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When it pays to replace your windows

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...

ShopSmart Uncovers Hidden Health Risks in Beauty Products

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July 15th, 2014
ShopSmart Uncovers Hidden Health Risks in Beauty Products ShopSmart Uncovers Hidden Health Risks in Beauty Products Investigation warns of bogus ‘natural’ beauty claims, ingredients to avoid; Plus, apps that...

Water-saving toilets from Consumer Reports’ tests

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July 14th, 2014
Water-saving toilets from Consumer Reports’ tests Almost one-third of the water we use in our homes is flushed down the toilet. That’s why federal standards limit new toilets to 1.6 gallons per flush....

Airplane Wi-Fi expands but gets a lukewarm reception

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July 14th, 2014
Airplane Wi-Fi expands but gets a lukewarm reception Your odds of flying on a plane with Internet access keep getting better. A rising number of domestic flights—close to half, according to a New York Times...

How to decode a sunscreen label

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July 14th, 2014
How to decode a sunscreen label Natural, tear-free, sting-free, and pediatrician recommended. These are just  some of the claims sunscreen manufacturers make on their product labels. They may sound authoritative,...

10 things you need to know about the Toyota Prius

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July 14th, 2014
10 things you need to know about the Toyota Prius Consumer Reports readers love the Toyota Prius, as evidenced by its high ranking year after year in our annual owner satisfaction survey. And it’s not just the...

Are curved TVs any better than flat TVs?

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July 14th, 2014
Are curved TVs any better than flat TVs? After years of pushing ever-flatter, thinner TVs, manufacturers are throwing buyers a curve—literally, with curved-screen sets. This year Samsung has curved Ultra HD TVs...

5 best laptops and tablets for back to school

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July 14th, 2014
5 best laptops and tablets for back to school Students need a lot more than pencils and notebooks in today’s classrooms: The way they learn has changed radically since computers and the Internet arrived. As an...

How does Consumer Reports calculate predicted reliability for cars?

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July 13th, 2014
How does Consumer Reports calculate predicted reliability for cars? Q. I have been researching cars for my next purchase and would like to know how  “predicted reliability” is calculated? I’ve...