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July 6, 2009 | Francesca Lunzer Kritz
Bicycle helmets are just the beginning. Here's more summer safety -- and money-saving -- information. Sunscreen Even a single burn in childhood poses a risk for skin cancer later -- so use sunscreen. As long as the package states that the product protects against both UVA and UVB rays, a store-brand version is likely to be just as effective as expensive, advertised brands, says Dr. Jenny Kim, associate professor of medicine and dermatology at UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine.
June 11, 2009 | Ronald D. White
CVS and Longs drugstore shoppers who find expired products lingering on California shelves will be able to claim a $2 coupon under a settlement announced Wednesday by the California attorney general's office. "CVS Pharmacy routinely sold expired baby formula, over-the-counter medication and dairy products long after the expiration date," Atty. Gen. Jerry Brown said in a statement. The agreement also applies to Longs Drugs stores in California, which were bought by CVS Caremark Corp. in 2008.
June 9, 2009 | Lauren Beale
Want a gigantic mansion but just can't stand paying list price? The owners of a 15,000-square-foot waterfront beauty in Florida want to talk to you. Rich Ricciani and his wife, Linda, know how important it is to make every dollar count in this down economy, so they've issued a coupon for $1 million off their European-style manse, where the kitchen alone takes up 650 square feet.
March 25, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
People who received digital TV converter box coupons but let them expire can now apply for new ones. The recent stimulus package put more money into the coupon program, letting the National Telecommunications and Information Administration give households with expired coupons another chance. Each household can apply for two $40 coupons that cover most of the cost of converter boxes. Although 26 million coupons have been redeemed, 17 million have gone unused and expired after three months.
March 1, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Steve Richardson, who goes by the name "Gen. Dogon" on the streets of L.A.'s skid row, is the kind of person federal regulators had in mind when they created the digital-television transition's subsidy. Richardson's job at a civil rights group leaves him with barely enough money for food. He can't afford a converter box to keep his antenna-equipped TV working on June 12, when stations across the country turn off their analog signals and start broadcasting solely in digital.
January 31, 2009 | Don Lee
With layoffs spreading and the traditional annual bonus cut or eliminated this year, many Chinese were in no mood to splurge during this week's Lunar New Year holiday -- even in a well-off city like this one. So just before the Chinese calendar turned to the Year of the Ox, the local government issued millions of dollars' worth of store coupons to encourage its penny-pinching residents to go out and spend. Si Gendi, 55, wasted no time in redeeming some of her vouchers.
January 6, 2009 | Associated Press
Consumers who apply for federal coupons to pay for converter boxes ahead of next month's transition to digital television broadcasts are being placed on a waiting list and may not receive their vouchers before the switch over, the Commerce Department said Monday. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration, the arm of the Commerce Department running the coupon program, created the waiting list Sunday after hitting a $1.34-billion funding limit set by Congress.
January 1, 2009 | Kim Hart
In less than two months, television broadcasters will go all-digital, permanently shutting off the traditional analog signals they've relied on for more than half a century. Government officials say that means TV watchers should immediately order coupons for the digital converter boxes they'll need to keep watching those sets with antennas. Viewers in about 14 million U.S. households watch television over an analog signal.
October 29, 2008 | Rene Lynch, Rene Lynch is a Times staff writer.
Teri Gault stops in her tracks in the personal care aisle at Ralphs when she learns someone has never heard of a BOGO. "How about peelies or blinkies?" she asks, with disbelief. "Catalinas?" A look of urgency passes across her face: "You don't throw your Catalinas away, do you?" Gault is the Santa Clarita-based creator of the Grocery Game (, an online service that helps members strategically navigate the world of supermarket sales.
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