GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - It’s the season when perhaps more than ever, saving time and money is most important to consumers. Right on time, Twin Cities Consumers’ Checkbook is releasing new advice and ratings to help.

Executive Editor Kevin Brasler stopped by to tell us why you should think hard about getting one of those medical alert devices we’ve seen the commercials for, and whether air duct cleaning is a smart service or a bunch of, well, hot air.

Checkbook is also offering KARE viewers a month of full access to its normally subscriber-based service free, at Checkbook.org/KARE/free.