Consumer Reports January 2017: Ready for Retirement?

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Check out this information in the January issue of Consumer Reports:

consumermiser-from-clip-art-royalty-free31-300x1981Planning for Retirement

Many of us are hoping for the same employer-provided pensions our parents received. But the new reality is this: if you want an adequate pension, you will need to start saving for it, and the sooner, the better. This month’s feature article, “The New Retirement,” includes free tools to help plan your retirement, tips on how to avoid financial scams and other advice on retirement planning.


Do you plan to attend a holiday party this year, or host one of your own? The traditional foods served at such gatherings, frozen appetizers, are not necessarily healthy. Check out the “Get the Party Started” article for reviews and ratings of some frozen appetizers that are both tasty and meet Consumer Reports’s nutritional criteria (less than 200 calories and less than five grams of fat per serving). Pot stickers and spanakopita, anyone?!

Compact washers and dryers

If you live in a small apartment, or have a small laundry room, there are now several brands of compact washers and dryers to choose from. The article “Clothes Quarters” includes ratings and discusses the trade-offs between compact units and their larger counterparts.


How much do you know about drones? They can be dangerous, but they can also be useful. The article “10 Ways Drones are Changing Your World” notes that many companies, including Amazon, Walmart, and Dominos, are testing drones to make deliveries to your home. Some farmers now use drones to monitor the conditions of their fields. In the future, drones could also be used for safety inspections, humanitarian aid, hurricane and tornado forecasting, and wildlife conservation.

The following topics and products are also covered in this issue:

  • Ratings for the highest and lowest scoring teaching hospitals; the ratings show their performance at preventing central-line infections in intensive care units from 2011 to 2015
  • Ratings for tires
  • Ratings for child car seats
  • Article on high-deductible health plans 
  • Article on a heart-surgery device that can have a deadly side effect

Each branch of the Fauquier County Library has the print issues of Consumer Reports from 2011 up 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 valid Fauquier County Public Library card. You can also see past summaries of Consumer Reports prepared by library staff online.

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