5 Questions To Ask Before You Spend Your Hard-Earned Dollars

Here's how to make sure a company has your best interest at hand

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Nielsen and Essence held a power lunch recently to discuss the findings of their 2014 African American Consumer Report. The findings show that African-American women are conscious spenders. Of the women surveyed, 79% agreed that it is important to trust a brand when purchasing its products.

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Cheryl Pearson-McNeil, Nielsen’s SVP of U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement offered the following 5 questions to help women stay conscious when shopping.

1. Was the product available in my neighborhood?

2. Does the manufacturer hire people that look like me?

3. Do I see positive images of myself reflected by the company?

4. Does the company support causes important to my community?

5. Am I still willing to spend my money with this company?