Try this tip to get a discount on new appliances        

Couple looking at appliances in a store Shopping around and comparing prices can save you money, as everyone knows, but telling the place you are calling that you are doing this might just spur a better deal.

According to Kevin Brasler of the Delaware Valley Consumer’s Checkbook, (“When buying appliances, consider more than just price”) mentioning that you’re contacting multiple stores for price quotes can often spur discounts, delivery fee  and installation fee waivers.

This tactic also works on big box, big chain stores, although the wait time to finally speak to an appliance-department sales managers, took some time.  Save yourself the on-hold time by doing this by e-mail.

For more tips, read “When buying appliances, consider more than just price.”

How to Save Money and Cut Down on Food Waste in Your Fridge

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About 40 percent of all food in the U.S. does not get eaten and the average household of four spends about $120 per month on food that’s never eaten according to Dana Gunders, a scientist working with the Natural Resources Defense Council and author of the “Waste Free Kitchen Handbook.”

Gunders discovered this while doing agriculture research and included her findings in a report. According to her report, which you can read online for free, some of the main reasons for food waste are Continue reading

Should I Buy All Stainless Steel Appliances?

Modern Kitchen with Stainless Steel AppliancesIs stainless steel still the best finish option when it comes to buying new appliances? It all depends on taste and how long you plan on staying in your home.

Frederickrealestateonline.com writes, “…studies are still showing that stainless steel has the most popularity. Stainless appliances will be a safe choice for at least another 5 or 10 years. If you want to play it safe, choose stainless.”

Meaning, that if you plan to do a kitchen remodel and are Continue reading

Dirty Stovetop? Worry No Longer

Electric stove tops can easily get dirty and grimy from everyday cooking. Sometimes the dirt and grime builds up and it can be extremely hard to clean.  Affresh cooktop cleaner is a non-abrasive cleaner that cleans hard to clean up messes without making you scrub really hard. Watch how easy Affresh makes cooktop cleaning for this DIYer.

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Tips to Cut Costs on Summer Child Care

Tips to Cut Child Care Summer Costs

Here’s a great suggestion for anyone struggling to pay for child care over the summer – barter and trade.  Elissha Park of “The Broke Mom’s Guide to Everything” wrote an article for Time Magazine explaining how she cut her child care expenses by 70% with a babysitting swap.

She asked her sister-in-law (a stay-at-home mom) and a good friend who was a teacher home on summer break, to watch her son for one day a week. In return, she agreed to watch their children on weekends. That way, she only needed to pay for three days of daycare for the summer.

She also planned a Continue reading

Free Air Conditioner Programs – But Act Fast

Free Air Conditioner ProgramsA number of federal, state, local and non-profit organizations are giving away free air conditioner to those that qualify. However, the time to act is now as units are often given away on a first come, first serve basis. Plus, the program needs to work with area contractors and recipients to schedule installations of the units before hot weather hits.

Those who mighty qualify include: people over 60, suffer from certain medical conditions, have young children under age four at home, disabled and meet certain income guidelines. Those who have Continue reading

Washing in a Dirty Washer Leads to Dirtier Laundry

cleaning-Your-Washing-MachineDid you know that your washer can harbor such dangerous bacteria and organisms  as hepatitis A virus, norovirus, salmonella and E. coli and that those organisms  can be transferred from the machine to newly-cleaned clothes and ultimately to you? That’s why it’s important to clean your washing machine regularly.

Dirty clothes and underwear introduce a variety of bacteria into the washing machine environment. If you skip bleach and routinely wash in cold or warm water, you are not killing the bacteria inside your machine.

“Most of the hot water people use is not hot enough. You need water that’s Continue reading

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