Reader Thomas Allen of Akron earlier this summer sent me an email after a column I wrote about a Consumer Reports’ Shop Smart magazine article, which suggested one way to save at the grocery store was to look at the price-per-unit labels often found on the shelves.
If you participate in budget billing for your Dominion East Ohio natural gas bill, you probably are among those who received notice with your June bill that your annual review of your budget payment versus your actual bill came up short.
An investigation by ShopSmart Magazine, the retail magazine from Consumer Reports, highlights an alarming trend — beauty products and cosmetics have become overgrown with labels covered with flowers and greenery and words like natural and healthy.
In last week’s column, I wrote about Chad Mallory, a Barberton 16-year-old extreme couponer who gets thousands of dollars of groceries for free or very little, thanks to his skills and time commitment. (If you missed it, you can see it at www.ohio.com/betty)
When Kim Gerdes of Cuyahoga Falls phoned me recently, she was in a bind. Her 84-year-old mother was in the hospital with a fractured pelvis. Her mother was due to be released from the hospital and would be moving permanently from the family home to live with Gerdes.
The Gerdes family situation is a good reminder to review the steps widows and widowers or family members can take after a loved one passes away. I know that updating records and accounts is the last thing on your mind as you grieve, but it’s something that should be done after some time.
A 62-year-old Akron reader wants others to learn from her unfortunate situation that cost her more than $3,000 and is threatening her home ownership. The woman, who asked not to be identified out of fear of embarrassment to her family, said she was looking for a job when she decided to answer an online job website ad to be a mystery shopper.