12 On Your Side: Save on emergency prep supplies, child car seat upgrade, home prices surge

This week’s consumer roundup from Marilyn Moritz!

Happy Friday and Earth Day!

Here’s something for you weekend to-do list: stock up on batteries or buy that generator you’ve been thinking about. Saturday through Monday, Texans pay no sales tax on emergency prep supplies – things like lanterns, cellphone chargers, and smoke detectors. There is no limit on the number of items you buy, but there is a price limit on generators ($3,000).

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As you know, it’s no fun to be flashlight-less and have a dead cellphone during a storm that has you stuck inside. We have the list of qualified items on our website. Be prepared!

On a very serious note – as the investigation into some popular powdered infant formulas continues, a young mother shared her heartbreaking story with me.  Last summer, her newborn son died from a bacterial infection.  Months later, the formula that she says she had been feeding him was recalled. It has the attention of the FDA now.  You can watch her story here, and we’ll keep you updated with any developments.

If your child’s car seat needs an upgrade,  you can take advantage of Target’s trade-in program. Basically, you drop off the old seat and you get a 20%-off coupon to use toward the purchase of a new one or other qualified baby gear.

Heads up house-hunters. Prices of existing homes continue to rise – and not just in San Antonio.  Demand is high and inventory is slim-pickin’s, especially in the under $300K category.  Advice from realtors:  Have your financing in order and ready to go and be prepared to be flexible on your must-haves.

Have a great weekend!


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As a consumer reporter, Marilyn is all about helping people stay safe and save a buck. Since coming to KSAT in 1985, she’s covered everything from crime to politics, winning awards for her coverage of the Mexican Mafia, Oklahoma tornadoes, children’s transplants, an investigation into voting irregularities and even a hit-and-run Santa Claus.