Op-Ed

Shopping ‘til We Drop

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist I have a black belt in retail therapy, so I was thrilled when I first saw Nielsen’s new in-depth report, Brick by Brick: the State of the Shopping Center, because it confirms two very important things:  our economy is growing stronger because Read More

Op-Ed

Overdraft Fees are Still a Problem

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   A new report by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) finds that overdraft fees continue to pose high risks to consumers, despite recent regulatory changes. The report focuses on the dreaded overdraft charge, the fees banks and credit unions collect for Read More

Op-Ed

Zero and Counting

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Are you a Zero-TV household?  No, I don’t mean restricting the kids’ TV viewing to the weekends or until after they’ve completed homework.  I mean – do you watch TV the traditional way or on any of the growing Read More

Op-Ed

Power at your Fingertips

  By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Did you know that tens of thousands of new products are introduced to consumer markets around the world every year? It could be a new flavor of ice cream, a fancy new electronic gadget or the latest shade Read More

Op-Ed

The Way We Were in 2012

By Cheryl Pearson-McNeil NNPA Columnist   Our brand new year is in full swing – full of promise and new beginnings.  Even as we move forward with shining, new resolve, it’s always fun to look back at our consumer behaviors and trends over the previous Read More

Op-Ed

Don’t Accept a Raw Deal from Car Dealers

By Charlene Crowell NNPA Columnist   A century ago, the prevalence of public transportation enabled many Americans to take a bus or trolley car to work, school, shopping or health care providers. Today, many communities lack these public services and consumers instead rely on a Read More