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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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Shake Weight, Belly Burner Put to the Test

Updated: 06/02/2011 - Bathing suit season is here. If you're looking for a quick way to get in shape, plenty of infomercial products promise to help. Consumer Reports has tested two - the Belly Burner and the Shake Weight.

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Shocking Food Facts Revealed

Updated: 06/02/2011 - How often do you think about what's in the food you're buying? When it comes to what is or isn't in some products, there are some surprises.

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Top Barbecue Sauces

Posted: 05/25/2011 - Grilling season is upon us, and if you're looking to spice things up, the right barbeque sauce can do the trick. Consumer Reports just tested 10 to see which deliver mouth-watering results.

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Best Gas Grills

Updated: 06/08/2011 - It's grill season. But if your grill has seen better days, you'll be happy to know Consumer Reports just tested nearly 70 gas grills to find ones that sizzle … without burning a hole in your wallet.

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Lax Home Security

Posted: 05/25/2011 - Summer is the peak time for house break-ins. Consumer Reports says all too often people make it easy for crooks to target their house or car.

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Toning Shoe Injuries

Posted: 05/25/2011 - We've all seen the commercials for pricey toning shoes that promise you'll get in shape fast just by walking in them. Sales of toning shoes totaled more than a billion dollars last year - about three times the year before. Consumer Reports Health looks behind the claims.

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Top Airlines

Posted: 05/19/2011 - Airline prices are up. And on top of that, travelers are paying billions of dollars in fees for everything from meals to checked bags. Before you plan your next trip, see which airlines travelers like, and which they don't, in Consumer Reports' just-released airline survey.

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Debit Card Ripoffs

Posted: 05/19/2011 - If you think your money is protected because you don't carry cash, think again. Thieves steal millions of dollars every year by swiping information from bankcards. It's done with a device called a skimmer. Consumer Reports shows you how to protect yourself.

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Disappointing Deadbolt Locks

Updated: 05/11/2011 - Burglars break into more than a half-million homes every year. The most common tactic- kicking in the door. Consumer Reports just tested 19 deadbolt locks and can tell you which ones will protect you and which ones won't!

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Risky Bank Card Technology

Updated: 05/11/2011 - Banks are putting tiny computer chips in more and more credit cards and debit cards. 35 million cards have them already. They're supposed to make it quicker for you to buy things. But a Consumer Reports investigation shows they allow thieves to pick your pocket electronically.

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Facebooks's Dark Side

Posted: 05/11/2011 - Facebook's easy connection to friends and family has revolutionized staying in touch, but it has a dark side. A just-released Consumer Reports survey shows in the past year more than five million American households experienced problems on Facebook, including virus infections and identity theft. The same survey also finds one million children were victims of cyberbullying.

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11 News Sleep Week: The Mattress Matters

Updated: 05/10/2011 - When the lights go out, and the sand man is calling, taking the road to dream-land requires a few essentials for the trip. When it comes to getting the best night’s sleep, the mattress matters.

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Money-Saving Dishwashing Liquids

Posted: 04/22/2011 - When it comes to washing dishes by hand, you want a detergent that gets the job done. But do you have to pay more to get one that cuts through grease and makes dishes sparkle? Consumer Reports just tested 14 dish detergents to find out.

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Managing Digital Photo Overload

Posted: 04/22/2011 - Whether you've got them on your computer, cell phone, or still in your digital camera, chances are you don't know what to do with all of them. We're talking about your photos, of course. The folks at Consumer Reports ShopSmart say it's time to get organized.

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"As Seen on TV" Food Processors and Choppers

Posted: 04/22/2011 - Food processors and choppers are two handy kitchen helpers when you want to chop, slice, and dice food. Infomercials heavily tout products like the Magic Bullet Express chopper. Consumer Reports just tested it and dozens of others to see which deliver great results.

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Super On-the-Go Cleaners

Posted: 04/14/2011 - Wine, coffee, and tea are some of the most common stains, and for Tide, they're big business. It sells more than ten million Tide to Go Instant Stain Removers a year. More companies have jumped into the market. Consumer Reports just tested half a dozen instant stain removers to see which are best at making spills disappear.

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Cutting Car Repair Costs

Posted: 04/14/2011 - Nearly 30 million cars have been involved in accidents in the U.S. in the past five years. A good many of those end up being totaled, even though a lot of their parts are still perfectly good. If you're willing to look for good, used parts, Consumer Reports says, you can save a lot of money, but there are pitfalls.

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Flowers for Mom

Updated: 04/14/2011 - Flowers are the most popular present for Mother's Day - which falls on May 8th this year. Online florists make it easy to send a bouquet. Consumer Reports checked out several to see if the blooms your Mom receives look like what you ordered.

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Best Drugstores

Posted: 04/08/2011 - Fewer people are paying out-of-pocket for prescription drugs these days. Price is one consideration when choosing a pharmacy. But good, quick service is important, too, especially when you're sick. A just-released Consumer Reports survey of more than 40,000 subscribers finds the best place to get your prescriptions filled.

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LIttle Known Free Phone Service

Posted: 04/08/2011 - Tired of paying big bucks for phone service? There are a number of options that can eliminate a monthly bill from the phone company. Consumer Reports takes a look at one little-known phone service that promises big savings.

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Top Telecom Providers

Updated: 04/08/2011 - You hear it a lot these days ... try and get more fiber in your diet. Well, it turns out that might be true for your telecom diet as well! Consumer Reports says when it comes to your TV, Internet, and home-phone services, fiber optics have a lot of offer.

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Maximizing Your Reward Points

Updated: 04/01/2011 - Millions of people who use credit cards earn reward points for every charge they make. Besides airline tickets, you can get merchandise, hotels, even tickets to the rodeo! What's the best way to spend your points? Consumer Reports Money Adviser has the answer.

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