When it pays to buy recipe-ready fresh foods and when it doesn’t
Yonkers, NY – Precut fresh fruits, veggies, and meats may help get dinner on the table faster, but the markups on these can be huge.
The June 2015 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, uncovered how much more shoppers will pay for 12 ready-to-cook items versus their unprepped counterparts including onions and green beans, which pre-cut, cost 370 and 192 percent more respectively. «Read the rest of this article»
A month-to-month breakdown of what to buy when, plus storage tips to make food last
Yonkers, NY – Clipping coupons can be a chore, but there are secrets to slashing grocery bills without using coupons.
The April 2015 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, uncovers ways to track supermarket sales cycles and other special discounts for big savings, plus food storage tips so shoppers can stock up on items when they are on sale. «Read the rest of this article»
The winners in appliances, electronics, and cars; Plus, brands to avoid
Yonkers, NY – Each year, the experts at ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, test thousands of products to help shoppers navigate the crowded marketplace and decide where to spend their dollars.
ShopSmart’s April 2015 issue highlights some of the appliances, electronics, and cars from brands that performed well in tests and received high scores in owner-reliability surveys within the past three years. «Read the rest of this article»
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»
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