who still pay with cash.

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<![CDATA[CVS Offering Curbside Pickup in Some States]]>Thu, 28 Apr 2016 10:03:58 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-04-28-10h00m02s158.pngCVS is offering a faster shopping experience with CVS Express, an app that allows you to set a order ahead of time.

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<![CDATA[Home Improvement Contractor Program]]>Wed, 27 Apr 2016 23:30:45 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/160*120/home+improvement.jpgThe Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs is launching a new program.

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<![CDATA[App Can Measure, Improve Driving Skills]]>Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:27:44 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-04-26-10h30m44s164.pngThe creators of the EverDrive app are trying to make roads safer.

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<![CDATA[FBI Warns Vehicle Hacking is a Real Threat]]>Fri, 15 Apr 2016 09:28:43 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/computer+generic1.jpgDid you know hackers can target the computer systems in your vehicle?

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<![CDATA[Carmakers Under Investigation for Exploding Sunroofs]]>Tue, 12 Apr 2016 10:13:19 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-04-12-10h12m06s180.pngSome sunroofs are spontaneously exploding, shattering and scaring drivers.

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<![CDATA[Is a Home Warranty Worth it?]]>Fri, 08 Apr 2016 10:13:23 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Homes+Generic.jpgEven if you think you're covered in a home warranty, you may have to fight for repairs in your home.

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<![CDATA[Malware Warning]]>Thu, 07 Apr 2016 21:27:29 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/180*120/generic-computer.jpgUnwanted software downloads are costing consumers billions of dollars; TechTarget's Jamison Cush explains what to watch out for.


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<![CDATA[People Failing to Collect From Class-Action Lawsuits]]>Tue, 05 Apr 2016 16:00:07 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_040516_consumer_8am_1200x675_659203139798.jpgPeople are failing to collect on class-action settlements that could get people hundreds-of-dollars in compensation. Click here for more]]><![CDATA[Foolish Financial Mistakes]]>Fri, 01 Apr 2016 09:24:29 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/credit+cards+generic.jpgWe take a look at some of the foolish money habits that can end up costing us big time.

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<![CDATA[Find Your Cape Cod Summer Rental]]>Thu, 31 Mar 2016 10:13:22 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-03-31-10h12m28s214.pngIf you have your sights on renting on Cape Cod this summer, now is the time to start planning.

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<![CDATA[Online Funeral Costs]]>Tue, 29 Mar 2016 09:47:04 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/funeral+home.jpgFinding out how much it it will cost for a funeral has been made easier by a website.

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<![CDATA[BBB Warns of Home Improvement Scams]]>Thu, 24 Mar 2016 10:09:50 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-03-24-10h06m47s166.pngSome scammers are offering same-day work and a good discount, but are only after your money.

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<![CDATA[How to Avoid Mystery Shopping Schemes]]>Fri, 18 Mar 2016 11:38:44 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/shopping-generic-sepia.jpgMystery shoppers are hired to evaluate shopping experiences, but some scammers are using it as a way to steal money from unsuspecting people.

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<![CDATA[Beware of What Teens Are Doing Online]]>Thu, 17 Mar 2016 11:48:01 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/computer+generic2.JPGEvery year statistics show more and more teens are trying to hide what they are doing online from their parents.

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<![CDATA[Report: Elderly Scams Committed by Family]]>Tue, 15 Mar 2016 10:09:00 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/160*120/Senior_Citizens_Generic.jpgLow-income senior citizens are falling victim to scammers, often someone they are related to.

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<![CDATA[Tax-Related Identity Theft on the Rise]]>Fri, 11 Mar 2016 12:16:38 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/tax2.jpgThe IRS and the tax industry are enacting new safeguards to help protect you from tax-related identity theft.

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<![CDATA[Warmer Weather Heats Up Sales on Winter Clothes]]>Tue, 08 Mar 2016 10:32:41 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_030816_consumer_8am_1200x675_639400515662.jpgWant to prepare for next winter? Buying winter clothes now can save you big bucks later.]]><![CDATA[Beware of Wire Transfer Fraud Scams]]>Fri, 04 Mar 2016 10:38:30 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Woman+on+Phone+Generic+Telephone+Customer+Service.jpgPolice say wire transfer fraud scams are on the rise, especially with the elderly.

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<![CDATA[AAA: 87% of Drivers Engage in Unsafe Behavior]]>Thu, 03 Mar 2016 10:35:23 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Traffic+Generic2.jpgNew survey shows majority of drivers engage in unsafe activities behind the wheel.

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<![CDATA[Changes Coming to Women, Infants and Children Program]]>Tue, 01 Mar 2016 12:19:53 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_030116_consumer_8am_1200x675_634103875660.jpgWIC vouchers will transition from paper to vouchers over the next five years.]]><![CDATA[MBTA Investing in New Technology]]>Thu, 25 Feb 2016 10:59:34 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-02-25-09h58m30s147.pngThe MBTA now has a chief technology officer, David Block-Schacter, who is working to improve the technology on the 'T'.

