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How Does a Self-Driving Car Work?

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The future is close at hand, or rather, out of your hands, when it comes to self-driving cars. It’s both an exciting and daunting prospect. You may be wondering, how does a self-driving car work? And can you trust a self-driving car (also referred to as an autonomous car) to get you to your destination accident-free? Read on to find out about self-driving technology, which companies are on the move, and where the state of autonomous cars stands today and down the road…

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Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage?

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Torrential rains flooded your garage and basement over the weekend, causing some structural water damage to your home. You have a home insurance policy, but is water damage covered by homeowners insurance? Things can get pretty murky when trying to determine what is and isn’t covered, but we’re here to give you some helpful information and guidelines…

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Gwynnie Bee Reviews: Trendy, Plus-Size Fashion Without Commitment

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Sometimes shopping for plus size clothing can be difficult. Either they don’t have your size or the options are not that fashionable. On top of that, clothing trends come and go with every season. You finally find the perfect piece, get a couple of months of wear out of your favorite new dress and then it’s out of style next year. Keeping up can be frustrating and quite expensive! What if you could rent clothes and get new, trendy pieces that fit your figure whenever you want? That’s exactly what Gwynnie Bee does…

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How Do I Write Off Taxes For Goodwill Donations?

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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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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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Ting Wireless Review: Can You Really Save Big Bucks?

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Is your monthly cell phone bill taking a brutal bite out of your budget? If so, you’re not alone. The average American’s wireless bill is a whopping $80 bucks per month — that’s for a single user! You may have heard of cheaper carriers, but is their service worth it? When it comes to Ting – Yes! Don’t discount Ting as a reliable wireless service just because their prices seem too good to be true. Since launching in 2012, Ting has achieved a cult-like status, with a ton of faithful followers who preach the wonders of this amazingly affordable mobile service. Check out our Ting review to see how you can enjoy huge savings with a Ting phone plan…

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

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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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What’s The Best Autonomous Car? No More Close Encounters?

Self-driving cars are no longer an alien concept or a dream of the future. The question isn’t whether they’ll revolutionize the way we drive; it’s when. Dozens of automakers and tech companies are in the process of developing self-driving, or fully-autonomous, cars. And some are closer than you might realize. For all of those technology and car enthusiasts out there or those of you who can’t wait to relinquish the wheel, we’ll give you the latest info on the state of self-driving technology…

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Artifact Uprising Review: Our Favorite Online Photo Book?

Artifact Uprising Review

Looking for a company made up of people with big hearts, open minds and huge doses of creativity? Who isn’t?!? Well, you’ve found it in Artifact Uprising! Founded by husband-wife team Matt and Jenna Walker in 2012, Artifact Uprising is relatively new to the photo printing space but has quickly won over the photographer, blogger and designer communities with its beautiful, handcrafted, high-quality work…

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iRobot Roomba Review: Has it Improved Since the First Generation?

iRobot Roomba on carpet with kid laying on floor

If your least favorite chore is vacuuming; there are automatic vacuum cleaners that could save you time and headaches. The Roomba 960 is our pick for best robot vacuum cleaner. This Roomba vacuum will suck up all the dirt and debris on your floors. For this review, we’ll be focusing on the Roomba 960, although we will compare it to previous models in the pricing and tech specs section. Find out why Roomba is the #1 pick for best vacuum robot…

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