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Clothes  Computers  Gifts  Groceries  Shoes  Shopping  Vehicles 
For a wide selection of products:
____ Click here: amazon.com
CLOTHES
Also see: DRY CLEANING

Buying clothes:
____ Consider:
          - Flammability
          - Washability
          - Wrinkles
          - Durability
          - Affect on environment
          - Was it made in a country with poor human rights and/or environmental records
          - Color (dark colors are warmer, light colors are cooler)
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GIFTS

GIVING GIFTS:
Before buying gift:

____ Determine if recipient has indicated preferences, e.g., through a registry at stores, with family or friends
____ Avoid buying a gift if it might:
          - Make the recipient feel too much in debt to you
          - Make others giving gifts feel their gifts are inadequate
          - Make others not receiving gifts (e.g., a sibling) feel left out

For gift ideas:
____ Click here: Amazon.com Gift Ideas

When giving:
____ Give the recipient the option of exchanging the gift, e.g., for a different size

RECEIVING GIFTS:
Before receiving gifts:

____ Tell those who are planning to give you gifts to not spend too much

When opening:
____ Write down who gift is from and a description of the gift

After receiving:
____ Send or give a thank you note
____ Try to use the gift when the giver is around
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GROCERIES
Also see: FOOD, NUTRITION, SHOPPING

BEFORE SHOPPING FOR GROCERIES:
____ Plan to return home right after buying groceries - so you can get cold foods (especially eggs) into the refridgerator or freezer
____ Organize coupons
____ Eat - shopping on an empty stomach usually causes you to buy more than you intended
____ Make a list of items you need, organized by types of foods
____ Take:
          - List
          - Coupons
          - Bags (resuable cloth, plastic and/or paper)
          - Ice chest/cooler with ice in it - to put perishable items in if the store is a long ways from your home and/or you are unexpectedly delayed

WHILE SHOPPING FOR GROCERIES:
____ Check the sell date on perishable items
____ Look for cheaper items above and below eye level
____ Don't assume items are cheaper just because:
          - They're a larger size
          - They're displayed separately and/or differently
____ Don't use coupons unless you're sure you'll use the item

Dairy:
____ Eggs - buy pasteurized eggs - reduced risk of salmonella poisoning

Fish:
____ Plan to eat within 3 days
____ Ensure display ice is fresh
____ Choose fish which is closest to the ice, e.g., on the bottom
____ For whole fish, eyes should be clear
____ Scales should be shiny and cling to skin
____ Don't buy fish which smells excessively fishy - probably not fresh
____ Don't buy fish which smells like ammonia

Fruit - See Produce

Meat:
____ Ensure meat is well-wrapped
____ Be wary of meat, especially poultry, which is marinated - sometimes markets marinate older meat to hide its oldness

Produce:
____ Look for produce which hasn't been waxed
____ If bagged: weigh it to ensure it is close to the listed weight

Strawberries:
____ Try to buy strawberries not too long before eating
____ Don't buy strawberries which aren't ripe - they won't ripen any more
____ Buy strawberries with the green leaf cap in place

Vegetables - See Produce

Watermelons:
____ Check that the stem (pigtail) is in place - if the stem is gone, it's probably overripe - if the stem is a dark color, it's probably ripe - if the stem is green, it's probably not ripe
____ Thump it and listen for a solid sound
____ Consider buying a seedless variety

AFTER RETURNING HOME:
ASAP:

____ Put milk, eggs, etc. in refridgerator right away

Fruits:
Also in this section: Strawberries, Watermelons
____ Don't store citrus with lettuce, brocolli, etc. - they'll cause the lettuce, etc to wilt

Meat:
____ Ground beef: If the inside of the beef is brown while the outside is pink, be aware that the store is probably wrapping fresh meat around older meat - consider taking it back to the store

Strawberries:
____ Try to eat them soon after buying
____ Don't rinse them or remove the green leaf cap until right before you eat or serve them
____ Keep in the refridgerator at 34-36°F

Watermelons:
____ Don't put in refridgerator
____ Place in a cool, dark place

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SHOES

Buying:
____ Consider:
          - Cushioning
          - Low, broad heels - for better support and stability
- Latex rubber soles - for better flexibility and comfort
____ Flat shoe, wide in the toe box
____ Heels no higher than 2"
____ Size - don't wear shoes that are too small for your feet - can cause bunions (e.g., swelling at big toe joint)

Smelly shoes:
____ Cut off the leg portion of panty hose
____ Place plain dry kitty litter in the foot part of the panty hose
____ Place in the shoe overnight
____ Discard kitty litter

Tight shoes:
If leather shoes are too tight:

____ Put a plastic bag inside the shoe
____ Fill the bag with water
____ Seal the bag
____ Place the shoe in another plastic bag
____ Seal the outer bag
____ Place in freezer for approx. 24 hours

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SHOPPING
Also see: CONSIGNMENT, GROCERIES, INTERNET, STORES, THRIFT, VEHICLES, specific items

Well before shopping:
____ Research the following about items you're considering buying:
          - Cost
          - Features available
          - Warranties available

Before leaving to go shopping:
____ Call store(s) to ensure the item is available
____ Ensure store(s) will be open when you plan to visit

While shopping:
____ Avoid having to carry a lot of purchased items with you - difficult to ward off attackers
If a store does not have the item you're looking for:
____ Ask if they can recommend where you might check for the item

After shopping:
Before walking to your vehicle:
____ Have your vehicle keys ready

While walking to your vehicle:
____ Be aware of your surroundings (look for potential attackers)

BUYING ITEMS:
Before buying an item:

____ Ask if the item, or a similar item, is on sale
____ Ask if the price is negotiable
____ Ask about the warranty
          - Is labor covered? If so, for how long?
          - Are parts covered? If so, for how long?
____ Ask about return policy
          - Time limit?
____ Avoid buying too large a quantity of an item - you may not use it all, e.g., your tastes may change
____ Avoid spending too much on a gift if it might make the recipient feel too much in debt to you and/or others giving gifts might feel their gifts are inadequate
____ Consider using credit card - if you use check or cash, less chance of getting your money back if problems (e.g., store doesn't deliver)
____ For free over-the-phone information on a wide range of consumer issues specific to your state, call United Way of America 1 (703) 836-7100
____ Call (800) 664-4435 for a free copy of the Consumer's Resource Handbook - lists all Better Business Bureau's, Consumer Affairs offices, Attorney General offices, etc in the U.S. (published by the U.S. Office of Consumer Affairs)
____ Consumer's Information Catalog 1 (719) 948-3334

After buying an item:
____ Check for indications that the item (especially electronic items, cameras, etc.) is not new:
          - No warranty card(s)
          - Accessories not wrapped up
          - "X" marked on outside of box or on item
          - Stickers removed from box
          - Outer box not sealed

CHILDREN:
When shopping with children:
If child says he/she wants something:

____ Offer to put the item on their 'wish list'

Fur:
____ Don't buy real fur coats, etc.

Jewelry:
____ Call The Jewelers of America 1 (800) 223-0673 for information on buying jewelry

Sunscreen:
____ SPF of at least 15
____ UVA and UVB protection
____ Waterproof (if you might be swimming)
____ Paba-free (if you're allergic to Paba)

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