Consumer Reports Wisdom from October’s Issue

by Darwin on September 2, 2009

So, I’m a big fan of Consumer Reports. It’s one of the few publications out there worth paying for alongside BusinessWeek and The Economist in my opinion. Therefore I’d like to share some of the highpoints of the October edition. If you like to save money and enjoy unbiased reviews consider subscribing – and please excuse the formatting today as I’m posting from my iPhone.

– Eyecreams that claim to reduce wrinkles have virtually no benefit and for those that had a minor benefit,there was no correlation the the actual price.

– Some tips on keeping your mind in tip-top shape as you age include eating fish over red meat, staying physically active and spending time with friends and family as you age. It’s use it or lose it!

– Some water and energy savings tips include using a low-flow showerhead ($265/yr), switching your toilet to a low flush model ($90/yr), insulating your water heater and pipes, and consider an energy audit by a legit paid source or perhaps even for free through your utility company.

– Contrary to public perception, solar water heaters and pellet stoves do not seem to be worth the purchase since the energy savings are minimal enough that it may take Decades to pay off.

– Different Energy-Star CFL bulbs were reviewed: #1 Spiral type was Ecosmart which can be found at Home Depot.

– Mattresses were reviewed: top brands included Tempur-Pedic, Original Mattress Factory and Select Comfort.

– Vacuum Cleaners were reviewed: the #1 model was Hoover U6485-900. Kenmore Progressive 35922 was a Best Buy as well.

– They offer several tips on buying a new car. Buy the model at the end of the year, if you don’t mind depreciation because you’re keeping for a long time you can get a huge deal on models being phased out such as a Pontiac, you’ll get much more money by selling yourself instead of trading it in…and several more.

Well, those were some of my favs from the edition. I recommend checking one out next time you’re in the bookstore and consider subscribing.

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1 Jim September 2, 2009 at 3:22 pm

I think the ROI on pellet stoves depends on the situation. I know a couple people who use them and are definitely saving money. But the cost of thee pellets can vary a lot and thats a big part of the equation. SO if the pellets are cheap then its a better deal and if they’re over priced then you won’t save much.
.-= Jim´s last blog ..Angie’s List : My first Impressions =-.


2 Savings With Sadie September 17, 2009 at 8:06 am

Hello –

Your carnival submission has been posted. Don’t forget to grab the post permalink to link your post back to the carnival for the convenience of readers. Thanks for participating. Next month, we will be setting a theme around holiday savings.

.-= Savings With Sadie´s last blog ..Carnival of Savings 3rd Edition =-.


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