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<![CDATA['Hello Alfred' A New Virtual Butler App]]>Wed, 24 Feb 2016 07:55:38 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_22316_ConsumerDoesItWork_8a_1200x675_629035587734.jpgNecn’s Leslie Gaydos explores "Hello Alfred," a new app that connects users to cheap butlers that run your errands. ]]><![CDATA[Beware of Tax Refund Cards]]>Fri, 19 Feb 2016 12:07:53 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_021916_consumer_8am_1200x675_626240579987.jpgIf you're expecting money back from your taxes, Leslie Gaydos explains how you should be aware how fees on pre-paid refund cards may eat away at chunks of your money.]]><![CDATA[Protect Yourself From Gas Pump Skimmers]]>Thu, 18 Feb 2016 10:19:34 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/209*120/fuel_jet_fuel.jpgHere's what to look out for and how you can protect your information from thieves.

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<![CDATA[Bill Introduced to Combat Hotel Booking Fraud]]>Tue, 16 Feb 2016 14:55:23 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/hotel_generic.jpgA group of lawmakers has introduced a bill to help combat hotel booking fraud.

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<![CDATA[Protect Your 'My Social Security' Account]]>Fri, 12 Feb 2016 23:52:48 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/shutterstock_140005813_dinero_social_security.jpgIdentity thieves are using Social Security numbers to gain access to victims' government benefits.]]><![CDATA[Delicious Valentine's Day Gift Ideas]]>Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:42:31 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-02-11-09h40m28s192.pngIf you're not into sending flowers, here's some great-tasting alternatives.]]><![CDATA[Avoiding a Puppy Pitfall]]>Thu, 11 Feb 2016 09:26:48 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-02-11-08h25m04s250.pngIf you plan on buying a puppy from a breeder, there are precautions to take to make sure you don't end up with a puppy pitfall.

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<![CDATA[New Hampshire's Primary Boost]]>Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:33:48 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_020916_consumer_9am_1200x675_619299907863.jpgVisitors in New Hampshire for the primary have spent an average of $350 per day, according to the U.S. Travel Association.]]><![CDATA[Avoiding Tax Scams]]>Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:29:37 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/w9-taxes-generic-tax-form.jpgWith tax season underway, many scammers are attempting to steal identities. Head to https://www.irs.gov/uac/Tax-Scams-Consumer-Alerts for more information.

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<![CDATA[Do You Need Drone Insurance?]]>Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:09:54 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/drone-file1.jpgWith drones becoming more popular, do you need drone insurance to protect your assets?

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<![CDATA[Avoiding the Food Danger Zone]]>Tue, 02 Feb 2016 13:15:49 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/wings7.jpgThe USDA has put together a list of steps you should take to stay healthy when eating plenty of food during the Super Bowl.

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<![CDATA[Winter Weather Scams]]>Fri, 29 Jan 2016 11:37:28 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-01-29-10h34m15s104.pngMass. AG Maura Healey discusses ways to protect your funds when winter damage sets in.

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<![CDATA[Identity Thieves Targeting Boarding Passes]]>Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:35:34 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2016-01-28-09h33m43s157.pngAs many people gear up for February vacation, experts are warning travelers to guard their boarding passes.

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<![CDATA[Gas Prices at Lowest in 7 Years: Survey]]>Mon, 25 Jan 2016 09:57:43 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-81522130.jpgLeslie Gaydos also talks about how Nielsen will start using Facebook to track how people watch television shows, and a study on impulse purchases.

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<![CDATA[Top Scams of 2015]]>Fri, 01 Jan 2016 12:35:50 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/office+phone+generic+necn.PNG

After launching its scam tracker, the Better Business Bureau has put out a list of the top scams of 2015.

The roundup makes it clear that there are plenty of people out there trying to take advantage of you.

Tax scams top the list - 24 percent of the scams reported to the BBB last year were about impostors pretending to be the Internal Revenue Service.

"The best thing to do as a consumer is to arm yourself with knowledge on what the scams are and how to avoid them," said Paula Fleming of the BBB. "The primary scams revolve around taxes - IRS scam, government grant scam - they're clearly not true. So, the IRS isn't going to pick up the phone and call you and threaten you that a sheriff is going to come to your home and arrest you."

The rest of the top 10 scams were all some form of impostor scams - criminals pretending to be government agents, lawyers, debt collectors and police officers. They rely on scare tactics.

"'You've won money, but we've overpaid you. The check, you can cash, we just need the difference of what we overpaid' - and people are giving this and they continue to do this year after year," said Fleming. "So they may give the people $250."

Remember, you should never have to pay money to claim a prize you have won.

The BBB offers some tips to protect yourself:

  • Don't be pressured into making fast decisions.
  • Take time to research the organization.
  • Never provide your personal information to people you don't know.
  • Don't click on links from unsolicited email or text messages.
  • Never wire money or send a prepaid debit card to someone you don't know.
  • And don't engage. Hang up the phone, delete the email, shut the door.

These scams account for more than a million dollars lost from those who filed with the BBB. They also recommend that you get your annual credit report every year and review it to make sure everything is in order.



