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  • The Sen.se Mother ($299) is a home and personal monitoring device. By checking a website or your smart phone, you can monitor the temperature in the house to see if the air conditioning or heat a...

  • Why buying new luggage could save you money Consumer Reports - 8 hours ago

    With frequently changing airline luggage rules and fees, you can actually save money in the long run if you buy and use new luggage instead of using older suitcases. Here’s why. You can avoid che...

  • Don't let pet allergies ruin your holiday Consumer Reports - 12 hours ago

    For people with pet allergies, holiday gatherings at homes with furry, four-legged animals can turn an otherwise good time into a nightmare of itchy, red, watery eyes, and endless bouts of sneezi...

  • 4 simple cell phone battery savers Consumer Reports - 14 hours ago

    A dead phone battery can be an excuse (“Sorry I didn’t call you back—my, er, phone died”); an inconvenience (“How can I pay for this latte without my Starbucks app?”); or a real danger (“My car b...

  • With Hanukkah just underway, and Christmas and Kwanzaa a week away, most people are cool, calm, and collected as this festive season kicks into high gear, according to the latest Consumer Reports...

  • Top 5 tablets for $300 or less Consumer Reports - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 6:00 PM EST

    There’s no shortage of tablets for sale this holiday season, and there are plenty of budget models in the mix. But not all low-cost tablets are created equal. Here are five that won’t break your ...

  • Shipping comparison: FedEx vs. UPS vs. U.S. Postal Service Consumer Reports - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 2:45 PM EST

    There’s little doubt that Santa Claus operates the world’s most efficient package delivery system—his sleigh travels at rates of up to 1,800 miles per second as he delivers toys to good little gi...

  • It's time to buy a new phone. Here's why. Consumer Reports - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 6:00 AM EST

    Smart phones are finally getting smarter about serving the people who actually use them: us. If you’re in the market for a new model, you can expect a larger, sharper display that’s easier to rea...

  • How to save money on your cell phone plan Consumer Reports - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 6:00 AM EST

    Somehow, in the past 20 years, cell phones have evolved from a convenience to a necessity. An expensive one. As the devices have become more integrated into our lives, monthly mobile bills have s...

  • Best gifts to teach kids to be smart about money Consumer Reports - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 6:00 AM EST

    What are the best holiday gifts to help kids develop good money habits? Of course, cash is often a favorite, especially when stuffed into a card or stocking. But if you want a money gift that mig...

  • 8 expensive health insurance mistakes Consumer Reports - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 5:00 PM EST

    Last year, America’s health care system will undergo its biggest change since Medicare’s arrival almost 50 years ago when the major provisions of the Affordable Care Act kicked in. And although m...

  • How much should you tip this holiday season? Consumer Reports - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 12:40 PM EST

    How much should you tip during the holidays? And who should get a tip? It depends on the type of worker you're tipping, where you live, and other personal factors, according to two surveys. In ou...

  • Counterfeits make lousy holiday gifts Consumer Reports - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 12:15 PM EST

    There’s little doubt that most shoppers on the prowl for a Coach bag, Oakley sunglasses, Callaway golf clubs, or other name-brand goods would jump at the chance to land them at deep discount. But...

  • What the heck are quantum dots? And why would you want them in your TV? Consumer Reports - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 10:40 AM EST

    Quantum dots (QDs) are poised to become the next big in TV technology. LG Electronics and several other TV manufacturers, including TCL are about to make TVs using this new technology, which will...

  • Eight classic toys that still make great gifts Consumer Reports - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    We dusted off Mr. Peabody’s Wayback Machine to track the status of some classic toys that resonated with generations of children and, we suspect, still have plenty to offer the current crop who a...

  • The surprising way to stay safe in the hospital Consumer Reports - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 6:00 AM EST

    When Kathy Day, a retired nurse in Bangor, Maine, received a diagnosis of uterine cancer, she decided to focus not only on how her condition would be treated but also on the way she wanted to be ...

  • Best and worst charities for your money Consumer Reports - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 4:30 PM EST

    'Tis the season for charitable giving. But some nonprofits with great-sounding names don’t put enough of their money toward their mission. To be sure your generosity counts, do some homework befo...

