Consumer Reports Magazine | January

Consumer Reports Magazine | January

Published: January 2014
January 2014

Cover story

7 ways to cut phone costs Save hundreds of dollars per year by making smart choices
How much cell service do you really need? These user profiles tell you exactly what you should buy—and what you'll pay for it with each major carrier
Smart-phone features guide We break down the main features to look for, from essential utilities to gee-whiz eccentricities
The complete smart-phone shopping guide You really can save money and we'll help you figure out how


Best last-minute holiday gifts Highly rated products that are sure to please any recipient
Best LED lightbulbs As more come to market, prices drop and choices increase
The doctor will e-mail you now Five reasons patient portals can lead to better health


Ford Fiesta ST vs. Fiat 500 Abarth 2 new hot hatches, with 1 clear winner
Mercedes-Benz GLK350 review Engaging and entertaining, but not your typical SUV
Toyota Corolla vs. Volkswagen Jetta After 2014 makeovers, these comeback kids are back in the race

Up Front

AA batteries that shine Best batteries to power your electronics gifts this holiday season
Food fake-out Bacon bits with no bacon, onion rings with no onions, and other products with misleading names and images
How to save on car rentals The advertised rates you see don't tell the whole story
The Chicken Noodle Soup Taste Test You can cook a tastier one at home in just 15 minutes

CR Money

Financial Resolutions worth Keeping 4 easy steps to wipe out credit card debt, shrink your mortgage, and sock away more for retirement


From our president: Truly an honor
Selling It Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
Viewpoint This page highlights efforts of Consumers Union to improve the marketplace

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