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  • If want all of your holiday gifts to arrive by Christmas this year, you'd better finish your gift shopping soon. Check out the deadline information below for FedEx, UPS, and the U.S. Postal Servi...

  • The best time to buy things, month by month Consumer Reports - 12 hours ago

    Every day you probably get e-mail, texts, tweets, and circulars announcing great sales. The days of watching the calendar and buying products at the time of year when prices are lowest would appe...

  • 8 products on deep discount in December Consumer Reports - 13 hours ago

    This time of year you'll see plenty of discount signs in stores. You might think just about everything is on sale for the holidays. But Consumer Reports product research experts, who track prices...

  • Q. I bought a Michigan Blue Cross plan on HealthCare.gov last year for $143 a month. This year the same plan costs $218. Why? My income hasn’t changed—it’s still $21,600 a year. A. Your situation...

  • The e-ink screens on most e-book readers are already about as good as they can get—text is crisp and very readable, even in bright light. But Amazon found a few ways to tweak its latest e-readers...

  • How to take a good holiday photo Consumer Reports - 15 hours ago

    If you’re getting together with family during the holidays, you may want to capture the moments by shooting candid photos or even a formal portrait. To get the best results, try these tips: Know ...

  • Should Walmart be your next bank? Consumer Reports - 16 hours ago

    Everyone loves Walmart’s power to deliver bargains. So the recent news that the mega retailer will offer smart-phone-friendly GoBank checking accounts alongside WrestleMania action figures and Ol...

  • How to dispute your credit report Consumer Reports - 17 hours ago

    An error on your credit report can make it harder—or impossible—to get a loan. Bad credit can also hurt your chances of getting a job offer or obtaining affordable insurance. Make it a point to g...

  • Are crowds ruining Black Friday? Consumer Reports - 18 hours ago

    Come this extended holiday weekend, more Americans will be thinking about turkey, football, parades, and leftovers instead of shopping. According to Consumer Reports’ latest Holiday Poll*, 53 per...

  • Top 10 Black Friday TV deals for 2014 Consumer Reports - 20 hours ago

    Finding the best deal on a TV can take a lot of time and effort. To help you find the right TV at the right price, we've spent the past few weeks scouring ads from Target and Walmart, Best Buy, S...

  • Best everyday products Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 6:00 AM EST

    The American supermarket may be having a midlife crisis. Gone are the days when a weekly outing to one store for all household needs was the norm. Not surprisingly, supermarket sales have plunged...

  • How your credit report can help you—or hurt you Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 6:00 AM EST

    In a data-driven world, your credit record is your reputation, and false information can have deep repercussions. Bad credit can stop a loan cold. A landlord can refuse you a lease. An insurer ca...

  • 11 steps to improve your credit score Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 26, 2014 6:00 AM EST

    Credit-scoring models are like snowflakes: There are a lot of them, and no two are exactly alike. FICO alone sells 65 versions. Because of that variation—and because a lender might not use the sa...

  • The $20,000 tick bite Consumer Reports - Tue, Nov 25, 2014 5:00 PM EST

    After three years of suffering with pain so intense he couldn’t work, and undergoing three back surgeries, Gary Duncan, then 47 and living in Claremont, Calif., received a diagnosis of Lyme disea...

  • Top 5 tablets at any price Consumer Reports - Tue, Nov 25, 2014 3:37 PM EST
    iPad mini 2 with Retina display announced, features A7 processor so 4x faster

    Is someone on your shopping list hoping to unwrap a tablet this season? You should have no trouble finding one they'll love, no matter how fussy the recipient, no matter how much you want to spen...

  • The right tool can make any job easier. While you're shopping this holiday season, use Consumer Reports’ Gadget Gift Finder, an interactive engine that can help you quickly find the perfect piece...

  • Best tablets for kids Consumer Reports - Tue, Nov 25, 2014 2:15 PM EST

    As much as adults love tablets, children may just love them even more, as many parents can verify. When we first started testing tablets made specifically for kids, in 2012, they were more like t...