  • Top 4 kids' tablets of 2014 Consumer Reports - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 2:30 PM EST

    Thinking of buying a tablet for your child? We've been testing kids' tablets since 2012, and we've added 17 new models to our Ratings. See what came out on top for the year, and read our tablet b...

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    Thanks to price-war incentives and greater plan flexibility, there are more opportunities now to save a few bucks on the new, no-contract plans from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless—a...

  • Last-minute questions on applying for health insurance Consumer Reports - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 11:15 AM EST

    The weekend brought in a bunch of questions from people who were trying to beat the Dec. 15 deadline to buy or renew health insurance by Jan. 1, but were puzzled by what counts toward their incom...

  • 'Make an Offer' lets you haggle your way to savings on Amazon Consumer Reports - Sun, Dec 14, 2014 10:45 PM EST

    Following in the footsteps of Priceline (“name your own price”) and eBay (“best offer”), it seems only natural that Amazon, too, has decided to reach out to bargain hunters by allowing customers ...

  • Top holiday gifts for couch potatoes Consumer Reports - Sat, Dec 13, 2014 6:00 AM EST

    What do you get that person who would rather be at home, lounging on the sofa? We all have friends and family who are happiest when they’re not doing very much. Finding the right gift for the cou...

  • Health insurance deadline almost here Consumer Reports - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 9:00 PM EST

    If you need to get health insurance that starts Jan. 1—or want to switch plans for next year—Monday is the last date you can do it. That's the first deadline of the current open enrollment season...

  • The worst holiday gift you could give Consumer Reports - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 9:19 AM EST
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    For years, booze has been a go-to gift for holiday get-togethers, a quick and easy way to thank friends, neighbors, and family for their hospitality. But the latest installment of Consumer Report...

  • Top holiday gifts for the whole family Consumer Reports - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 6:00 AM EST

    Looking for a group gift for a household? Moms, dads, grandparents, and kids of any age will love these gifts that the whole family can enjoy.   Also check out our experts' picks for dads, moms, ...

  • 4 best smart watches of 2014 Consumer Reports - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 3:00 PM EST

    We've tested a wide range of smart watches this year, from very basic to very sophisticated, and from clunky and awkward to sleek and stylish. The four models featured here really stood out for u...

  • Health Law Helper takes the confusion out of open enrollment Consumer Reports - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 1:45 PM EST

    Open enrollment for health insurance coverage is underway, and Consumer Reports' free Health Law Helper will help you navigate your health care options. The tool, fully updated for this open-enr...

  • Low-cost gifts for car lovers Consumer Reports - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 8:30 AM EST

    Are you looking for a holiday gift for that gearhead on your list, but want something that won’t break your budget? No problem—our auto engineers and testers have you covered. Here are a few of ...

  • Does my employer have to offer health coverage? Consumer Reports - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 7:30 PM EST

    The health reform law’s so-called “employer mandate” requiring some companies to offer health coverage was supposed to start this year, but the President Obama administration pushed it back while...

  • 4 great low-cost PCs for gaming Consumer Reports - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 4:30 PM EST

    You don’t have to spend thousands of dollars or custom-build your own desktop to get a decent gaming experience. We’ve identified some desktops—and even a laptop—that won’t break the bank but sti...

  • Free trials can end up costing you Consumer Reports - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 1:30 PM EST

    A recent settlement between the Iowa attorney general and Amazon.com demonstrates why you should be careful when agreeing to free trials for products or services. The state said Amazon offered fr...

  • How to save big on car rental Consumer Reports - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 10:30 AM EST

    When it comes to holiday travel, the cost-conscious part of your brain is probably fixated on the cost of airline tickets and hotels. But don't forget the rental car, which can add several hundre...

  • 5 most violent video games of 2014 Consumer Reports - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    As much fun as some grownups may have playing violent and profane video games (and as you can probably tell from the reviews below, I’m one of them!), some games should never come anywhere near y...

  • 6 ways to avoid having a health insurance claim denied Consumer Reports - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Whether you're shopping for a new health insurance plan during this open-enrollment period, or decide to stick with the same insurance, you might run into trouble getting it to pay your doctor, m...

