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Florida Division of Consmer Services Provides “Savvy Consumer” Tips

January 26, 2012
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The Florida Department of Agriculture an   Each new year brings the opportunity to look forward and consider implementing resolutions to improve some aspect of our lives. This year, consider making a resolution to be a more informed and savvy consumer. The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services provides numerous resources to help...

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Florida’s Tropical Fish Business May Go Cold With Temperature Drop

January 7, 2012
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Florida’s Tropical Fish Business May Go Cold With Temperature Drop

The ongoing cold snap not only is frustrating to beachgoers and theme park patrons, it also is putting unwanted stress on Florida’s tropical fish business. Popular breeds such as platies, mollies and guppies that are raised in outdoor ponds do not respond well to sudden drops in the temperature and become vulnerable to sickness...

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Granny Snatching: Give Florida’s Elderly the Best of Yourself for Christmas

December 21, 2011
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Granny Snatching: Give Florida’s Elderly the Best of Yourself for Christmas

If you only look at television advertising or listen to the radio version of those same ads you’d easily conclude that all is happiness at this time of the year – even husbands doing last minute shopping are having a blast! But reality is different and the holidays, whether you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah...

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Granny Snatching: Florida’s Elderly Should be Aware of Holiday Fraud!

December 12, 2011
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When my son was first venturing out into the world he took a year to work and enjoy a sense of independence before starting college. He looked into numerous possibilities across a broad range of occupations, including offers to sell magazines and water filters in which the “salesman” has to buy the product up...

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Cuba Today, Yearning for Returning

December 9, 2011
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Cuba Today, Yearning for Returning

Cuba: A Visit in Three-Parts One. Cuba today Two. A mission to help Cuban kids enjoy their baseball Three. Travel restrictions and opportunities   HAVANA — There’s a bug-in-amber quality to this strong city and proud country that would be fascinating and precious were it not for the sad truth that the people here...

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Tampa Best Buy Workers Join Black Friday Extended Hours Protest

November 30, 2011
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Protesters participating in the “Occupy” demonstrations across the country have been photographed carrying signs stating “A job is a right!” But workers at a Best Buy in Tampa – workers being defined as people who have jobs – seem to have taken that concept to a new level – “My job is my right...

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Save Money At The Best Internet Coupon Sites

July 11, 2011
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There are more than 500 Internet sites that offer coupons and discount codes, but most are not worth your time. Thanks to Kelli B. Grant’s SmartMoney column, you now have a list of the best to work with to save lots of money. Coupon Network by Catalina DealNews DropDownDeals  RetailMeNot Coupons.com  Coupon Cabin And...

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Sunscreen Advice From Consumer Reports

June 29, 2011
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“No one type—spray, cream, or lotion—protected best. We found three Best Buys: Up & Up Sport SPF 30 (Target), No-Ad with Aloe and Vitamin E SPF 45, and Equate Baby SPF 50. The Up & Up is a spray while the other two products are lotions. “Although most products were excellent against UVB rays...

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FireGel Recalled After Consumer Complaints Of Burns

June 13, 2011
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The Connecticut Department of Consumer Protection is alerting consumers to the voluntary recall of FireGel, labeled as a “Safe Pourable Gel”, manufactured by Napa Home & Garden, Inc., and sold at Bed Bath & Beyond. There have been numerous reports of burns, some severe, posing a life threatening situation, with use of this product....

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Walmart “Wins” Many Worst Categories In Consumer Reports Latest Reader Survey

June 12, 2011
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Walmart may have some decent prices on many items – I find that Amazon and eBay will beat them on some – but when it comes to service, forget about it based on consumer Walmart complaints. In the latest Consumer Reports reader survey, Walmart was listed by its tens of thousands of loyal readers...

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