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Top treadmills for every budget

August 11th, 2014
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...

What to do after your home is destroyed

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August 11th, 2014
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...

How do you research assisted-living homes for your parents?

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August 11th, 2014
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...

Can you use a mulching blade if you're bagging lawn clippings?

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August 11th, 2014
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...

Why Walmart ice cream sandwiches don't melt

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August 11th, 2014
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...

Are programmable thermostats good for electric heat pumps?

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August 11th, 2014
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...

Make your vacation memorable, not miserable

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August 11th, 2014
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...

All-new 2015 Acura TLX aims to serve as the Goldilocks solution

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August 11th, 2014
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...

When it pays to replace your windows

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August 11th, 2014
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...

7 ways to make the most money at your garage sale

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August 11th, 2014
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...

Forget the juice and eat the whole fruit instead

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July 23rd, 2014
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...

Share your hospital experience

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July 23rd, 2014
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...

Yes, you really do need a bike helmet

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July 23rd, 2014
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....

Ordering drugs online can be risky

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July 23rd, 2014
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...

Marta Tellado Named President & CEO of Consumer Reports

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July 15th, 2014
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...