The best sunscreen is the cheapest


A March 2013 study from Consumer Reports has ranked sunscreens and found that you don’t have to pay big bucks to protect your skin from harsh UV rays.

Here’s what so funny: The highest rated sunscreen turned out to be the cheapest one per ounce they tested!

NO-AD with Aloe and Vitamin E SPF 45 got a score of 88 from Consumer Reports and costs only 59 cents an ounce. (In fairness, many of the sunscreens tested got ratings in the 80s, which means many of them are doing a good job protecting you. So the real question truly is cost.)

To give you comparison, a high-end name brand sunscreen called La Roche Posey (Anthelios 40 with Mexoryl SX SPF 40) is $20.59 an ounce and scored much lower for effectiveness.

For those who prefer sprays to lotions, the highest rated spray was Walgreens Continuous Spray Sport SPF 50.

I was talking with a dermatologist last week, and she said the real problem is too many people apply sunscreen too sparsely. You need to put gobs of it on your kids. My kids are conditioned to know that it’s a five-minute ordeal while we slather them up before they can go out into the sun. It’s a necessary precaution. But don’t forget yourself either.

If you’re like me and grew up in the generation when nobody wore sunscreen, we’re a ticking time bomb for skin cancer and melanoma. In many cases, early skin cancer detected is just a little aggravation that’s easily treated. But undetected, it can grow into melanoma and cost you your life.

Whatever sunscreen you get, be sure it says “broad spectrum” on the label for maximum protection.

Mid-size car prices

Dollar for dollar, the mid-sized car market offers the best bang for your buck. But there’s a trap a lot of mid-sized buyers are falling into that can drive up the cost of a car purchase.

Drive-out price for an entry level model in the mid-sized market can be below $20,000. But most people spend 50 percent more by adding options on.

I’m here to get you to reconsider buying the entry level for any model you’re interested in. Your monthly payment will be one-third less than if you pile on fancy options.

A solid mid-sized sedan can start around $18,000, though you can run that price up to $40,000. The Wall Street Journal reports Toyota and Honda used to own the market as a shared duopoly with the Camry and Accord, respectively. But today, they’re getting competition from other sedans from many different automakers.

Meanwhile, Nissan is cutting the price of seven different models for the forseeable future. Let the price war begin.



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