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Warranty protection: You have more rights than you think

Shoppers may have more warranty rights than they think, which might help them get satisfaction, says Consumer Reports. Here’s what you need to know about warranties.

Speak up to resolve complaints

Speak up to resolve complaints

You’re having a problem with a product or service, and the company says you’re out of luck. Consumer Reports Money Adviser notes that if you simply walk away — and companies hope you’ll do just that — you’ve failed the squeaky wheel test. But if you complain effectively, you could be among those who get […]

Highly praised surf film to be screened on one night only

Highly praised surf film to be screened on one night only

COAST CITIES — Filmmaker Jack McCoy is releasing his latest film, which is being praised as the “greatest surfing story ever told,” “A Deeper Shade of Blue” into select theaters for a special one-night only showing March 28 at 7:30 p.m.

How to nab a free flight

How to nab a free flight

Airline credit cards and bank cards often offer points toward free air travel, but some will earn card users more free travel than others over time. ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, recently came up with tips for deciding which card to use when looking for discounted travel and highlighted some […]

Shopsmart finds top bargain cleaners

The best cleaning products don’t necessarily cost a fortune. ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, recently identified 12 cleaning products that work as well or even better than their expensive counterparts, according to tests.

Fat facts and fat fiction

If you’re confused about fats these days, you’re in good company, says Consumer Reports. With research coming in at breakneck speed in recent years, even experts have a hard time agreeing about which fats we should consume, and in what exact proportions, to improve our health and prevent chronic disease.

Hot new tablets

Rapid changes in tablets are bringing more choices, new features and better prices. Here’s a rundown based on Consumer Reports’ initial tests:

Low car payments can hurt you

Low car payments can hurt you

  With the average cost of a new vehicle now around $30,000, it’s no surprise that car loans are getting longer and longer, notes Consumer Reports. Some banks now offer car loans with payback terms that run for as long as eight years. While long-term loans translate into lower monthly payments, they can cost you […]

Sweet picks for Valentine’s Day

When it comes to chocolate, the good stuff doesn’t come cheap. To find the ultimate chocolate experience, in time for Valentine’s Day, taste testers at ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from Consumer Reports, nibbled on thousands of boxed bonbons, from hand-crafted assortments going for $90 a pound to a $10 Whitman’s Sampler.

For family sedans, the  Honda Accord leads

For family sedans, the Honda Accord leads

  In recent months, many of the most popular midsized sedans have received major redesigns or notable freshenings that have altered the landscape in the category, notes Consumer Reports. That includes the three models in its latest report: the Honda Accord, Chevrolet Malibu and Subaru Legacy.Lost in the flurry of shapely redesigns is the Honda […]