  • Clean out your medicine cabinet the safe way Consumer Reports - Tue, Dec 9, 2014 3:00 PM EST

    Has it been a while since you sifted through all of your medications? Leaving expired and unused drugs in your medicine cabinet “just in case” can put anyone in your home—including children and e...

  • If the lack of native 4K content has been standing between you and a new UHD TV, you now have one less barrier to hold you back: Amazon Prime and DirecTV have joined Netflix in offering movies an...

  • Top-rated gifts for the DIYer in your life Consumer Reports - Tue, Dec 9, 2014 11:30 AM EST

    Every family has at least one. The DIYer who would rather get a new saw or drill than a cashmere sweater or flat-screen TV. Here are a few top-rated presents for the handyman or handywoman on you...

  • What ever happened to free holiday gift wrapping? Consumer Reports - Mon, Dec 8, 2014 6:00 PM EST

    How much time will you spend wrapping holiday gifts? Americans typically devote around three hours to boxing, wrapping, taping, and tagging, according to previous Consumer Reports' polls. You can...

  • 8 products on deep discount in December Consumer Reports - Mon, Dec 8, 2014 1:00 PM EST

    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...

  • Don't be a product repair victim Consumer Reports - Mon, Dec 8, 2014 12:45 PM EST

    After a mechanic charges you hundreds of dollars for a new transmission for your car, you drive off only to find that your vehicle still has the same problem it had before you went to get it fixe...

  • 5 top video games for kids Consumer Reports - Mon, Dec 8, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Kids love video games—and if you’re planning to buy one for the tykes this year, the sheer number of new games might make your head spin. To help you out, here’s a list of popular titles that are...

  • Do I have the best possible TV picture? Consumer Reports - Sun, Dec 7, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    Q. You have reported on the difference between standard-definition, high-definition, and ultra high-definition TV. I have a 70-inch 1080p smart TV. However, I subscribe to Dish network, and it tr...

  • How to hold the heartburn this holiday season Consumer Reports - Sat, Dec 6, 2014 2:30 PM EST

    For many, the holidays can mean overindulgence in rich foods and alcohol at parties and events—followed by an upset stomach and a bout of heartburn. But before you turn to popular treatments line...

  • Can you be taxed for changing retirement funds? Consumer Reports - Sat, Dec 6, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    Q. I recently changed my IRA from Ameriprise to Vanguard. If I sell the mutual funds, which are in American Funds, and put all of the money into a Vanguard target retirement fund, will that cause...

  • Best cat toys for the felines on your holiday shopping list Consumer Reports - Sat, Dec 6, 2014 8:30 AM EST

    We know your holiday shopping list would not be complete without presents for your pets. You can find aisles full of cute toys cats (not to mention stuff for dogs, birds, rabbits, and other critt...

  • Best dog toys for the pooch on your holiday gift list Consumer Reports - Sat, Dec 6, 2014 8:15 AM EST

    Dogs don’t tend to play with toys unless people are around—yes, you’re their best toy! If you’ve played with a pooch, you know dogs explore the world with their mouths. To prevent injuries, keep ...

  • How do I convert VHS tapes to DVD? Consumer Reports - Sat, Dec 6, 2014 8:00 AM EST

    This article also appeared in the December 2014 issue of Consumer Reports magazine. Q. I need to convert my VCR tapes to DVDs. Can you recommend a device to do that?—Liss Lieberman, Bay Shore, NY...

  • How to choose the right bank Consumer Reports - Sat, Dec 6, 2014 6:00 AM EST

    Q. We’re moving from Arkansas to South Carolina. I’ve been with Arvest Bank for 11 years and love it, and want to find a comparable new bank. How do I choose the right one?­­—Brian Crane, via e-m...

  • Holiday gifts made in the USA Consumer Reports - Fri, Dec 5, 2014 7:10 PM EST

    Green and red may be the predominant colors of the season, but a lot of shoppers have red, white, and blue on their minds when it comes to holiday shopping. While many industries have outsourced ...

  • Consumer Reports' top holiday gift ideas for 2014 Consumer Reports - Fri, Dec 5, 2014 4:50 PM EST

    Looking for the perfect present? You've come to the right place. Check Consumer Reports' top holiday gift ideas for 2014 and watch our interactive video (above), which provides a unique way to le...

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