CR Digital Archive

January 2014

Cover Story

7 ways to cut phone costs
Save hundreds of dollars per year by making smart choices
Smart-phone features guide
We break down the main features to look for, from essential utilities to gee-whiz eccentricities
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


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
Best last-minute holiday gifts
Highly rated products that are sure to please any recipient


Ford Fiesta ST vs. Fiat 500 Abarth
2 new hot hatches, with 1 clear winner

Up Front

The Chicken Noodle Soup Taste Test
You can cook a tastier one at home in just 15 minutes
AA batteries that shine
Best batteries to power your electronics gifts this holiday season

CR Money

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


Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers
From our president: Truly an honor

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