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Consumer Reports August 2018: Reducing Your Cable TV Bill

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Cover of August 2018 issue of Consumer Reports with TV and remote controlCheck out these topics in the August issue of Consumer Reports:

Shrink Your Cable TV Bill

Do you think you’re paying too much for cable TV? “Take Control of Cable TV!” has tips to determine if you can save money by replacing your current cable package with smaller pieces from other streaming services, like Hulu, Sling TV, Amazon Prime, Acorn TV and many others. Reviews for the best streaming media players are also included. 


One thing people do not want to be without is a working refrigerator. With so many choices, it can be difficult to decide which style is best for your kitchen and your family–top-freezer, bottom-freezer, French-door, or side-by-side. When it’s time to replace yours, check out the ratings and other information in this month’s issue.

Healthy Breakfasts on the Go

Fewer people are cooking breakfast at home. According to the market research firm NPD Group, most Americans eat one-third of their breakfasts at fast-food and other chain restaurants. Is it possible to get a healthy breakfast on the go? Consumer Reports checked out options from six places; the results are in the article “Rise and Dine!”

Updated Laundry Room

Remember when laundry rooms were just small places for the washer and dryer, or in the unfinished, damp basement? Not anymore!  In a National Association of Home Builders recent poll, first-time home buyers ranked a living room as the most essential feature in a home, and a separate laundry room was second. The article “A Laundry Room You’ll Love” has ratings for washers and dryers, along with ratings for detergents.

Also in this issue:

  • “Reducing the Risks of Big Rigs” (trucks)
  • Reviews for mosquito repellent
  • Information on green juices made with veggies

Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2013 to the current issue. The Find It Virginia databases have an index to the issues from February 1, 1976 to the current issue, and the full-text of the reviews from January 1, 1999 to June 1, 2009. You can access Find It Virginia from any library computer, or from home with your Fauquier County Public Library card. You can also see past summaries of Consumer Reports prepared by library staff online.

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