Family news from the August 2011 Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports News: July 11, 2011 07:08 AM

Best brownies, fast food, and digital cameras. Plus how to tame your pet expenses, and more great advice for families from the August 2011 Consumer Reports.

Saving money

  • Curb pet expenses and still provide the best care.

  • Best consumer advice I ever got,’ from readers, staffers.

  • 5 money-saving repairs for home and yard.

  • Why it may be cheaper to keep your old car.

  • Most repair-prone products you can buy.

  • Common myths about credit scores.

  • Food

  • Best brownie mixes, including ones for those with food allergies.

  • 5 healthy but overlooked veggies.

  • Best fast food. More than 36,000 readers rate food, value, staff, and speed at 53 chains.

  • Consumer information and safety

  • CR president Jim Guest is current volunteer president of Consumers International, a federation of 220+ consumer groups in 115 countries fighting for consumer rights worldwide. Learn more.

  • Better Business Bureau ratings—reason for concern about their accuracy.

  • Zooper stroller recall.

  • Proposed FCC rules let you avoid nasty telecom billing surprises.

  • Top products

  • Digital cameras—smart phones are handy, but they can’t do it all.

  • Best blenders for smoothies and more.

  • Health

  • Drug info that’s confusing, hidden, or missing from filled prescriptions.

  • Does Ensure Muscle Health provide any benefit?

  • Remote doctoring raises questions that we lack the evidence to answer.

  • Artemis DiBenedetto

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