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The best places to buy exercise equipment January is the busiest time of year for exercise equipment sales, as well-fed consumers look to make good on their health-based New Year’s resolutions. But if you’re considering… Read more

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Should I upgrade my old computer or buy a new one? Q. I am trying to decide between replacing the hard drive on my 2007 iMac for $250 or buying a new iMac for about $1,350. The old iMac is meeting my needs, and… Read more

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What to do if you lock your keys in the car The odds are you’ll lock your keys in the car sometime, and those odds are on the increase. The American Automobile Association reports that it gets calls from more than… Read more

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Don’t get ripped off at the checkout during the holidays During the holiday shopping rush, whether you’re buying gifts, food, decorations or anything else, it’s easy to lose focus on what you’re… Read more

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Holiday shipping deadlines: Make sure your Christmas gifts arrive on time If want all of your holiday gifts to arrive by Christmas this year, you’d better finish your gift shopping soon. Check out the deadline… Read more

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The best time to buy things, month by month Every day you probably get e-mail, texts, tweets, and circulars announcing great sales. The days of watching the calendar and buying products at the time of year when prices… Read more

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8 products on deep discount in December   This time of year you’ll see plenty of discount signs in stores. You might think just about everything is on sale for the holidays. But Consumer Reports product… Read more

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Why you should shop around for health insurance every year Q. I bought a Michigan Blue Cross plan on HealthCare.gov last year for $143 a month. This year the same plan costs $218. Why? My income hasn’t… Read more

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Don’t count out the e-book reader—new models are better than ever The e-ink screens on most e-book readers are already about as good as they can get—text is crisp and very readable, even in bright light. But… Read more

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How to take a good holiday photo If you’re getting together with family during the holidays, you may want to capture the moments by shooting candid photos or even a formal portrait. To get the best results, try… Read more

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Should Walmart be your next bank? Everyone loves Walmart’s power to deliver bargains. So the recent news that the mega retailer will offer smart-phone-friendly GoBank checking accounts alongside WrestleMania… Read more

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How to dispute your credit report An error on your credit report can make it harder—or impossible—to get a loan. Bad credit can also hurt your chances of getting a job offer or obtaining affordable… Read more

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Are crowds ruining Black Friday? Come this extended holiday weekend, more Americans will be thinking about turkey, football, parades, and leftovers instead of shopping. According to Consumer Reports’ latest… Read more

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Top 10 Black Friday TV deals for 2014 Finding the best deal on a TV can take a lot of time and effort. To help you find the right TV at the right price, we’ve spent the past few weeks scouring ads from Target and… Read more

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Automotive turkeys of the year We have a lot to be thankful for in the automotive world. Cars are more sophisticated than ever, with continued innovation related to entertainment, fuel economy, and safety. But even as… Read more