Consumer Awareness

Your One-In-A-Million Kid Costs A Quarter Mil To Raise
The pitter-patter of little feet leave a pretty big footprint on the family checkbook.  CNN reports that the Department of Agriculture estimates a middle-income, married couple with two children will spend an average of  $233,610 to raise a child born in 2015...
North Star Lodge Making Progress Against Cancer
This week in our conversation with Virginia Mason Memorial Hospital we’ll talk about the North Star Lodge and the many successful Cancer Trials that take place there.  It’s those kind of on-going studies that have lead to some encouraging new statistics...
Top Ten Movie Money Makers
A tradition for many families at Christmas time is to take in the latest Hollywood blockbuster.  This year the new Star Wars movie is expected to clean up at the box making millions for stars and studio.  It is after all, all about the money, so who in tinsel town delivers the biggest bang…
Just What DOES She Want For Christmas?
If you you’re having trouble coming up with a Christmas gift idea for the Mrs. you are in good company.  Lots of men who dearly love their wife struggle with choosing a Christmas gift that isn’t too practical or too extreme.
Fear not, the elf crew at  TheStir…
These Are The Key Holiday Dates At The Post Office
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, especially at the Post Office!  Know the days to be sure your gift gets through!
The busiest mailing and delivery days for the Post Office: the Postal Service predicts that this Mon, Dec 19, will be the busiest mailing and shipping day…
Heroin Deaths Surpass Gun Homicides
It’s the season when we focus on the hope for peace on earth and good will towards men. Peace and good will can take a variety of forms. Certainly Americans need to find peace from whatever it is that leads to drug abuse and overdose by the thousands...
Healthy Benefits To Alcohol? Meh…
I really wish science would make up its mind! Many studies have hinted that drinking alcohol –and Yakima Valley wine, beer & cider in particular- in moderation may offer health benefits while other studies have said that the opposite is true.  ...

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