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Shopping Apps for Black Friday and the Holidays

Most of us will soon start the hunt for holiday gifts for friends and family. We’d be smart to do whatever we can to avoid overspending.<p>“Many people …

Don't Be a Recycling ID Theft Victim | Shred or Rip Up Documents - Consumer Reports News

Would you want strangers to know how much you earn? Read about the recent medical services you received? Or see that your insurer is threatening to …

Garcinia Cambogia Weight-Loss Pill Is No Miracle

Garcinia cambogia is hot. Nearly a million Americans each month Google this supposed weight-loss supplement. They're looking for reviews on garcinia …

E-Book Reader Buying Guide

What are e-book readers anyway? They're portable devices, typically with 5-to-10-inch screens, primarily designed to display the digitized versions …

Gear & Gadgets

Best Food Processors | Food Processor Reviews - Consumer Reports News

For much of the last two years, our top-rated food processor has been the Breville BFP800XL/A, a $400 machine that does everything well. We’re now …

How to Fix the 5 Most Common Lawn Problems - Consumer Reports

If the lawn outside your window is giving you the blues, join the club. After a brutal winter walloped much of the country, our Facebook and Twitter …

7 Ways to Avoid Getting Tricked at the Supermarket | Food Shopping - Consumer Reports

Smart shopping begins with understanding how goods are priced and marketed, and how stores coax you into buying them. It also entails making …

Best Home Phone | Home Phone Reviews - Consumer Reports News

Nobody gives much attention to their home phone these days. Even consumers who still have a landline (and there are reasons to keep one) don’t give …

Premium Gas: A Waste of Money? | Gasoline Pricing, High Octane - Consumer Reports

Many people use premium gasoline thinking that it's better for their engine than regular. That can be a costly mistake, especially when gas prices …

5 Things to Look For in a Car Infotainment System | Car Connectivity - Consumer Reports News

Sophisticated car infotainment systems have essentially relegated conventional radios and climate controls to the automotive scrap heap, right along …

Kid-Friendly Car Features | Vehicle Features for Kids - Consumer Reports

When it comes to driver distraction, chatting on cell phones and texting has gotten a lot of attention. Another big distraction any parent can tell …

Car Packing | How to Pack a Car for a Safe Road Trip - Consumer Reports

Whether you are going on a road trip, moving to a new house, or need to pick up your student from college, it's important to keep driving safety in …

5 Cool Refrigerator Features Worth a Look

If it’s been a while since you bought a refrigerator, it pays to look into the latest innovations, because manufacturers regularly introduce new …

Never Want to Leave: 10 Tips for Making Your Home the Most Inviting Yet

Having a home that is inviting — that beckons to visitors and lingers in the minds of guests — makes for both an enjoyable and memorable place. And …

Home Decorating

5 Quick Styling Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Home

Whether you are looking to photograph your place to submit to a contest (like our Small Cool or Room for Color) or just want to preserve it for …

Candles

Try This: A Throw Layered Under the Chair Cushion

(Image credit: 4 Men 1 Lady)<p>A throw tossed casually on a sofa says, "I'm carefree and welcoming and don't take my shoes off at the door." But a …

Home Decorating

One Minute Tip: How Living in the Present Helps You Get Organized

In today's video, pro organizer Jeni Aron brings us her best advice for keeping your home organized: live in the present.<p><b>• The Star:</b> Jeni Aron is the …

New York City

Kitchen Remodeling Tips: How To Survive a Renovation...Without Going Hungry

As anyone who has ever lived through a full kitchen renovation can attest to, it's hard to stay happy, healthy and well fed throughout. Certainly …

Kitchens

Before & After: An $80 Rental Kitchen Makeover

BEFORE: Particleboard cabinets, dingy backsplash, colorless.<p>My husband and I moved into our current rental apartment one year ago, and while we loved …

Christmas Trees

5 Reasons You Should Be Using Plastic Furniture Covers Right Now

(Image credit: Dabney Frake)<p>Chances are good you've dismissed clear plastic furniture covers as tacky, uncomfortable, and best left in the past. But …

Furniture

Before & After: This Busted Bed Gets Beautiful

(Image credit: Sheila Spring)<p>Sheila was feeling rather unromantic in her bedroom lately. All the elements were there, but something just felt...off. …

Candles

The Big List of Small Space Organizing Ideas & Inspirations

Living in a small space comes with its ups and downs. One thing is for sure: learning to do it right and keep it organized is an art. But once you …

Small Spaces

5 Smart Studio Apartment Layouts

The hardest thing about setting up a studio apartment is figuring out the right layout. With so little available space, every decision makes a huge …

Interior Design

New Generation of Appliances Targets Small Space Renters

More major brands are marketing appliances to smaller space residents these days, creating more options for people living in under 600 square feet. …

Small Spaces

AT HOME with Heather Weston: 52 Families Photographed in their Homes

(Image credit: Heather Weston)<p>Urban dwellers live in very close proximity to each other, but we often never see inside each other's homes. Living …

Minimalism

How To Deal When Your Closet Isn't in Your Room (or Maybe Isn't Even a Closet)

(Image credit: Adrienne Breaux)<p>Small space dwellers have a whole set of issues that folks who live in more spacious homes could never understand. …

Minimalism

DIY Plant Decor: 5 Modern Plant Stands

<b>2.</b> Small Wood Plant Stand, DIY from Hello Lidy: Inspired by Modernica, Lidy and her husband built this wooden plant stand to fit a plant pot they …

DIY

Furniture Arrangement in Living Room with Short, Angled Walls?

(Image credit: Katie)<p><b>Q:</b> Hi! I own a house that we have been renting out for a few years. We are moving back in soon, but have gotten different …

Living Rooms

Banish Boring Rooms: 11 Fun Decor Detail Ideas to Steal

(Image credit: Design Love Fest)<p>We truly believe a happy, healthy, beautiful home is a source of confidence and joy in people's lives. But just …

Home Decorating