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: 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: 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 »

Consumer Reports: Tuna and Mercury

(CONSUMER REPORTS) – For pregnant women who eat seafood, it would be wise to note that not all fish is safe. This includes canned tuna and even sushi. These products contain high levels of mercury, which can damage the baby’s brain and nervous system. Many varieties have been known to contain high levels of mercury. … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Laptops for Students

YONKERS, N.J. — As the school year approaches, even the youngest students can expect some keyboard time in the classroom. For first through fifth graders, Consumer Reports says a good choice is a  low-cost Chromebook because they are lightweight laptops that run Google’s Chrome operating system. Parents can set up supervised user accounts that restrict  … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Kids and Hot Cars

(CONSUMER REPORTS) —  44 children died last year from heat stroke inside cars. One of them was the 9 month old son of Lyn Balfour.  She says a change in routine and an emergency phone call from work led to the unthinkable. She didn’t realize, instead of dropping Bryce off with his babysitter, she’d left … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: What to Buy at Costco

YONKERS, Many people often load up on bargains at a warehouse store. In our area, and across the country, Costco is the place to go. It has a great reputation for delivering quality goods at great prices, but as Consumer Reports shows us, there is still the need to shop strategically. Otherwise that oversized shopping … Continue reading »

Consumer Reports: Best & Worst Fast Food

YONKERS, N.J. — If you are hitting the road this holiday weekend, you may want to reconsider where you stop for a meal on the road. Based on a Consumer Reports survey of more than 30-thousand of its readers, there are a lot of food choices that they say are much tastier than some of … Continue reading »

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