Ellen Phillips is a retired English teacher who has written two consumer-oriented books. Her Consumer Watch column appears on Saturdays in the Business section of the paper. An expanded version is at www.timesfreepress.com under Local Business.

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Q: I plan to start my holiday shopping the week before Thanksgiving to take advantage of early holiday sales. What advice can you offer to help me stick to my budget? — Geraldine Gifter

Q: We’re planning a long drive during the holidays to show off our new baby to the family. He’ll obviously be strapped into a car seat, but what other safety tips we should know about before starting out? — Meticulous Mommy

Thanksgiving is the most heavily traveled holiday of the year.

The advent of November means Thanksgiving, the most heavily traveled holiday of the year, is fast approaching.

A number of readers have asked for a repeat of previous Halloween columns about child safety.

AARP advises anyone who might be considering an open enrollment insurance move to beware of identity thieves.

While the stock market seems pretty stable right now, layoffs at work still occur and unemployment remains too high.

Q: It seems like I receive car recall notices several times a year. How necessary is it to pay attention to these? — Rachel Recall

Tablets are all the rage. From pre-K babes through great-great grannies, it seems like everyone totes one around. iPad was the be-all-to-end-all until others entered the scene.

Many of my friends are dispensing with their expensive cable bills and going to other newer technology.

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