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Video: How to Spot Garage Sale Finds and Bargains

Howdini.com gives some tips on how to find bargains and treasures!

Most people shop garage sales to find a tremendous resale value in other people’s unwanted items. Follow these tips to spot out the best stuff at any garage sale!

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Donate to Salvation Army and get $10 off Philips Van Heusen Stores

The Salvation Army and Phillips-Van Heusen have partnered up in a donation drive to encourage donors to bring in clothing, furniture, and other household items. Each donor will receive a $10 gift certificate redeemable at any Van Heusen, IZOD, or Bass retail location.

For those of you in the middle of spring cleaning, now is a good time to clear out the clutter and donate to a good cause. And the $10 gift certificate doesn’t hurt either.

Read more: “Get a Little, Give a Lot: Phillips Van Heusen Partners with Salvation army for Donation Drive

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Spring Cleaning: How to tackle the one thing you’ve been dreading all winter

Spring Cleaning: How to tackle the one thing you’ve been dreading all winter

The most difficult part of this daunting task is picking a starting point. There are a few things to keep in mind, you want to start from the top down, from small spaces to larger spaces.

Let’s start with your storage closets and cabinet space. Especially since this is where you will be putting a lot of stuff from winter into storage.

  • Clear it out! Hopefully, you’ve been de-cluttering the junk from your closet while they’re still good. Either resell it while it’s still in good condition or give it away to the Salvation Army.
  • Dust the walls, shelf space, top of the closet… scrub everything and vacuum it up before putting your stuff back inside.

Move into each bedroom.

  • Organize your stuff into wash, throw away, and organize and take them out of the room.
  • Dust everything from the top down, then all the way around.
  • Move your bed to one side and vacuum it. Move it back and vacuum other side.
  • Replace bedding, pillows, blankets, etc.
  • Re-organize all the other stuff in your bedroom.

Move into the living area.

  • Remove all pillows, throws, curtains, and other washable items.
  • Dust everything and don’t be lazy! Pick up your electronics, DVDs, and dust all over.
  • Move furniture to one side and vacuum. Move it back and vacuum the other side.
  • You can also vacuum your couch with a soft brush and use a leather cleaner if you can.
  • Replace clean furniture accents.
  • Re-organize other stuff in your living room like DVDs, books, picture frames, etc.

It’s not so hard once you get into the routine of just picking stuff up, throwing out stuff you don’t need, cleaning stuff you want to keep and returning them into their new spot.

Spring is also a great time for garage sales. You can participate in a neighborhood yard sale which will attract more buyers. Your trash could be someone else’s treasure. Just make sure you are getting rid of the stuff by reducing prices at the last 2 hours and donating items so you’re not bringing in stuff you don’t want and can’t get rid of.

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Decorate your walls… with pennies!

Decorate your walls… with pennies!

Last week’s episode of Flash Forward featured an eccentric woman who collected pennies to glue onto her walls. It looked pretty cool to me and seems like a good use of pennies since it would be unique rather than buying something to hang on your walls.

ABC's Flash Forward: Ep. 11 - Revelation Zero

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How-To: Save Energy and Money at Home – from A to Z

How-To: Save Energy and Money at Home – from A to Z

We all know that we should conserve energy, but why? There are environmental reasons as to why we need to limit the usage of energy. Fossil fuels, like coal and oil, are nonrenewable resources that pollute the air with CO2. This process has a detrimental impact on the environment as carbon emissions are a significant cause of global warming. There are some renewable energy technologies like wind turbines or solar panels. However, these are not sufficient to ensure that there will be enough energy to support our dependency. Even if the environmental impact does not concern you, conserving energy can help reduce utility bills.

Here are some simple things you can do in your home to save energy – from A to Z.

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