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Consumer Reports Magazine

October 2013
October 2013

Cover Story

Bright ideas that save energy and money
Slice your utility bills without sacrificing comfort
Choosing the Best Energy-Saving Lightbulbs
A room-by-room guide to choosing CFLs and LEDs

Special Section

Generators you can depend on in a storm
Our top-rated generators will make blackouts more bearable
The best chain saws can make storm cleanup easier
In our tests, some models cleared faster than others
Disaster preparedness: How to be ready for the next big storm
What you can do to safeguard your home and family


Store brand foods review
Private-label foods often meet or beat the big brands


Chevrolet Cruze Turbo Diesel review
Fuel-efficient, but more compelling on the highway
SUV's with third row seating review
Redesigned models show the long and short of third-row seats
Kia Cadenza review
This modern, large sedan jumps to the top of its segment
Crash course on car safety
Highway deaths are up. Here’s how you can help bring them down.

Up Front

Packages that need a makeover
A quick look at four products
4 ways to avoid supplement dangers
Vitamins and minerals can pose risks
What's in a (car) name?
Choosing a moniker is equal parts art and science
Beware of Fake Computer-Virus Warnings
Scammers are charging victims to remove viruses that don't exist
Are popped snacks healthier?
We took a look at calories, fat, and sodium
Chinet bakeware review
Can you bake in disposable paper pans?

CR Health

The facts about joint supplements
Of the 16 products we tested, seven didn't contain all that they claimed

CR Money

Truths financial pros won’t tell you
What you don't know could cost you


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Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

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