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Consumer Reports Magazine | September

Published: September 2013
September 2013

Cover story

How to grow your savings Stop 401(k) fees from cheating you out of retirement money


How to save money on prescription drugs Even with insurance, you might be paying too much
Your safer-surgery survival guide Our Ratings of 2,463 U.S. hospitals can help you find the right one


Chevrolet Impala Review Redesigned for 2014, this model is now our highest-scoring sedan
Hyundai Santa Fe review
Jaguar XF vs. Acura RLX These updated models take different paths, with varying success
Kia Forte review

Up Front

Best frozen pizza We tested more than 20 individual-size frozen cheese, pepperoni, and chicken pizzas to find the best tasting options
Best high fiber cereal, healthful and tasty Plenty of fiber-rich cereals can satisfy your taste buds
Bounty DuraTowel Review Claim check: Our tough-towel trial
Is the latest product packaging new and improved? Packages are getting smarter, though your wallet might take a hit
Kochblume Spill Stopper review Claim check: Does this spill stopper work for distracted chefs?
New fast food offerings We checked out a few far-fetched items

CR Health

7 Tips to boost your energy Get an instant lift with these simple strategies—no caffeine required

CR Money

Should you report that fender-bender? The effect on your insurance premium depends on numerous factors


From our president: Chemical reaction
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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