  • The meteoric rise of gluten-free marketing Consumer Reports - Tue, Nov 25, 2014 2:00 PM EST

    Despite the fact that it's not necessary or healthy for everyone to follow a gluten-free diet, more and more products on supermarket shelves carry a gluten-free claim. Since 2012 sales of gluten-...

  • Too rich for Medicaid but too poor for a health care subsidy? Consumer Reports - Tue, Nov 25, 2014 1:15 PM EST

    As the end of the year approaches, I'm hearing from many readers who worry they may have to pay back all or some of the tax subsidy they received in 2014 to help pay for health insurance. And it'...

  • Our new Ultimate Gift Ideas video takes you on a customized tour inside Consumer Reports, where you can choose your own path from an interactive map featuring the Food & Fitness Lab, the Great Ou...

  • Best Black Friday deals on streaming media players Consumer Reports - Mon, Nov 24, 2014 4:00 PM EST

    Streaming media players, which offer access to a world of online content, including movies and TV shows from services such as Amazon Prime and Netflix, have become a popular entertainment option....

  • Smart watch review Consumer Reports - Mon, Nov 24, 2014 9:45 AM EST

    Smart watches are still a relatively new electronics category, but these devices are poised to hit the mainstream. This year we saw major players such as LG and Motorola throw their smart watches...

  • How to get a great deal on Thanksgiving dinner Consumer Reports - Mon, Nov 24, 2014 7:00 AM EST

    Here’s some good news to chew on. The cost of Thanksgiving dinner has gone up by only a few pennies, continuing a period of price stability that dates back to 2011, according to a new study. The ...

  • Consumer Reports reveals its 2014 Naughty & Nice List Consumer Reports - Mon, Nov 24, 2014 6:00 AM EST
    File photo of pedestrians carrying shopping bags walking past a Victoria's Secret store during Black Friday sales in New York

    Consumer Reports is known for putting products to the test, but we’re equally committed to scrutinizing the policies and practices of the companies who make those goods as well as supermarkets, a...

  • Google Nexus Player First Look review Consumer Reports - Sun, Nov 23, 2014 4:56 PM EST

    Google has something of a checkered past when it comes to streaming media. Its Google TV platform has either died or is slowly morphing into Android TV, neither of which has made much of an impac...

  • 5 ways to save on last-minute holiday travel Consumer Reports - Sat, Nov 22, 2014 7:00 AM EST

    You may still be packing Halloween decorations back into their boxes before you realize we're just around the corner from Thanksgiving. The last few months of the year tend to race by. Planning a...

  • Why is HealthCare.gov hiding its most affordable plans? Consumer Reports - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 7:00 PM EST

    One little-known feature of the Affordable Care Act is the availability of special health plans with low deductibles and copays to consumers whose incomes are low, but not low enough to be enroll...

  • Could your credit score predict your heart-attack risk? Consumer Reports - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 3:30 PM EST

    Like it or not, your credit score can predict whether you'll qualify for a mortgage, an auto loan or, in some cases, even a job. Earlier this week, a new study was released claiming that it could...

  • When you go holiday shopping and swipe your credit card at the register, you want to know that your personal information is safe. You don’t want to have to worry about a data breach such as the o...

  • How to find health insurance for immigrant seniors Consumer Reports - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 3:00 PM EST

    Q. My 71-year-old mother-in-law recently immigrated to the U.S. to live with our family here in Michigan. Health insurance from my job takes care of me, my wife, and our two kids, but won’t cover...

  • Black Friday Deals for digital cameras Consumer Reports - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 12:15 PM EST

    Black Friday is less than a week away. Most discounts are for screen-centric devices—TVs, tablets, laptops, and anything made by Apple—but you can find great digital camera deals, too. Here are s...

  • What to consider when buying car insurance Consumer Reports - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 12:00 PM EST

    Fifteen minutes could save you 15 percent or more.  Okay, everyone knows that.  But here’s something that little gecko isn’t telling you: Price is not the only consideration that does or should m...

  • Top 5 Black Friday TV deals under $500 Consumer Reports - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 12:00 PM EST

    It wasn't all that long ago that $500 would get you a decent 32-inch LCD TV. But this year during Black Friday, that same amount of money could see you carrying off a 60-inch 1080p set, albeit fr...

