Consumer Reports: Cell Phone Service

(CONSUMER REPORTS) — The vast majority of people get their cell phone service from one of the four major wireless providers: Verizon, AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint. But in Consumer Reports’ latest ratings, based on a survey of 63,000 of its subscribers, a new service called Ting scored much higher. Ting bills for actual voice, text … Continue reading »

Tools to Help Enroll in Healthcare

NEW YORK, Ore.– There is just less than three months left to get insurance under the President’s health care exchange. Experts from Consumer Reports said it is best to enroll early and check out what the plans have to offer, even if you already have insurance. Nancy Metcalf from Consumer Reports said, “Don’t just let … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Turkey Thermometers

(CONSUMER REPORTS) — Buying a turkey with a pop-up timer means one less thing to worry about when pulling together your Thanksgiving meal. However, you’ll want to hear what Consumer Reports found when it tested pop-up timers to see how accurate they really are. You might be thinking about relying on one of those pop-up … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Great Tech Toys

Electronic toys are a favorite gift. But don’t think that children have to just sit glued to a screen. Consumer Reports ShopSmart magazine found four great tech toys that are loaded with creativity and will really engage the young ones on your list. The $40 Leapfrog Leapband features “pets” that give kids activity challenges. It … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Saving on Eyeglasses

(CONSUMER REPORTS) — If you’ve got your eye on prescription eyeglasses, be prepared for sticker shock! Frames, lenses, and protective coatings can add up to 500 dollars or more. Consumer Reports finds that you can save up to 40%on the cost of eyeglasses without sacrificing fashion. Eyeglasses are high fashion, and can come at high … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Top Juicers

(Consumer Reports) — You’ve heard it before you need at least five servings of fruits and veggies a day! Juicing offers a way to up that number.  More Americans are catching on; sales of juicers are up 25 percent in the past year. Consumer Reports tested 13 juicers, both augers and extractors. Extractors spin very … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Outlet Malls

(CONSUMER REPORTS) — Americans spending more money than ever at outlet malls. Sales are expected to top 42 billion dollars this year, according to the trade publication, value retail news. Consumer reports has rated 53 of the biggest outlet stores for value and quality, based on a survey of nearly 16,000 subscribers, and can help … Continue reading »

CONSUMER REPORTS: Air Purifiers

(CONSUMER REPORTS) — Air cleaners make claims like “capture 99 percent of allergens and irritants,” “remove allergens like dust, pet dander and pollen,” healthier, fresher air.” Consumer Reports tested 26 portable air cleaners to see how well they work. Testers pump contaminants into a controlled chamber, dust, as well as smoke. Some of the models … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Space Heaters

(CONSUMER REPORTS) — Space heaters account for 1/3 of all home-heating fires each year, and more than 80% of home-heating deaths. Consumer reports has just tested more than two dozen space heaters, which are much safer. Consumer Reports checked a variety of space heaters to see how well they work and if they have the … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Amazon Fire

(CONSUMER REPORTS) – Consumer Reports tested Amazon’s first smart phone, the Amazon Fire. It did earn a rating of “very good,” however, experts were not wowed. The Fire boasts a 3-D display and FireFly technology, which identifies objects by scanning them and recognizing songs and movies. A series of tests were run on the phone … Continue reading »

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