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Leaner Holiday Tipping

Posted: 11/16/2009 - Holiday tipping is a tradition, but if you start to get sweaty palms trying to figure out WHO to tip and HOW MUCH, you're not alone.

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Don't Get Burned With Heartburn

Posted: 11/16/2009 - Heartburn. It used to be, the treatment was to avoid spicy foods and pop a lot of antacids. That was before drug companies discovered that a little indigestion could mean big money.

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Costly Car Mistakes

Updated: 11/17/2009 - With money tight, you may be ignoring that strange noise under your hood. Consumer Reports warns-that could be a costly mistake!

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Confusing Food Labels

Posted: 11/09/2009 - Some of the healthy-sounding claims on the front of food packages are now under investigation by the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA is concerned that they may be misleading shoppers.

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Coffeemakers For Less

Posted: 11/09/2009 - While sales of most appliances are down, coffeemaker sales are perking right along. They're up 5% this year.

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Best Blu-Ray Players

Posted: 11/09/2009 - Prices on Blu-Ray players are coming down, and more and more Blu-ray movies are now available, so you may be thinking of getting a player-or giving one.

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Top-Performing Paper Towels

Posted: 11/09/2009 - 90% of American families use paper towels. But how do you know you're getting the best one for your money?

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Return Policy Gotchas

Posted: 11/02/2009 - Last year, a whopping 219-billion dollars worth of products were returned. Consumer Reports ShopSmart says in order not to get burned later put return policies on your radar now.

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Tasty High-Fiber Cereals

Posted: 10/19/2009 - Consumer Reports has just tested high-fiber cereals to see if at long last, flavor and fiber can go together.

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Super Showerheads

Posted: 10/19/2009 - Good showerheads can really make the difference. They can be easy to install, but figuring out which to buy is tough. Consumer Reports puts them to the test.

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So-So Chore Savers

Posted: 10/19/2009 - In our time-stressed world, products that promise to save time and effort can be big sellers. Consumer Reports tests three "make-your-life-easier products" to see if they really can save you time and effort.

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Safer Carbon-Monoxide Alarms

Posted: 10/19/2009 - Nearly 500 Americans die from carbon-monoxide poisoning each year. And more than 15,000 end up in emergency rooms.

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Tow Leads to Sign Dispute

Updated: 10/13/2009 - Jerry Subject claims his car was towed improperly from a city street by a private tow company.

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Airline Delays Double In 20 Years

Posted: 10/08/2009 - A nationwide study finds that long airline delays are twice as common as they were 20 years-ago.

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Lightweight Vacuums For Less

Posted: 10/06/2009 - Looking for an upright vacuum that won't break the bank or your back? There are lots of lightweight vacuums in stores, but Consumer Reports' latest tests show not all do a great job.

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Web Site Seals No Guarantee

Posted: 10/06/2009 - Online fraud costs consumers around a quarter of a billion dollars a year. With many sites sporting seals of approval, you might think they ensure a company is legitimate and your data is secure. Consumer Reports says that's not necessarily so.

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Top Two Hybrid Cars

Posted: 10/05/2009 - The Toyota Prius dominates the market for hybrid cars, and for the last eight years has been Consumer Reports' Top Pick Green Car. Now there's a redesigned Prius, as well as another promising new hybrid-the Ford Fusion.

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Healthier Snacks

Posted: 10/05/2009 - If you're a woman who snacks between meals, you're in good company. Consumer Reports National Research Center survey finds that 85% of women polled eat two snacks a day on average.

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Getting Rid Of Old Electronics

Posted: 10/05/2009 - When it comes to recycling, more than half of us are doing pretty well with bottles and cans, and even better with paper and plastic. Consumer Reports says we're not doing so well with our old electronics.

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Supersizing Brown-Bag Savings

Posted: 10/05/2009 - Packing a lunch isn't just for kids, especially these days. Consumer Reports ShopSmart has ways to add spark to lunches so you can start adding up the savings.

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Credit Squeeze Survival Guide

Posted: 10/01/2009 - More than half of all credit-card holders have been hit recently with sharply higher interest rates, or other fees and penalties. This according to a just-released survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center.

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Can You Trust User Reviews?

Posted: 10/01/2009 - Almost 80% of online shoppers check user reviews, according to a just-released Consumer Reports' poll. ShopSmart magazine cautions-you can't believe everything you read.

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Hit and Run Frustrations

Updated: 09/29/2009 - Gayle Riggs found and expensive dent in her van door while she had parked it on an Omaha street.

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