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  Bottom Line: Perfect pillow care

From memory foam to feather and down, your pillows can look and smell great if you use these tips from the experts.

  Bottom Line: Beware of COVID-19 vaccine scams

  Bottom Line: Your diet can impact chronic inflammation

  Bottom Line: Eating our way through a pandemic

  Bottom Line: Can you really stop robocalls?

  Bottom Line: Pandemic may be hurting your credit score

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports explains filling taxes online securely

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  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports explains the risk of using PSP payment apps

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports reveals the serious side effects of home DNA testing

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports rates best travel mugs

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports explains WiFi 6

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports gives tips for buying used appliances

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports explains easy Super Bowl TV tweaks

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports gives cold weather grilling tips

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean you have to pack your grill away.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports shows how to check if your fire extinguisher is expired

It was one of the biggest recalls in government history: Millions of Kidde fire extinguishers were recalled in 2017 due to serious defects.

Hobby Lobby to end its popular 40% off coupon

The chain store says it’s doing away with the popular 40 percent off promotion, which has allowed customers to hold out their cellphones at checkout for a quick scan and a quick discount.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports explains how to care for your nonstick pans

Most home chefs know that you need a good nonstick pan in your collection of kitchen tools. They’re great for everything from eggs to pancakes to grilled cheese sandwiches.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports reveals what not to cook in an air fryer

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports investigates the cable bill price hike

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports explains how to better protect your privacy online

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports reveals the best accessories for your Instant Pot

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports reveals the best smartwatch for a healthy new year

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports gives tips for first-time pet parents during the pandemic

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports explains how to make a holiday dinner in an air fryer

For Thanksgiving, did you end up with a giant turkey for a small crowd?

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports reviews tech gifts under $50

Holiday shopping can sometimes be a struggle, especially when you’re trying to stick to a tight budget.

Arkansas gas prices continue upward trend

In the past week, Arkansas motorists saw a greater jump at the pump than the nation.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports guide to outdoor gatherings

This year the expression “home for the holidays” is more about staying home for the holidays.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports investigates selling your car

Since the pandemic, you may be finding your car sitting around collecting dust.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports explains what to do if your car has been recalled

Over the past few months, you may have put off everything from home repairs to doctor’s appointments.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports explains how to give to a charity for the holidays

The holidays are a time for giving to loved ones, friends, and often to charity.

  DeSoto County family keeps 25 year Black Friday shopping tradition despite COVID-19 Concerns

Most major retail stores chose to remain closed for Thanksgiving this year, taking away some of the excitement surrounding the mad dash for deals.

  Event celebrates Black businesses on Black Friday

Traditionally, the day after Thanksgiving is reserved for in-person shopping and Cyber Monday is when stores offer their best online deals. 2020 has really changed all that.

  Deadlines you need to know for holiday shipping

Shipping deadlines you need to know for the holidays.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports reveals Black Friday predictions

Amazon Prime Day is over, and now it’s time to think about Black Friday.

  Businesses make Black Friday changes due to the pandemic

The holiday shopping season is ramping up, and stores are bracing for Black Friday. However, the usually crowded and intense holiday shopping day is will probably feel a little different this year.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports explains how to filter hate speech on social media

Between politics, ongoing civil unrest, and the COVID-19 pandemic, some days it’s hard to avoid doomscrolling.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports reveals the best chainsaws for fall cleanup

You’ve got a lawnmower and maybe a string trimmer and a leaf blower, so what about adding a chainsaw to your arsenal of outdoor equipment?

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports says you shouldn’t skip the flu shot this year

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s more important than ever to do everything possible to reduce the spread of influenza by getting a flu shot.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports reveals the best bread-makers

Sales of breadmakers have skyrocketed!

FedEx requests more than $89 million in overpaid taxes in lawsuit vs. US government

A lawsuit claims FedEx is demanding the United States government to pay more than $89 million in overpaid taxes.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports investigates canned pumpkin

So many of those yummy fall recipes for pumpkin bread, muffins, cookies, and of course pumpkin pie depend on that little can of pumpkin.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports reveal what’s causing washer mold?

Is there a funky smell coming from your washing machine?

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports reveals things you should never clean with vinegar

Even before COVID-19 caused shortages of bleach and other cleaning supplies, many folks were turning to DIY solutions for tidying around the home.

  BBB warns of increase in scam calls posing as government agencies

Scammers seem to be getting more creative with their tactics every day - posing as someone from government agencies like the Social Security Administration and Medicare.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports explains how to replace cable for $25 a month

How does spending just $25 a month on TV sound to you?

  The Investigators: Hundreds of Mid-Southerners have reported scams this year. This tool may help you avoid becoming a victim

“Scammers play on that desperation,” said Daniel Irwin, who does research and investigations for the Better Business Bureau of the Mid-South. “They play on the need for money, they play on the need for assistance.”

  Bottom Line: Can a car make you happy?

Consumer Reports has survey data on more than 420,000 vehicles, and not just about gas mileage and reliability. CR knows what cars are most likely to make you happy!

