From cookware to clothing, supplements to skin care, direct sales can be a great way to boost your income. Just be careful about your clients because some of them may actually be scammers.
When a mysterious, unauthorized fee appears on your cellphone bill, it's called "cramming" and consumer advocates and regulators worry it's emerging as a significant problem as people increasingly ditch their landlines for wireless phones.
Tossing out fresh fruit and vegetables that have gone bad feels like throwing money down the drain. A new product called FreshPaper claims to keep produce fresh for two to four times longer.
The last few years have been difficult for stay-at-home spouses to get a credit card, as spouses are penalized for not having their own income. Three years ago the Federal Reserve Board required credit card companies to consider a person's independent ability to pay, based on his or her individual income or assets, when evaluating their application.
Painting a room with bold stripes can make for a splashy makeover. But even if you're just painting a room with lots of windows or trim, Consumer Reports says the right painter's tape can deliver results like the pros. A good tape keeps the paint from bleeding underneath it, it's easy to remove, and it doesn't take off paint with it.
A new round of robocalls is targeting local car owners. The recordings give no company name, but claim they can save you hundreds of dollars on car insurance. Failure to identify the company is only one of the red flags.
Some grills do more than the basics, including one with a rotisserie that also has a side burner, perfect for keeping a pot boiling.
Flooding, the most common natural disaster in this country is not covered by your homeowners or renters insurance. You need to buy a separate policy for that.
Over the last year, people are starting to pay for stuff by waving sliding, or tapping their smart phones.
It's estimated the average household of four throws away as much as 600 dollars worth of produce a year because it goes bad.
If you store sensitive information on your smart phone, losing track of it could spell disaster. A just-released survey by Consumer Reports projects more than 7 million smart-phone owners had a phone that was lost, stolen, or ruined in the last year.
Federal health regulators are just now deciding whether triclosan — the germ-killing ingredient found in an estimated 75 percent of anti-bacterial liquid soaps and body washes sold in the U.S. — is ineffective, or worse, harmful.
New reports filed with the state Department of Ecology show manufacturers continue to use toxic materials in products intended for kids.
A just-released Consumer Reports investigation reveals that turkey can be a breeding ground for antibiotic-resistant bacteria. But the National Turkey Federation says it strongly disputes Consumer Reports’ findings and calls the study alarmist and misleading.
Atorvastatin, the generic for Lipitor, is now widely prescribed to combat high cholesterol. Consumer Reports checked out prices of atorvastatin at more than 200 pharmacies, including Walgreens, CVS, Target, Walmart, and Costco, as well as independent and supermarket pharmacies and online.