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Deferred-Interest Gotchas

Posted: 11/17/2013 - Buy now, pay later offers on big purchases sound great. You can often get on-the-spot approval for a loan you might not have to pay off for years. But Consumer Reports says beware. Miss a bill deadline by just one day or carry a balance past the no-interest promotion period, and you could get slammed with mountains of interest.

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Great Holiday Wine

Posted: 11/17/2013 - Holiday celebrations and sipping wine often go hand-in-hand –– but where do you start when you’re shopping for a good bottle? Are you gifting it or drinking it? What are you eating with it? How much do you want to spend? If the choices seem overwhelming, stay tuned –– the wine experts at Consumer Reports can help!

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Digging Out From Student Loans

Posted: 11/13/2013 - Student debt has reached an alarming benchmark. It now tops one trillion dollars. Loans for higher education exceed all other consumer loans except mortgages. Two-thirds of college graduates carry a debt burden. Consumer Reports says it is twisting the lives of young people and creating a drag on the economy.

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Quick Flat-Tire Fixes

Posted: 11/10/2013 - Nearly every new car used to come with a spare tire, but these days spares are no longer standard. And even if you have a spare, changing a tire is no fun. Consumer Reports just tested eight products that offer an easy solution.

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Cell-Phone Charging Mats

Posted: 11/10/2013 - If you’ve ever hunted unsuccessfully for the charging cord for your cell phone, you can imagine the convenience of a charging mat. Just plug it into the wall and drop your phone on the mat to recharge the battery. Consumer Reports just tested several charging mats to see if they deliver.

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Lower-Priced Pro-Style Ranges

Posted: 11/03/2013 - Wishing you could whip up dinner for guests on a new pro-style range this Thanksgiving? Consumer Reports puts pro-style kitchen ranges to the test — including some from Costco that cost thousands less.

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Heidi Klum Stroller Safety Problem

Posted: 10/31/2013 - An important Consumer Reports safety alert is out today. A stroller travel system marketed by Heidi Klum — star of Project Runway and America’s Got Talent — has a safety issue.

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Costly Headphone Disappoints

Posted: 10/31/2013 - Just about everyone seems to be wearing headphones these days. Ones called non-isolating headphones are especially good for joggers. They don’t have a seal between the earpieces and your ears, so you can hear outside sounds as well as your music. Consumer Reports tested 10 costing between 30 and 150 dollars.

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Best Bacon

Posted: 10/30/2013 - Bacon –– it isn’t just for breakfast anymore. The crispy, salty treat is showing up everywhere –– in pizzas, salads, entrées — and even in non-food products. But beware — eating bacon can also be a health-buster. So Consumer Reports helps you find which brands are worth the splurge.

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Best & Worst Cars And Carmakers

Posted: 10/28/2013 - The results of Consumer Reports’ annual car reliability survey are in. Japanese automakers came out on top, but this year they face some stiff competition.

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You & The New Health Care Law

Posted: 10/27/2013 - Starting on January first, just about everyone in the U-S will be required to have health insurance. It’s one of the main provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Consumer Reports finds most people are confused about how the new law affects them — but help is available.

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Too Much Of A Good Thing

Posted: 10/21/2013 - Orange juice with vitamin C and calcium … nutrition bars with added vitamins … energy drinks, too! Americans spend billions of dollars on fortified foods every year. Consumer Reports takes a closer look at downside of foods with added nutrients.

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Impressive 3D Printers

Posted: 10/20/2013 - When you hear “printer,” you think of that machine that spits out paper and photos. Three-D printers are completely different devices that create three-dimensional objects. Consumer Reports tested three, costing from 800 dollars to almost three thousand, to see what they can do.

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Top Pickup Trucks

Posted: 10/20/2013 - Pickup trucks are the top-selling vehicles in America, with nearly two million bought every year. The Ford F-150 leads the pack in sales. But the new Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 bring some stiff competition. Consumer Reports just compared the three.

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Are Popped Chips Healthier?

Posted: 10/20/2013 - A trip down the snack aisle can be predictable –– chips, pretzels, popcorn. But there’s another snack that’s become quite trendy, thanks to Hollywood and some music superstars. They’re popped chips — and the testers at Consumer Reports wanted to know what all the fanfare was about.

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Best Leaf Blowers

Posted: 10/13/2013 - Autumn leaves are a beautiful sight. But once those leaves hit the ground, they’re a nuisance! Consumer Reports tested 57 leaf blowers to find which do the best job cleaning the lawn.

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Latest TV Technology

Posted: 10/13/2013 - It’s no longer just L-C-D and plasma you have to consider when shopping for a television. There’s a revolution in TV display technology, with new types like O-LED and Ultra-HD. Consumer Reports has advice if you, like lots of people, are having trouble sorting it all out.

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Treadmill Desks: Workout At Work

Posted: 10/13/2013 - We’ve all heard that sitting all day is bad for our health. So what are the options for those of us who work at a desk for hours and hours? Consumer Reports tested what could be the desk of the future — a treadmill desk. Some people have already made the switch.

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Watch TV Free

Posted: 10/07/2013 - Hefty bills are prompting more and more people to dump their cable and satellite services. Instead, they’re tuning in with TV antennas for free over-the-air shows. Consumer Reports just tested ten digital TV antennas to see if they can help you save.

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Frozen Restaurant Meals

Posted: 10/06/2013 - We love frozen food. In fact, Americans spent 224 billion dollars on it last year and are expected to buy even more, according to industry analysts. Now restaurant chains are jumping on the bandwagon, putting versions of their dishes in the supermarket freezer case. Consumer Reports ran side-by-side comparisons to see how they measure up.

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Robotic Vacuums Grow Up

Posted: 10/06/2013 - Robotic vacuums used to be more like a high-priced toy than a cleaner. The first ones couldn’t pick up along edges and got tangled in the fringe of your rugs. But Consumer Reports’ latest test of robotic vacuums found they’ve improved quite a bit.

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Chain-Saw Danger

Posted: 10/02/2013 - With severe storms on the rise, more homeowners are buying chain saws to clean up fallen trees and branches. While many come equipped with safety features, chain saws still account for more than 30-thousand injuries and even some deaths every year. Consumer Reports has tips for handling chain saws safely.

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Top Pickup Trucks

Posted: 09/29/2013 - Pickup trucks are the top-selling vehicles in America, with nearly two million bought every year. The Ford F-150 leads the pack in sales. But the new Chevrolet Silverado and Ram 1500 bring some stiff competition. Consumer Reports just compared the three.

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Essential Flood Insurance

Posted: 09/23/2013 - Flooding is the number one natural disaster in the U-S. But most people don’t have adequate insurance to protect their home. Consumer Reports survey found one out of three homes damaged by floods during last year’s Hurricane Sandy were not covered, and those that were didn’t have enough coverage.

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Inexpensive Food Processors

Posted: 09/22/2013 - Many cooks rely on a food processor these days to handle the prep work. Consumer Reports just put 20 to the test and found top dollar delivers top performance, but you can get quite a bit of bang for your buck by spending as little as 50 dollars.

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