Archive for May, 2012

PostHeaderIcon Children Can Become Seriously Ill From Consuming Laundry Detergent Packets

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The American Association of Poison Control Centers has issued a warning about children eating single dose packs of laundry detergent. The AAPCC says some young children and toddlers who swallow these small packets have become very ill and have required hospitalization. Other children have gotten the product in their eyes, resulting in significant eye irritation. Here are some highlights of the incidents:

  • Ten minutes after a 20-month-old swallowed a laundry detergent packet, the child developed profuse vomiting, wheezing and gasping and then became unresponsive to even painful stimuli.
  • A 15-month-old who bit into a pack and swallowed a mouthful had profuse vomiting and, after arrival at a hospital, had to be put on a ventilator for airway protection.
  • A 17-month-old bit into a packet and then rapidly developed drowsiness, vomited, breathed the product into the lungs, and had to be put on a ventilator.

Dr. Michael Beuhler, medical director of the Carolinas Poison Center, says, “The rapid onset of significant symptoms is pretty scary. Other laundry detergents cause only mild stomach upset or even no symptoms at all. Although we aren’t certain what in the product is making the children sick, we urge all
parents and caregivers to make sure laundry detergent packs are not accessible to young kids.”

Dr. Richard Besser discusses the danger posed by colorful detergent packets for ABC News. Some of these colorful detergent packs resemble candy, which explains why toddlers are eating them. Take a look:

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PostHeaderIcon May Buying Guide: 10 Things To Buy Now

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Often the key to finding great bargains is timing. As they say “timing is everything”, or is that “location is everything”? In either case, there are some great bargains to be had in the month of May and here are 10 of the best.


New mattresses typically arrive in stores in May. It is no surprise this is when you’ll find a good deal on the previous year’s models. Let’s be honest, there are not a lot of amazing technological break-through in mattresses from one year to the next, so why pay more for the newest model when last years will do just fine.
Key stores to check:, Mattress Discounters, and

Party & Picnic Supplies

The best time to stock up for summer get-togethers and 4th of July parties is right now. Don’t wait until the week before as you will end up paying significantly more. Also, if you have a birthday party to plan this summer check out party supplies now and store them for later. We have some great coupons for party supplies right now on

Key stores to check: Celebrate, Birthday, and Factory Party


New fridge models start rolling out during the summer months making right now a great time to buy. Also look for excellent financing options on appliances at stores like Lowe’s. They often offer 18 months, 0% financing if you open a store credit card. This is a great way to keep your money earning interest instead of forking it all over for a new refrigerator.
Key stores to checkHome Depot.comLowe’, and Best


This one is fairly obvious, big box stores do not want to store their snow blowers until next year so they will slash prices to get rid of the ones they still have. Buy now and store in your garage until next winter. Your wallet will thank you. If you have never seen a snow flake in your neck of the woods, then move on to the next product. :-)
Key stores to check: Home and Lowe’

Sneakers (Running Shoes)

As spring fun runs and charity runs are bountiful this month, shoe manufacturers start slashing prices to target the less serious runner. The month of May is a great time to stock-up for the upcoming months as well as many stores are promoting their BOGO events. (Buy 1, get 1 free or 50% off)
Key stores to check: Finishline.comFootlocker, Road Runner, Kohl’


Cruise lines are busy moving ships around the world getting ready for their prime season and consequently they are more than willing to book some pretty sweet deals for short-notice travelers. If you have schedule flexibility this is a great time to book your next cruise.
Key sites to check: Expedia.comTravelocity and Hotwire


Not exactly sure why, but the number of coupons and deals we get on laptops in May is better than any other month of the year. This would be an excellent time to buy for next school year, especially if you are going away to college. The deals online are really amazing right now.
Key stores to check:, and J&

Car Accessories & Parts

Most cars project take on a life of their own during the summer months making it a prime time to buy car parts. Get in early this year as many car part sellers are getting rid of last years parts and accessories right now at discounted prices.
Key stores to check:, Auto Parts Warehouse, and Auto Anything.

Office Furniture

New office furniture models start to come out during the late summer months thus giving retailers a great chance in May to get rid of old inventory. Their loss is your gain if you shop right now for new office furniture and accessories. Again, if you are heading away to college in the Fall, check out the current deals on desks and bookcases.
Key stores to check: Office Depot.comTarget.comOffice, and


May is the start of wedding season and stores start offering deals to consumers. It doesn’t matter if you are registered or not, you can score some great deals on dishes, cups, and glassware. This will continue through the end of June.
Key stores to check: Crate & BarrelMikasa.comCost Plus, and


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PostHeaderIcon Frederick’s of Hollywood Exploring Possible Sale

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Fredericks of Hollywood LogoFrederick’s of Hollywood, an intimate apparel company, announced it has retained Allen & Company LLC, a New York-based investment bank, to assist it in evaluating and exploring a broad range of strategic alternatives, including a possible sale.

Frederick’s Chairman and CEO Thomas Lynch said in a statement, “Over the past few months, the Board has received several inquiries regarding various transactions. We believe it is an appropriate time to formalize the process by engaging a world-class advisor that can assist us in identifying and reviewing a wide array of strategic alternatives that can maximize value for our shareholders.”

The Ccmpany does not have a defined timeline for the strategic review or sale. The Wall Street Journal notes that Frederick’s filed for bankruptcy protection in 2010.

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