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Consumer Safer used cars for teen drivers Safer used cars for teen drivers
Teens are almost three times more likely to be involved in a fatal car accident than drivers who are older. Consumer Reports says it's important to make sure your teen is driving the safest car possible.
Consumer Cash advances can be costly Cash advances can be costly
Need a small loan right away? You might be tempted to borrow from your credit card company. It's called a “cash advance” and it's really convenient. It's also very costly.
Consumer Heavy drinking and cancer Heavy drinking and cancer
We know that drinking alcohol – in moderation – can decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease. But there’s also strong evidence that heavy drinking may increase the risk of certain types of cancer.
Consumer FreedomPop's free service fuels frustration FreedomPop's free service fuels frustration (Video)
The promise of free internet and mobile service sounded great to a local woman trying to save money. So she signed up with a California company called FreedomPop. The high-tech startup offers free voice, text and data as a gateway to it's many fee-based wireless and data plans and it's catching on. In fact, FreedomPop recently announced plans to expand to the UK. But Leslie Maxwell wonders if it's getting too big too quickly.
Consumer Rent-to-own realities Rent-to-own realities (Video)
Looking for an affordable way to buy that new refrigerator or living room set? Shopping at a rent-to-own store may seem like the best option if you're short on cash. But Consumer Reports warns that some of those so-called deals could end up busting your budget.
Consumer Travel with your cat? Travel with your cat?
It's becoming very easy to find hotels and motels that not only allow pets, but welcome them. Some pet-friendly hotels will let you bring the dog or the cat. I never realized that until I asked recently.
Consumer Consumer Reports: Not all sunscreens give protection they claim Consumer Reports: Not all sunscreens give protection they claim (Video)
Most dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen that delivers an SPF, or sun protection factor, of 30 of higher. The SPF indicates the amount of protection you get from the sun's UVB rays, which cause sunburn and increase the risk of skin cancer. Consumer Reports tested 34 lotions and sprays to see whether they deliver what they claim.
Consumer Fresh Pod: Does it work? Fresh Pod: Does it work? (Video)
You can buy all sorts of products to deal with bad smells in your house. But most of them seem to involve a lot of chemicals or fragrances that only mask the smell. The Fresh Pod by Fresh Wave promises natural and safe odor control for up to 60 days. But how well does it really work?