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3 last-minute tax moves

March 26th, 2015
3 last-minute tax moves With just a few weeks left of tax-season 2015, here are a few actions worth taking to save you money on 2014 taxes, jumpstart savings for you or a relative, or possibly get a tax break on health...

Is an updated Apple TV media player coming?

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March 26th, 2015
Is an updated Apple TV media player coming? With its recent product announcements and HBO Now exclusive deal, Apple has been in the news of late. Now comes the scuttlebutt that the company is planning a new...

5 things we liked about the BMW X5

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March 26th, 2015
5 things we liked about the BMW X5 The odometer is a great gauge of how much the Consumer Reports auto-testing team enjoys the cars we review. Most vehicles have about 12,000 miles on them at the end of our testing,...

High-performance 2016 Ford Focus RS spools up 315+ hp

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March 25th, 2015
High-performance 2016 Ford Focus RS spools up 315+ hp Ford has pulled the wraps off the U.S. version of the smoking-hot Focus RS hatchback, just days ahead of its New York International Auto Show debut. The RS will be...

12 ways to save even more at Costco

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March 25th, 2015
12 ways to save even more at Costco If you’re a Costco member, you probably know a thing or two about saving a buck. But there are ways to cut costs even further at the ubiquitous warehouse club, with its nearly...

BMW releases important software update for i3 electric car

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March 25th, 2015
BMW releases important software update for i3 electric car The BMW i3 earned one of the highest scores of any electric car when we tested it. But it gave us a few disconcerting moments when we were driving it...

5 small HDTVs from 2014 are good bargains in 2015

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March 25th, 2015
5 small HDTVs from 2014 are good bargains in 2015 While there's nothing like a giant-screen TV for watching movies and TV shows in the main viewing room of your house, many of us are looking for smaller sets for...

10 great gas grills for $300 or less

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March 24th, 2015
10 great gas grills for $300 or less Most gas grills sold cost less than $300. If that’s what you’re planning to spend then consider these 10 grills from Consumer Reports’ latest tests. They’re...

8 tips to help you sell your own home

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March 24th, 2015
8 tips to help you sell your own home With real estate agents’ commissions often as high as 6 percent of a home’s sale price, it’s tempting to hang out a “For Sale by Owner” sign and...

Tackle retirement health costs early

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March 24th, 2015
Tackle retirement health costs early Would you happen to have a spare $220,000 on you? That lofty sum is what Fidelity estimates the average husband and wife, both age 65 and retiring this year, would need in current...

Best deals on small cars

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March 24th, 2015
Best deals on small cars Low gas prices favor shoppers looking for small, fuel-efficient cars, but the market trend shows many buyers are looking to bigger models. If history has taught us one thing, it is that gas...

Get money back for energy-efficient upgrades

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March 24th, 2015
Get money back for energy-efficient upgrades Typically, energy-efficient home improvements involve spending money now so you can save on your energy bills later. And for some upgrades such as solar panels, the payback...

Talking Cars podcast tackles Tesla and the self-driving car

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March 24th, 2015
Talking Cars podcast tackles Tesla and the self-driving car Despite demonstrations of self-driving cars by Google and Audi, it’s easy to think of this technology as being years in the future. But once again, Tesla...

You and Amazon Fire TV can now get a hotel room

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March 24th, 2015
You and Amazon Fire TV can now get a hotel room Ever think your Amazon Fire TV or Amazon Fire TV Stick would make a great traveling companion? Thanks to an upcoming software update, according to Amazon, both devices...

The disappointing dozen: Cars that fail to measure up

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March 24th, 2015
The disappointing dozen: Cars that fail to measure up Look no further than our annual Top Picks list and you’ll see there are many great cars on the market today. At the other end of the spectrum are models that...