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Top treadmills for every budget You can spend $400 on a new treadmill or 10 times that amount. Based on our latest treadmill Ratings of more than 40 models, paying top dollar will get you top… Read more

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What to do after your home is destroyed What can a homeowner expect in the aftermath of a major catastrophe—say a fire or tornado that destroys a home completely? Pam Johnson, a Property Field Adjustor with USAA… Read more

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How do you research assisted-living homes for your parents? Q. How do you research an assisted-living facility for your parents?—Marilyn McCabe, via e-mail A. Start by asking sources that you know and… Read more

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Can you use a mulching blade if you’re bagging lawn clippings? Q. I always mulch when mowing, and sometimes I bag clippings to reduce thatch buildup. How is bagging efficiency affected as a result of using a mulching… Read more

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Why Walmart ice cream sandwiches don’t melt Have you picked up on all the buzz about Walmart Great Value ice cream sandwiches that, so the story goes, don’t melt? We’re not kidding. One YouTube video about the… Read more

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Are programmable thermostats good for electric heat pumps? Q. Many sources, including Consumer Reports, extol the advantages of programmable thermostats. But are they a good thing for electric heat pumps, which deliver… Read more

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Make your vacation memorable, not miserable If you’re planning a final summer getaway, take note of these travel gotchas so your trip is memorable, not miserable. Car-rental hassles To avoid getting sucked in by… Read more

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All-new 2015 Acura TLX aims to serve as the Goldilocks solution Designed to be the Goldilocks model in the automaker’s three-sedan lineup, the 2015 Acura TLX is not too big, garish, or striking looking. It… Read more

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When it pays to replace your windows Owning a home has its joys but there’s always something to add to the to-do list. Replacing all the windows comes to mind when rooms feel drafty and flyers arrive in the… Read more

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7 ways to make the most money at your garage sale Are your ready for your garage sale? Surely you haven’t forgotten that National Garage Sale Day is tomorrow. That’s right, on Aug. 9—National Garage… Read more

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Forget the juice and eat the whole fruit instead Q. Is drinking 100 percent fruit juice as healthful as eating the whole fruit? A. No. Juice derived from fruit with no added ingredients, or 100 percent fruit juice, is… Read more

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Share your hospital experience Think back to the last time you, or someone you love, were in the hospital. How were you treated? I don’t mean the procedure you had or the medication you were prescribed. I mean how… Read more

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Yes, you really do need a bike helmet When I learned how to ride a bike in the early 1960s, the only accessories we considered were a basket and a bell. A helmet? Hardly. They weren’t even made until the ’70s…. Read more

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Ordering drugs online can be risky The government is getting serious about cracking down on shady Internet pharmacies that sell prescription drugs and controlled substances to people without a prescription. One way to… Read more

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Marta Tellado Named President & CEO of Consumer Reports Visionary brings decades of social justice leadership to top advocacy group YONKERS, NY (July 15, 2014) — Consumer Reports, the largest and most trusted… Read more