Topic: Yonkers NY
Tips for earning the most free travel over time; Plus, airline and bank cards that go a long way toward a free flight
Yonkers, NY – Airline credit cards and bank cards often offer points toward free air travel, but some will earn card users more free travel than others over time.
The April 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, features tips for deciding which card to use when looking for discounted travel and highlights some of the best airline and bank card reward formulas currently available. «Read the rest of this article»
Four TV infomercial products to skip; Plus, five cleaning safety musts
Yonkers, NY – The best cleaning products don’t necessarily cost a fortune. The April 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, identifies 12 cleaning products that work as well or even better than their expensive counterparts according to tests.
“It’s important to have the right tools for cleaning,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. “We’ve found some great products that worked well – and they don’t cost a lot of money.” «Read the rest of this article»
Retail numbers lag despite four straight months of declining financial troubles
Yonkers, NY – The Consumer Reports Index, an overall measure of Americans’ personal financial health, showed improvement in consumer confidence indicators over the past 30 days.
The Consumer Reports Index’s sentiment measure improved for March, climbing back to positive territory at 50.7 from 48.9 the prior month. The greatest improvement among income brackets was from lower-income households earning less than $50,000 (climbing 3.7 points). «Read the rest of this article»
Audi leads inconsistent European pack; Cadillac shines among struggling domestics
Yonkers, NY – With a current crop of luxury models that are quiet, comfortable, fuel efficient, and among the most reliable, Lexus has earned the best overall score in Consumer Reports’ 2013 annual Car Brand Report Cards.
Lexus’ models are rarely sporty, but the brand’s overall score of 79 was earned on a foundation of plush and very reliable vehicles. Consumer Reports currently Recommends 100-percent of the Lexus vehicles it has tested.
National poll reveals how couples feel about household clutter
Yonkers, NY – Finances tend to be a common cause of marital squabbles, but an untidy home can also trigger a tiff. According to a new poll from ShopSmart, almost 40 percent of couples confessed to fighting about messes more than money.
The March 2013 issue of ShopSmart, from Consumer Reports, features a full report on organizing and more survey results from its national poll of almost 500 couples about their attitudes toward household clutter. «Read the rest of this article»
Consumer Reports Index shows Sentiment Drops as Middle Income Families See Uptick in Financial Troubles
February Planned Retail Spending at Lowest Level Since 2009.
Yonkers, NY – The Consumer Reports Index, an overall measure of Americans’ personal financial health, showed consumer confidence is off to sluggish start in 2013, according to the February report.
The Consumer Reports Index sentiment measure declined for February dropped to 48.9 from 51.2 the prior month. The most pessimistic consumers remain Americans in households earning less than $50,000 (dropping to 45.6 from 50.0 the prior month). Concurrently, sentiment levels of middle-income families ($50,000 to $99,000) also dropped 5.4 percentage points from 55.6 to 50.2 this month. «Read the rest of this article»
Fuel Economy, Acceleration No Better than in Conventional Powertrains
Yonkers, NY – Although small turbocharged engines are marketed as delivering the power of a large engine, with the fuel economy of a smaller one, Consumer Reports tests have found that they often fall short of expectations.
Many turbocharged cars tested by CR have slower acceleration and no better fuel economy than the models with bigger conventional engines. «Read the rest of this article»
Six sweet picks for Valentine’s Day based on taste tests
Yonkers, NY – When it comes to chocolate, the good stuff doesn’t come cheap. To find the ultimate chocolate experience – in time for Valentine’s Day – ShopSmart’s taste testers nibbled on thousands of boxed bonbons, ranging in price from $10.00 to $90.00. The March 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, spotlights the top chocolates from these tests. «Read the rest of this article»
Useful tools for staying organized and on time
Yonkers, NY – Whether you’re a habitual “to-do” list creator or are notorious for being late, getting organized may be right at your fingertips. The March 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, identifies free phone and tablet apps that can help you keep track of day-to-day appointments and tasks while keeping you on schedule. «Read the rest of this article»
Inexpensive, on-the-go exercise tools for anyone
Yonkers, NY – Creative and innovative fitness classes are popping up everywhere, but some days, there just isn’t time to get to the gym. The March 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, features exercise apps that allow users to get in all types of workouts anytime, anywhere.
“Sticking to fitness goals can be a challenge,” said Lisa Lee Freeman, editor-in-chief of ShopSmart. “Having access to workout guides on a smartphone can help you stay on track no matter where you are.” «Read the rest of this article»
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