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The Holiday Season Has Begun

With Black Friday done, our first area Christmas Parade completed on Sunday night after being postponed in Manchester for rain on Saturday, the holiday season is officially underway.
The Federal Trade Commission has ways to help you while you’re shopping.
Whether you’re shopping by phone, mail or online this holiday season, here are a few tips to help you shop wisely and save a few bucks, too.
• Make a list and a budget. Include incidentals, like cards, wrapping paper and eating out.
• Check out websites that compare prices for items sold online, and at stores in your area.
• Be aware that shopping apps can collect a lot of information, like your name, address, phone number, email, and Social Security number. Look for apps that tell you what they do with your data, and how they keep it secure.
• Check out product warranties. Although not required by law, warranties come with most major purchases.
• Don’t give out personal information for a chance to win the newest tech toy or a free gift card. Your information can be sold or used to commit identity theft.
• Look for rebates. Some can be redeemed at checkout, but most require you to send documentation to the manufacturer to get your rebate.
• When shopping online, keep copies of your order number, the refund and return policies, shipping costs and warranties.
• If money’s tight, consider layaway. You typically make a deposit and pay over time; the retailer holds the merchandise until you’ve paid for the item in full.
• Shipping to loved ones overseas? Check the U.S. Postal Service’s calendar for shipping deadlines.
• ‘Tis the season to be wary, especially of charities that don’t — or won’t — provide key information in writing. Search the name of the organization online. Use the words “complaints” or “scam.”

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for over 3,455 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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