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<![CDATA[New Drone Regulations ]]>Mon, 21 Dec 2015 10:54:39 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_122115_ConsumerNews_7p_%282%29_1200x675_589365315626.jpg]]><![CDATA[How to Avoid Holiday Charity Scams]]>Fri, 18 Dec 2015 10:50:51 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_121815_consumer_8am_1200x675_588189763810.jpgNot every charity during the holiday season can be trusted. Here's how to protect yourself and your money.]]><![CDATA[Drinking Habits in Boston]]>Thu, 17 Dec 2015 11:27:22 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/beer-AP-11082606478.jpgA new survey finds many Bostonians don't know the legal limit of drinking and don't use ride sharing services.

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<![CDATA[How to Avoid Holiday Allergies]]>Tue, 15 Dec 2015 12:48:38 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-12-15-11h47m40s252.pngIt's one of the busiest travel times of the year and for the 15 million Americans with allergies, traveling can become scary and stressful.

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<![CDATA[Making Financial Resolutions]]>Mon, 14 Dec 2015 10:24:58 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/moneymonday-120715.jpgA survey finds more Americans are now willing to make resolutions related to their finances. Leslie Gaydos reports.]]><![CDATA[TIPS: Realty Red Flags]]>Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:32:03 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/home+for+sale1.JPGThe traditional home buyer season may be over, but in this hot real estate market, many people are looking for some off-season deals.

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<![CDATA[Facial Recognition Software]]>Thu, 10 Dec 2015 20:02:01 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-12-10-18h59m34s222.jpgA unique camera can identify, within seconds, who you are and what you do.]]><![CDATA[Are Christmas Lights Affecting Your WiFi Connection?]]>Tue, 08 Dec 2015 10:31:20 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/computer+generic2.JPGDoes your internet connection seem slow this month? Your Christmas lights could be to blame.

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<![CDATA[Avoiding Holiday Debt]]>Mon, 07 Dec 2015 10:46:05 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/shopping-GettyImages-459533350.jpgBetween gifts, hosting parties, and for some, fewer work hours, it's easy for debt to add up this holiday season.

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<![CDATA[Working During the Holidays?]]>Mon, 07 Dec 2015 08:52:05 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_120715_consumerleslie_7a_1200x675_581252163562.jpgStaffing firm Robert Half surveyed 1,000 U.S. workers employed in office environments and found 59 percent of them will work at least part of the week of Dec. 28.]]><![CDATA[Tips: Protect Your Holiday Packages From Thieves]]>Fri, 04 Dec 2015 10:42:23 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-12-04-09h39m50s25.pngA whopping 23 million Americans have had packages stolen from their homes before they could open them, according to a new insurancequotes.com report.

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<![CDATA[Bunchems May Entangle Hair]]>Thu, 03 Dec 2015 13:02:48 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_120315_consumer_8am_1200x675_578659907661.jpgBunchems are a hot selling toy this holiday season, but they can seriously damage hair.]]><![CDATA[Money Saving Mondays: Cyber Monday]]>Mon, 30 Nov 2015 11:43:43 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-11-30-10h39m23s231.png

With so many deals available on Cyber Monday, it can tough figuring out where to go to get the best savings.

The National Retail Federation coined the term Cyber Monday 10 years ago and they launched a website which highlights thousands of deals.

The site will be offering deals by the hour with the top offers websites have to offer.



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<![CDATA[Getting the Best Deals This Black Friday]]>Fri, 27 Nov 2015 11:24:29 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/112715+black+friday+shopping.jpgBlack Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year, but are you really getting the best deals available?

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<![CDATA[Surviving Life's Emergencies: Saving a Choking Pet]]>Tue, 24 Nov 2015 11:16:09 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-11-24-08h54m23s118.pngIf your cat or dog begins to choke, do you know how to save them? We take a look at the proper technique.]]><![CDATA[Money Saving Mondays: Black Friday Shopping Strategies]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 10:45:57 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-134095161.jpgBlack Friday shopping has changed. We take a look at some of the ways you can stay on top of deals and out of those lines.

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<![CDATA[How to Avoid Holiday Gift Scams]]>Mon, 23 Nov 2015 11:50:39 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_112015_consumer_8am_1200x675_570683971749.jpgEveryone shops during the holidays, so make sure you know different ways scammers can try to target you.]]><![CDATA[Rescheduling Flights to Paris]]>Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:56:03 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/generic+airplane+1.jpgIn light of the recent Paris attacks, some people may want to cancel their travel plans. Here's what you should know.

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<![CDATA[Changes Coming to Fast Food Menus]]>Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:11:23 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/McDonald%27s_breakfast.jpgLeslie Gaydos also talks about Marriott's latest acquisition, making it the world's largest hotel chain.

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<![CDATA[Turkey Prices Likely to Rise]]>Mon, 16 Nov 2015 09:33:57 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/211*120/turkey.PNGLeslie Gaydos explains why turkey prices are expected to rise ahead of Thanksgiving, what many Americans will get as a gift this year and more.]]><![CDATA[Dangers of Deceptive Booking Websites]]>Fri, 13 Nov 2015 11:06:45 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/hotel_generic.jpgIf you book your next trip with a deceptive site, you can find yourself facing extra fees or getting placed in a different hotel room.

