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7 steps to take if Avis Car Rental overcharges you

September 22nd, 2014
7 steps to take if Avis Car Rental overcharges you Editor’s note: “On Your Side” is a new Consumer Reports feature that coaches real consumers on how to solve their real problems. Our first case...

When to repair and when to replace your windows

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September 22nd, 2014
When to repair and when to replace your windows Before you start shopping for new windows, you need to know what can be fixed or done to make the windows you have now more energy-efficient. Of course, replacing your old...

Go to college for free if you're over 50

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September 21st, 2014
Go to college for free if you're over 50 Here’s a paradox: If you’re young and eager to complete a college degree, the expenses can be crushing. But if you’re 50-plus and in no hurry, you may be able...

Do women or men save more for retirement?

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September 20th, 2014
Do women or men save more for retirement? A recent report by the U.S. Census Bureau underlines the challenges women have not only in earning a decent living, but also in financing retirement. Women make less than...

That designer dress you bought could be a fake

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September 20th, 2014
That designer dress you bought could be a fake The last thing you want after spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars on a designer wedding gown or any other product is to find out it's a not-so-fabulous fake....

Cheerios beats store-brand 'Os' for taste

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September 20th, 2014
Cheerios beats store-brand 'Os' for taste If you’re a fan of Cheerios, you’ve probably wondered whether you should try one of the (mostly) cheaper store brands. But do you have to sacrifice nutrition or...

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus gain on top Android models

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September 19th, 2014
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus gain on top Android models The Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit stores today. Consumer Reports buys the products we evaluate just like ordinary consumers do, without revealing our identities. So at 1:00...

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus gain on top Android models

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September 19th, 2014
iPhone 6 and 6 Plus gain on top Android models The Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus hit stores today. Consumer Reports buys the products we evaluate just like ordinary consumers do, without revealing our identities. So at 1:00...

Don't deny consumers the right to sound off online

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September 19th, 2014
Don't deny consumers the right to sound off online If you’ve got a beef with a business, you might go to an online review site such as Yelp, Angie’s List, or TripAdvisor and tell readers about your bad...

Camera companies focus on new advanced models at European photo show

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September 19th, 2014
Camera companies focus on new advanced models at European photo show Almost all of the major camera companies have introduced at least one advanced camera—either an SLR, a mirrorless SLR-like, or an advanced...

An alternative approach to investing in stocks

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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...