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10 Tips to Maximize Home Security While on Vacation

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I spend a lot of time with folks, helping them find the perfect home and property that suits their needs, so I can say without a doubt that you value your home and the memories and possessions you keep there. When it’s time to step away from the everyday comforts and into an adventure of vacationing, you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you’ve done all you could to protect your home while you are away. Today, I’d like to share a few tips on preparing house for extended vacation to help ensure the safety and security of your home when you go away on vacation. Employ these tips so you can enjoy your time on vacation…

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Best Gun Safe for the Money: Want Budget-Friendly But Safe Options?

Gun Safe under desk

Want to secure your handgun or rifle from your kids’ curiosity, a home intruder, or fire and water damage? You’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for a reliable and secure home gun safe, especially if you don’t want to spend thousands of dollars. Our best gun safe for the money reviews will give you our recommendations for the most affordable gun safes on the market that won’t compromise your family safety and security concerns…

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Best Night Vision Security Camera Review

Two robbers in night vision camera

Afraid of what could be lurking in or outside of your house at night? Most security cameras advertise a night vision feature these days, but don’t let that simple claim keep you in the dark. Not all night vision is created equal, so if viewing and recording in the dark are top priorities for your security needs, you’ve come to the right place. Our best night vision security camera review will shed light on the top cameras you’ll want to consider…

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

Girl sitting on sofa with leather jacket

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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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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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 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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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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