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Red, white, and blue theme cupcakes with USA flags for Independence Day

8 tasty 4th of July desserts even baking novices can make

Here are eight 4th of July desserts anyone can make. Before the fireworks even start, you’ll have everyone cheering for these red, white, and blue desserts.
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11 helpful tips to keep bugs out of your apartment or condo

Our 11 tips don't require an exterminator to keep your home pest-free. This is how to keep bugs out of your apartment or condo the easy way.
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5 home pieces you should always buy at thrift stores (and 6 you shouldn’t)

Somewhere along the line of the last decade or so, thrift store shopping became cool again. Here are easy rules to follow when shopping at thrift stores.
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Can you paint cedar siding? What you need to know

Can cedar be painted? Cedar siding is beautiful on its own, but if you choose to give it a little spruce with some paint, read this first.
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3 things to know about homemade laundry detergent so you don’t ruin your clothes

Does homemade laundry detergent really work? Read on to find out how effective DIY soap is, how to make it, and the pros and cons of using it.
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10 Father’s Day gifts he’ll be proud to display

Give Dad something he'll be proud to call his own — and something he'll never expect. Here are 10 Father's Day gift ideas that he will love.
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10 simple yard cleanup tips that will make your life easier

Discover 10 simple and effective yard cleanup tips to revive your overgrown outdoor space. Learn how to create a beautiful oasis for your family to enjoy.
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Can you lay sod over existing grass? What you need to know

Laying sod down is a complicated process. Is it worth it to pull up the old stuff or can you lay sod over existing grass? Find out here.
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When you should (and shouldn’t) put used coffee grounds in your garden

How do you know if you should put used coffee grounds in your garden? We’ve researched the pros and cons so you can make your own decision.
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Decorating on a budget: 6 inexpensive upgrades designers swear by

If you're decorating on a budget, try these cool hacks designers love (that are totally affordable).
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Eucalyptus in the shower? Here’s how to grow this fragrant plant for your spa-themed bathroom

Wish your bathroom felt like you were at the spa? Here's how to plant, care for, harvest, and hang eucalyptus in the shower for a relaxing, fragrant ambiance.
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What Costco price tags really mean

Instagrammer The Freebie Guy recently posted an easy way to tell if you are getting the lowest price for an item and what the price tags mean.
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The grilling and backyard cookout essentials you should absolutely get at Costco

One of the best places to do the stocking up is Costco because their prices are generally lower, and you can buy in bulk and never run out.
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Say goodbye to dirt and odor: Learn how to wash pillows like a pro

Are your pillows harboring bacteria and other harmful things? Here's how to wash pillows so they're fresh and sanitary.
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Changes coming to mortgage fees could affect new homebuyers

The FHFA has announced an update to mortgage fees that could affect prospective homebuyers. We share what you need to know.
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This Costco cake order went terribly wrong

It looks like the designer took the instructions a little too literally, making a cake that mirrored what the person ordering wanted the entire cake to be.
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Keep your pool house tidy with these simple organization ideas

We’re offering some tips for creating clever storage solutions to organize pool toys and chemicals in your pool house.
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How to declutter your home this summer: The ultimate checklist

Don’t let your old clutter pile up. Instead, follow this list to stay on top of your organization.
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This meal prep pro made 24 dinners and only spent $67 at Costco

If you're looking to eat healthy and want to stick to a budget, this Redditor’s meal prep system just may be for you.
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Protect your investment: Everything you need to know about roof cleaning

Here's a simple how-to guide on roof cleaning and what you need to know to protect your investment.
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Strawberries abound at the farmers market: What to do with this tasty fruit

The best part about the farmers market is the freshness — here's why you should pick up a few extra strawberries this weekend.
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How to fix a toilet handle (and 5 other bathroom fixes homeowners should know)

If this is your first time in a new home, ensure you know how to fix a toilet handle and other simple fixes to common bathroom issues.
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The best cities for EV charging stations are all on the West Coast

EV charging stations are few and far between, but some major metro areas have better infrastructure than others. Here are the best cities for EV charging.
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TikToker shares 4 incredible home decor hacks if you have ADHD

For those living with ADHD, it can be difficult just getting out of the house in the morning. These home decor tips will help you organize better.
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Throwback pic shows Costco hasn’t changed much in 40 years

