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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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Flooring that Lasts

Updated: 06/23/2011 - Americans spend billions on new flooring every year, according to the Home Improvement Research Institute. There's ever-popular wood flooring, as well as vinyl and tile floors. Consumer Reports' tests can help you find the best for your home.

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Toughest Countertops

Updated: 06/23/2011 - Thinking of redoing your kitchen? You can spend thousands on new countertops. They're one of the biggest kitchen remodeling expenses. But how can you be sure that your counters will hold up over time? That's where Consumer Reports comes in.

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Slimming Bathing Suits

Posted: 06/21/2011 - Who doesn't want to look a little thinner - especially in a bathing suit? Consumer Reports ShopSmart says there are plenty of swimsuits that promise slimming results. But seeing is believing. Check this out!

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Beauty Products for Less

Posted: 06/15/2011 - Most of us, at some point, have paid a lot for a fancy beauty product. But when you shop at a drugstore, you probably figure you're getting a decent price. But Consumer Reports ShopSmart says, don't count on it.

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Tastiest Yogurts

Posted: 06/15/2011 - Yogurt is a wonder food. It's a good source of calcium and protein. It's also big business, with more than $4-billion dollars in sales last year. Consumer Reports just tested to find the best.

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Best Shavers for Dad

Posted: 06/10/2011 - Father's Day is right around the corner. With it comes thoughts of ties, cologne, and -electric shavers. If you or the man in your life is one of the 36% of men who go electric, Consumer Reports can help you come up with a great gift.

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Best Buy Lawn Mowers

Posted: 06/10/2011 - Nearly one-third of Americans actually enjoy mowing their lawns, according to a Consumer Reports National Research Center survey. They find it relaxing and good exercise. Even if you hate mowing, a good lawn mower can make a big difference. Consumer Reports mowed nearly 20 acres in Florida to find the best.

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Best Sunscreens

Posted: 06/09/2011 - Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. More than one million new cases were diagnosed last year alone. As we head into the Memorial Day weekend, Consumer Reports' sunscreens tests can help you find the best protection.

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Forty Miles Per Gallon?

Posted: 06/07/2011 - With the high cost of gas, no doubt car commercials that promise 40 miles per gallon are catching lots of people's attention. But Consumer Reports says these ads aren't necessarily telling the whole story.

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Heads Up on Rental Car Fees

Updated: 06/02/2011 - It's not just airlines that are tacking on extra fees these days. Car rental companies are, too. Extras and taxes can actually push the rental rate up 30-40%, according to the car-rental research firm Abrams Consulting. But Consumer Reports ShopSmart can help you avoid nasty surprises.

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