Independent research firm ranks markets from best to worst.

An independent research firm conducted research with more than 12,000 shoppers to rate chain grocery stores from best to worst.

See the surprising results – I was very surprised.

There were 23 grocery chains listed in the study.  You can read the entire study here at the Market Force website.

Here is how they ranked.

  1. Publix
  2. Wegmans
  3. Trader Joe’s
  4. H-E-B
  5. Aldi
  6. Harris Teeter
  7. Hy-Vee
  8. Costco
  9. WinCo
  10. Whole Foods
  11. Fry’s
  12. Kroger
  13. Target
  14. Winn-Dixie
  15. ShopRite
  16. Food Lion
  17. Albertsons
  18. Meijer
  19. Sam’s Club
  20. Giant Food
  21. Safeway
  22. Stop & Shop
  23. Walmart

10 Companies Hiring Remote Customer Service Agents!

Here is a list of ten companies that are now hiring remote customer service agents. All you need is a dedicated phone line in your house and they will provide training. They are legit companies and jobs.  I hope this helps someone.  Great way to add a part-time income and stay home with your children while they grow.

Amazon Jobs with Part-Time, Telecommuting, or Flexible Work

BCD Travel Jobs with Part-Time, Telecommuting, or Flexible Work

Erie Insurance Group Jobs with Part-Time, Telecommuting, or Flexible Work

LiveOps Jobs with Part-Time, Telecommuting, or Flexible Work

TeleTech Jobs with Part-Time, Telecommuting, or Flexible Work

The Hartford Jobs with Part-Time, Telecommuting, or Flexible Work

SYKES Jobs with Part-Time, Telecommuting, or Flexible Work

Sutherland Jobs with Part-Time, Telecommuting, or Flexible Work

Vivint Smart Home Jobs with Part-Time, Telecommuting, or Flexible Work

Working Solutions Jobs with Part-Time, Telecommuting, or Flexible Work

Gift Card Warning!

With the holiday season approaching many people will by purchasing gift cards for holiday gifts.

Clark Howard (consumer advocate) warns about purchasing gift cards from retail stores.  With so many retail stores going out of business due to the decline of the brick and mortar store, and the popularity of internet shopping, Clark warns that buying retail store cards is not your best move.  If the retail store goes out of business while you are still holding a gift card for one of these stores you will lose your investment.

Instead he recommends you purchase a pre-paid Visa, Master Card, or American Express card as a gift.  The recipient can use these cards at most retail location worldwide.  These can be purchased at any bank.

NOTE:  Make sure you check the fine print on these cards.  Many of them will start charging what they call a “maintenance fee” after 6 months of inactivity.  We learned that the hard way at our house.  

Tea Tree Oil – every home should have some!

Do you have a bottle of tea tree oil in your home if not you need to get some.  Tea tree oil can be used in so many ways according to WebMD.com!  However before using Tea Tree oil read the possible side effects or possible allergic reactions to be sure.  I have recommended it for years to my clients for nail fungus and it works.

Tea tree oil is applied to the skin (used topically) for infections such as acne, fungal infections of the nail (onychomycosis), lice, scabies, athlete’s foot (tinea pedis), and ringworm. It is also used topically as a local antiseptic for cuts and abrasions, for burns, insect bites and stings, boils, vaginal infections, recurrent herpes labialis, toothache, infections of the mouth and nose, sore throat, and for ear infections such as otitis media and otitis externa.

Check the internet there are so many uses for this one product.

I recommend these brand below!

Long List of Recalled Products Sold at Home Depot – Class Action Law Suit!

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that Home Depot U.S.A. Inc., of Atlanta, Georgia, has agreed to pay a $5.7 million civil penalty for selling and distributing previously recalled consumer products. The agreement settles charges that the firm knowingly sold and distributed approximately 2,816 recalled products from 33 separate voluntary corrective actions during a four-year period from August 2012 through November 2016.

Federal law prohibits the sale, offer for sale, or distribution in commerce of a consumer product that is subject to voluntary corrective action, such as a recall, that has been publicly announced and taken in consultation with CPSC.

