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Good Question: Where Do We Typically Shop?

Starting at midnight Wednesday, Amazon will be offering huge discounts on 1,000 items to its Prime members. The online retailer has deemed Wednesday, July 15, Prime Day. Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, is responding with deals on 2,000 of its items.

07/14/2015

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How Moms Can Save Time, Money While Staying Stylish

You know that friend you always look forward to bumping into because they have the scoop on the latest trend or let you know about the product you just got to have? Blogs are that friend for a lot of people, and momtrends.com is a popular one founded by Nicole Feliciano.

05/28/2014

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What Are The Best Buys For May?

At the start of each month, the WCCO Morning Show likes to give you a spending forecast, so here is the inside scoop on what experts say are the best things to buy in May. May is a good time to find spring clothing on sale. Current season apparel has been on the shelves for a couple of months now.

05/01/2014

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What Are The Best Buys For April?

At the start of each month, the WCCO Morning Show likes to give you a spending forecast, so here is the inside scoop on what experts say are the best things to buy in April.

04/02/2014

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No Consensus On Notifying Victims Of Data Breaches

The data breach at Target Corp. that exposed millions of credit card numbers has focused attention on the patchwork of state consumer notification laws and renewed a push for a single national standard.

03/09/2014

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Poll: Data Breaches Not Changing People’s Habits

American shoppers say they are very concerned about the safety of their personal information following a massive security breach at Target, but many aren’t taking steps to ensure their data is more secure, says a new Associated Press-GfK Poll.

01/27/2014

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Rep. Atkins Wants Stolen Smart Phone Cutoffs

A Minnesota legislator says he’ll push a bill next year for mandatory cellphone technology allowing people to remotely disable lost or stolen smart phones. The legislation requiring cellphone cutoff technology is a response to a burst in phone thefts, including some taken in violent attacks in Minnesota.

01/02/2014

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12-19-13 Target Security Breach On The Morning News With Dave Lee

What should you do know? Security Expert Bruce Schneirer talked with Dave Lee.

12/19/2013

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The Hottest Places To Shop, Gifts To Buy This Holiday In MN

A highly regarded local shopping survey says we we will be spending more this holiday season than we have in the past 12 years. The University of St. Thomas survey says the average household will be spending $837 this Christmas season.

11/20/2013

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Target, Best Buy Join ‘Thanksgiving Creep’

More and more stores are announcing that they’ll be open on Thanksgiving, and some will even be opening earlier. It’s a phenomena some call the “Thanksgiving creep.” On Monday, Target announced they would open on 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving – an hour earlier than last year. Another hometown company, Best Buy, will open even earlier, at 6 p.m.

11/11/2013

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Survey: TCF Tops List For Most Customer Complaints

TCF Bank customers have the most to complain about, according to a new consumer study. Research from the Federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau says that the Wayzata-based bank was at the top of the list when it comes to the number of complaints they get.

09/24/2013

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MN Dairy Farmers Adjust To Declining Milk Consumption

Janet and John Bremer are dairy farmers in Hastings, and have seen a lot of changes over the years. “When my in-laws first began this farm, there was only three cows — we now milk 128 every morning and every night,” Bremer said. The couple said they understand the decline.

07/24/2013

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Resurrected Twinkies Are Smaller Than Before

On Monday, Jason DeRusha paid a viewer $20 for a box of the new edition Twinkies from Hostess. This morning, he may be wishing he had a couple bucks back. Those tasty little sponge cakes are back, but smaller than you remember.

07/16/2013

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Some Sausages From Belgrade Meat Center Recalled

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is alerting consumers to avoid consuming smoked pork and beef pepper sticks produced by Belgrade Meat Center after routine sampling discovered Listeria contamination.

04/03/2013

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Key November Sales Figure Falls At Target

Target says a key revenue figure fell 1 percent in November, hurt by weak sales in the first two weeks of the month.

11/29/2012

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Cutting Flex Spending Accounts In Half Worries Families, Doctors

About 35 million Americans have flex spending accounts, which allow them to set aside pre-tax dollars to pay for healthcare costs that aren’t covered by insurance.

11/27/2012

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Early Black Friday Offers Anger Best Buy’s Online Shoppers

Best Buy’s website is up and running at full capacity following a glitch Monday that aggravated loyalty program customers getting an early shot at Black Friday deals.

11/20/2012

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3 Minn. Venues Honored For Cutting Food Waste

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is giving a shout-out to three Minnesota venues for reducing their food waste.

11/16/2012

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Critical Online Reviews Can Carry Legal Risks

A Minnesota doctor took offense when a patient’s son posted critical remarks about him on some rate-your-doctor websites, including a comment by a nurse who purportedly called the physician “a real tool.”

10/24/2012

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$1.1 Billion Settlement Awaits Flat Panel Purchasers

The $1.1 billion settlement recently announced between the U.S. Department of Justice and foreign manufacturers of flat panel televisions, laptops and computer monitors just might put a little extra money in consumer’s pockets.

09/26/2012

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Good Question: Why Do Teachers Ask For Such Specific Brands?

With all the crayons, glue sticks and notebooks – parents have an incredibly detailed school supply lists to navigate towards the end of summer. Parents are expected to drop $2.6 billion on all those folders and colored pencils.

09/03/2012

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Taking Customer Complaints Into The World Of Social Media

Remember when the best way to complain to a company was with paper and pen, or maybe a typewriter? Not anymore. Now, we send emails, fill out web forms, and complain even more publicly on social networks, like Facebook and Twitter.

04/27/2012

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Consumers Skip Driving Due To Rising Gas Prices

With gas prices jumping nearly daily, consumers are making some dramatic choices — and not driving.

03/27/2012

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Shopping Survey: Where We’ll Be Spending, How Much

Minnesotans will be spending more this holiday season than last year, according to a University of St. Thomas Professor.

11/16/2011

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More Shoppers Plan To Stay Home On Black Friday

A nationwide survey shows more consumers will stay home the day after Thanksgiving.

11/16/2011

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