  • Best Black Friday video-game console deals Consumer Reports - Fri, Nov 21, 2014 11:30 AM EST

    Video-game consoles are a welcome holiday gift, even more so with the enhanced entertainment capabilities of the Microsoft Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U, and Sony PlayStation 4. If you’ve been holding...

  • Ham for the holidays Consumer Reports - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 4:45 PM EST

    If ham is a traditional part of your holiday feasts and you won't have the time to make one from scratch, consider one of the spiral hams we taste-tested. Order your spiral ham early. If you run ...

  • Tips to avoid packing on the Thanksgiving pounds Consumer Reports - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 4:45 PM EST

    Let’s be blunt. For many, if not most, of us, the holidays are largely about enjoying food as much as family and friends, and in just about a week, the celebrating will officially begin. But is w...

  • Top 5: Digital cameras under $400 Consumer Reports - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 4:15 PM EST

    If you want better photos or video than you can take with your smart phone, consider a point-and-shoot camera, which can provide you with real optical zoom for getting closer to the action withou...

  • Does Walmart or Target have the best Black Friday TV deals? Consumer Reports - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 4:00 PM EST

    With the first real Black Friday sales now just a week away, it's time to figure out where you'll get the best deals on TVs. We'll be looking at the best buys across a number of retail chains, bu...

  • How to set your default search engine on Firefox Consumer Reports - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 3:00 PM EST

    Firefox users take note. Your Web searches will soon be routed through the Yahoo search engine by default, thanks to a five-year deal between Mozilla, Firefox's creator, and Yahoo. Web-industry a...

  • 6 fun and useful apps for the holidays Consumer Reports - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 12:30 PM EST

    Ever feel like you need a personal assistant to help you get through November and December? These apps will make you feel like you've hired someone to help. If you know of other helpful holiday a...

  • Is expedited shipping worth the splurge? Consumer Reports - Thu, Nov 20, 2014 11:25 AM EST
    A FedEx truck is parked next to a UPS truck as both drivers make deliveries in downtown San Diego

    Our experiment shows quick delivery doesn’t have to be expensive.

  • When's the last time you heard anyone describe herself as “completely satisfied” with her cellular service? That’s the kind of feedback we got from customers of several upstart carriers in Consum...

  • You'd think holiday shoppers would be singing “Happy Days Are Here Again,” with the Great Recession in the rearview mirror, lower unemployment, and more people buying big-ticket items such as hom...

  • Deep sedation for colonoscopy might not be safe Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 6:30 PM EST

    Getting knocked out during a colonoscopy might seem like a good idea. After all, being awake as your doctor uses a long, flexible tube to get an inside view of your lower intestines doesn't sound...

  • More stores will open on Thanksgiving Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 1:30 PM EST

    Has Thanksgiving become just another shopping day? This year, more merchants plan to open their doors—or open their doors earlier—to bargain-obsessed shoppers looking to get a jump on Black Frida...

  • The financial information you need to apply for health care coverage Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 10:41 AM EST
    Obamacare overhaul

    Is applying for health care coverage on your holiday to-do list this year? If so, having the right financial documents on hand will make the process easier. The state Health Insurance Marketplace...

  • Think Black Friday is competitive? Walmart just turned up the heat by saying it will match some of its competitors' best Black Friday deals on electronics and toys a full week early with a pre-Bl...

  • What's the penalty for not having health insurance? Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    As most people know, the Affordable Care Act says that all Americans must either have health  coverage or pay a penalty for not having health insurance. Here’s how that’s going to work. When you ...

  • Mapping the new frontier in connected car apps Consumer Reports - Wed, Nov 19, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Do your kids tune out with their tablets as soon as they hop in the back seat? Do you sometimes arrive at a destination half an hour early with nothing to do? Do you wish you knew your spouse’s r...

  • Why gift cards shouldn't top your holiday shopping list Consumer Reports - Tue, Nov 18, 2014 1:00 PM EST

    New regulations over the last few years have made gift cards safer than ever. That's one reason why more people are choosing to give a gift card instead of say, cash or a check. But giving a gift...

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