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Read. Shop. Buy smart.

Do you know how to inspect your property for hazards?  Read “How to Protect Your Home,” to learn about preventive measures such as tree trimming, gutter shields and chimney caps that can protect your home from damage in bad weather.  You’ll also find great advice about protecting your home when you are away.  Security systems with cameras inside and out will let you keep an eye on things remotely.  Find out about door locks and timed, or motion triggered lighting.  Finally, take a fresh look at your insurance coverage and get a head’s up on the kinds of questions you might want to ask your insurer.  Check out the ratings provided here for 24 insurance companies.  Is your company on the list?

There’s nothing like the wonderful aroma of pasta sauce bubbling on the stove to let you know there’s a hearty meal on the way.  There are many varieties of canned sauce available from the store and you may already have a favorite, but have you compared your favorite to other brands lately?  Now might be a good time to take a look at the ratings provided in “The Best Pasta Sauce on Store Shelves” to see how your brand stacks up.

Considering a new car in 2023?  Factors like mileage, cabin storage, comfort and cost are important, but it is also helpful to know what other buyers have to say about their experiences with the makes and models you are considering.  “The Cars People Love Most” gives you these insights, and it provides ratings for some popular hybrids and SUVs in the $25,000 to $40,000 range. It’s a must read before taking a trip to the dealership.

Have you ever wondered if you’re getting all the necessary safety information before making a purchase?   This is especially important when you have concerns about toxicity.  Sometimes the companies manufacturing a product don’t even know what is in the materials they’re using. Many consumers have concerns about the items they will be drinking out of, eating off or or dressing their children in.  Learn about their discoveries and how to take action in “Testing for Toxins.”

Other topics in this issue include:

  • “Should You Buy Now, Pay Later?” 

  • “Showerheads With Great Pressure”

  • “Find the Right Pickelball Paddle for You” 

  • “The Secrets to Cleaner, Healthier Teeth”

  • “Pack These Bags for Your Next Big Trip”

Consumer Reports magazine is available free in print and online to Fauquier Public Library card holders, providing access to articles, reviews and ratings on over 8,000 products and services. The library has copies of Consumer Reports dating back to 2019.

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