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Super-Absorbent Toy Balls Caution

Posted: 04/10/2013 - They're colorful and alluring, but Consumer Reports says there's a potential safety hazard with popular small toy balls and beads that expand dramatically in water.

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Vitamin D Put To The Test

Posted: 04/08/2013 - Vitamin D is one of the most widely used supplements. Doctors have long recommended it along with calcium to help prevent bone fractures.

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Save On TV, Phone, & Internet

Posted: 04/04/2013 - To save on TV, Internet, and phone bills, many people get all three services from the same company. These "triple plays" get you steep discounts, but only for a limited time. Then bills often shoot up.

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Best Travel Cards For You

Posted: 03/31/2013 - Getting the most for your money is just common sense. Today's travel cards can be a great way to stretch your dollars-that is if you pay your balance off every month. But it's downright confusing trying to figure out which offers the best deal.

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How To Get A Great TV Picture

Posted: 03/31/2013 - This is a great time of year to buy a big-screen TV. Whether your television is brand new or you've had it for awhile, you want the picture to dazzle.

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New Money-Saving Cell Service

Posted: 03/31/2013 - How did we get along before cell phones? They've become part of everyday life. But that doesn't mean we're happy about the cost!

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Skip ID Theft Services

Posted: 03/27/2013 - If you're concerned about someone stealing your financial identity, you might be tempted to buy one of the many ID protection services being heavily promoted.

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Over-Hyped Antioxidants

Posted: 03/25/2013 - The latest buzzword in supermarkets is "antioxidants." These days you see it on all kinds of products. Consumer Reports looks beyond the hype to find out what you really need to know about antioxidants.

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This Isn't What I Expected

Posted: 03/24/2013 - When's the last time you bought something and it wasn't what you thought it was going to be? Judging from all the complaints Consumer Reports receives, it probably wasn't all that long ago.

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Best & Worst Blenders

Posted: 03/14/2013 - A great blender can add variety to your diet-letting you whip up smoothies and icy drinks, puree soups, and even make ice cream.

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Problem-Plagued Cars

Posted: 03/14/2013 - Consumer Reports not only tests cars-it asks nearly a million of its subscribers every year how well their cars are holding up. Used-car shoppers, listen up! some very popular vehicles have run into problems.

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Best Vacuums For Pet Hair

Posted: 03/14/2013 - Keeping floors and carpets clean is a job in an of itself. But if you've got a pet that sheds a lot, you have a bigger challenge. Consumer Reports' latest tests show some vacuums do a great job picking up pet hair, while others let the fur fly.

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"As-Seen-On-TV-Cleaning Tools"

Posted: 03/11/2013 - Watch enough television, and you may start thinking cleaning your house can be a breeze with the "right tools." TV commercials and infomercials are touting all sorts of products to help you get the job done.

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Costly New Car Surprises

Posted: 03/03/2013 - Car manufacturers are expected to sell 15 million new cars and trucks this year, according to the forecasting firm R.L. Polk and Company.

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Marvelous Mattresses

Posted: 03/03/2013 - We all love a good night's sleep, and a good mattress can help. But a new survey by Consumer Reports found about one in five people wished they'd bought a different mattress.

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2013 Top Pick Cars

Posted: 02/28/2013 - When it comes to testing cars, Consumer Reports goes the distance! Its engineers clock hundreds of thousands of miles every year-subjecting cars to a battery of tests. Then, once a year, Consumer Reports names its Top Picks-the best of the best in 10 car categories.

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"That Would Be Morally Wrong"

Posted: 02/26/2013 - It's not like we haven't seen it before. Two years ago we caught a Bellevue company dumping trash and recycling into the same truck before heading for the landfill. Is it still happening?

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New Top Paint

Posted: 02/25/2013 - Feel like your home is looking a little drab? It's amazing what a fresh coat of paint can do! Consumer Reports finds that when it comes to choosing paint, it goes way beyond color!

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Oversold Cancer Screenings

Posted: 02/25/2013 - Early detection of cancer saves lives-right? Not necessarily. This widely-held belief drives many to get unnecessary screenings, according to Consumer Reports

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Perfect Painter's Tape

Posted: 02/25/2013 - Painting a room with bold stripes can make for a splashy makeover. But even if you're just painting a room with lots of windows or trim, Consumer Reports says with the right painter's tape you can get results like the pros.

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Preventing Dryer Fires

Posted: 02/24/2013 - Thousands of house fires are started each year by clothes dryers clogged with lint. Consumer Reports just tested the Lint Lizard, an infomercial product, to see if it can help reduce a fire risk.

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Beef Jerky Gets Hip

Posted: 02/20/2013 - Beef jerky and Slim Jim used to be found primarily in truck stops and convenience stores. But they're reaching new audiences fueled by big ad campaigns. Sales of these beefy treats are up by nearly 13 percent in the last year. Consumer Reports just checked out all kinds of "beef to go" to see if it's worth buying.

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Not-So-Healthy Veggie Chips

Posted: 02/20/2013 - If you crave salty foods, some options that seem healthier are not. Consumer Reports put chips to the test-and the results might surprise you.

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Ugly Side Of Hair Extension

Posted: 02/18/2013 - Hair extensions make you look like you have long, luscious locks. But Consumer Reports cautions that this beauty trend, fueled by celebrities who use hair extensions, can turn ugly.

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First Credit-Card Challenge

Posted: 02/13/2013 - It's a lot tougher to get a credit card these days, especially if you're going for your first one. Consumer Reports has advice on how young people can get a card without paying hefty fees.

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