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Monday, Oct 26, 2015

Cutting Teen Car Insurance Costs

Cutting Teen Car Insurance Costs

Getting a driver's license is a big milestone for teenagers and their families. But along with that is the worry of rocketing insurance premiums.

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2015

Best Buy Leaf Blowers

Best Buy Leaf Blowers

With fall cleanup looming, it’s that time of year when people are buying leaf blowers. Consumer Reports has tested and rated more than 60 gas, electric, and battery-powered models.

Monday, Oct 19, 2015

Should You Go Solar?

Should You Go Solar?

The price of residential solar panels has dropped almost 50 percent in the past seven years, and there’s pressure from salespeople to get you to go solar before federal rebates expire at the end of 2016.

Thursday, Oct 15, 2015

Top Pressure Washers

Top Pressure Washers

Consumer Reports tested 24 pressure washers to see how much pressure they deliver.

Tuesday, Oct 13, 2015

Laptop Problems

Laptop Problems

If you have an older laptop, prepare for it to stop working. Consumer Reports' latest survey found that laptops more than three years old are much more likely to break.

Thursday, Oct 8, 2015

Car Loan Pitfalls

Car Loan Pitfalls

Car sales are up, and Americans now have one-trillion dollars in outstanding car loans and leases. Last year, about 29 percent of new cars were financed with loans lasting longer than 72 months.

Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015

Avoid Medical Bill Shock

Avoid Medical Bill Shock

A Consumer Reports survey found that one-third of Americans got a bill they had to pay that was more than they expected for medical costs.

Thursday, Oct 1, 2015

Inflated Tire Tread-Wear Claims

Inflated Tire Tread-Wear Claims

When it comes time to buy tires, tread life is an important consideration. Manufacturers claim anywhere from 30,000 to 100,000 miles. Consumer Reports tested the tread life of 47 tires — two samples of each — to...

Tuesday, Sep 29, 2015

Consumer Reports: Latest Sleep Medicine

Consumer Reports: Latest Sleep Medicine

For people with insomnia, there's a new prescription sleep drug called Belsomra. It acts differently on the brain than current medications like Ambien.

Monday, Sep 28, 2015

Consumer Reports: Low-Cost Video Streaming

Consumer Reports: Low-Cost Video Streaming

If you’re looking to stream video from the Internet but don’t have a smart TV, you may want to pick up a streaming stick. It’s a simple, inexpensive way to watch online content on your television.

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