If you’re a pet owner, it’s no secret that leaving your dog or cat home with a sitter or in a kennel is a pricey addition to your vacation costs. But don’t assume that bringing your pet on your trip will always be cheaper. Consumer Reports reveals some important tips on how to save money and aggravation when you travel with your pet.
As more and more toys connect to the internet, there are more and more chances for your child’s data to be hacked. Last year it happened to millions of kids playing with Vtech electronic toys. And just recently regulators in Europe recalled a children’s smartwatch because it posed a serious risk of being hacked. Consumer Reports reveals what parents need to know about the safety risks of connected smart toys.
Amazon Prime. People say it so often, it’s become a verb: “Just Prime it and you’ll have it in two days!” Now, more and more retailers are offering membership plans, betting that you’ll pay a fee for the privilege of shopping with them. In exchange, they offer perks like free shipping, discounts, and even interior design consultations. But before you join, Consumer Reports says, be sure to weigh the pros and the cons.
Pharmacies and doctors are legally bound to safeguard your prescription records. But some of that information can still be shared and used in ways you might not expect, like when you apply for life insurance, disability benefits, or long-term-care insurance.
Are you a clean freak? Maybe you’ve got a mop, a bucket, a WetJet, a hand vac, an upright, a stick vac, and a Swiffer. But maybe you want to add a steam mop to that collection. Before you plunk down cash and find storage space for yet one more cleaning machine, check out Consumer Reports’ latest steam-mop tests.
With food recalls in the news lately, you may be trying to shop locally, thinking it’s a better way to go. Well, you’ve got plenty of opportunities. There are more than 8,700 farmers markets registered with the Department of Agriculture, where you can buy local produce, meat, and eggs directly from farmers. But is shopping at a farmers market risk-free? Consumer Reports shows you how to do it safely.
You spend about a third of your life sleeping. And sure, you change your sheets. But how often do you clean the mattress you’re sleeping on? Consumer Reports says that freshening up your mattress is a good idea for many reasons.