Author: Michelle Li

Consumer Reports: How to get free stuff

All you need is a computer and some time

If you think there's no such thing as free lunch, think again. There are lots of products you can get online without having to pay a cent.

Consumer Reports: Drain Cleaners

Consumer Reports checks out effective, non-toxic drain cleaners

Lots of products promise to clear your pipes without having to call a plumber. But even though they contain harsh chemicals, Consumer Reports tests have shown most aren't that effective.

Consumer Reports: Gadgets for your grill

Some gadgets can take your grill to the next level

With grilling season heating up, all kinds of gadgets promise to take your grill to a new level. Consumer Reports tested three gadgets that aim to make your grill even better.

Consumer Reports: Best Greek yogurt

27 yogurts get tested for taste and nutrition

Most yogurts are nutritious and a good source of calcium. Greek yogurt has even more protein and that's part of the appeal.

Consumer Reports: Blender may pose a safety risk

Your healthy drink maker could be an actual health risk

Makers of the popular "As Seen on TV" product—the "NutriBullet"—have come out with a new version. It's supposed to be even more powerful for creating healthy drinks, but Consumer Reports says it could pose a safety risk and has labeled it a "Don't Buy."

Consumer Reports: Protecting your electronics on vacation

1 out of 10 people report damage to their electronics while on vacation

Vacation coming up? Chances are you'll be packing a lot of electronics like smart phones, tablets, e-readers, laptops, GPS devices, cameras, iPod and speakers. They practically need their own suitcase! But if you are thinking of checking them as baggage think again.

Consumer Reports: Natural foods--not!

The term "natural" isn't regulated and that could be a problem for you

The term "natural" has become a big buzzword on processed food packaging. But Consumer Reports ShopSmart says, be aware it doesn't always mean what you think.

BLOG: Michelle Li's #TBT to the DMZ

Ever been to the scariest place on earth?

President Clinton once called the Demilitarized Zone the scariest place on earth, and I found out firsthand that it was.

Consumer Reports: What to buy at Costco

Certain things are better to buy than others

Looking to load up on bargains at a warehouse store? Joining Costco can lead to big savings in your household budget, but it's important to know what to get and what to forget when you're filling your cart.

Consumer Reports: Best ice cream

Taking a look at what vanilla should taste like

America's favorite ice cream is vanilla. But what makes plain vanilla really great plain vanilla?

Consumer Reports: Lawn mowers that make the cut

Some lawnmowers are better than others, especially on different lawn types

Consumer Reports tested more than 100 lawn mowers to see which ones will ensure a great cut on a variety of lawn types.

Consumer Reports: Tracking teens for driving safety

Car crashes kill teens more than anything else; make sure they're safe

Car accidents are the number one cause of death for teenagers. Teens are inexperienced drivers, and they tend to speed. Consumer Reports has tested three devices that you install in the car to keep tabs on your teenage driver.

Consumer Reports: No-contract cell service

Signing up for service without a contract can be cheaper

With no-contract deals you usually get lower monthly charges, but the plans can charge hefty prices for the phones themselves. Consumer Reports compared 78 cell-phone plans from 12 different carriers.