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2013-08-13 08:24:54

Truly free financial products and services; Plus, not-so-hot giveaways YONKERS, N.Y., Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- There are free financial products and services to be had, but consumers may have to shell out money to get some of them. The September 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, features an up-close look at five truly free financial products and services including checking accounts and tax filing. "Beware of the word free, especially when it comes to...

2013-08-05 20:20:13

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The beach may be sunny right now, but the real summer hot-spot is at car dealerships. That's where consumers can get scorching deals on new vehicles, specifically in August, according to TrueCar.com. To view the multimedia asset associated with this release, please visit: http://www.multivu.com/mnr/62339-truecar-august-best-month-to-buy-car (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130805/MM58296) (Logo:...

2013-08-01 12:32:49

TALLAHASSEE, Fla., Aug. 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Consumers considering whether to buy an extended warranty for their important back-to-school purchases now have a convenient, free tool to help them make good choices. The Service Contract Industry Council (SCIC) is offering a simple and handy pocket buying guide with key questions that consumers should ask when considering a warranty. The pocket buying guides can be downloaded free of charge from SCIC's website. The cards are small...

2013-07-31 08:25:42

Ratings Analyze Length of Hospital Stays and Mortality Rates; Includes Ratings for Five Common Surgery Types YONKERS, N.Y., July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time, Consumer Reports has rated U.S. hospitals on how patients fare during and after surgery. The Ratings include an overall surgery Rating, which combines results for 27 categories of scheduled surgeries, as well as individual Ratings for five specific procedure types: back surgery, hip replacement, knee...

2013-07-30 08:27:56

Many Cards Have Dropped Fees & Offer Convenient Features But Fee Disclosure Is Still Poor and Consumers Lack Important Legal Safeguards Compared to Debit Cards YONKERS, N.Y., July 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time ever, Consumer Reports has ranked the best and worst prepaid cards based on value, convenience, safety, and how well fees are disclosed to consumers. The Consumer Reports investigation found that prepaid card fees have dropped and that many cards...

2013-07-26 08:21:11

2014 Chevy Impala earns best sedan rating JOLIET, Ill., July 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- It's amazing what can happen in a year. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130726/MN53768) In the 2013 model year, the Chevy Impala faced a barrage of criticism and scrutiny from automotive review sites, bloggers, and journalists. Now, the2014 Chevy Impala is earning an equal amount of admiration and acclaim, as the fully redesigned sedan has landed atop Consumer Reports' list of...

2013-07-25 23:00:21

Advisory for Hospital Administrators and Health Care Professionals Yonkers, NY (PRWEB) July 26, 2013 Consumer Reports will hold an audio conference to discuss the methodology used in its new hospital surgery Ratings report. The report covers nearly 2,500 hospitals across the U.S. and will appear in the September issue of Consumer Reports magazine and online at ConsumerReports.org. The audio conference will take place on Tuesday, July 30th at 12:30 p.m. Eastern. It is for hospital...

2013-07-25 16:26:23

Advisory For Hospital Administrators & Health Care Professionals YONKERS, N.Y., July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Consumer Reports will hold an audio conference to discuss the methodology used in its new hospital surgery Ratings report. The report covers nearly 2,500 hospitals across the U.S. and will appear in the September issue of Consumer Reports magazine and online at ConsumerReports.org The audio conference will take place on Tuesday, July 30(th) at 12:30 p.m....

2013-07-25 08:20:13

Outscores luxury competitors costing as much as $20,000 more YONKERS, N.Y., July 25, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With a phoenix-like turnaround, the revamped 2014 Chevrolet Impala has changed the landscape of Consumer Reports ratings by earning the top spot overall for all sedans--and taking a position that has been held by Japanese and European models for at least the last 20 years. The Impala has gone from the bottom of its class in Consumer Reports ratings, with a mediocre...

2013-07-23 08:25:39

Plus, where to save the most money on school supplies YONKERS, N.Y., July 23, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The new school year is more than a month away, but back-to-school sales are already in full swing. To get real steals on school and office supplies, shoppers should hit stores during the first days of August. The September 2013 issue of ShopSmart magazine, from Consumer Reports, features five easy tricks for saving on educational essentials. "Don't dash into an...