Dr. Sholl’s Custom Orthotics are a Scam

Over the years I’ve worked a lot with importers, wholesalers and manufacturers. Most of these are in the shoe business and I hear some interesting stories. Like what? Have you heard about Dr. Scholl’s? They produce low end insoles and orthotics. Despite the extremely low quality they are some of the most popular insoles on…

Bad News Agencies and Outlets

I’m tired of bad news outlets. They spread misinformation, hate and ignorance. How to spot a possible bad news outlet: Their links are only to their own articles. The links are only to other extremely similar small news outlets (or sister outlets). There are no links to the original source (or the original source is…

Online Backup Storage

I will often work from home and as a result I have sensitive materials that cannot be lost due to power surges, equipment failure or parental failure (I’ve already lost one laptop). I had a backup drive, but it was prone to the same faults as my laptop. It was suggested I look into online…

Consumer Lesson #5

Don’t always believe what you hear. Lisa was watching TV and saw a commercial that claimed that kids were 20% more attentive when they eat this breakfast as opposed to no breakfast. This prompted her to ask me "What if they had a donut? How does that score?" She had a point, as she often…

Consumer Lesson #10

Don’t buy a new car. I know that seems silly since car makers have been trying to sell us on the benefits of new cars and the government is telling us to buy new cars to save the economy. The first indication that this was a bad idea was when I was walking past a…

Consumer Lesson #34

Buy the expensive shampoo. We’re frugal folk. There’s no need to spend $5 on something you can get for a buck. So when we see commercials on TV saying "get the same shampoo for less" we not only thought there might be something to it we went one step further and went to the dollar…

French Fries

I was at McDonald’s® today and decided to read the marketing on the box of fries included with my meal. They said: Why are our friesthe gold standard?Because only a selectnumber of potatovarieties make the cut.i’m lovin’ it® While I am not the biggest fan of McDonald’s® I do find their playarea to be a…