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Hidden Car Warranties

Posted: 09/28/2014 - 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.

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Best-Tasting Coffee

Posted: 09/28/2014 - 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.

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High-Fee College Bank Cards

Posted: 09/21/2014 - 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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Versatile Blu-Ray Players

Posted: 09/14/2014 - Millions of Americans now watch video that’s streamed to their TV over the Internet. Many use set-top boxes like Apple TV and Roku. Now Consumer Reports just has just tested the latest Blu-ray players and says they are another great option for streaming video to your television.

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Best Buy Portable Generators

Posted: 09/07/2014 - Sales of portable generators spike every time the power gets knocked out. A good one can keep the basics running. Consumer Reports just tested more than 40 and can tell you which generators offer the best performance, so you have power when you need it.

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Tasty/Healthy Breakfast Cereals

Posted: 09/07/2014 - Cereal is a staple in 91 percent of American households. Most eat it for breakfast, but 11 percent have cereal for dinner, according to the market research company Mintel. Consumer Reports hunted down the most nutritious cereals that are also tasty.

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Help. My Cell Phone Battery Died

Posted: 08/18/2014 - You’re on the road and your phone goes dead. Sound familiar? Nearly half of vacationers say dead phone batteries are a problem, according to a Consumer Reports’ survey. For those times when you can’t plug in, Consumer Reports checked out some smart new ways to keep your phone alive.

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Best Greek Yogurt

Posted: 08/11/2014 - Yogurt continues to grow in popularity. Sales now top 7 billion dollars a year. A lot of the latest growth is propelled by Greek-style yogurt. Consumer Reports just tested more than two dozen Greek yogurts to find the best.

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Blender may Pose Safety Risk

Posted: 08/10/2014 - Makers of the popular “As Seen on TV” product — the “NutriBullet” — have come out with a new version. It’s supposed to be even more powerful for creating healthy drinks, but Consumer Reports says it could pose a safety risk.

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Ultra HD TV's

Posted: 08/05/2014 - Just when you thought you had the sharpest picture possible on your high-definition television … manufacturers are promoting ultra high-definition, also called ultra H-D, U-H-D or 4-K. It takes picture detail to the next level. Should you buy an ultra high-def TV? Consumer Reports just tested some of the latest sets.

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Appliances For Back To College

Posted: 08/03/2014 - Heading back to college? Consumer Reports tests loads of appliances that can help stock your new digs — everything from toaster ovens to coffeemakers.

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Back To School Laptops

Posted: 08/03/2014 - Back-to-school shopping is the second biggest spending spree of the year, according to the National Retail Federation. And these days, students need a lot more than pencils and paper. If a new computer is on your must-have list, Consumer Reports has suggestions for kids of all ages.

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Best Ice Cream

Posted: 07/20/2014 - Who doesn’t love ice cream? More than 90 percent of the ice cream we eat, we scoop out at home. So Consumer Reports set out to find the best-tasting ice cream in the supermarket. They focused on America’s top-selling flavor. One hint — it’s NOT chocolate.

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Choosing The Right Carry-On Luggage

Posted: 07/20/2014 - Flying with a carry-on bag can save you fifty dollars or more per trip. No wonder sales are up. Before you buy, Consumer Reports has advice on what features are most important.

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What To Buy At Costco

Posted: 07/20/2014 - Looking to load up on bargains at a warehouse store? Costco is the largest national warehouse chain. It has a great reputation for delivering quality goods at great prices. But you need to shop strategically, or that oversized shopping cart can fill up with things that might not be a good value. Here’s some things Consumer Reports says are worth buying at Costco.

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Gadgets For Your Grill

Posted: 07/13/2014 - With grilling season heating up, all kinds of gadgets promise to take your grill to a new level. Consumer Reports tested several to see how well they work.

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Natrual Foods...Not

Posted: 07/13/2014 - One of the latest lures in the grocery aisle — food labeled “natural.” It sounds like a better choice, right? In fact, a just-released Consumer Reports’ survey found that 59 percent of people look for foods labeled “natural” when they shop. But Consumer Reports says it’s essentially meaningless claim.

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Effective, Non-Toxic Drain Cleaner

Posted: 07/06/2014 - Clogged drains are big business. We spend 288 million dollars a year on drain cleaners and plenty more on plumbers. Consumer Reports tested a 20-dollar device that promises to work without caustic chemicals or a costly plumber visit.

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Best & Worst Fast Foods

Posted: 07/06/2014 - Hitting the road this summer? You may want to drive past big national chains like McDonald’s and Taco Bell. A Consumer Reports survey of more than 30-thousand of its readers turned up lots of other choices that they say are much tastier.

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No-Contract Cell Service

Posted: 06/23/2014 - Verizon, A-T-and-T, and T-Mobile now all offer cell-phone service without a two-year service contract. It may sound like a good deal, but Consumer Reports studied 78 options — offered by 12 different carriers –– and finds that being contract-free is not always a bargain.

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Tasty Salad Dressings

Posted: 06/23/2014 - Summer is salad time, and supermarkets have shelf after shelf of salad dressings. How to choose? The biggest sellers are Hidden Valley and Kraft, but Consumer Reports found tastier options.

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How To Get Free Stuff

Posted: 06/22/2014 - If you think there’s no such thing as free lunch, think again. There are lots of products you can get online without having to pay a cent. Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine has found the best freebies — everything from cosmetics to pet food.

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Long-Lasting Nail Polish

Posted: 06/12/2014 - The nail-color industry has enjoyed stellar growth in the past few years, as women head to salons for specialty services like gel manicures and pedicures. But for a simple nail-color change, women prefer to do it themselves. Consumer Reports tested polishes for its ShopSmart magazine to find the longest-lasting nail polishes.

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