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<![CDATA[Millions of Cedar Chests Recalled]]>Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:52:27 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-11-12-09h51m38s101.pngMillions of cedar chests have been recalled because of faulty locks. For information on the Lane Cedar Chest recall and ordering
Replacement locks, visit the Lane Furniture website.
https://www.lanefurniture.com/about/product-safety

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<![CDATA[Surviving Life's Emergencies: Preventing Home Burglaries]]>Tue, 10 Nov 2015 12:14:23 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-11-10-11h10m14s189.pngLeslie Gaydos takes a look at steps you can take to keep your home safe.

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<![CDATA[Money Saving Mondays: Thanksgiving Travel Costs]]>Mon, 09 Nov 2015 11:24:16 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Plane-arriving-generic.jpg

As the busiest travel time of the year approaches, you can save money whether you're flying or driving.

Gas prices are the lowest they have been in five years heading into this Thanksgiving, down 98-cents-per-gallon from last year.

For additional savings, be sure to shop the low end of the price range for gas. You should be able to find it for under $2-per-gallon. Don't wait until Thursday or the holiday week to fill up.

If you're flying, be thankful for increased airline competition and lower fuel prices.

Airfares are cheaper this year, but be sure to check for hidden fees. You can also save a significant amount of money if you travel on Thanksgiving instead of the day before.



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<![CDATA[Scammers Targeting Holiday Job Seekers]]>Fri, 06 Nov 2015 10:26:21 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/computer+generic2.JPGIt's that time of year when people are looking for holiday jobs, but the Better Business Bureau is warming of an online employment scam.

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<![CDATA[Should You Give Your Zip Code When Shopping?]]>Thu, 05 Nov 2015 10:32:22 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/credit+cards+generic.jpgDo you really need to give your zip code to a cashier when shopping? We take a look into this common question.

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<![CDATA[Surviving Life's Emergencies: In-Home Emergencies]]>Tue, 03 Nov 2015 13:03:27 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_110315_leslieconsumer_8am_1200x675_558038083935.jpgDo you what to do in the event of a fire or if you're stung by bees in bed? We take a look at some things you should know how to do in the case of an emergency.]]><![CDATA[Money Saving Mondays: Reusing Pumpkins]]>Mon, 02 Nov 2015 12:47:22 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/pumpkins-generic.jpg

If you haven't thrown away your halloween pumpkin, there are ways you can get extra use out of it.

For instance, check out this recipe:

Roasted Harvest Vegetable Filled Baby Pumpkin

Ingredients:

5 ea. Baby Pumpkins
3/4 cup peeled Carrots
3/4 cup peeled Butternut Squash
3/4 cup peeled Rutabaga
3/4 cup peeled Pearl Onions
3/4 cup washed Kale
1 1/2 Tablespoon Olive Oil
Salt and Pepper to Taste

Procedure:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Wash, oil lightly and season pumpkins. Place onto cookie sheet and bake for 20 minutes until tender. Remove, cool and remove top carving pumpkin style. Remove seeds and reserve both cleaned pumpkin and top.
Dice all vegetables into ½ inch pieces
Place in bowl all vegetables except Kale, toss together with Olive Oil and season taste.
Bake on a non-stick cookie sheet at 350 degrees for 20 minutes until tender
Rough chop Kale and place into bowl.
Remove vegetables and toss with Kale, cover with plastic wrap and let set for 5 minutes. Place mix into pumpkin, heat in oven for ten minutes prior to serving.

Serves 5
 



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<![CDATA[Mortgage Refinance Scam]]>Fri, 30 Oct 2015 09:35:15 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/home+for+sale1.JPGThe Better Business Bureau warns that scammers are taking advantage of homeowners looking to refinance.

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<![CDATA[Replacing Aging Smoke and CO Alarms]]>Thu, 29 Oct 2015 09:32:52 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/How_to_Choose_the_Best_Smoke_Detector_1_1200x675_410490435648.jpgA working smoke alarm is your first line of defense in a fire, but it's up to you to make sure if it needs to be replaced.

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<![CDATA[Regulators May Expand Takata Airbag Recall]]>Thu, 31 Dec 2015 15:56:27 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AP_199717285124.jpgFallout from the massive Takata airbag recall continues to grow and it's leaving many vehicle owners wondering how to protect themselves and their passengers.

For more, head to http://www.safercar.gov/rs/takata/takatalist.html

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<![CDATA[Better Business Bureau Unveils Scam Tracker]]>Fri, 23 Oct 2015 09:39:34 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-10-23-09h38m22s79.pngThe Better Business Bureau has unveiled a scam tracker people can use to report if they have been scammed by a business.

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<![CDATA[Is Your Halloween Face Paint Toxic?]]>Thu, 22 Oct 2015 09:45:48 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-10-22-09h45m02s6.pngSome of the face paint you're thinking about putting on your kids' faces this Halloween may have toxic chemicals.

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<![CDATA[Having an Allergy-Free Halloween]]>Tue, 20 Oct 2015 09:53:22 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-10-20-09h51m45s215.pngIf your child has an allergy, Halloween can be a difficult time. Dr. Michael Pistiner of the allergy & Asthma Network discusses ways to make it safe and fun.

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<![CDATA[Money Saving Mondays: Halloween Costumes]]>Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:46:51 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-10-19-10h19m20s135.png

Halloween can be a scary time for consumers.

