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An alternative approach to investing in stocks

September 19th, 2014
An alternative approach to investing in stocks If you believe that a robot uprising is in our future or that 3D printing will revolutionize manufacturing, you might be tempted to make a little money from it. And there...

Cub Cadet lawn tractors get full makeover for 2015

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September 19th, 2014
Cub Cadet lawn tractors get full makeover for 2015 MTD, maker of Cub Cadet, Troy-Bilt and other outdoor-gear brands, seems to be going all-out to woo anyone considering a lawn tractor in the coming year. Consumer...

7 questions you need to ask your financial adviser

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September 19th, 2014
7 questions you need to ask your financial adviser Does your relationship with your financial adviser leave you with a nagging case of buyer’s remorse? Do you sense that somehow you should be getting...

Join Consumer Reports at the New York World Maker Faire 2014

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September 19th, 2014
Join Consumer Reports at the New York World Maker Faire 2014 On Sept. 20 and 21—that's this weekend!—the World Maker Faire descends on New York City. It's a festival featuring all things made by hand, from...

Should parents limit screen time for kids 12 and younger?

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September 18th, 2014
Should parents limit screen time for kids 12 and younger? Adults have been worried about kids watching too much TV since, well, forever. But it really is different now that we are all surrounded by screens nearly all...

The most and least reliable gas furnaces

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September 18th, 2014
The most and least reliable gas furnaces Today’s more-efficient gas furnaces can save you up to $40 for every $100 you spend on fuel compared with older models. That means that even though replacing a furnace can...

3 great iOS 8 features for now, and 3 for later

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September 18th, 2014
3 great iOS 8 features for now, and 3 for later If you're an iPhone user who's not in the market for the new iPhone 6 or 6 Plus, there is still and upgrade waiting for you. On Wednesday, Apple released iOS 8, the latest...

Amazon comes out with its first $100 tablet

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September 18th, 2014
Amazon comes out with its first $100 tablet Amazon today launched its lowest-priced tablet yet, which also happens to be the smallest we’ve seen so far. The $99 Kindle Fire HD has a 6-inch display, 1080p...

3 kitchen remodeling blunders to avoid

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September 17th, 2014
3 kitchen remodeling blunders to avoid There you are, standing in a kitchen design store or home center, and the stainless-steel appliances dazzle, the granite countertops add just the right warmth. This is what money,...

Clever toddler booster seats that are easier to install securely

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September 17th, 2014
Clever toddler booster seats that are easier to install securely Parents with child-seat-age kids have probably struggled at least once with seat installation. For such an important task, it can be far more complicated...

5 questions to ask yourself before you buy a smart watch

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September 17th, 2014
5 questions to ask yourself before you buy a smart watch Smart watches have been in the tech news a lot lately—particularly since Apple introduced its much-anticipated Apple Watch last week. Still, while some...

Craftsman claims its new snow blowers are quieter

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September 17th, 2014
Craftsman claims its new snow blowers are quieter Operating a snow blower has never been a quiet job—for the operator or the neighbors. But even if we get a lot of snow this winter, clearing it could be a bit more...

Squeezing the deal out of Verizon's double-talk

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September 16th, 2014
Squeezing the deal out of Verizon's double-talk When Verizon announced radically lower prices for its cell plans earlier this year, Dick Lambert was a happy man. Finally, the Minnesotan and his family could enjoy rates...

5 developments that may keep your child safer in cars

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September 16th, 2014
5 developments that may keep your child safer in cars Have you ever compared the way that you travelled in a car with the way your children do now? Have you ever reminisced about riding around in the “way...

7 ways to cut your heating costs this winter

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September 16th, 2014
7 ways to cut your heating costs this winter What’s the cheapest type of heating fuel? Prices are in constant flux, and they vary by region. Natural gas, the most common fuel type, cost the average U.S....