Before you commit to buying a big-ticket item like an automobile, a television or a digital camera, it's best to shop around, right? Well, today that adage applies to everything you do. Whenever you have to make a decision or choose between several different options, take the time to do your research. Be sure to make your time count, too -- consult an objective source for the information you can rely on. Propaganda could sway your decision in the wrong direction.