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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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Best Pet Food Deals

Updated: 04/01/2011 - The economy is still in a lull. But people aren't cutting spending on their pets, according to a recent Consumer Reports survey. However, you can trim how much you spend on pet food. That's what Consumer Reports ShopSmart found when it shopped for the best pet food prices.

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Risky Drug-Supplement Interactions

Supplement Dangers

Updated: 04/01/2011 - Taking supplements along with prescription medicines can be dangerous, according to Consumer Reports. But its investigation finds it's not easy for consumers to learn about harmful interactions.

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Disappointing Car Redesigns

Posted: 03/25/2011 - Car companies spend millions of dollars to redesign a vehicle. Consumer Reports says sometimes it's money well spent, but not always. Its recent tests have turned up a half dozen redesigns that come up short.

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Manolo Blahniks vs. Cheaper Shoes

Posted: 03/25/2011 - When it comes to high-heeled shoes, many women seem to lose all sense of reality. A just-released Consumer Reports ShopSmart survey reveals 60% are willing to tolerate painful shoes for fashion's sake. And what if you're paying top dollar for those high heels - do you need to? Consumer Reports ShopSmart did some stepping out to find out.

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Money-Saving Washing Machines

Posted: 03/25/2011 - Nowadays a brand-new washing machine could cost you a thousand dollars or more. In fact, the new Whirlpool Vantage costs $2,00! Consumer Reports tested it and more than a hundred other washers to help you get the most for your money.

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ipad2 Vs. the Competition

Posted: 03/17/2011 - The iPad 2 hit the market last week and quickly sold out. While Apple clearly dominates the tablet market, Consumer Reports says other companies are trying to take a bite of Apple's market share.

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Prepaid Calling Card Caution

Prepaid cards on sale at store

Posted: 03/17/2011 - If you have family or friends abroad, using a prepaid phone card to makes calls may look like a good option. You see the cards sold everywhere. But Consumer Reports says buyer beware. Despite millions of dollars in government fines, deceptive practices are still prevalent.

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Best Paint for Homeowners

Posted: 03/17/2011 - A bucket of paint, some basic supplies, and a free weekend are all it takes to reinvent a room. No wonder the paint aisle is still hopping, even as people are putting other remodeling projects on hold. But which paint gets the job done right? Consumer Reports tests to help you find the best.

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Unhealthy Health Food

Updated: 03/15/2011 - One in four Americans are seriously trying to lose weight, according to a Gallup poll. If that's you, listen up. You could be undermining your efforts and not even know it. Consumer Reports ShopSmart explains why.

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Banking on the Go

Posted: 03/10/2011 - Remember when banking on your computer was a big innovation? Now it's all about banking on the move. Consumer Reports Money Adviser sizes up the benefits of mobile banking and has the security precautions you need to take.

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Best Baby Monitors

Posted: 03/10/2011 - For new parents, a baby monitor is a must-have. It can be an extra set of ears, and even eyes, to help keep tabs on a sleeping baby. Consumer Reports just put baby monitors to the test, and it turns out some can be as temperamental as a two-year-old.

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Free Tax Preparation Online

Posted: 03/10/2011 - Nobody likes to do taxes. In fact about 60% of Americans pay someone to prepare their tax returns, according to the IRS. But if you're looking for ways to save, Consumer Reports says an online program lets you prepare and file for free - and can even provide step-by-step guidance along the way.

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Look Out for Dangerous Products

Updated: 03/13/2011 - More than two million children's products were recalled just last month - baby monitors, child chairs, bassinets, even kids' watches. Could there be an unsafe product in your home? The Consumer Reports National Research Center finds many people are unaware of product recalls, and do little to protect themselves.

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Deadly Combination: Texting and Driving

Posted: 03/10/2011 - Colorado is among 30 states that now outlaw texting while driving. But that hasn't stopped people from doing it. In a just-released national survey of drivers by Consumer Reports, 64% reported they'd recently seen someone texting behind the wheel. The practice can have deadly consequences.

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Best Heart Rate Monitors

Posted: 03/04/2011 - Heart disease is still the #1 killer in the U.S. Doctors will tell you vigorous exercise can go a long way towards keeping your heart healthy. And Consumer Reports says using a heart monitor is a good way to go. It just tested a dozen heart monitors.

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Vacuum Cleaners

Posted: 03/04/2011 - You can pay anywhere from $50 to more than a thousand for a vacuum. Whatever amount you pay, you want one that does a good job and doesn't need repairs anytime soon. Consumer Reports sizes up vacuums' cleaning power and also identifies more reliable brands.

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