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Pick your ideal diet

Jenny Craig, the diet program that combines counseling with a portion-controlled regimen of pre-made foods supplemented by home cooked sides, was recently designated a Ratings winner by Consumer Reports Health. With an overall score of 85, Jenny Craig easily surpassed the popular Weight Watchers (57) program by nearly 30 points. The diet Ratings are based […]

What can patients do to get better care?

As the health-reform law takes effect over the next several years, some 32 million newly insured Americans will gain access to a regular doctor. They will soon learn what others already know: Getting the best care from your doctor requires navigating a complex relationship within the 20 or so minutes allotted for the typical office […]

Finding the best low-cost organizers

Step into an organizing store and the promise of a place for everything can seem so appealing — until big-time sticker shock sets in. But is it really necessary to spend that much money just to store stuff? ShopSmart, the shopping magazine published by Consumer Reports, recently shared advice on how to tame trouble spots […]

First-rate deals at secondhand shops

The slumping economy might spell trouble for retail, but resale is booming. This October, the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops reported that August sales were up in most of the 200 stores it surveyed, according to the editors of Consumer Reports Money Adviser. Floor traffic was rising, too. Quality merchandise at bargain prices […]

How strong is brand loyalty?

To save money, many women (68 percent) are willing to switch brands of over-the-counter medications, and 67 percent are willing to switch brands of milk or eggs, according to a recent poll conducted by ShopSmart, the shopping magazine published by Consumer Reports. But only 29 percent say they would change their brand of pet food. […]