How Do You Protect Your Identity Online?

How do you protect your identity online?

When banking or shopping online, make sure to use sites with web addresses that begin with “https://” or “shttp://”, which are secure, unlike simple “http://” sites. Here’s more from the Viewpoints internet safety guide.

Considering the rate at which our online lives are growing, web safety is more important than ever. But how do you protect your identity online? Previously, all we had to worry about was having a solid email password, but now we have to keep a closer eye on everything from apps to gaming devices. Identity theft is a serious crime. June is National Internet Safety Month, so Viewpoints created an internet safety guide with the best ways to protect yourself as you continue exploring the digital universe.

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The Most Ridiculously Expensive Baby Items

Dior Baby Shoes

There are some ridiculously expensive baby items out there. Some spoil the baby, others are just spoiling mommy. Either way, if you are attracted to these items but don’t have the money to spend, we have some alternatives for you.

Of course parents want to spoil their precious bundle of joy, but would you spend hundreds of dollars on a onesie or a diaper bag? Get a glimpse into the lives of the rich and famous (and their spoiled offspring) by checking out the most ridiculously expensive baby items out there. And don’t forget to take a look at their more reasonably priced alternatives.

Baby Dior Knit Tulle-Skirt Dress – $698

Baby Dresses

Pictured left is the Carter’s summer dress alternative to Dior (right).

Dior, a French high-fashion company, not only has a line of apparel and handbags for adults, they also make designer clothes for babies and kids. Only the best fabrics are used in the Baby Dior line; this baby pink dress for example is made of silk, cotton and cashmere. Your little girl will be the most expensively dressed belle at the ball… too bad she’ll only have a couple of months to wear this pretty dress before she grows out of it!

Alternative: Carter’s Rose Collection Summer Dress - $32

For a more affordable clothing line, Carter’s has a great selection for boys and girls. Although they don’t use lavish fabrics like Dior, you’ll get your money’s worth out of the clothes. Plus, you’ll have extra money to buy matching tights, shoes, sweater, hair bow and a lot more!

Kid Kustoms The Roddler – $3,500

Stroller

The BOB Revolution (pictured right) is the affordable alternative to the Roddler (pictured left).

Want the most stylish and expensive stroller available? Check out The Roddler by Kid Kustoms. Each stroller is hand-built and made of quality materials like high grade leatherette upholstery, ultrasuede and chrome. The chassis, seat and fender are also customizable, ensuring that Mrs. Copy-cat down the street won’t be stealing any of your thunder. It also transforms into a trike, so when your kid outgrows a stroller, they’ll have something else to ride around on.

Alternative: BOB Revolution Stroller - $389

The BOB Revolution Stroller to an extent is customizable; you can choose the color and pick different accessories to go with the stroller. It’s also a Viewpoints favorite for jogging strollers because of its three wheel design and state-of-the-art suspension.

Britax Advocate 70 CS – $369.99

Car Seats

The Evenflo Triumph (left) is highly rated and considerably cheaper than the Britax (right).

Britax is well known for its car seats, but it’s also known for their hefty price tags. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that it makes one of the most expensive car seats. The Britax Advocate 70 CS boasts 19 features that make this car seat superior to others including side impact cushion technology, the Harness Ultra Guard System, an easy to remove cover, the Click & Safe snug harness indicator and more.

Alternative: Evenflo Triumph Advance LX - $135

Considered one of the best toddler car seat by Viewpoints parents, the Evenflo Triumph Advance LX car seat is much more affordable. What’s also great about this car seat is that it’s convertible and has all the features you’ll need in a car seat like EPP Energy Absorbing foam liner, a 5-point harness and meeting side impact standards.

Burberry Quilted Check Tote Bag – $1,095

Baby bags

The Vera Bradley baby bag (left) is nearly $900 cheaper than the Burberry one (right).

This iconic London fashion house created a luxurious quilted diaper bag. The Burberry Quilted Check Tote definitely doesn’t look like an ordinary diaper bag. Made of super soft lambskin, this diaper bag has a large interior for diapers and clothing, a small zip pocket for your keys and wallet and two patch pockets for baby bottles.

Alternative: Vera Bradley Baby Bag - $97

Although some might say that the $97 price tag is still high, the Vera Bradley Baby Bag is worth the splurge. This diaper bag comes in a variety of patterns (some that are on sale for $65), has 11 pockets inside and out, a special clip for pacifiers, a lined interior for easy cleaning and also includes a matching terry-covered changing pad.

Bottom line

If you’re lucky enough to bag yourself a Bill Gates, win the lotto, or become Donald Trump’s next Apprentice, you might want to remember these ridiculously expensive baby item. Not so lucky? The reasonably priced baby items work just as well as the expensive ones.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on The Goods and written by Viewpoints reviewer michelemk.

