Consumer Reports July 2019: Hidden Fees
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A recent survey of 2,000 U.S. adults found that at least 85 percent received a hidden or unexpected fee for a service they had used recently. These charges are often hidden in the fine print of a contract or added to a bill. Services that often have these extra fees are airlines, cable TV and cell phones, car rentals, hotels, utilities and others. See this month’s cover article, “Protect Yourself from Hidden Fees” for tips on how to find these hidden fees, and possible beat them.
Summer is the season for outdoor grilling. Check out “The Indestructibles” for reviews of small, medium and large gas grills. Even though some gas grills can last a long time, some don’t, so the ratings include information on predicted reliability, owner satisfaction, convenience and sturdiness.
Also with summer comes the inevitable chore of mowing your lawn. The article “A Cut Above” has tips on how to care for your lawn, tips for hiring a lawn care service, and reviews for gas mowers, battery-run mowers, and lawn tractors.
Another summer concern is for what kind of sunscreen to use. The Food and Drug Administration recently proposed new rules for the regulation of sunscreen. though they are not yet finalized. “Is Your Sunscreen Safe?” includes definitions for commonly-found terms on sunscreen labels, and sunscreen reviews.
Also included in this issue:
- Information on cold brew coffee
- How to decode a bread label
- Safety update, “What’s in Your Bottled Water?”
- Article on tick-borne diseases and reviews for insect repellents
- Ratings for midsized SUVs (3-row), midsized and large luxury SUVs, and compact pickup trucks
Consumer Reports magazine is available in print and online to Fauquier County 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 2015.