CPSC staff charged that Home Depot’s procedures failed to accurately identify, quarantine, and prevent the sale and distribution of the recalled products. Home Depot sold and distributed the recalled products in its stores through traditional register lanes and special services desks, and through sales for salvage from its reverse logistic centers, internet sales, and donation program.

The hazards posed by the recalled products include, but are not limited to, fire hazards, laceration hazards, and electrocution and shock hazards.

The recalled products sold and distributed by Home Depot are:

  • HeathCo Motion Activated Outdoor Lights, recalled on July 26, 2012;
  • Legrand Under Cabinet Power and Light Strips, recalled on September 6, 2012, and expanded on May 15, 2014;
  • LG Electronics Electric Ranges, recalled on November 8, 2012;
  • Pramac America LLC Powermate Portable Generators, recalled on November 13, 2012;
  • Wing Enterprises Stepladders, recalled on December 11, 2012;
  • LG Electronics, Inc., Top Loading Washers, recalled on December 18, 2012;
  • CE Tech Riser Cables, recalled on April 9, 2013;
  • Nourison Rugs, recalled on May 23, 2013;
  • Soleil Portable Heaters, recalled on July 25, 2013;
  • Gree Dehumidifiers, recalled on September 12, 2013, expanded in January 2014, and reannounced in May 2014;
  • HeathCo Motion-Activated Outdoor Lights, recalled on October 30, 2013;
  • RSI Bathroom Medicine Cabinets, recalled on January 16, 2014;
  • HDX/Powermate Two-Gallon Air Compressors, recalled on February 12, 2014;
  • Genie Garage Door Openers, recalled on February 25, 2014;
  • Dyson Bladeless Portable Heaters, recalled on April 1, 2014;
  • Nest Labs Smoke/CO Alarms, recalled on May 21, 2014;
  • Cordelia Shop Lights, recalled on May 22, 2014;
  • Lithonia Quantum® ELM and ELM2 Two-Light Emergency Light Fixtures, recalled on May 28, 2014;
  • Harris Products Group Welding Torches, recalled on July 31, 2014;
  • Vornado Air Electric Space Heaters, recalled on August 14, 2014;
  • Kidde Smoke/Co Alarms, recalled on September 11, 2014;
  • Fiskars Bypass Loppers, recalled on October 8, 2014;
  • Mohawk Home Rugs, recalled on November 19, 2014;
  • Kidde Fire Extinguishers, recalled on February 12, 2015;
  • Westinghouse Lighting Glass Shade Holders, recalled on March 12, 2015;
  • Husky Vertical Bike Hooks, recalled on April 15, 2015;
  • Homelite Blower Vacuums, recalled on April 16, 2015;
  • Gerber Cohort Folding Knives, recalled on May 26, 2015;
  • Technical Consumer Products LED Down Light Fixtures, recalled on September 8, 2015;
  • Philips Lighting Halogen Flood Lights, recalled on September 10, 2015;
  • Lota Touchless Single-Handle, Pull-Down Sprayer Faucets, recalled on September 10, 2015;
  • Bosch Slim Grinders, recalled on May 11, 2016; and
  • Honda Mini Tillers, recalled on May 25, 2016.

On November 18, 2015, CPSC and Home Depot jointly re-announced the recalls of products that Home Depot sold and distributed after the original recalls had been announced.

In addition to paying the $5.7 million civil penalty, Home Depot will maintain a compliance program to ensure compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), including a program for the appropriate disposal of recalled products. Home Depot will also maintain a system of internal controls and procedures.

Home Depot’s settlement of this matter does not constitute an admission by Home Depot, or a determination by the Commission, that Home Depot knowingly violated the CPSA.

The Commission voted 4 to 1 to accept the settlement provisionally. Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle voted to accept a lower penalty.

Honest Company Class Action Law Suit!

If you purchased Honest Company products from January 17, 2012 through July 10, 2017, you can make a claim on a class action lawsuit against the company. You will receive compensation of $2.50 for each product purchased up to ten (10) without proof of purchase. With proof of purchase you can make unlimited claims.  Final payment depends on the number of people who participate in the settlement.

Claim Form

PLEASE DO NOT submit a claim for this if you did not purchase the products.  That is fraud!