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Another Cadmium Jewelry Recall -- 137K Tween Pieces

Posted: 07/13/2010 - About 137,000 pieces of children's jewelry sold at two stores popular with pre-teen girls -- Justice and Limited Too -- have been recalled for high levels of the toxic metal cadmium.

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Cutting Sodium

Posted: 07/08/2010 - Americans eat too much salt, and most of it comes from restaurants and processed foods. Some companies are lowering the sodium in popular products like ketchup, but Consumer Reports says if you really want to cut back, you need to be a salt savvy shopper. Here's how.

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Better Bikes

Updated: 07/08/2010 - With a tough economy and gas prices on the rise, it's no wonder bicycles are big business. The bicycle industry had more than five billion in sales in the U.S. alone last year. Beyond recreation, people are also using them for transportation. So if you're gearing up to buy a new bike, Consumer Reports can help you narrow down your choices.

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High Interest Checking Accounts

Posted: 07/08/2010 - Interest rates are lower than they've been in almost 50 years. So how do you get your money in the bank to grow? Consumer Reports Money Adviser says there are checking accounts that pay much higher interest - higher than most savings accounts. Are they right for you?

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When to Buy Organic

Posted: 07/06/2010 - Sales of organic food are on the rise - hitting nearly 25-billion dollars last year. The largest growth was in sales of organic fruits and vegetables. Buying organic means you generally do pay a premium. But with money so tight these days, what should be at the top of your list? Consumer Reports helps you sort out the choices.

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Trading Gift Cards for Cash

Posted: 07/02/2010 - Americans spend more than 80-billion dollars a year on gift cards. But about five billion dollars worth go unused every year. Consumer Reports ShopSmart says there are ways to unload unwanted gift cards and turn them into cash.

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Beware of Phone Bill Scams

Posted: 07/02/2010 - A new form of an old scam is rearing its ugly head. It's called cramming. Consumer Reports says it could be happening right under your nose and costing you money. It works like this - unscrupulous third parties charge fees to your phone bill for services you never authorized. And it's tough to find out who's responsible.

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Nail Gel Danger

Posted: 07/02/2010 - Now that it's summer you might be tempted to try a fresh, new way to beautify your nails. Nail gel is the latest thing. It reportedly doesn't chip as easily as nail polish alone and is often billed as a "more natural alternative" to acrylics. But Consumer Reports says to beware of these new gel treatments since some can carry a serious health risk.

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Kellogg Recalls Some Cereals For Odor, Off Flavor

Posted: 06/25/2010 - Kellogg says it is voluntarily recalling some of its cereals in the U.S. due to an unusual flavor and a smell coming from package liners that the company says could cause nausea and diarrhea.

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Volvo To Recall More Than 60K Trucks

Posted: 06/25/2010 - The government says Volvo Trucks North America is recalling more than 60,000 tractor trailer trucks to address potential steering problems.

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Are New Dryers Safer?

Posted: 06/18/2010 - Dryers contribute to more than 12,000 house fires every year... often because the vents are clogged with lint. A new feature on some dryers could help prevent fires, but does it work? Consumer Reports tested to see.

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Laundry Detergents

Posted: 06/18/2010 - Martha Stewart puts her name on a lot of products for your home. One of the latest is a laundry detergent that's being marketed as environmentally-friendly. Consumer Reports just tested it and more than 50 other detergents.

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Insect Repellents

Updated: 06/22/2010 - Summertime means more time outdoors. Unfortunately that can mean a lot more exposure to bugs... like mosquitoes or ticks. Not only are they annoying... mosquitoes can carry West Nile virus, and deer ticks can transmit Lyme disease. Consumer Reports just tested repellents to see which offer the best protection.

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Best Places to Shop

Posted: 06/09/2010 - When it comes to shopping these days, everyone is looking to save money. But ending up with a poor-quality product is no bargain. And having to hassle with long lines or phantom help is no fun. Consumer Reports National Research Center just surveyed 30,000 subscribers. The findings - covering 11 retail chains - can help you find the best places to shop.

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Tastiest Chocolate and Vanilla Ice Cream

Posted: 06/09/2010 - With so many enticing flavors of ice cream being sold, you might find it hard to believe that plain old chocolate and vanilla ice creams are still America's favorites. Consumer Reports just tested a couple dozen and has the scoop on the tastiest.

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Road Trip Danger

Posted: 06/09/2010 - Heading out on a family road trip usually means taking lots of luggage and gear. But Consumer Reports says you also need to take extra care - when packing your vehicle. Otherwise your trip could end in disaster.

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Great Gas Grills

Posted: 05/25/2010 - Memorial Day weekend is coming and plenty of people will be firing up the barbecue. To get ready for grilling season, Consumer Reports has tested dozens of grills and found some Best Buys.

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Most Rewarding Reward Cards

Posted: 05/25/2010 - There are a lot of new reward credit cards out there that promise you cash back, points, or air miles. Sorting through the offers can be confusing. But Consumer Reports Money Adviser has done the work for you.

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Supersizing Coupon Savings

Posted: 05/25/2010 - Everyone knows coupons can save you money, but there's a real art to saving BIG. You've got to know ALL the places to look for coupons. And Consumer Reports Money Adviser says once you've cast a wide net, there are several tricks to tallying up super savings.

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