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Best Smart Home Hub: Insteon vs SmartThings vs Wink vs WeMo & More!

 

Wink smart hub: Best Smart Home Hub

You wake up to start your day and with the press of a button your lights are on, the coffee pot starts brewing and the thermostat is adjusted. Is this heaven?! No, it’s just what it’s like to have a smart home—wonderful! Wouldn’t this be nice to have? With most of these systems you can select “scenes” for specific events like waking up, going to sleep, hosting a dinner party, etc. So with the press of a button your preferences adjust accordingly…

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Best Safes: First Alert vs SentrySafe vs Honeywell vs Barska vs Stack-On & More!

Safe open with valuables inside

Do you worry about home intruders or in-home workers stealing your most precious possessions? Even if you have a home security system, a home safe can provide an added layer of security against burglars, as well as protecting your valuables from repairmen, housekeepers or other visitors. Whether you just want a simple money safe or more space for important documents, jewelry and other valuables, we have you covered to make a smart choice. Our best home safe reviews give you our top picks for all kinds of safes, including security features, pros and cons, pricing and much more…

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Best Monthly Clothing Subscription: Wantable vs Stitch Fix vs DailyLook vs Gwynnie Bee vs Fabletics vs Trunk Club

StitchFix Box: best monthly clothing subscription

Want to keep up with current fashion trends but don’t have the time or patience to pound the pavement from store to store? Or maybe you just don’t know how to coordinate outfits, or even know what types of styles work best for your size and body type. Monthly clothing subscriptions can help you reach your fashion potential, and they’re booming these days. See our picks for where to find the types of clothing and accessories you’re looking for without doing much legwork…

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Best and Worst Charities to Donate To

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Looking to make a charity tax deduction? How do you know which are the best and worst charities to donate to? It’s not so much which are the best causes (as that could be highly debatable and subjective), but rather what’s the best use of your hard-earned money and return on your dollar? Is your money going to have a large impact and make a difference in the cause or will it go to waste on expensive overhead or unnecessary spending? We’ll share with you a little more about charitable donations tax deductions and our top picks for best charities to give to (as well as those not to give to)…

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Tax Write Off for Donations to Goodwill?

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In our house, we donate all of our unused clothes, shoes and household items to Goodwill. The items are still in good shape, we just don’t find ourselves in need of them anymore, which is why it’s nice to give them a second life. Donating to Goodwill is also a good tax deduction, so those who donate also get a “reward” for their goodwill. In this article we’ll discuss the tax benefits of giving, not to mention how important donating is whether you benefit from it or not…

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Best WiFi Sprinkler Controller Reviews: Blossom vs SkyDrop vs Rachio vs RainMachine vs Hunter vs RainBird vs Orbit

Person drinking wine with sprinkler in yard

Have you soaked a ton of money and effort into your home’s lawn, flower beds and gardens only to have them dry up due to irregular watering? If you work all day and are on-the-go, how do you keep up with your yard’s irrigation needs? It’s especially daunting if you live in an area where you’re under strict watering restrictions. Thanks to modern technology, you can stay on top of your yard from anywhere and anytime. A WiFi sprinkler control and system could be the answer to your watering woes. Read our best WiFi sprinkler controller reviews to see how they work and which products we recommend…

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Best Parental Control Apps and Software: Norton Family Premier vs Net Nanny vs Qustodio & More!

Are you worried about your child being exposed to profanity, pornography or potential predators while using their smartphone? Whether your child is eight or sixteen, she could have access to all kinds of inappropriate images, language and people without your knowledge. Fortunately, you have some tech help on your side. Welcome to parental control apps. These apps and software give you remote supervision over your child’s mobile activity, so you can make sure she is safe and making smart choices with her mobile use…

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Wantable Reviews: Want One-Stop Monthly Boxes?

Girl opening Wantable box

Are you too busy to keep up with the latest fashion and makeup trends? Or maybe you don’t have time to shop for wardrobe must-haves? Wantable, one of the most popular subscription box services, could be your solution. Wantable offers separate monthly box deliveries for women’s clothing, women’s fitness wear, intimates, makeup and their newest addition, men’s fitness wear. Read our Wantable reviews to see if this addictive personal stylist service is a smart solution for your lifestyle…

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Survival 101: Best Emergency Food Kits

Cooking outdoors: Best Emergency Food Kits

Are you prepared if a disaster hits? Hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, even the occasional snowpocalypse can leave you stranded in your home for days or even weeks. You’ll be glad you planned ahead, and it doesn’t get more basic than making sure you and your family have a sustainable food supply. Here, we’ll give you the lowdown on how to prepare emergency food supplies and, if you’re too busy to DIY, we’ll give you some of our recommendations for the best emergency food kits on the market…

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Nest Cam Outdoor Review: Protection Rain or Shine?

Nest Cam Outdoor on side of house

Nest has been a big player in the home security and automation field for some time now. After a lot of demand from its consumers, the company released the outdoor Nest camera for homeowners to protect the exterior of their property. With the addition of the Nest Cam Outdoor, Nest helps you video monitor the inside and outside of your home as well as control the temperature and alert you of smoke and carbon monoxide (that is, if you choose to purchase each of Nest’s products). In this Nest outdoor camera review, we’re going to discuss the key features, pros, cons, pricing and more to help you make a more informed purchase decision…

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Best Robot Lawn Mower: Your Saturday Savior?

Husqvarna robot lawn mower in yard

Calling all smart gadget groupies: Are you tired of mowing the lawn every weekend? How does a hands-off way to keep your grass well-groomed sound? The future of lawn care is here to take this dreaded chore off your to-do list — permanently. Picture a hypothetical Roomba lawn mower cutting your grass as you’re watching the game, lounging in a hammock or even sleeping. Yes, there are several fully autonomous, Roomba-like mowers on the market, and we’re here to help you choose the best robot lawn mower for your yard and lifestyle…

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America’s 1st Choice Home Club Review: Increasing Coverage Area

Stainless steel appliances in kitchen

America’s First Choice Home Club (AFC) jumped from servicing only two states to servicing all but two states in the matter of one year. The company quickly moved up in our rankings due to this transition as well as for other reasons. America’s First Choice Home Warranty covers a large number of appliances and systems and has a low $60 service call fee. We’re keeping our eye on this company because their reputation is a little rocky in some areas, but if it improves the company could rank even higher than the #3 spot for Best Home Warranty…

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Best Home Theater Projector Reviews: Want a Killer Viewing Experience?

Home projector with tennis on

A kick-butt home theater isn’t just for the privileged few anymore. Thanks to projector technology advances, you too can build an impressive home theater without totally breaking your budget. But with literally hundreds of projectors on the market, how do you weed through the pack? We’re here to help you make a smart choice about the one that fits your needs. Our best home theater projector reviews give you our recommendations, pros and cons, the technical info you need and much more…

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