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Apartment checklist: 9 tips for your child's first place

Tired of cafeteria food and nosy resident advisors, your (almost) adult son tells you he’s ready to move out of the dorms. He wants to move into an apartment at the end of the semester with a few friends instead.As a parent, the prospect of your child moving into his first apartment can be nerve-wracking, even if you’re the one making sure the rent gets paid on time. What about walking home from the library late at night? All-night ragers? A less-than-honest landlord? Roommates who never wash th

Cost effective ways to keep your house cool

Summer is here! Which is music to most of our ears, unless you live in a desert climate melting over temps of 120 degrees. (In which case, we are really sorry.)Whether you're returning from a day playing in the sun or escaping the heat of the desert, the bottom line is you’re going to want your house to be nice and cool. Unfortunately, a cool house does not come cheap.According to a study by the The U.S. Energy Information Administration, Americans put more money into cooling their homes than a

How to host the ultimate Fourth of July barbecue

Nothing says summer like fireworks, cooking on the grill and watching the kids run around the yard.Better yet? Add a few friends and family members to the mix and you've got yourself a party. With Independence Day just around the corner, it's never too early to start planning the ultimate summer barbecue.From patriotic games to watermelon hacks, here are 10 tips for throwing a Fourth of July party your guests are sure to remember all summer.1. Make festive ice cubesRegular ice is just plain bori

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