1. Have a Coke and a smile. And a tax: Seattle’s tax on sugary sodas started up on Jan. 1.
Meanwhile, the soda tax in Cook County, Ill., was repealed as of Nov. 30, but some customers tell the Chicago Tribune they’re still getting charged extra, anyway.
What do you think about paying extra for a Fanta in Seattle, but not, say, a 480-calorie grande peppermint white chocolate mocha Frappuccino?
2. Don’t sign on the dotted line: Big credit card companies like American Express, Mastercard and Discover are going to be phasing out signatures as a security requirement altogether as of April, which means that all parents of iGen kids likely have absolutely no hope of ever teaching their kids to sign their names properly.
Literate society was fun while it lasted.
3. Wait, what? In a move that could really affect where you decide to buy your toilet paper and Legos, an analyst has revealed his prediction that Amazon just may try to take over Target this year.
4. The costs of 2018: Gas? Jobs? Taxes? Housing? Experts tell The Associated Press their predictions for what lies ahead.
And looking back on 2017, an NBC News report shows the year was not kind to consumers as regulations got slashed in multiple areas, from Congress killing forced-arbitration rules to the FCC killing net neutrality.