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As Seen on TV: Stirrers

Posted: 09/30/2011 - Most infomercial products claim to make our lives better or easier... maybe even fix a problem you never knew you had! Despite how silly some of them seem, we spend serious money on them. As-Seen-On-TV products are a 300-billion dollar industry! The latest infomercial gadgets to be tested at Consumer Reports - battery-operated stirrers for cooking!

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Is Your Home Underinsured?

Posted: 09/23/2011 - It's been a bad year for homeowners with hurricanes and wildfires. If disaster strikes and destroys your home, there could be another disaster lurking - your insurance company may not pay enough to rebuild. 64% of American homes are underinsured, according to a California company that tracks rebuilding costs. Consumer Reports Money Adviser has important advice to help guard against the unpredictable.

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Maximize Warehouse Club Savings

Updated: 09/16/2011 - Every penny counts these days. So warehouse clubs, even with annual membership fees, can offer big savings. But those savings can quickly evaporate if you're not careful. Consumer Reports has a number of moves you can make to guarantee saving - not overspending.

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Dashboard Distractions

Posted: 09/16/2011 - Update your Facebook status, find restaurant listings, check weather and stock reports -- it's easy on your computer or smart phone. But in your car? Yep - more and more carmakers are incorporating access to social media and the Web. Consumer Reports takes a closer look at this trend and other potential distractions behind the wheel.

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Money-Saving Moisturizers

Posted: 09/08/2011 - When it comes to keeping your skin moisturized on a daily basis, which drugstore lotion works best? Consumer Reports put more than a dozen lotions to the test to find which moisturize the most.

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Shattering Glass Update

Posted: 09/08/2011 - Late last year, Consumer Reports analyzed more than 150 reports to the government of glass baking dishes suddenly shattering. Most involved Pyrex and Anchor Hocking. Since then Consumer Reports has heard of more than one hundred new incidents. Though these reports represent only a tiny fraction of the hundreds of millions of pieces of glass bakeware in American kitchens, Consumer Reports is urging the government to investigate.

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LED Light Bulbs

Posted: 09/06/2011 - In January, new federal regulations on energy efficiency go into effect that will begin to phase out standard incandescent lightbulbs. While the most popular 60-watt size can continue to be made until 2014, Consumer Reports has been testing alternatives, including one of the newest choices - LEDs.

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Better CFLs

Posted: 09/06/2011 - Contrary to what you might have heard, you can still buy most incandescent lightbulbs, including the most popular 60-watt size. But it makes sense to replace them with CFLs, which are more energy efficient and last longer. And Consumer Reports' latest tests find they've gotten better.

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How to Lower your Medical Bills

Posted: 09/06/2011 - For many people, health-care costs are ballooning. Even if you have health insurance, many doctors and procedures may not be covered. Higher deductibles and the portion the patient pays are taking a bigger bite than ever. Still, Consumer Reports says even in these tough times, you can lower your health-care costs by negotiating with your doctor, hospital, or other health care provider.

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Gym in a Box

Posted: 08/25/2011 - If your gym membership is costing too much, there may be a less-expensive way to go. Two exercise products promise a total body workout without your ever having to leave the house. Consumer Reports put them both to an exercise challenge.

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Top Colombian Coffees

Posted: 08/25/2011 - Sure, you can buy a cup of coffee on almost any corner. But if you want to save money, brewing at home is the way to go. We buy nearly two-and-a-half billion dollars worth of ground coffee a year. But which coffee tastes the best? Consumer Reports is just out with its latest tests.

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Super String Trimmers

Updated: 08/18/2011 - A good string trimmer is a must-have tool for many weekend lawn-warriors. To help you find the best, Consumer Reports put the latest trimmers to the test.

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Latest Car Safety Features

Posted: 08/18/2011 - When you're buying a car, there's a lot to consider. But safety should be right at the top of the list. Carmakers are coming out with a number of interesting, new safety options you're seeing heavily advertised. Which really can make a difference? Consumer Reports' experts weigh in.

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Anti-Wrinkle Creams Put to the Test

Posted: 08/12/2011 - Americans spent more than $800-million last year on anti-wrinkle creams, according to Mintel research company. But is that money well spent? Consumer Reports ShopSmart just tested to see if creams can make fine lines and wrinkles disappear - the way a skilled photographer can.

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Effective Alternative Treatments

Posted: 08/12/2011 - Every year 38 million Americans try alternative therapies such as acupuncture and chiropractic treatments. How helpful are these and other alternative treatments? Consumer Reports asked its readers to rate them along with prescription and over-the-counter medications for a dozen different ailments.

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Discover Great Vegetables

Posted: 07/22/2011 - If you've seen the new government food guidelines rolled out last month, you know at least a quarter of the foods we eat should be vegetables. But a Consumer Reports survey shows many people have an extremely narrow palate when it comes to vegetables - and they're missing out on some really nutritious ones!

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BBQ Blunder: Running Out of Gas

Posted: 07/22/2011 - If you have a gas grill - no doubt you've been there. Your grill is loaded with food and you have a hungry crowd - when suddenly the flame goes out. Consumer Reports has the lowdown on some products designed to help you avoid this barbecue blunder.

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Top Stain Removers

Posted: 07/15/2011 - Shout says it's the "number one stain remover" for your laundry. Consumer Reports tested three versions of Shout, along with 11 other stain removers, to find which really is best at getting out stubborn stains.

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Broken Appliances: Repair or Replace?

Posted: 07/15/2011 - In a troubled economy, you don't need trouble with your appliances, too. A new survey from Consumer Reports reveals certain appliances - and brands - are more likely to break. Before one of yours has a meltdown, see what Consumer Reports found out.

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New Supermarket Savers

Posted: 07/14/2011 - Grocery bills are soaring, with prices for staples like bread, eggs, and coffee up more than 30% in the last five years. That's why it's more important than ever to sniff out savings. Consumer Reports ShopSmart has lots of new - and easier - ways to save.

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Pet Medicine for Less

Updated: 06/30/2011 - How much is that doggie in the window? It could cost you as much as $14,000 over a pet's 15-year life span, according to the ASPCA. As for cats, make that $10,000. One of the big expenses can be medical care. But Consumer Reports says there are ways to save hundreds, without shortchanging your furry friends.

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Best Fast Food Restauants

Posted: 06/30/2011 - Americans spend more than $150-billion a year on fast food - and that doesn't even include pizza! But when you're on the road this summer, there's good reason to drive by some of the biggest chains. That's according to a just-released Consumer Reports survey of more than 36,000 subscribers.

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Lawn Mower Dangers

Updated: 06/30/2011 - It's such a routine task, many people don't realize how dangerous mowing a lawn can be if you don't take precautions. Every year, emergency rooms treat some 90,000 people for mowing injuries. That's according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. Consumer Reports has important safety advice.

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Cell Phone Camera Good Enough?

Posted: 06/30/2011 - If you like taking pictures with your cell phone, no doubt you've wondered if you still need a regular camera. Consumer Reports decided to get a little snap happy in order to answer that question.

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