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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