According to the National Retail Federation, the average person will spend roughly $75 on Halloween this year for candy, costumes and decorations.

Consumers will spend $1.2 billion on adult costumes and $950 million on children's costumes to look great Halloween night.

There are plenty of places to buy them, but Savers stores are growing in popularity.

There are consultants at every store who will work with you and within your budget to find a killer costume.



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<![CDATA[Overcoming an Upside-Down Mortgage]]>Fri, 16 Oct 2015 13:26:53 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_101615_leslieconsumer_8am_1200x675_545717315941.jpgRight before the cold of winter hits, homeowners typically make one last push to put their homes on the market. If you're in this situation and are forced to sell, it doesn't have to be a total loss.]]><![CDATA[Texting Option for People in Despair ]]>Thu, 15 Oct 2015 14:07:24 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-10-15-13h50m50s240-cp.jpgSuicide is the second-leading cause of death among teenagers and college students. But now, this age group has another way to seek help. Leslie Gaydos reports. ]]><![CDATA[ATM, Overdraft Fees Hit Record Highs]]>Mon, 05 Oct 2015 08:07:00 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/atm+robo+de+dinero+28+jul.jpgThe average fee for using an out-of-network ATM rose 4 percent over the past year, according to a survey by BankRate.com; Leslie Gaydos also takes a look at NFL tech and Apple's new iOS 9 software.]]><![CDATA[L.L. Bean Boots Already on Backorder]]>Wed, 30 Sep 2015 08:13:04 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/llbean-thumb-AP111214086709.jpgLeslie Gaydos also talks about the massive Powerball jackpot that's up for grabs and Patriots star Rob Gronkowski's new airline partnership.

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<![CDATA[Watching Out for Charity Scam Artists]]>Mon, 21 Sep 2015 08:02:32 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/computer-keyboard-generic-0.jpgWatchdogs are urging vigilance when it comes to giving to charities, as many scam artists surface as we head into to end of the year.

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<![CDATA[Hot Toys for the Holidays]]>Fri, 18 Sep 2015 12:35:02 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_091815_consumertoysleslie_8a_1200x675_527966275522.jpgRetailers have already released their list of the hot toys for Christmas, and if you can believe, they're already hard to find.]]><![CDATA[Happy Hour Returning to Mass.?]]>Fri, 18 Sep 2015 08:08:42 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/160*120/Generic-Nightlife-4.jpgAnyone hoping for a return of happy hour in Massachusetts' bars and restaurants won't be happy with Governor Charlie Baker's comments. Leslie Gaydos also reports on Doritos' new colorful and bold twist to its chips and more.

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<![CDATA[How to Correctly Install a Child Car Seat]]>Thu, 17 Sep 2015 09:49:03 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_091715_carseatsleslie_8a_1200x675_527262787907.jpgIt's Child Passenger Safety Week across the country, and there's new evidence suggesting three out of four car seats are installed incorrectly. Leslie Gaydos is joined by Needham Police Officer James Treggiari for more insight.]]><![CDATA[New Fed Analysis on Gender Wage Gap]]>Thu, 17 Sep 2015 08:30:26 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/N5A+GENDER+GAP+RALLY+VO+-+00000715.jpgLeslie Gaydos also talks about Macy and PayPal's new agreement and whether the Federal Reserve will raise rates this September.]]><![CDATA[Check This Site Before You Have Surgery]]>Fri, 11 Sep 2015 10:58:04 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/180*120/doctor-generic1.jpgWe take a look at surgeonratings.org, a website that can show you information on your doctor before you have a surgery

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<![CDATA[Getting the Best WiFi in Your Home]]>Mon, 31 Aug 2015 13:44:09 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Keyboard+Generic.jpgWe take a look at some of the best tips to get the best WiFi signal in your home.

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<![CDATA[CVS Photo Fraud]]>Fri, 17 Jul 2015 20:49:28 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Willimantic+CVS+1200.jpgAs a precaution, CVSPhoto.com has been temporarily shut down after credit card information may have been stolen from the PNI Digital Media-run database.

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<![CDATA[Kids and Exercise, Nutrition in the Summer]]>Thu, 16 Jul 2015 18:32:55 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/AP_588733521930.jpg

Some kids are more interested in the TV than the tennis court, and without the structure they have during the school year, they can lose ground during the summer.

This makes keeping your kids on track when it comes to exercise and nutrition important.

Here are some recipes that can help prevent the summer slide:

Tuna Patties on Whole Wheat Buns
Makes 5 patties

2 5-ounce cans tuna, drained or ½ cup flaked, cooked tuna
½ cup Panko breadcrumbs
3 large eggs
½ cup diced red onion
½ cup diced celery
2 teaspoons prepared horseradish
½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
2 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
2 tablespoons canola oil
5 whole wheat sandwich buns

In a large bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients (tuna through mayonnaise). Form the mixture into 5 equal-size round patties. Heat oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the patties until golden brown on one side, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook for another 5 minutes.

Serve on sandwich bun with sliced tomato, if desired.

Peanut Butter Date Energy Bites
Makes 6 portions

¾ cup dried pitted dates
¼ cup peanut butter or sunflower seed butter
¼ cup honey
½ cup 1-minute oats, uncooked

In a food processor, combine the first 3 ingredients until completely blended. Add the oats and pulse 3 or 4 times. Form into 6 balls.

