CR Digital Archive

July 2019

Cover Story

Protect Yourself From Hidden Fees
As companies pile on sneaky fees that result in higher bills, CR gives you tactics to spot and avoid them

How to Avoid Credit Card Fees
While most cards no longer charge annual fees, there are still several other common fees to watch out for
How to Avoid Car-Buying Fees
Watch your step to prevent paying more than you should for a new car
How to Fight Back Against Utility Fees
Gas and electric companies are raising monthly fees, even if you are cutting back on how much energy you use

Special Report

The Great American Tick Invasion
An exploding tick population is spreading a host of diseases. Learn how to protect yourself.

How a Tick Bite Can Affect Your Health
These tiny pests can transmit deadly diseases
How Deet and Permethrin Can Protect You
These two anti-tick substances have advantages and drawbacks when it comes to keeping you safe from ticks


A Cut Above: How to Get the Perfect Lawn
CR shares expert advice on yard maintenance to help make your green dreams come true

A Cut Above: How to Achieve a Lush Lawn
Consumer Reports offers expert advice on hiring the right service for your yard

Lab Tests

What Labels on Sunscreen Bottles Really Mean
Knowing how to speak sunscreen is important for protecting your skin


Decoding Bread Labels
Don't be fooled into thinking you're buying a healthy loaf when it's not


Building a Better World, Together
Join with us to make a safer, fairer, healthier marketplace
From Our President: What the Fee?!
Consumer Reports, together with its members, work to fight hidden fees and surcharges that jack up consumer costs
Selling It
Goofs, glitches, and gotchas spotted by our readers

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