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You could spend hundreds of dollars on kitchen gadgets. How about a crinkle cutter for veggies or goggles for cutting onions? When it comes to cooking, it’s a lot easier to get the job done when you have the right tools. And it can be downright...
It can be frightening when someone steals your financial information and goes on a shopping spree. That fear has helped drive sales of identify-theft protection services. Americans are spending an estimated $3.5 billion a year on these services. But...
Tags: Equifax Incorporated, Theft
Cell phones keep getting “smarter,” and customers keep getting more frustrated with the high cost of staying in touch. Consumer Reports has just released its annual ratings of cell-phone carriers and has advice for people who are upset about...
People are buying up the last regular incandescent 100-watt lightbulbs because they are the first to be phased out under new government regulations. No more will be imported or produced after January 1, 2012. Consumer Reports tested your replacement...
Walking about four miles a day is touted as an ideal fitness goal. That’s about 10,000 steps. A pedometer can be an inexpensive incentive to help get you moving. A Stanford University study reported that people who use a pedometer, walk about a...
Tags: Cell Phones, Apple iPhone
WASHINGTON (AP) — Americans are hopeful for what 2012 will bring for their families and the country, according to a new Associated Press-GfK poll, though most say 2011 was a year they would rather forget. Nearly seven in 10 say the year gone by was...
We buy almost $2.5 billion worth of ground coffee a year. But which coffee tastes the best? Consumer Reports tested 23 coffees, primarily Colombian. Included were old standards, such as Chock Full o'Nuts and Folgers, and coffeehouse fare, such as...
Tags: Starbucks Corp., Wolfgang Puck
It's the end of an era for grocery stores in Michigan. After 30 years, a new pricing law takes effect Thursday that's sure to change the way you shop.Stores are no longer required to place individual price labels on items. Instead, shelves will be labeled...
Tags: Groceries, AFL-CIO, Prices, Rick Snyder, Michigan
If you have boxes of old photos lying around, easy-to-use photo scanners can help you digitize those photos. Consumer Reports’ tested four portable photo scanners costing from $80 to $100. You just pass a photo through the scanner. The image can be...
Every penny counts these days. So warehouse clubs, even with annual membership fees, can offer big savings. But those savings can quickly evaporate if you’re not careful. Consumer Reports has a number of moves you can make to guarantee saving—...
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumers paid more for food and gas last month, although inflation outside those volatile categories was tame. The Labor Department says the Consumer Price Index rose 0.3 percent in September, below a 0.4 percent rise in August....
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