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Consumer Reports Magazine

October 2012
October 2012


How to protect yourself from the latest scams
Investment, mortgage, Internet, and other kinds of fraud are on the rise
Test your energy IQ
What you don't know about energy can cost you
Store-brand vs. Name-brand taste-off
Our tests pit private-label products against big-name rivals

Lab Tests

Best portable and stationary generators
Don't get left in the dark during a power failure


Reviews of the Scion FR-S and Subaru BRZ
These new coupes are fun and affordable
Best and worst cars of 2012
How do the new models really measure up?
Reasons Why Teenagers and Older People Are the Riskiest Drivers
More needs to be done to reduce accidents and deaths
Large-sedan reviews
Road tests of the Chrysler 300, Hyundai Azera, Buick LaCrosse, and Ford Taurus

Up Front

What to do when a loved one dies
Our advice can keep a sad event from becoming even more painful
Chicken fingers taste test
Perkins' fried fingers get the thumbs-up
Best whole-grain and added-nutrient pastas
Our trained tasters sampled 13 spaghettis
Joint Juice for arthritis
This supplement delivers glucosamine and chondroitin in drink form
How we dote on dogs and cats
You might be surprised by what some owners do

CR Health

Medical care cost vs. quality
You don’t have to pay the highest prices to get the best quality care

CR Money

How much is your stuff worth?
It’s often a good investment to spend the time and money on an appraisal


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Selling It
A monthly selection of goofs, glitches, and gotchas

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