Saturday, September 15, 2012


I received a pamphlet in the mail today called ShopSmart from Consumer Reports. There was a lot of information in there that was very interesting. Here are some of the things I found interesting.

To get more from your batteries, don't mix batteries...use batteries that are the same brand and age. According to their tets, the batteries with the best combination of performance  and price were KIRKLAND SIGNATURE batteries. The cost...just $.50 per pair (sold at Costco in a pack of 48)

Energizer Max batteries were among the lowest-scoring all the batteries they tested. They took fewer shots and cost $3 per pair.

Proactive costs $20 for a months supply. Oxy Maaxium costs just $5 for a months supply and in recent tests it worked just as well as Proactive.

The Genie Bra ads sound great. I was even tempted to get one myself!  When Consumer Reports tested it on ten women, the women looked smashed, unsupported and bouncy!

The Hyundai Elantra for $18,445 is their top-rated small car. It gets an overall 29 mpg. On the other hand, the VW Jetta ) has a mediocre fuel economy and the interior uses lower-quality material and they don't recommend it.

Don't change your oil every 3,000 miles. This is the advice oil companies like to preach. Most modern engines are designed to go 7,500 miles!

Wash new clothes before you wear them. Many garments, especially cotton ones, have coatings containing formaldehyde to prevent wrinkles. Washing can reduce levels of formaldehyde.

I plan on ordering the book so I will post interesting articles to share with you!

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