What Shipping Method Is Cheapest?

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Choosing which shipping carrier to use during the holiday season can make or break the bank and determine if your package makes it on time.

Shipping costs can add up fast! But, what shipping method is cheapest? Well, the alphabet soup of carriers can get confusing: U.P.S vs. U.S.P.S. Which is faster or most affordable? The important letters to remember are: O.P.T.I.O.N.S, and we’ve created this simple guide to help you know what those are. By comparing the United States Postal Service (USPS), FedEx, and the United Parcel Service (UPS), we’ve found that you can save $28 just by choosing the right carrier. Check out all of the the recommendations below for easy  shipping.

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Be A Smarter Shopper At Presidents Day Sales

Presidents Day Sales

It can be tempted to buy things just because they’re on sale, but it’s better to do research and make smart shopping decisions at Presidents Day Sales.

Never buy anything simply because it is on sale. That having been said, Presidents Day weekend sales will be virtually everywhere.  It will be difficult to swing a wallet or a purse without it hitting a sale somewhere.

It almost doesn’t matter what one is looking for this Presidents Day, as nearly everything will be marked down somewhere.  That includes both brick and mortar stores as well as online venues.  TVs, computers, tablets, smart phones, garden items, clothing, furniture…everything must go at bargain prices this Presidents Day weekend.

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Presidents Day Sale: Comparison Shop For Deals On Kitchen Appliances

Presidents day sale

A Presidents Day sale is the perfect time to score a great deal on a large kitchen appliance. Get a good price before new models hit the stores.

The best time to buy larger kitchen appliances is usually from October to March. This is the best time for sales on kitchen appliances because many stores still have stock they are trying to get rid of before the new models arrive. If you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen appliances, look for a Presidents Day sale to get the biggest bang for your buck. With (maybe) a long weekend to shop in store and online, you should be able to comparison shop and find a great deal.

Starting today, stores like Home Depot, Best Buy, Lowes, and Sears are featuring kitchen appliances at their Presidents Day sales.

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Worst Mortgage Lenders

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Despite low interest rates, there are many mortgage lenders that have very low Viewpoints scores. Find out which ones.

Editor’s Note: This article was originally published on The Goods and written by Viewpoints Reviewer Bryan-Carey.

Home ownership is still desirable and a top financial goal for many individuals. Houses have been declining in value in many parts of the country in recent years and in some cities, moderate-sized dwellings are listing for bargain prices. This is bad news for owners wanting to sell, but it is positive news for buyers.

In addition, mortgage interest rates have reached historic lows and this makes borrowing highly attractive for property purchase. However, many mortgage lenders are less than steller in overall satisfaction in spite of the low interest rates. Reviewers have spoken and have selected these as the worst mortgage lenders.

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Best Online Shopping Sites

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Have you ever wondered what the best online shopping sites are? Well Viewpoints has investigated for you and came up with the top 5.

Once upon a time everyone shopped in stores to find the best deals. Those days have passed. It is a lot easier for consumers to shop at home with the ability to compare product features online, not worrying about a salesperson pressuring them to purchase. The best online shopping sites ensure all this and more.

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February Is The Best Time To Buy A New TV

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Looking to upgrade your TV? February might be the perfect time to buy.

What is the best time to buy a new TV? Well, it might just be this month. February is a great month for consumers to take advantage of deep discounts on a variety of products. There are several major shopping events that impact product price reductions, making it a prime time to save money on many items we’ve all been waiting on for the best bargains of the year.

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Worst Flower Delivery Websites

Worst flower delivery websites

No matter the occasion, everyone appreciates the gift of flowers. Whether it’s for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, a birthday or just to say “thinking of you,” it’s always a welcome surprise. Your local florist is probably someone you rely on, but when the flowers need to be sent to someone out of town, who knows what you’re getting?

It’s one thing to see a photo of a bouquet on the internet and quite another to see it in person. When you are sending flowers to someone far away, you are counting on the photo to accurately depict the final product, but according to many Viewpointers, that isn’t always the case. That’s why we want to help you out this Valentine’s Day with the worst flower delivery websites you should avoid.

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Walmart Credit Card Reviews: Only Good For Building Credit

Walmart credit card reviews

Walmart has a few options for credit cards, but Walmart Credit Card Reviews don’t praise the rewards very much.

Many people like to use store-branded credit cards for convenience and rewards. Retailers offer these cards as a way to encourage customer loyalty and earn money from interest and other charges. Among the retailers that offer branded credit cards is Walmart. Before you get a Walmart credit card, however, it’s important to understand what you’re getting into; there are better cards out there that can accomplish most of what you want.

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