I don't recall our family having a Costco membership in the '80s, but if I did, I hope they had samples that drew people into the stores like they do today.
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This incredible app helps you find furniture that looks like it’s from premium brands – for a fraction of the cost

If you're looking for affordable furniture for your next redesign, Craftle's lookalike finder is just what you need.
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DIY home decor: This bathroom tray looks high end but costs less than $5 to make

Everyone loves a good do-it-yourself project, especially when it saves you a ton of money and looks like it was bought it a high-end store.
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Black mold vs. mildew: Which is more dangerous and how to remove it

How can you tell black mold vs. mildew? And how do you remove these unwanted growths in your home?
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Get your home ready for spring with these 5 incredible DIY decor ideas

Looking for last-minute spring decor ideas? Try these easy springtime crafts and decorate your home for the season.
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Wow your holiday guests with the best Easter bread they’ll ever have

If you've never tried Easter bread, we bet you'll have a new tradition after trying this recipe. Here's how to make the best Easter bread.
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Cellar advice: The many creative ways to store your wine at home

So you've got some wine and need a better way to store it. Here are five great options that are easy to pull off and inexpensive.
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The secret to a perfectly made bed? A spatula (yes, really!)

Making your bed every day is a great way to start the day. Here's a trick to make it look like the pros did it for you.
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Be sure to get rid of these 7 items in your spring garage sale

A spring garage sale is a great idea if you're looking to get rid of clutter. This is what you should definitely get rid of.
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How to clean your dishwasher (including the one step everyone forgets)

We have a super simple step-by-step guide on how to clean your dishwasher, including the one part of the task that nearly everyone forgets.
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5 easy ways to spruce up your living room for spring

Want to refresh your living room this spring beyond the usual spring cleaning? Try these easy, beautiful options.
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Custom cabinet ideas that may revolutionize how you organize your kitchen

Custom cabinets may be the key to revolutionizing how you organize your kitchen. Here's how you can maximize your storage with custom solutions.
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This is our absolute favorite corned beef and cabbage recipe

You'll love this corned beef and cabbage recipe this St. Patrick's Day (and it only takes 10 minutes to prep).
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Remember these 10 simple spring cleaning tasks everyone always forgets

Spring cleaning is a great way to revitalize your home. Add these items to your spring cleaning checklist today.
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How to upcycle your Goodwill finds into beautiful home decor

The subreddit page r/HomeDecorating has loads of information, inspiration, and how-tos on all things home decor and how to find the best deals.
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Want to save up to $500k on a new house? Build instead of buy, study says

Designing and building a home could be cheaper than buying a used one, depending on where you live. Check out this guide to see if your area is on the list.
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How to turn your spare room into a luxe at-home movie theater

Here's how you can swap out your unused guest bedroom for an at-home theater instead.
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The best purchases of all time: The Costco deals shoppers will never forget

The subreddit r/Costco is a wealth of information. They posed a question, one for the record books: "What was your favorite Costco purchase of all time?"
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How Costco makes money, explained

Have you ever wondered how Costco makes its money? We're taking a closer look at the company's economics to find out.
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You can buy a whole Caribbean island for less than some homes in the U.S.

Increased mortgage rates began to price people out of the market. So, what to do if you can't afford to buy in the U.S? How about purchase a Caribbean island?
Football party chicken wings and dip

A Super Bowl party isn’t complete without these delicious, easy-to-make eats

From dips to wings, this is the Super Bowl party food that will make your event a hit.
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Make faucets shine like new with this incredible hack

Tired of fingerprints and watermarks marring up your gorgeous chrome fixtures? This simple, cheap, and easy hack will keep them away for good.
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Egg prices are insanely high (but inflation isn’t actually the sole culprit)

Egg prices have seen a major spike due to several contributing factors, including the avian flu, inflation, and possible price gauging.
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4 fantastic reasons to buy a starter home (and 3 reasons not to)

Thinking about a starter home? Or maybe you want to buy your forever property? This is what you need to know before you start looking.
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Costco snacks you won’t find anywhere else

There are definitely some delicious party snacks that are either exclusive to Costco or extremely limited elsewhere. Here are some of those gems.
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Research: The 10 best places to live in the U.S. are all in the south

A mix of facts like home affordability, mortgage rates, job growth, and supply are all taken into account when looking at the best places to live in the U.S.