Decluttering essentials to splurge or skimp on and ones to skip
Yonkers, NY – With so many organizers on the market, deciding which ones to splurge or skimp on, or those to skip entirely, can be more challenging than actually organizing.
The March 2015 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, highlights 21 essentials to help declutter every room – and identifies organizing items worth spending on, when to save, and six money-wasting products to avoid. «Read the rest of this article»
The winners and losers from the products tested in 2014
Yonkers, NY – Not every product lives up to its claims, and others sometimes exceed expectations.
The January 2015 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, spotlights the best of the best tested this year which includes more than 45 products in these seven categories: food and wine; cooking, food prep & storage; cleaning; home improvement; beauty, health, and fitness; electronics; and cars.
Tips for buying primo makeup and skin-care products at drugstore prices
Yonkers, NY – The price of beauty products can get ugly, but ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, found that shoppers don’t always have to shell out big bucks for products comparable to brand-name items
In its December 2014 issue, ShopSmart experts scoured the beauty aisles of department stores, drugstores and boutiques to find high-priced products shoppers can swap out to save big. «Read the rest of this article»
The best times to shop and save
Yonkers, NY – Time is money, and sometimes shopping at specific times can lead to big savings. The November 2014 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, uncovers the best times to look for and score bargains throughout the holiday season.
“Whether shoppers are looking for gift cards, groceries, or winter clothes, we wanted to discover the times where they would be most likely to get a great deal,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. “The holidays can be an expensive time, and it’s important to look for little ways to save.” «Read the rest of this article»
Folgers and Maxwell House topped by money-saving store brands and specialty brews
Yonkers, NY – When it comes to coffee, big names don’t always deliver great flavor.
The November 2014 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, highlights results from its taste-tests of whole-bean, ground, and pod coffees in which brews from Folgers and Maxwell House didn’t stand up to offerings from specialty brands including Allegro, Peet’s, and Starbucks.
Plus, tips on avoiding these new consumer traps
Yonkers, NY – Misleading discounts, deals, and sales that can cost consumers big bucks and prices that aren’t always apples-to-apples comparisons are just some of the shopping scams and bum deals recently uncovered by ShopSmart.
In its September 2014 issue, ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, shares tips and advice on how to recognize these shopping pitfalls, and avoid them. «Read the rest of this article»
Plus, twelve alternative ways to save at the supermarket without the hassle of using coupons
Yonkers, NY – In a new national survey about shopping and saving on groceries featured in the September 2014 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, 28 percent of women said they can’t be bothered with coupons, and 15 percent called them a “necessary evil.”
So for those who don’t like dealing with coupons, ShopSmart has identified 12 coupon-free strategies that can help shoppers save at the supermarket – as a price scan by secret shoppers revealed it’s all about where consumers shop, and what they buy. «Read the rest of this article»
Investigation warns of bogus ‘natural’ beauty claims, ingredients to avoid; Plus, apps that can help shoppers identify safer products
Yonkers, NY – Beauty products and cosmetics have become overgrown with labels covered with flowers and greenery and words like natural and healthy.
The September 2014 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, features an in-depth look at hidden health risks that can be found in cosmetics and other beauty products, ingredients to avoid, and more. «Read the rest of this article»
Low-cost & no-cost fixes for overstuffed closets; Plus the best DIY closet systems
Yonkers, NY – Those looking to tame an out-of-control closet or for smart ways to store clothes may already have the tools they need handy. The June 2014 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, highlights more than two dozen fixes for disorganized closets for $25.00 or less – and some of solutions may cost nothing at all.
The feature also identifies four great do-it-yourself closet systems that cost a lot less than ones installed by professionals. «Read the rest of this article»
America’s bargain-hunting habits: What shoppers will and won’t do to save a buck
Yonkers, NY - You might already be a pretty shopping-savvy saver, and we’re not encouraging you to become a crazy-coupon lady, but there’s no reason you can’t save even more by checking out the lengths to which other bargain-hungry shoppers will (or won’t) go for a great deal. «Read the rest of this article»
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