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January Consumer Reports Index

Updated: 01/15/2013 - The economy doesn't have much spark these days. Middle-income Americans were reluctant to spend over the holidays, according to a Consumer Reports Index. It finds the New Year brought growing financial troubles for all but the wealthiest.

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Financial Mistakes to Avoid

Updated: 01/04/2013 - The start of the new year is a good time to get your finances in order. In a just-released survey, Consumer Reports found a surprising number of people have overlooked some of the most basic financial precautions. That can be devastating, especially when disaster strikes.

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Top Diets

Updated: 01/04/2013 - More than two-thirds of American adults are overweight, even obese. At the top of many New Year's resolutions is the dreaded "D" word - diet. Consumer Reports' just-released survey of 9,000 subscribers rates more than a dozen of the most popular diets.

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Tablet Keyboards for Easy Typing

Updated: 12/07/2012 - Typing on a touch screen tablet can be frustrating. If you've got a tablet-lover on your list - a tablet keyboard may be the perfect holiday pickup!

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Making Glassware Sparkle

Updated: 12/07/2012 - Frustrated by filmy buildup on your glasses? There are detergent additives for dishwashers that promise to help. Consumer Reports tested to find out whether they really can deliver crystal clear results.

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Ford Overselling Its Mileage

Updated: 12/07/2012 - Ford is making a dramatic mileage claim for its redesigned 2013 Ford Fusion Hybrid - 47 miles per gallon in the city, 47 on the highway and 47 combined.

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Tastiest Hot Appetizers

Updated: 12/07/2012 - 'Tis the season to celebrate with friends, family, and food! And this may be the year to upgrade your usual cheese and cracker appetizers. Consumer Reports finds certain ready-made appetizers can save you time and money.

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Fantastic Wireless Speakers

Updated: 12/07/2012 - Looking for a great gift this holiday season? Consumer Reports just tested wireless speakers. They make it easy to stream music from your smart phone, tablet, or computer without a bunch of wires.

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Best Kids' Tablets

Updated: 12/07/2012 - If you're not wild about sharing your tablet with your kids, there's good news. This year you'll find a lot more tablets made especially for them. And they are far from just kids' play. Consumer Reports checked them out.

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Money-Saving Prepaid Cell Plans

Updated: 11/30/2012 - What's the best cell-phone service? Verizon and two smaller companies - Consumer Cellular and U.S. Cellular - just earned top ratings in Consumer Reports' latest survey. But if you're trying to save money, Consumer Reports says a prepaid service can be a better option.

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Shocking Senior Financial Abuse

Updated: 11/30/2012 - Older Americans are easy victims for scam artists. But Consumer Reports has found increasingly it's trusted family and friends who are abusing the elderly - by draining bank accounts, selling valuables, or even taking over their real estate. And these crimes can often be very difficult to spot.

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Pork Contamination Concerns

Posted: 11/30/2012 - It used to be trichinosis was the big fear when eating pork, but the risk of getting that disease has been largely eliminated. However, Consumer Reports' latest tests of pork find there are new reasons to take precautions when eating pork.

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Exceptional E-Book Readers

Posted: 11/30/2012 - If you're looking to give someone an e-book reader this holiday season, listen up! There are plenty to choose from, and prices are lower than ever. Consumer Reports' tests single out the best.

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Top Tablets

Posted: 11/26/2012 - If you're shopping for a tablet this holiday season, you've got a ton of choices. Consumer Reports helps you wade through them.

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Fun Tech Toys for Kids

Posted: 11/09/2012 - Toys with a technology twist can be a good bet this holiday season. ShopSmart's electronics experts played with the latest games and gadgets to find some terrific choices.

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Maddening Packaging Tricks

Updated: 11/09/2012 - Product packaging - boxes, blister packs, and fancy packaging - can add up to a mountain of frustration. Consumer Reports gets a raft of complaints about all sorts of packaging problems.

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Waste of Money Warranties

Updated: 10/26/2012 - Holiday shopping is just around the corner, and so are the hard sells for extended warranties and service plans. Consumer Reports says that's because stores make a lot more profit on these than the actual product.

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Longest Lasting AA Batteries

Updated: 10/26/2012 - We burn through a staggering amount of batteries - several million a year. Double-A batteries are the most popular. Consumer Reports tells you which last the longest.

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Caffeine Count in Energy Drinks

Updated: 10/24/2012 - Health concerns about energy drinks were heightened this week with reports of five deaths possibly linked to Monster Energy drink. Caffeine is one of the key ingredients in energy drinks. But it can be hard to tell how much they contain. Consumer Reports has just conducted lab tests on dozens of them.

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Best Credit Cards for Big Debt

Posted: 09/26/2012 - Consumer Reports just analyzed more than 50 credit cards, including ones that are good for those struggling to pay off their credit-card debt. Here's what experts found.

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Safer Tattoos

Updated: 09/25/2012 - More than one in five adults in the U.S. has a tattoo. But recent outbreaks of tattoo-related infections are cause for concern. Consumer Reports' medical experts have important safety advice.

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Best Shopping Sites

Updated: 09/25/2012 - More people are shopping online than ever. But which sites are the best? Consumer Reports surveyed more than 28,000 of its subscribers to find out.

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Getting Good Health Care

Updated: 09/24/2012 - Finding a good health-insurance plan is one of the most important decisions you can make. And it's just gotten a lot easier. Insurers are now required to use a new form that describes in plain English deductibles, co-pays, and other costs. Consumer Reports' just-released analysis of almost a thousand health care plans can also help you make better choices.

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Arsenic in Rice

Updated: 09/18/2012 - A Consumer Reports' investigation found troubling levels of arsenic in apple and grape juice a year ago. Now new tests by the organization have uncovered worrisome levels of arsenic in rice and in many products made from rice.

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