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Consumer Reports Magazine

January 2016
January 2016

Cover Story

How Secure Is Your Bank Account?
There's no guaranteed safe haven, but some banks have better security than others
Is a Prepaid Card an Alternative to Checking?
Prepaid cards may be easier to get than a bank checking account but some are loaded with 'gotchas'
Spread Your Wealth to Save Money
You don't have to get your mortgage and your credit card from the same institution
Join Our Fight for Better Banking Services
Consumer Reports' advocates are battling against high banking fees
How to Fire Your Bank
Fed up with your financial institution? Consumer Reports shows you how to switch banks as painlessly as possible
Choose the Best Bank for You
Do you value 24/7 digital access over the personal touch? Looking for thousands of branches or low fees? If you're willing to shop around, you'll find more choices than ever.

Features

How to Stop the Overuse of Antibiotics in Our Food Supply
Join Consumer Reports' efforts to stop the use of these drugs in animals raised for meat
Can You Trust the Label on That Steak?
If you want meat or poultry with no antibiotics, you have to know how to decode the claims on the package
How Much Snow Blower Do You Need?
Depends on how much snow you need to move and how quickly

Lab Tests

Car Batteries: Which Ones Do Best?
The battery is the unsung hero of your vehicle, especially in extreme weather

Cars

2016 Hyundai Tucson Review
This compact SUV is the king of competency
2016 Mazda CX-3 Review
Fun in a small package
2016 Fiat 500X Review
A long-term relationship with this subcompact SUV is likely to be fraught with frustration

Up Front

Save Money on Meds: 9 Tips for Finding the Best Prescription Drug Prices
Prices can vary widely from store to store, even in the same town. The trick is to shop around.

Departments

Forging New Frontiers
Consumer Reports President, Marta L. Tellado, highlights Consumer Reports' investigative work in consumer banking & finance and the food industry's response to antibiotics in food
Consumer Reports Speaks Against Another Proposed Cable Merger
This page highlights efforts by Consumers Union and others to improve the marketplace
Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

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