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ShopSmart: Great sites for gifts under $25[Nov. 14, 2013]
Finding the perfect holiday gift on a budget can be tough, so ShopSmart’s team of expert shoppers set out to find online retailers with great gift ideas that cost $25 or less. The December 2013 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, features 25 websites that offer gifts at a wide range of prices and make it easy to find inexpensive, quality options.
Five great financial freebies[Aug. 14, 2013]
There are free financial products and services to be had, but consumers may have to shell out money to get some of them. The September 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, features an up-close look at five truly free financial products and services including checking accounts and tax filing.
Consumer Reports survey: Most viewers rely on Netflix, but streaming rivals are more satisfying[Aug. 19, 2012]
Although 81 percent of the ConsumerReports.org subscribers who used a streaming video service in the previous month used Netflix, rival services such as Vudu, Apple iTunes, and Amazon Instant Video all scored higher for overall satisfaction in Consumer Reports’ first comprehensive Ratings of video services. Streaming video content directly from the Internet is emerging as the preferred choice for video viewing. Fifty-two percent of the 15,277 ConsumerReport.org subscribers polled said they used a streaming video service in the previous month, compared to 47 percent who saw a movie at a theater, 43 percent who rented a DVD or Blu-ray disc, and 32 percent who used their cable provider’s video-on-demand service.
Freebie heaven: ShopSmart finds best websites for free stuff[Jun. 24, 2012]
We all love free stuff?and the Internet is bursting with giveaways and coupons that let you nab cool things without spending a penny. The July 2012 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, found the best websites for freebies plus tips to avoid letdowns and protect your private information.
Consumer Reports: Seven steps to tackle student debt[Apr. 9, 2012]
There are more than 36 million people saddled with federal student debt, but the depressed job market makes repaying education loans harder than it has been in decades. Consumer Reports has identified seven steps borrowers can take to help them get a handle on their debt.
Electronic Arts takes the Consumerist.com's title of 2012 ‘Worst Company In America’[Apr. 4, 2012]
Electronic Arts, which made its inaugural appearance in Consumerist.com’s Worst Company In America tournament this year, has defeated bracket veteran Bank of America to claim the 2012 Grand Championship title, setting a tournament record for the most votes cast in a single round with 50,575 total submissions. While last year’s winner, BP, narrowly beat out rival Bank of America in 2011, this year EA easily claimed the prestigious Golden Poo Award, a statuette modeled after a pile of poo, with 64 percent of the votes.
ShopSmart’s five debit card don’ts[Mar. 21, 2012]
Using a debit card may seem like the best choice when you don’t want to use cash or a credit card to make a purchase. However, the latest issue of ShopSmart identifies five scenarios that can put consumers at risk when using their debit cards. The April 2012 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports also features five ways consumers can protect themselves from common debit card dangers.
Three steps to finding the perfect bra[Mar. 19, 2012]
Experts estimate that 80 percent of women do not know their true bra size. Many women wear bras with bands that are too big and cups that are too small, or simply pick out cuts that are inappropriate for their shape. The April 2012 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, has an easy three-step guide to help women discover the best size and cut for their shape, plus amazing bra makeovers and staff’s top picks.
ShopSmart finds feel-good gifts for under $50[Nov. 11, 2011]
Buying the right present for everyone on your holiday list can certainly be a challenge. The December 2011 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from the publisher of Consumer Reports, has gift ideas for less than $50 from sites that donate to charity, protect the planet, promote fair trade, or all of the above.
Consumer Reports reveals updated AA battery ratings[Nov. 10, 2011]
For holiday shoppers with toys, digital cameras and other popular battery-powered gadgets on their list, Consumer Reports today announced updated AA battery Ratings. In all, 12 different AA batteries were tested including offerings from Duracell, Energizer, Rayovac and Panasonic. The longest lasting was Energizer’s Advanced Lithium, which took 809 digital camera photos before dying.
Bank of America announces $5 monthly debit card fee to start in 2012[Oct. 3, 2011]
Bank of America has reportedly decided to charge its customers a $5 monthly fee for debit card transactions starting in 2012. Other big banks, including Wells Fargo and J.P. Morgan Chase are also testing debit card fees in certain markets. But plenty of banks are still offering debt card services without a fee. Consumers Union is offering tips to consumers on how they can avoid new fees and what to do if they decide to move their money to another bank.
Consumer Reports shines a light on the best CFL and LED bulbs[Aug. 31, 2011]
The days of inefficient lightbulbs are slowly coming to an end and recent tests from Consumer Reports showcase more than 30 different compact fluorescents and light-emitting diodes that can brighten indoor and outdoor spaces. Consumer Reports’ comprehensive report on CFL and LED bulbs reveal that many problems of the earlier versions have been overcome and that these new efficient bulbs last longer and use far less electricity than the traditional incandescent bulbs. Shoppers now have a variety of different bulbs to match their needs.
Research underground electric dog fence systems before buying[Jul. 22, 2011]
I've had a couple of underground electric dog fences for our dogs at different houses. They do work and can at times work very well. However, it is just as true that sometimes they don't work well. Your type of dog(s), their size, the fence wire, the location of the wire, the type of terrain, the dog collar, and how you train your dogs are all part of "the system." It's not just putting a wire in the ground and a shock collar on your dog
Consumer Reports finds side-by-side refrigerators, computers, and lawn tractors most repair-prone products[Jul. 13, 2011]
What do side-by-side refrigerators, laptop computers, and zero-turn-radius riding mowers have in common? They’re among the most repair-prone products consumers can buy, according to Consumer Reports’ most recent Product Reliability Survey. And in Consumer Reports’ separate Repair or Replace Survey, 27,404 subscribers reported about the troubles they had with 53,218 broken appliances, electronics, lawn equipment and more.
Consumer Reports finds six ways to save on your pet[Jul. 11, 2011]
Despite the economic downturn, Americans have not cut back on spending on Fluffy and Fido. According to a survey from the Consumer Reports National Research Center, during the darkest days of the recession in 2009 and 2010, only 16 percent of Americans said they reduced the amount they spent on their pets. On top of this, the price of pet food, veterinary care and other pet-related products and services has risen 4 percent since 2008. To help consumers keep more money in their pockets during these tough times, Consumer Reports compiled six ways for pet owners to curb expenses and still provide the best of care.
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