Berry Avocado Smoothie
Makes 1 serving

1 cup berries
½ cup milk
¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
½ pitted and peeled whole fresh avocado
1 teaspoon honey, if desired
½ cup crushed ice

Place all the ingredients in a food processor. Blend until smooth, about 1 minute. Pour into tall glass and serve immediately.

Elizabeth Ward, MS, RD is a is the author of MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better: Decoding the Dietary Guidelines for Your Real Life. She serves as a consultant to organizations including the National Fisheries Institute to help educate the public on nutrition and health benefits. 

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<![CDATA[New GM System Designed for Teens]]>Mon, 13 Jul 2015 18:29:32 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/gm12.jpgGeneral Motors has released a new driving system to keep new teen drivers safe.

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<![CDATA[Should You Check Symptoms Online?]]>Fri, 10 Jul 2015 17:55:28 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/doctor+stethoscope.jpgIt may be convenient to get an idea about your health concerns on the Internet, but experts say such diagnoses are not always accurate and that you should always follow up with a doctor.

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<![CDATA[Police Warn of Gun-Shaped Cell Phone Case]]>Wed, 08 Jul 2015 20:02:47 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-07-08-19h42m34s73.jpgOfficials are saying the case lacks an orange marker signifying that the gun is not real and could lead to accidents.]]><![CDATA[Cage-Free Eggs and New Child Seats]]>Wed, 08 Jul 2015 10:02:44 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/NECN_070715_consumer_leslie_5pm_1200x675_479519811881.jpgGeneral Mills says they'll be using only cage-free eggs from now on, and Volvo is bringing child safety seats to the forefront]]><![CDATA[The Importance of Fireworks Safety]]>Tue, 23 Jun 2015 10:51:17 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Sparkler+Safety+Demo.jpgIt is illegal in the state of Massachusetts, but every year, many people still use fireworks; fire officials are asking people to think twice before setting them off this summer.

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<![CDATA[Save Money on Your Family Vacation!]]>Wed, 17 Jun 2015 18:24:04 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-06-17-18h20m08s85.jpgIf you plan ahead and take time to research, you can spend less on your getaway!]]><![CDATA[Protecting Yourself on Vacation]]>Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:18:37 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/facebook-generic722.jpgWe tend to share a lot of information on social media, but when it comes to trip plans, it may be best to keep quiet.]]><![CDATA[Tips to Avoid Travel Scams]]>Tue, 16 Jun 2015 18:38:28 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Darren+Lee+Livermore+Falls+vacation+spot.jpg

Many people pick out summer rental properties online- but beware. The Better Business Bureau gets hundreds of complaints every year from people who have lost thousands in rental scams.

The BBB encourages people to do their homework. Here's a list of suggestions:

  1. Use the BBB website to check out realtors, travel agencies, and vacation rental businesses.
  2. Search the property you're interested in on multiple rental sites to be sure it's legitimate.
  3. Use Google street view to confirm the property actually exists at the advertised address.
  4. Never wire money to someone. Use a credit card. If there's a problem you can challenge the charge.
  5. Get everything in writing.
  6. You don't ever want to pay in full upfront for any vacation package or rental.
  7. Be wary of unsolicited emails and websites offering deeply discounted travel deals.



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<![CDATA[Fare Sale Extended After Website Issues]]>Fri, 05 Jun 2015 18:19:44 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/southwest-jet.jpg

Apparently, everybody does love a bargain - at least travelers looking to get a cheap fare on Southwest Airlines.

They overwhelmed the airline website this week, and the company is trying to make up for the problems.

Southwest is offering some great deals, and they are giving customers more time to get them. The sale has been extended an extra 24 hours so travelers can buy tickets.

With round-trip airfares being offered for as little as $100, it's no surprise that people were logging on to Southwest.com website looking for flights.

The airline began a fare sale on Tuesday that created an extraordinarily high volume of customer demand, which impacted the website. Company officials say the site started showing persistent slowness and error messages Wednesday afternoon due to all the traffic.

Customers now have until midnight Friday night to book flights at the discounted rates.

There is a catch - you can't travel on holidays, Fridays or Sundays. Travel to and from certain cities is only valid Mondays through Thursdays, and you have to travel between Aug. 24 and Dec. 16.



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<![CDATA[Egg Prices Rising]]>Thu, 04 Jun 2015 19:44:44 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/generic-eggs-food-generic.jpg

The bird flu outbreak sweeping the Midwest is impacting at grocery stores.

Egg prices are on the rise and showing no signs of leveling out. The nationwide egg supply has been hit hard by the epidemic.

Poultry experts are calling it the biggest disruption ever to hit the U.S. egg market.

According to the USDA, to date, more than 44 million birds have been affected. Ten percent of the nation's egg-laying chickens have been wiped out by the spread of avian flu across the region.

The bottom line: You're going to be paying a lot more for eggs.

Prices of wholesale consumer-grade eggs sold in grocery stores have more than doubled in the past month to reach an all-time high, according to commodity market analysis firm Urner Barry.

