Consumer Reports: Overuse of CT Scans

(CONSUMER REPORTS) — CT scans give medical professionals detailed pictures of the inner workings of your body but can also expose you to high doses of radiation. More than 80 million CT scans are performed in the U.S. every year. But about a third of those scans serve no medical purpose, according to research published … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Best TVs for Sports

(Consumer Reports) —   A sports bar is a great place to watch the big game. But if you’re buying a TV for your Super Bowl party at  home, Consumer Reports has complete buying advice. Its testers say a screen that’s at least 50 inches or larger is a good size for a crowd. Testers in … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports Travel Clubs

Expensive vacations to exotic places often seem out of reach. So many people join travel clubs, which promise years of discounted airfare, hotels and dining. But Consumer Reports has found that hundreds of those dream vacations have turned into nightmares. Problems with travel clubs have been found throughout the country. The attorneys general of several … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Low-Cost Laptops

Prices for laptops are all over the map. Some can set you back thousands of dollars, while others cost $300 or less. Consumer Reports has tested some of the lowest-cost laptops to find out what they offer, and what they don’t. If you just do the basics like word processing, browsing the Web and streaming … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Smart Watches

SMART WATCHES FOR TECHIES ON YOUR LIST Having a smart phone means you can get calls just about anywhere. Having a smart watch lets you see who’s calling without even digging out your smart phone. You just look at the watch to see the notifications, see what time it is and see who’s calling. Know … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Snack Bars

Snack bars are a handy, grab-and-go food. But there’s a difference between those that are healthy and the ones that have a lot of sugar and saturated fat. Clif Bar has more calories than a snickers. Consumer Reports evaluated 28 bars and rated them for nutrition and taste. It’s important to look beyond fat and … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Cell Phone Chargers

Nothing says misery like being out and about, away from a power source, and your phone goes dead. Lots of companies are tapping into that fear, producing products for portable power. How about a leather purse that comes with its own charger? Sure these are cute, but are they necessary? This bag, for 175 dollars, … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Home Wi-Fi

(Consumer Reports) — We’re dependent on Wi-Fi to access the Internet in different parts of our homes. But too often service is sluggish or there are dead zones. Consumer Reports has advice to help improve Wi-Fi in your house. Many people get Internet service through their cable provider. The signal comes in through a modem … Continue reading »

Money-Saving Wardrobe Fixes

(Consumer Reports) —  Don’t toss your favorite clothing or shoes without giving them another chance.  Consumer Reports ShopSmart says fabrics and leather can be easily renewed, saving you big bucks. • For less than $15, a fabric de-fuzzer can remove ugly pills and make your sweaters smooth again. • Got nasty shoulder puckers from putting … Continue reading »

Make Charitable Donations Count

(CONSUMER REPORTS) — For many, the holiday season is a time to give not only to friends and family but also to  those in need. In fact, 40 percent of charitable contributions are made in the last few weeks of the year. Consumer Reports has found that some charities spend very little on  the causes … Continue reading »

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