  Amazon Prime Day is underway!

Get ready for some crazy deals! Amazon Prime Day is officially underway!

  Bottom Line: Can hearing aids prevent memory loss

Social isolation is a frequent consequence of hearing loss. But did you know that poor hearing may also be linked to dementia?

  Bottom Line: Frozen foods that are hot

If takeout isn’t your thing or you’re in a hurry and need something fast, Consumer Reports says look no further than your freezer for revamped tasty and nutritious frozen meals.

  Amazon taking extra precautions against COVID-19 ahead of Prime Day

Millions of packages will be shipped out, but six feet is the number workers are expected to focus on inside Amazon facilities.

  Bottom Line: Fast home fixes for fall

The experts at Consumer Reports compiled a list of home fixes you can do in under two hours, whether you’re still working from home or have a free weekend.

  The Investigators: Ticket companies are refusing refunds for canceled and postponed events. Here’s what you can expect.

Concerts and sporting events have been canceled or postponed because of the pandemic. Now, fans are accusing ticket companies of holding their money hostage instead of issuing refunds.

  Bottom Line: Paying down debt vs building your savings

Consumer Reports has some strategies to help you make smart money decisions in these uncertain times.

  Bottom Line: Video doorbells can help with social distancing

As many of us continue to grapple with ways to practice social distancing during the pandemic, even short encounters with a delivery person or neighbor could cause anxiety.

  Bottom Line: Fast food gets a makeover

Lots of folks are eating more takeout lately, and more than one-third of Americans have fast food on any given day.

  Bottom Line: Removing stains from kids’ clothing

If the stain is still fresh, water alone may actually remove it. But if the stain has set in, a few household items and a good detergent to pretreat it can help.

  Bottom Line: Fire pit fun and safety

Nothing says fall like gathering around a campfire, even when many people are staying close to home because of the pandemic.

  Bottom Line: Best vacuums for pet hair

Whether you have a new “pandemic puppy” or you’ve had a furry companion for years, you probably know about shedding and pet hair!

  Bottom Line: How to fix the common annoyances of wearing masks

Consumer Reports says that a few easy adjustments can ensure a safe and comfortable mask-wearing experience for everyone.

  Bottom Line: Best jogging strollers

Because many gyms are still closed, lots of parents are looking for new and fun ways to get exercise.

  What does payroll tax deferral mean for employees?

On Sept. 1, employers nationwide were given the option to temporarily defer employees’ social security tax. But what does this mean for employees?

  Bottom Line: Make smoother smoothies with your blender

When you’re whipping up a smoothie, the order you add the ingredients to your blender makes a big difference, Consumer Reports says.

  Bottom Line: How to get the best results when using an air fryer

There’s a reason that air fryers are one of the most popular countertop appliances. And as Consumer Reports tells us, they’re not just for making chicken nuggets.

Comcast experiencing outages in the Mid-South

Comcast is currently experiencing outages in the Mid-South.

  Bottom Line: How to buy new car batteries

Consumer Reports recommends testing your battery every year to find out if it’s running low, and replacing it before you get stranded.

  Bottom Line: How to thaw food safely

For example, thawing burgers the wrong way could make you sick, and nothing ruins a party faster than food poisoning.

  Bottom Line: Money-saving kitchen tips

You’d be surprised by how much you can waste in just one room: your kitchen!

Nerf Super Soaker water blasters being recalled by Hasbro Inc.

Hasbro says these Nerf Super Soakers were sold at Target from March 2020 to July 2020.

  Bottom Line: Airline problems with COVID-19

As Consumer Reports points out, inconsistencies in government and airline policies have caused headaches since the early days of the pandemic.

  Bottom Line: Keyboard and mice that fight fatigue

How many hours a day do you spend using a computer?

Kroger recalls cheese dips due to possible salmonella contamination

Kroger Delta Division is recalling some cheese dips sold in its deli departments due to a potential salmonella contamination.

  Bottom Line: Best laundry detergent

Testers use fabric swatches soaked with tough stains like blood, dirt, grass, coffee to determine how well detergents work.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports reviews school supplies for the new normal

How did at-home learning go for your family this past school year?

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports reveals best phones for the price

This is the time of year when fancy new phones hit the market, often with faster processors, better cameras, and higher prices.

  Tax-free weekend starts July 31 in the Mid-South

For Mid-South families needing to do some back to school shopping, this may be the best weekend to get started.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports reveals how to get more financial aid if you need it

The coronavirus pandemic began at a time when many students and their parents were finalizing college plans.

  Tennessee tax-free weekend starts Friday

It is that time of year again. Families who are planning to do some back to school shopping will probably want to take advantage of the Sales Tax Holiday that kicks off Friday in Tennessee.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports says COVID-19 scams on the rise

As if the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t hit consumers hard enough, there’s a huge spike in scams related to COVID-19.

Miss. Sales Tax Holiday is Friday, July 31

Mississippi Sales Tax Holiday is nearly here, and there’s a few things you should know before you head to the stores.

  Bottom Line: Consumer Reports reviews best mini projectors for backyard movies

The mini projectors included in the test range in price from $100 to $500.