Liquid egg costs are up 200 percent in the last month.

Southern restaurant chain Whataburger announced this week it would trim breakfast hours due to the shortage. Dunkin' Donuts, IHOP and Taco Bell all tell NBC News they are watching this flu outbreak closely.

Experts say the situation could get worse.

Federal officials are planning an aggressive educational campaign in an effort to contain the virus to help improve biosecurity around infected barns after tests have shown the disease is spreading from farm to farm.



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<![CDATA[Instagram, Pinterest Launching More Ads]]>Wed, 03 Jun 2015 17:51:31 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/180*120/insta.jpgThe social media giants Instagram and Pinterest are launching more targeted advertisements.

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<![CDATA[Coming Soon? Flood-Damaged Vehicles]]>Tue, 02 Jun 2015 16:51:09 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Austin+Texas+flood+Natalie+Esquivel+Mike+Deloach.jpgAfter Texas and several other areas around the country have been hit with massive flooding, damaged cars may show up in a lot near you.

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<![CDATA[Free Summer Fun in Boston]]>Fri, 29 May 2015 19:07:57 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/vlcsnap-2015-05-29-19h03m19s42.jpg

If you want to get everything you can out of the summer without breaking the bank, look no further than the official website of the city of Boston.

The city is offering up dozens of musical, cultural, and fun events that are free for the whole family.

The Donna Summer Roller Disco Party is back, happening on City Hall Plaza June 19, with free skate rentals!

This kicks off the mayor's Office of Tourism, Sports, and Entertainment summer 2015 lineup.

And there are a bunch of free concerts.

Different local bands will play in Sam Adams Park in Faneuil Hall on Friday afternoons and the Dorothy Curran Wednesday night concert series is back for a 43rd year with four shows in July and August on City Hall Plaza.

And a variety of local and international talent will perform the best of Latin music and dance July 25 on City Hall Plaza.

And as always, ParkArts is also offering up more cultural events than you could ever get to this summer.

Watercolor painting workshops start next week. Artists of all skill levels can create their own green space inspired works! And throughout the summer, the parks will be transformed into music venues where Latin groups, swing bands and full orchestras will share the stage and get people moving!

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<![CDATA[Keeping Pets Safe in Hot Weather]]>Fri, 29 May 2015 08:40:00 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-05-28-17h58m02s8.jpg

You may think it is too early in the season to worry about heat stroke and your pets, but spring is the time veterinarians see a lot of cases of it. Your pet can be at risk even on a 70-degree day.

Even fit, athletic dogs can suffer heat-related illnesses during the summer.

"What we see is dogs over exercised during the early hot days because they aren't acclimated to the heat and especially older dogs or dogs who have a flatter face like a bulldog can't cool themselves efficiently and they are terrible at self regulating their exercise," said Dr. Kate Wissel.

Warm temperatures and high humidity are tough on dogs. Panting is the only way they can cool themselves down.

If your dog is excessively panting, having trouble breathing or drinking out of puddles, or if their tongue looks red, they may be overheated.

"Even though we may be able to go for a ten mile run, when its very hot, a dog can not. So don't expect your dog to be able to do everything you can do on a hot day. And take cues from your dog. If your dog is telling you i'm hot, believe him," said Wissel.

It's never safe to leave your dog in a car this time of year. Even on a 70-degree day the interior temperature of a car can reach 100-degrees in 20 minutes.

"What we see sadly is on a 75-degree day somebody runs into grocery story, they leave the windows cracked, are in grocery store for 20 minutes and the car is over a hundred degrees when they get back out and that means the dogs over a hundred degrees when they get back out. And those dogs can go downhill very very quickly," said Wissel.

If you think your pet is suffering from heat stroke, put cool wet towels on them and get medical care right away. Heat stroke can be fatal if its not treated promptly.



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<![CDATA[Is Your Deck Safe?]]>Fri, 29 May 2015 08:39:05 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-2015-05-27-17h53m33s184.jpg

After the brutally rough winter those across New England went through, everyone is ready to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather. It's important to keep in mind that the heavy snowfall was rough on your deck too.

Split or decaying wood is one of the first things one should look for when inspecting a deck.

Use an ice pick or screwdriver to determine if the wood is still sound. And make sure the structural beams haven't cracked or come loose.

New england decks carried the weight of the all that snow this winter and it may have weakened them.

"Some of the weight was was more than it had been designed for because when they design a deck from the codes and industry standards. It is made for specific pound per square foot, so ... I think we exceeded that this year so some of the structural members that hold it up might have been compromised," Jay Rizzo of Tiger Home Inspections said.

Tighten any loose fasteners, replace corroded ones and pound in any nails that have popped up.

One should also push on the railings and banisters to make sure they are secure.

Deck collapses can happen and cause serious injuries.

One may want to consider a professional deck inspection, especially if you have an older deck. Many of them were built before code requirements were established to protect consumers.
 



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<![CDATA[Taco Bell, Pizza Hut Going Natural]]>Wed, 27 May 2015 10:42:48 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/taco+bell+getty.jpgYum Brands, which owns Taco Bell and Pizza Hut, says both chains are getting rid of artificial colors and flavors from their food.]]><![CDATA[The Importance of Grill Safety]]>Fri, 22 May 2015 19:26:39 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Generic+Grill.jpg

Every year, there are fires involving open grills - in 2014, 103 were reported in Massachusetts.

