Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Growing Your Savings

The September 2013 issue of Consumer Reports has several interesting feature articles.  "Grow Your Savings" has tips on how to make more money with your 401(k).  Even if you're not close to retirement, you may find useful information here.  Another article has ten tips for cutting drug costs, even for persons who have insurance.  "Your safer-surgery survival guide" lists higher and lower-rated hospitals for five common surgeries, such as knee replacement and coronary angioplasty.  It also has a checklist for "six steps to safer surgery."

If you're a person who likes to start the day off with coffee, check out the ratings for pod coffeemakers (single-serve machines).  Or, if you prefer to start the day with a shake or smoothie, the ratings for blenders might interest you.

Other useful articles in this issue are:
  • "Far-fetched fast food"--did you know that Johnny Rockets Big Apple Shake contains an entire slice of apple pie?
  • Ratings for frozen pizzas
  • Ratings for high-fiber cereals
  • Ratings for streaming media players, which allow you to watch TV episodes and movies from Netflix and other services
Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2009 up to the current issue. The Find It Virginia databases have an index to the issues from February 1, 1976 to the current issue, and the full-text of the reviews from January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2009. You can access Find It Virginia from any library computer, or from home with your valid Fauquier County Public Library card.

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