Consumer

Consumer Credit card debt still a serious problem in the U.S. Credit card debt still a serious problem in the U.S.
First the good news: American families are making some progress at whittling down their credit card debt. But according to a new survey by the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), we’ve still got a long way to go.
Consumer The dangers of thirdhand smoke The dangers of thirdhand smoke
You've heard about secondhand smoke and you know that it can hurt people who breathe it.

Now scientists are researching the health consequences of thirdhand smoke: The residue that tobacco smoke leaves on furniture, carpets, walls, clothing and other inanimate objects.
Consumer Some popular plants are toxic to pets Some popular plants are toxic to pets
Think about your pets as you do your springtime gardening and get the yard back in shape. The ASPCA reminds pet parents to be wary of some popular, but poisonous plants.
Consumer Oregon bottle deposits could double Oregon bottle deposits could double (Video)
Four years ago, the Oregon legislature passed a "bottle bill" mandating deposits double from 5 cents to 10 cents if the recycling rate falls below 80 percent two years in a row.
Consumer Rental scams on the rise Rental scams on the rise (Video)
If you're looking online for vacation rentals or even a place to live, be sure to proceed with caution. Rental scammers are hitting virtually all the rental housing websites. Make the wrong move online and bogus landlords will con you out of hundreds, even thousands of dollars that you'll never get back.
Consumer Fix those leaks and save $$$$ Fix those leaks and save $$$$
Household leaks – from dripping faucets, loose showerheads and faulty toilets – are quite common. And they can be very costly.
Consumer Want to adopt a new pet? Don't rush it Want to adopt a new pet? Don't rush it
My wife and I just became proud pet parents again this week.

We adopted Buster, a 10-year old longhaired orange tabby, from Homeward Pet in Woodinville. He’s a spry guy with a lot of personality and very affectionate.

It took us several visits to the shelter to find Buster.
Consumer Paving scammers target local property owners Paving scammers target local property owners (Video)
Roving asphalt pavers are targeting local property owners and walking away with thousands of dollars. The latest complaints are from East King County where at least four victims were hit. The victims report the pavers drove a white truck with a flashing yellow light on the top. They claim to have extra material from an earlier job and offer to patch your driveway or parking lot for a bargain. Don't do it.
Consumer Don't get scammed - be skeptical of everything Don't get scammed - be skeptical of everything
As hard as you try, there is nothing you can do to guarantee that you won't get taken by a scammer. But you can reduce your chances of becoming a victim by being constantly on guard and always skeptical.
Consumer Flex Seal and Flex Shot: Do they work? Flex Seal and Flex Shot: Do they work? (Video)
Can rubberized household sealing products really plug holes in a bucket, or the bottom of a boat? We test Flex Seal and Flex Shot against their compelling commercial come-ons.
Consumer Fish is good for your brain Fish is good for your brain
A growing body of research shows that fish is brain food. So, can fish prevent Alzheimer's disease?
Consumer Many good reasons to spay or neuter your pets Many good reasons to spay or neuter your pets
February is National Spay & Neuter month, a time to remember that America has a serious pet overpopulation problem. Sterilization is the only safe and effective way to deal with it.
Consumer Survey: Small financial emergency could wreck many household budgets Survey: Small financial emergency could wreck many household budgets
Life is full of costly surprises and a lot of people don't have enough savings to cover them.

A recent survey by Bankrate.com finds that fewer than 4 in 10 Americans – only 38 percent – could handle an unexpected $500 car repair or a $1,000 medical emergency without going into debt.
Consumer Die-hard craft beer drinkers: This Bud's not for you Die-hard craft beer drinkers: This Bud's not for you
After several years of losing ground to craft brewers, Anheuser-Busch, the country's biggest brewery, seems to be conceding that its flagship brew may not fly with fans of fancy suds.
Consumer Cat's Meow: Does it work? Cat's Meow: Does it work? (Video)
Amaretto is an aloof, leery, 2 year old Persian-mix that's not much for excessive play.
His owner Greg Netzel got a motorized chase toy as a gift a while back, but the toy has essentially been collecting dust. A plastic mouse moving under a burgundy circle of fabric is supposed to peak a cat's "thrill of the hunt". But Netzel says the thrill didn't last long. Amaretto lost interest. So his expectations for a motorized mouse 'tail' covered by 'yellow' fabric are pretty low.
Consumer Hotels tighten cancellation policies Hotels tighten cancellation policies
Book a hotel room these days and you'd better know the cancellation policy. Don't assume you have until late in the afternoon on the day of your arrival. You may not.
Consumer Think pest control all year long Think pest control all year long
Pest control isn’t a priority just when it’s warm. It's something you need to think about year-round, if you want to avoid unwanted guests.

Start by sealing up windows and doors. If you have mulch in flower beds next to the house, it would be smart to replace the mulch with rocks.