To avoid problems, be sure to keep your grill outside and away from your house.

You shouldn't use gas or charcoal grills on porches or balconies. Use an electric grill instead. And create a circle of safety, keeping children and pets three feet away from the grill at all times.

If you're a charcoal griller, use only charcoal starter fluid. Gasoline and kerosene should never be used. Never add lighter fluid to hot coals.

If you have a gas grill, check to make sure all the connections are secure before firing it up, and inspect it for leaks or cracks.

Get rid of any propane cylinders that are old and rusty, and always store propane away from your home.

Make sure the lid of a gas grill is open when you light it, and always turn off the burners and close the propane cylinder when you are done.



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<![CDATA[Takata Air Bag Recall: What You Should Do]]>Wed, 20 May 2015 21:25:22 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/182*120/takata+airbag+recall.JPGIn the largest recall in U.S. history, 34 million air bags by the Japanese auto parts supplier have been deemed defective and potentially deadly.]]><![CDATA[Takata Recall Largest in U.S. History]]>Tue, 19 May 2015 18:04:15 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/tlmd_tlmd_takata_logo_fabricante_airbags_revision_bolsas_de_aire_efe_7317943w.jpgAutomakers including Honda and Toyota have recalled 17 million vehicles in the U.S. and 36 million worldwide due to defective airbags.

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<![CDATA[Sunscreens Test Below Promised SPF Protection]]>Tue, 19 May 2015 11:47:49 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/CR+Sunscreen+052314.jpg

 Consumer reports tested 34 sunscreens and found that 11 products did not deliver their promised SPF protection.

They were off by 16 to 70 percent. It doesn't mean that sunscreens aren't helping, but you may not be getting the protection that you think.

The study focused on how sunscreens hold up in water. Dermatologists recommend using a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more and reapplying frequently.

Among consumer reports the top sunscreens that met their SPF claims:

La Roche-Posay SPF 60
Vichy Capital Soleil SPF 50
Coppertone Water Babies SPF 50
Walmart's Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50
No-Ad Sport SPF 50
Banana Boat Suncomfort SPF 50

Remember, sunscreens don't have to be expensive to be effective.



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<![CDATA[Safesale Programs Opening Around New England]]>Tue, 19 May 2015 11:49:37 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/police-lights-shutterstock_542372566.jpg

 After a couple of crimes across the country tied to in-person Craigslist transactions, the police chief in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, has created the Safesale program to offer people a safe meeting place.

Craigslist's personal safety page urges people to meet in a public place and not to invite strangers into their homes. In addition, they suggest making high-value exchanges at your local police station.

Chief Spinney says his lobby and parking lot, which are under video surveillance, are available. For added safety, you can check in with the dispatcher when you arrive.

Police departments in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Connecticut have also recently announced Safesale or Safe Zone programs like this one. If you aren't sure about your local police department, give them a call.



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<![CDATA[3 of 7 SUVs Performed Well in Crash Tests]]>Tue, 19 May 2015 11:46:38 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/electric+cars.jpgNew crash tests are proving bigger isn't always better when it comes to the safety of mid-size SUVs.]]><![CDATA[McDonald's Going "Green?" Fast Food Giant Considers Kale]]>Thu, 07 May 2015 21:29:48 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/4707047541.jpgOther top consumer stories include Whole Foods' focus on bargain-conscious millennials and Lumber Liquidators' discontinuation of Chinese flooring.

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<![CDATA[Mother's Day Freebies]]>Fri, 08 May 2015 19:30:02 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/214*120/Happy+Mothers+Day+Card.jpg

There's free admission and a special gift for all the moms who visit Old Sturbridge Village Sunday in Sturbridge, Massachusetts.

In New Hampshire, moms can tour the Lost River Gorge in the White Mountains for free, ride the Conway Scenic Railway in North Conway and get free admission and free lunch with a paid child's ticket at Canobie Lake Park in Salem.

If mom likes flowers, the Fells Historic Estate and Gardens in Newbury, New Hampshire, is free to the whole family throughout the weekend as part of the National Public Gardens Day celebration.

And Tower Hill Botanical Garden in Boylston, Massachusetts, is offering free admission to moms both Saturday and Sunday.

Treat your mother to brunch at McCormick and Schmick's, and she'll get a free chocolate dipped strawberry!

And if you bring mom to dinner at Hooters, her meal is free with any drink purchase! But you will probably want to check with her first before making that reservation.



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<![CDATA[Mulch and Fire Danger]]>Wed, 06 May 2015 19:08:26 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/Generic+Fire+Generic.jpgAccording to Massachusetts officials, hundreds of large and small fires are started by mulch every year.

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<![CDATA[Panera Removing Artifical Ingredients From Menu]]>Tue, 05 May 2015 18:25:45 -0400http://media.necn.com/images/213*120/1dd26ec6d0054c869178cc06ffaa0509.jpgIngredients on Panera's "No-No" list, including aspartame, parabens, and titanium dioxide, will be eliminated from the menu by the end of next year.]]>