Consumer

Consumer Do robocall blockers really block the calls? Do robocall blockers really block the calls? (Video)
Fed up with annoying robocalls- a local man just joined a nationwide brigade aimed at fighting back. When Consumers Union asked for volunteers to test different robocall blocking devices on the market, he jumped at the opportunity.
Consumer Bulging batteries in RCA tablets Bulging batteries in RCA tablets (Video)
If you have an RCA 7 inch tablet that was purchased last year- keep an eye on the internal lithium battery. There are reports of the battery suddenly puffing up like a pillow inside the case, putting children in harm's way.
Consumer Gel manicures- DIY vs salon Gel manicures- DIY vs salon
Traditional nail polish is rapidly being replaced by high-gloss, longer lasting gel formulas. Gel manicures are popular because they can last as long as 3 weeks. The polish is hardened onto the nail with ultra violet light. But gel polish at the salon is pricey- ranging from $25 - $35. So more and more manufacturers are offering gel polishes you can buy at the store. They give you the same high gloss finish for a fraction of the cost- without the ultra violet exposure you get at the salon.
Consumer Do you really want a gasoline credit card? Do you really want a gasoline credit card?
Do you have a gasoline credit card in your wallet? Millions of people use them to earn cash back when they fill up. But a new study finds that the rewards you get may not be as good as you could get from other rewards cards.
Consumer Safety agency seeks ideas on getting more recall fixes done Safety agency seeks ideas on getting more recall fixes done
Frustrated that cars recalled for serious safety defects aren't getting fixed quickly enough, the nation's auto safety chief will host a gathering of automakers Tuesday to search for solutions.
Consumer Trust your gut when choosing a vet Trust your gut when choosing a vet
There are lots of factors to consider when you choose a vet for your pet. Price is important. So is reputation. And location. But there's something else to consider: The feeling you get when you visit the place.
Consumer Protect your pets all year from fleas Protect your pets all year from fleas
You're not the only one who's enjoying the warmer weather, so are the fleas that are on the lawn, at the park and maybe in your house. That's why you want to make sure your pets – both dogs and cats – are protected.
Consumer Kraft Mac & Cheese shedding the dyes Kraft Mac & Cheese shedding the dyes
This is the last year that the original version of Kraft Mac & Cheese sold in the U.S. will contain artificial preservatives or synthetic colors.
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 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.