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February 2015
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What's new on ConsumerReports.org
What's new on ConsumerReports.org
Find out what we're testing and when. Visit ConsumerReports.org to find information on the products and services you use every day.
Best places to get your car repaired
For most of us, taking the car to the mechanic ranks right up there with getting root canal surgery. But there's a way to ease the pain. Check our latest survey of repair satisfaction to find out where to bring your car when it's ailing.
Find a great treadmill or elliptical
The exercise experts at Consumer Reports have matched our top-rated treadmills and ellipticals to different activity and ability levels, whether you're a beginner or a seasoned runner. See which one is best for you.
10 steps to fight identity theft
Victims of a data breach are almost eight times more likely to be hit by identity fraud than those who aren't targeted. Use this handy guide to protect your money and reduce the annoyance of the rising pace of security breaches.
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Advice and tips for preparing your tax return
Advice and tips for preparing your tax return
Preparing and filing a tax return doesn't have to be trying or anxious. And while the IRS offers plenty of tax help online, our personal-finance experts also have tips that you might find useful as the April 15 deadline approaches.
The dangers of CT scans and X-rays
The dangers of CT scans and X-rays
Have you had a CT scan or X-ray lately? Too much exposure can pose a serious threat to your health. But you can protect yourself from excessive radiation by knowing when to say no.
Boost the value of your home
Boost the value of your home
This is a great time to be selling a house—or buying one. With housing prices at recent highs, it's no wonder about 5.3 million homes are expected to change hands in 2015.
Get the best cell phone plan for you
Get the best cell phone plan for you
Thanks to price-war incentives and greater plan flexibility, there are more opportunities now to save a few bucks on the new, no-contract plans from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless.
Rest easy on a new mattress
Rest easy on a new mattress
We score beds on support and durability, among other criteria. We also feature survey-based Ratings of mattress brands and stores to gauge shopper satisfaction. Be sure to check our mattress buying guide before venturing out to the store.
On location: 2015 Detroit Auto Show
On location: 2015 Detroit Auto Show
The Detroit auto show unveiled the 2016 models coming down the road. Consumer Reports' auto editors and engineers were on location at the Cobo Convention Center for a sneak peek at the next generation of cars.
Products on deep discount in February
Products on deep discount in February
Sales for some products go by the calendar. Consumer Reports' product-research experts, who track prices all year long, have compiled a list of items that are typically discounted most deeply in February.
5 ways to declutter your desk
5 ways to declutter your desk
Time to wrestle your wires, corral your cables, and master the mess on and around your desk. These five ways to declutter your desk go further—they make the most of your space and add a little pizazz to your cleanup.
Top washer and dryer pairs
Top washer and dryer pairs
Matching washer and dryer pairs are a popular choice but some don't make a great couple. Their coordinating style and color make a statement, but you'll question how a terrific washer and a noisy dryer that's tough on clothes ended up together. Enter the matchmaker: Our tests found a number of matching pairs that are worth a look.

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