Much of our business department’s focus during this time of year is on retail businesses, which depend heavily on the shopping season. However, we also try to balance that coverage with personal finance articles designed to educate consumers on the dangers of overspending, fraud and the increasing hazards designed to empty our wallets.
Today I saw a great reminder of the dangers of the season for consumers on Joseph Sangl’s financial freedom blog (via The Consumerist). A couple cut up their credit cards, and used the plastic pieces to pledge financial sanity.
Even though I write some personal finance stories, I’m not immune to the seduction of a good deal or an innovative product. Recently I bought what I consider to be one of the great inventions of our time. As the parent of four children, I have spent endless hours matching socks. It is a neverending and ultimately frustrating task as a large pile of unpaired socks always remains. Enter the Sock Pro.
These little rubber rings keep socks paired up through the washing and drying process. I bought 60 of the doo-dads in three different colors for $15, and they work. It’s a joy to simply stack pairs of socks as you pull them out of the dryer.
I bought my Sock Pro gadgets online, but I’d love to know if any local retailers stock these.