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- You’ve heard it before: You need at least five servings of fruits and veggies a day! Juicing offers a way to up that number. And Americans are catching on. Sales of juicers are up 25 percent in the past year. Want to get in on the health trend? Consumer Reports tests juicers to find the best.
- Tablets have been one of the fastest growing consumer electronics. But sales are starting to level off. And the laptop market has been declining for some time. Now there’s an emerging class of computers that combines a laptop and a tablet. Consumer Reports checked to see whether they’re worth considering.
Dangers Of Portable Heaters
- Space heaters can warm up a chilly room. But beware. They account for one-third of all home-heating fires each year, and more than 80 percent of home-heating fire deaths. Consumer Reports has just tested more than two dozen space heaters and says if you have an older one, consider replacing it. The new ones have gotten safer.
Ford Mustang At 50
- The Ford Mustang is celebrating the big 5 – 0 by introducing the latest 2015 model. Consumer Reports tested the first Mustang 50 years ago and got a sneak peek of the latest model at its test track.
But to really appreciate the 2015 Mustang, you have to appreciate the rich history behind this pony car.
Effective Flu Prevention
- With flu season around the corner, Consumer Reports says it’s best to get vaccinated as early as possible. The standard vaccine is now free, without a co-pay or deductible. But there are other types to consider, and one vaccine doesn’t require a shot at all.
Scoring Frequent Flyer Miles
- You can find the free health insurance rankings on Consumer Reports’ website. They include insurance plans available through employers, as well as private Medicare Advantage plans.
Finding Good Health Insurance
- The annual open enrollment period for many health insurance plans starts this month. That’s the time when you can make choices about your health coverage, whether you get your plan through work like 55 percent of Americans … or through a private Medicare plan. Consumer Reports has just released its analysis of more than one-thousand health care plans and outlines the top questions to consider before you choose.
Hidden Car Warranties
- Nothing’s more frustrating to a car owner than discovering peeling paint or a leaking sunroof on a car that’s not so old. Having to make expensive, post-warranty repairs can leave you feeling ripped off. But Consumer Reports says you might be able to get your car fixed for free –– if you know the secret.
- Coffee sales are on the rise, with most people buying blended coffees — those that are a combination of beans from two or more varieties. Consumer Reports tested dozens of coffees to help you wake up and smell the tastiest coffees.
High-Fee College Bank Cards
- As college students head off to school, they have to figure out how to set up their banking and receive their financial aid.
Campus-sponsored bank accounts and prepaid cards may seem an easy and convenient choice. And they often also serve as student IDs. But Consumer Reports has found some of these accounts could be a fee trap.
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