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Just Released: Consumer Reports' Best Cars

Updated: 02/23/2010 - With all the current bad news about cars, here's some good news. Consumer Reports has just released its 2010 Top Picks of the more than 280 cars tested. This year several new vehicles make the list.

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Just Released: Consumer Reports' Top Automakers

Posted: 02/23/2010 - With the upheaval in the car industry, which carmakers are the best? Consumer Reports-just out with its Annual Auto issue-names Honda and Subaru as the top carmakers.

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Coffee Taste Tests

Posted: 02/16/2010 - Coffee is one of America's favorite drinks. And coffee blends-are our favorite kind. Consumer Reports tested 37 and has some surprises.

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Battle Of The Washing Machines

Posted: 02/16/2010 - Washing machines have dropped in price this year-some by as much as 33%. Consumer Reports has entered the "Spin Zone" to help you find a good deal on a washer.

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Streaming Movies To Your TV

Posted: 02/16/2010 - Still getting off your couch to rent a movie? Now you can easily and cheaply stream movies from the Web onto your big screen TV and be watching a movie in minutes.

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Jump Start Healthier Eating

Posted: 02/16/2010 - While it might feel like it's impossible to change your family's bad eating habits-Consumer Reports says making small changes can often kick-start healthier eating.

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Garbage Bag Face-Off

Posted: 02/16/2010 - Americans spend almost two billion dollars a year on garbage bags! To make sure you're spending that money wisely, Consumer Reports tested the claims of two big names, including one bag that's being heavily advertised.

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Combating Deadly Hospital Infections

Posted: 02/08/2010 - They're hospitals' dirty and deadly little secret-central-line bloodstream infections. At least 30,000 patients die each year from them.

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Great "Green" Paints

Posted: 02/08/2010 - For the first time ever, paints that are better for the environment have earned top ratings in Consumer Reports' tests. These paints have very low levels of volatile organic compounds or VOC's-substances that contribute to ozone, smog, and respiratory problems.

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How Clean Is Bagged Salad?

Posted: 02/07/2010 - It seems like bagged salads are taking over the produce aisle. According to Mintel, a company that tracks consumer spending, almost three-quarters of all women buy prepackaged salads.

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What Really Makes You Mad?

Posted: 02/07/2010 - What annoys you the most? Consumer Reports surveyed Americans to see what their top gripes are. Here's what they found.

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Layaway To Save

Posted: 02/07/2010 - Almost half of all Americans are using their credit cards less. And an old way to pay-layaway-is on the rise as ore merchants offer extended payment plans.

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Car Myths That Cost You

Posted: 02/07/2010 - More than $700-that's what the average household spends a year on car maintenance. Consumer Reports says certain myths can lead people to do the wrong thing-and that can cost you.

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Energy Star Problems Persist

Posted: 01/14/2010 - If you want that new appliance you're shopping for to be an energy saver, it may be tough to get what you want-at least as it pertains to refrigerators.

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Best Windows 7 Laptops

Posted: 01/14/2010 - Have you been eying a new laptop? Well, waiting may have paid off. Consumer Reports says January is a good time to shop for Windows computers.

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Cut Your Phone, Cable, & Internet Costs

Posted: 01/11/2010 - If the cost of your cell phone, TV, and computer services are taking a bigger and bigger chunk from your paycheck, Consumer Reports says it's time to shop around.

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Improve Your Big-Screen Audio

Posted: 01/11/2010 - Sales of flat-screen TVs took off over the holidays. But the sound on that great-looking TV you bought probably doesn't match the picture in quality.

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Sudden Car Acceleration Safeguards

Posted: 01/11/2010 - Toyota recently recalled almost four million vehicles because of a possible problem with unintended acceleration. Consumer Reports has just completed an in-depth analysis of government data and found that Toyota isn't the only manufacturer with complaints.

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Ellipticals That Excel

Posted: 01/07/2010 - What's one of the most popular New Year's Resolutions? Losing weight. And exercising with an elliptical machine is a good way to do it.

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Tastier Frozen Diet Meals

Posted: 01/07/2010 - It's the New Year and many of us have resolved to lose weight and eat better. Could adding diet microwavable meals to the menu help?

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Skimpy Space-Heater Savings

Posted: 01/07/2010 - Sales of space heaters soar in the winter. But can space heaters actually save you money on your energy bills?

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"As Seen On TV" Product Tests

Posted: 01/04/2010 - Infomercial products are a $100-billion a year business. If you've bought an "As-Seen-On-TV" wonder only to be mega-disappointed, check out this next report.

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Best Bathroom Scales

Posted: 01/04/2010 - With two-thirds of Americans overweight, the United States ranks in the top three countries for obesity. While there's a lot that factors into getting your weight in check, health experts say weighing yourself regularly is key.

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Treadmills For Less

Posted: 01/04/2010 - Sales of home exercise equipment blip up in January. The most popular type of equipment is treadmills. Consumer Reports has the lowdown on which work best and which to avoid.

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Peeved About Puffed-Up Products

Posted: 12/11/2009 - You know the frustration-you open up a big box of cereal or that enormous bag of chips only to discover it's half empty.

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