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Pill Splitting

Posted: 10/21/2010 - Prescription drugs often cost the same whether they're an 80-milligram dose, a 40-milligram dose, or even 20-milligrams. That's why splitting pills can cut your costs significantly. But Consumer Reports Health cautions that only certain medications can be split - and never without the advice of your doctor.

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Super-Sizing Online Savings

Posted: 10/21/2010 - Who isn't looking to save money these days, whether you're buying something for yourself or you're looking for holiday gifts that won't break the bank. The editors of Consumer Reports ShopSmart have been on a virtual shopping spree and can help you find deals on almost anything.

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Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs

Posted: 10/21/2010 - When it comes to buying energy-efficient lightbulbs, you've got new choices. L-E-D bulbs are just hitting store shelves now. They claim to last five times longer than C-F-Ls and 25 times longer than incandescents. Consumer Reports takes a first look at one of the newest L-E-Ds to see how it stacks up.

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Laundry Made Easier?

Posted: 10/18/2010 - The average American does almost 400 loads of laundry a year. Lots of products promise to make cleaning and drying your clothes easier. Consumer Reports took a closer look.

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Is Pet Insurance Worth It?

Posted: 10/15/2010 - Pet owners spend more than 12-billion dollars a year at the vet's office. Companies that offer pet insurance say they can help cut your costs. Consumer Reports Money Adviser analyzed pet insurance to see if it's really worth it.

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Post-Reform Credit Card Gotchas

Posted: 10/15/2010 - Newly enacted credit-card reforms were supposed to protect people against certain abusive practices by card issuers, like gouging you with unfair fees. But Consumer Reports warns that despite the regulations, plastic can still be perilous.

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Evenflo Car Seat Recall Alert

Updated: 10/15/2010 - Evenflo - one of the largest manufacturers of baby and child gear - is recalling one of its safety seats. That's after it failed Consumer Reports' crash tests. The seat is the $80 Evenflo Maestro. The recall covers more than 18-thousand seats made through April of this year.

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Better Fast Food Breakfast Choices

Updated: 10/15/2010 - Nutritionists say breakfast really is the most important meal of the day. Besides the energy boost, eating a good breakfast can help control your cholesterol, blood sugar levels and help you maintain a healthy weight. But if you're eating on the go, Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine says pick and choose carefully.

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Quieter Power Blowers

Posted: 10/08/2010 - A power blower can be a quick way to clean up your yard, but your neighbors probably hate the noise. Many municipalities restrict when you can use blowers and how loud they can be. Consumer Reports just tested dozens of blowers to see if you can find a good one that's relatively quiet.

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The Search for the Best Burger

Posted: 10/08/2010 - Americans eat more than 11 billion burgers a year. Who makes the tastiest ones? Consumer Reports National Research Center set out to find the best.

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Money-Saving Hybrid Water Heaters

Updated: 10/08/2010 - Thirty percent of your energy bill goes to heating your water. Now there's a new type of electric water heater that claims to help cut your costs. It's called a hybrid, and Consumer Reports just tested several.

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Home Energy Savers that Pay Off

Posted: 09/30/2010 - More than 80% of homeowners are using energy-efficient lightbulbs, according to a Consumer Reports' survey. But that's not the only way to save energy around your home. Consumer Reports shines a light on tax credits and other tips that can help you save on your energy bills.

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Are New Electric Cars for you?

Posted: 09/30/2010 - Are electric cars going to be the answer to ending U-S dependency on oil? The much-anticipated Chevy Volt is expected to be available in November and the Nissan Leaf will go on sale in December. But Consumer Reports says before you get charged up to buy one, there's a lot to consider to see if it's right for you.

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Cutting Car Insurance Costs

Posted: 09/30/2010 - In these tough economic times, wouldn't you love to save money on your car insurance? Odds are you can, but most people - about 75% of us - haven't shopped for a better plan in the past year. But Consumer Reports says look beyond the commercials.

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Name Brand Versus Store Brand

Updated: 09/24/2010 - It's no secret supermarket store brands can save you money. A just-released Consumer Reports survey finds plenty of people are buying them. Still, some people are reluctant to swap out their favorite name brands.

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New Toxic Metal Concerns

Updated: 09/24/2010 - Millions of products have been recalled recently due to contamination with lead or cadmium. While government regulations restrict lead in children's products, cadmium is a newly recognized health threat in everyday products. Consumer Reports' latest spot check of the marketplace turns up some concerns.

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Best ADHD Treatments

Posted: 08/04/2010 - Close to four and a half million children suffer with Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder, commonly known as A-D-H-D. Consumer Reports recently surveyed parents whose children have this condition and can offer advice and treatment options for families dealing with A-D-H-D.

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Challenging your Property Taxes

Posted: 08/04/2010 - With home values way down, Consumer Reports says you may be paying more in property taxes than you need to pay.. That's particularly true if you bought your home in the last three years. Nationally about a third of the people who challenge their taxes see some savings, according to the non-profit National Taxpayers Union.

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Finding Lost Money

Posted: 08/04/2010 - It's tantalizing - the idea that you could have money that's sitting around just waiting for you to claim. There are, in fact, nearly $33-billion in unclaimed assets being held by states and other agencies. Consumer Reports Money Adviser says, thanks to the Internet, finding what's yours has never been easier.

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Money-Saving Multivitamins

Posted: 08/04/2010 - Americans spend some five billion dollars on multivitamins every year. But a new survey from Consumer Reports National Research Center finds around half of the multivitamin users polled ... weren't sure they were taking the right one, and they're worried about contamination. Consumer Reports just tested nearly two dozen multivitamins.

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