How-To

How to Shop for a Washer and Dryer

Chrome Whirlpool Washer and Dryer Set with Laundry HamperThe spin cycle on your washer doesn’t work, and your dryer is fading fast. You’re ready to buy a new washer and dryer, but now your head’s spinning from all of the options.

How do you decide whether to go with a top-load or front-load washer? How do you settle on a gas dryer vs. an electric one? Should you choose an Energy Star Certified machine? Which washer or dryer features can you actually benefit from having?

Start with Rent-A-Center to answer those questions. We’ll walk you through how to select a washer and dryer for you, your family, and all your dirty laundry!Read Story

TV Buying Guide: How To Shop for a TV

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We’re living in the golden age of television — for more reasons than one. The quality of TV shows has never been better, and streaming services and TV networks ensure that even big-budget movies are available to watch at home almost as soon as they’re released.

There’s never been a better time to upgrade your TV to enjoy all of this great content. Wondering which is the best type of TV to buy? Wonder no more: here’s the TV buying guide you need!

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Best Ideas for How to Keep Colors from Fading in the Laundry

Has anyone ever mentioned how good you look in royal blue? No need to act overly modest—we all have colors that suit us best. For example, at Rent-A-Center we happen to look our best in blue, yellow, and crimson! And we know that wearing faded clothes stinks, no matter how fresh they smell. So, we’re publishing our go-to guide for how to wash colored clothes, along with tips for making laundry day easier.Read Story

Healthy Spending Habits to Avoid Holiday Stress

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Whether you feel obligated to buy for every distant family member, or you can’t resist the pull of once-a-year-only sales, overspending is not uncommon during the holidays. The sights, smells, and overall jolliness come together in a chorus of, “Tis the season to splurge!” According to results from a 2017 poll by American Consumer Credit Counseling, 63 percent of people reported feeling “a lot” or “some” financial strain over holiday shopping.

This year, follow these tips to help curb the urge to overspend and instead enjoy the season without the stress. 

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10 Simple and Inexpensive Ways to Reduce Stress

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Work, family, budgets — they’re enough to stress out anyone. Add to that the impending holiday season, and you may find your anxiety level rising even more.

Even though the holidays can be magical, they’re also a source of tension and worry. According to a 2017 Yelp survey, 7 in 10 Americans feel stress during the holidays. In fact, 6 in 10 Americans can’t wait for the holiday season to be over.

Stepping away from the chaos, even for a short time, can help alleviate stress and make the holidays — or any day of the year— more enjoyable. Here are 10 inexpensive ways to de-stress.

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