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New App Documents In-Home Belongings In Event Of Break-In

If somebody breaks into your home, would you know what to report to the insurance company?

04/27/2015

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Consumer Reports: How Safe Is Your Shrimp?

Americans love shrimp. We eat an average of almost four pounds a year, making shrimp more popular than tuna.

04/24/2015

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Consumer Reports Uncovers Safety Problem With Brinkmann Gas Grill

Consumer Reports has uncovered a potential safety problem with a small Brinkmann grill sold at Home Depot and Hy-Vee stores.

04/22/2015

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Angie’s List: Tire Troubles? Don’t Get Run Over At The Shop

A nail, a pothole, old age – many things can cause a flat tire. Is it okay to repair it or does it need to be replaced? And if it needs to be replaced, should you buy just one tire or do you need two? How about all four?

04/16/2015

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Consumer Reports: How To Save On Prescription Medication

People who regularly take prescription medication spend on average more than $700 per year for drugs.

04/15/2015

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Angie’s List: Avoiding Roof Repair Rip-Offs

Mother Nature can wreak havoc on your roof. Heavy snowfalls, gusting winds, torrential rains and extreme temperatures all take their toll over time.

04/09/2015

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Consumer Reports: Your TV Can Spy On You

It’s likely you don’t think you’ve invited a spy into your home when setting up a new TV. But new Samsung, LG, and Vizio smart TVs can record and share everything that’s viewed, whether it’s a broadcast or something streaming from the Internet. And some smart TVs can even track what DVD you’re watching.

04/06/2015

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Angie’s List: Custom Closets – Not Just For TV Housewives Anymore

They used to be reserved for houses of the rich and famous, but customized closets are one of the hot-ticket items for remodelers this year.

04/02/2015

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Consumer Reports: Costco Or Sam’s Club, Which Is Right For You?

If you don’t mind giant sizes and you have room to store boatloads of things such as paper towels, warehouse clubs are a popular shopping option.

03/31/2015

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Angie’s List: Sounding The Alarm On Home Security Systems

Recent FBI statistics reveal that nearly 9 million property crimes take place in the United States each year.

03/26/2015

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Consumer Reports: Spring-Cleaning Dangers & Better Alternatives

You may be ready to launch into spring-cleaning mode. Be careful! Consumer Reports says that some cleaning products contain dangerous ingredients.

03/25/2015

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Consumer Reports Rates Top Interior Paints

A fresh coat of paint can give any room a simple, spring makeover. Where it gets complicated is choosing the paint. Home improvement stores such as Lowe’s and Home Depot stock not only different brands of paint, but even varying grades within brands.

03/11/2015

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Angie’s List: How To Survive A Remodeling Project

Contractors tell Angie’s List that 2015 is going to be a busy year for home improvement.

02/26/2015

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Class Action Lawsuits Filed Over Front-Loading Washer Woes

It’s supposed to make your life easier. But, your washing machine could be making a mess of things.

02/25/2015

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Consumer Reports: How Not To Treat A Cold

Cold season is in full swing, and many people turn to so-called “natural” remedies to try to prevent colds or ease symptoms.

02/20/2015

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