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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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Fuel-Saving Tires

Posted: 07/28/2010 - Who doesn't want to save money at the pump? Now tire manufacturers say they can help. Some are marketing low-rolling resistance tires that claim to be more fuel efficient. Consumer Reports just tested two big-name ones, including one being advertised from Michelin.

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Dangerous Dietary Supplements

Posted: 07/28/2010 - Americans spend more than 26 billion dollars on supplements - vitamins and herbs they hope will keep them healthy, fight disease, and improve memory, among other things. But the makers of dietary supplements don't need to prove their products can do any of those things. And a Consumer Reports' investigation reveals companies typically don't even have to prove their supplements are safe.

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Deadly Batteries

Posted: 07/28/2010 - Tiny batteries are used in more and more products. And toddlers are swallowing them. Consumer Reports cautions the consequences can be deadly. There are reports of 34-hundred children swallowing batteries in the past year.

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How to Stop Vibrating Washing Machines

Posted: 07/23/2010 - Sales of front-loading washers are up. They can save you energy but some also have a problem. Their superfast rotation speeds can make them vibrate violently. Consumer Reports just tested devices designed to stop all that vibrating.

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Consumer Reports: Slimming Jeans

Posted: 07/23/2010 - Nine out of 10 women own at least one pair of jeans. And more than half say that they have trouble finding a pair that fits, according to a survey from Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine. ShopSmart checked out jeans that promise to flatter your figure to see if they help.

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Consumer Reports: Steam Mops

Updated: 07/23/2010 - Steam mops are the latest gadgets that claim to make cleaning your floor a cinch. Consumer Reports tested ten, ranging in price from $70 dollars to $150, to see if one can really cut your workload.

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Frozen Chicken Nuggets Recalled

Posted: 07/20/2010 - Perdue Farms Inc. is recalling nearly 92,000 pounds of frozen chicken nugget products USDA officials say could contain foreign materials.

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Traveling with Pets

Posted: 07/16/2010 - Two million animals a year travel on airplanes in the United States. But not every trip is smooth sailing. Delta recently lost a pet dog traveling from Mexico. If you're planning on traveling with your pet this summer, Consumer Reports ShopSmart will tell you how to navigate the risks, rules, and fees you encounter.

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Problem Diswashers

Posted: 07/16/2010 - Today's dishwashers are more energy efficient. But finding one that's very good at cleaning, reliable, and affordable isn't easy, according to Consumer Reports. It just tested more than 50 dishwashers.

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Apple CEO on iPhone Trouble: 'We're Not Perfect'

Updated: 07/16/2010 - Apple CEO Steve Jobs said Apple would give away a free rubber case to every user, helping to reduce the reception problem. On top of that, Apple will give a full refund for anyone within 30 days of purchase, if they aren't happy with the phone.

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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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