Have you already started making a list and checking it twice?

Have you already started making a list and checking it twice?

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and no matter what's on your loved one's wish list, check in with Consumer Reports before you shop to make sure you get the most for your money.

Published by Consumers Union (CU), an independent, non-profit organization, Consumer Reports magazine has long provided unbiased product information on cars, electronic equipment, household products, food, personal finance, home maintenance and health and fitness products.

Did you know that the trusted information you've come to expect from Consumer Reports is available any time of the day or night through Worthington Libraries' website, worthingtonlibraries.org?

It's true! ConsumerReports.org provides access to the same valuable consumer information available in the magazine, which means you can browse in-depth product information and ratings on thousands of products.

See a demonstration and learn more about the resource's online-only content on Wednesday, Nov. 6 during Holiday Savings 101. During the program, which starts at 7 p.m. at Northwest Library, 2280 Hard Road, not only will you learn how ConsumerReports.org can help you determine the best brands to buy, Mary Hoover will help you identify the best places to shop.

Hoover is the owner of Mission: to Save, a blog that helps readers save money by identifying weekly match ups, coupons, Facebook freebies and more at popular stores. Entertainment and restaurant deals -- including kids eat free offers -- are also included.

Whether you're a coupon newbie or no stranger to the world of serious saving, there's something for you at MissiontoSave.com. For beginners, there are tips on shopping successfully at stores like CVS and Walgreens and suggestions for places to find coupons besides the traditional newspaper insert.

For coupon kings and queens, Hoover compiles Deals of the Week -- lists of some of the best deals at Target, Meijer, Giant Eagle, Earth Fare and others.

If you're overwhelmed by all the coupons you collect, don't worry, MissiontoSave.com includes a link to a video tutorial about coupon binder organization.

Hillary Kline is communications specialist for Worthington Libraries.