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Avoid High Shipping Fees

Updated: 11/04/2010 - you're shopping online for holiday gifts, you're certainly not alone. In fact, Americans spent more than 27 billion dollars online last holiday season. It's convenient, but there are drawbacks. Consumer Reports tackles a big one - those hefty shipping charges that can really inflate your bill.

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Accurate Blood Pressure Monitors

Posted: 10/29/2010 - One in three Americans has high blood pressure - one of the leading causes of heart disease. Checking your blood pressure regularly at home can help keep it under control. Consumer Reports just tested home monitors and found some are much more accurate than others.

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Secure Moves at Wi-Fi Hotspots

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Posted: 10/29/2010 - Nearly 70,000 businesses from coffeehouses to hotels now offer public Internet connections, or Wi-Fi hotspots - and the number keeps climbing. Consumer Reports says taking certain precautions can help guarantee you're surfing securely in public places.

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Steering Clear of a Used Car Lemon

Updated: 10/29/2010 - Sales of used cars are way up. So far almost four million more have been sold this year than last. But buying a used car is never a good deal if you end up with someone else's headaches. Consumer Reports' auto experts can keep you on the straight path.

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Ford Has Record Quarter

Updated: 10/27/2010 - Ford posted its best-ever third quarter results: $1.7 billion. It was far better than analysts had expected.

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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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