Thursday, November 13, 2014

November 2014 Consumer Reports: Our New Shopping Trends

For the first time in several years, consumers are starting to spend more money.  But what are we buying, and how are we spending?  In this month's cover article, Consumer Reports asks Americans about their new spending habits.

On a related topic, check out the list of "The Best and Worst of 2014."  The article examines this year's best and worst items in electronics, cars, home items (appliances, etc.), and health and food. 

Did you know that some (not all) automakers have unadvertised "secret warranties" that can save you money on car repairs after your car's warranty expires?  Check out the article "Get Your Car Fixed for (Almost) Free" for more details.

Other useful articles in this issue include:
  • Ratings for canister vacuums and upright vacuums.  Consumer Reports discovered that vacuums with bags usually outperform bagless vacuums for deep-cleaning carpets.
  • Rankings for health insurance, by state
  • Ratings for lightbulbs
  • Ratings for mattresses
  • Ratings for SUV and truck tires

Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2010 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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