Are you prepared for Consumer Awareness Week? During this uncertain economy, it's more important than ever to choose wisely when making purchases. Visit a past SpartaBlog! post, "Why Did I Buy That?", for a peek at what goes through the minds of consumers. Also visit the web sites listed below for coupons, industry information, money-saving shopping tips, and advice to help you avoid being ripped off.
Consumer Behavior News (ScienceDaily) -- Ever wonder how -- or why -- advertising works? Do you know how much influence children have on their parents' buying decisions? Why do you feel less of an urge to buy something if you keep your hands off the merchandise? These questions and more are answered by this column on the Science Daily web site.
Consumer.gov -- This web site compiles safety, health and consumer protection information from a variety of government agencies, including the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency and many others. Don't miss the Scam Alert! feature, which provides warnings about online fraud, identity theft and other crimes that target consumers.
ConsumerWorld -- If you want to compare prices before you buy, look for discounts, research brands and find amazing new ways to save money, you've come to the right place!
The Consumerist Blog -- A forum for wary shoppers (some of them a wee bit angry!) to share information about how they've been fleeced -- so you don't have to fall into the same trap. No wonder they call it the web site where "Shoppers Bite Back"!
Consumer Behavior: The Psychology of Marketing. Lars Perner, Ph.D., University of Southern California -- For some scholarly research on why consumers buy what they do (even if they shouldn't), visit this web site. The author is the Assistant Professor of Clinical Marketing at the Marshall School of Business, U.S.C.
Coupons.com -- The name of this web site says it all. Print your own coupons to save money on your favorite brand-name products.
MyCoupons -- This coupon site can be searched by the type of product you're buying, or by the name of the store. Includes national chains like WalMart, Staples, Best Buy, Toys"R"Us and more.
Coupon Cabin -- Before you order anything online, visit this web site first! Click the web coupons to save money on your entire order. Includes stores like Target, Home Depot and K-Mart, as well as services like flower delivery, tax preparation and Weight Watchers.
"2009 Lincoln Cents." The U.S. Mint. 7 April 2009. http://www.usmint.gov/kids/coinNews/cents/