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Consumer Your guide to gift cards - they're not all the same Your guide to gift cards - they're not all the same
Chances are gift cards are on your shopping list. Once again this year, they top the holiday wish list.

Keep in mind: There are two different types of gift cards.

Brand-specific gift cards can only be used at one store. For instance, you can only use a Staples gift card at Staples.
Consumer Don't let your Christmas tree burn down the house Don't let your Christmas tree burn down the house
A Christmas tree is supposed to light up the room, not burn down your house. But it happens – hundreds of times each year.

A dry tree can burst into flames, setting the room on fire in less than a minute.

If you're getting a cut tree, make sure it's fresh. A fresh tree is green.
Consumer Even good windows don't last forever Even good windows don't last forever
I think we all know that single-pane windows waste energy. That's why many of us have replaced those old windows with double-pane windows. They're made from two pieces of glass with some gas in between them.
Consumer Cyber shopping, holiday apps bring more cyber fraud Cyber shopping, holiday apps bring more cyber fraud(Video)
'Tis the season for comparing prices, sharing savings and downloading deals online. But whether you're on a desk top, a lop top or that computer in your palm, the holiday season increases your chance of clicking yourself into a cyber snare.
Consumer TurboRoaster: Does it work? TurboRoaster: Does it work?(Video)
A new product called "TurboRoaster" claims to cut time in half when you're roasting a whole turkey. It also promises a tasty, juicy bird -- and marketers are really pushing it for the holidays. But does it work?
Consumer Holiday food is not for your pet! Holiday food is not for your pet!
With so many leftovers, it might be tempting to give your pets some table scraps. Don't do it. These rich and fatty foods can create serious problems for their digestive system.
Consumer Side Socket: Does it work? Side Socket: Does it work?(Video)
Household electronics make our lives a lot easier, but they can also make things a lot messier because of all the cords and cables. A product called "Side Socket" promises to help solve that problem by repositioning the sockets so they face the sides of the outlet. The commercials promise teh device creates extra space in your room by allowing you to push your furniture closer to the wall.
Consumer The straight scoop on multivitamins The straight scoop on multivitamins
Should you take a multivitamin? And if you do, will that little pill boost your immune system or help you avoid breast cancer or heart disease, as some products now claim?
Consumer Senior falls can be deadly Senior falls can be deadly
As we get older, we tend to fall more. For seniors, a fall can be fatal or result in premature death.
Consumer Donor beware:  Don't fall for typhoon relief charity scams Donor beware: Don't fall for typhoon relief charity scams(Video)
Churches and charities are springing into action to help typhoon victims in the Philippines, and scammers are springing into action too. I decided to pose as a scammer for part of the day, to show how charity scams can fool you even if you think you can spot a fraud.
Consumer Why you should check under your deck Why you should check under your deck
You spent most of the summer on your deck. When's the last time you looked under it? If it's been awhile, maybe you should get under there.