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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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Top Cell Phone Rules for Teens Heading Back to School

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As your kid blossoms into a teenager, they may ask for (or demand) more liberties, including a later curfew, car privileges, and a cell phone!

While a cell phone can give your teen a lifeline to you, emergency services, and friends, it can also be a gateway that leads to distractions from schoolwork, security concerns, exposure to inappropriate content, and even social media cyberbullying. Help your soon-to-be adult strike a healthy balance this back-to-school season with these eight cell phone rules for teenagers.Read Story

Simple Steps to Host a Holiday Cookie Exchange Party

Holiday cookies

Whether you love to bake or dread it more than the mall parking lot on Christmas Eve, homemade cookies are a central part of the holidays. From traditional frosted sugar cookies and peanut butter blossoms, to ethnic treats like krumkake and biscochitos, everyone expects their favorites to be on hand throughout the season.

This year, rather than spend hours in the kitchen making an endless variety, try hosting a cookie swap. Not only will the exchange cut your cooking time in half — without sacrificing quality or quantity — the gathering of friends may likely become a sweet new holiday tradition. Here’s everything you need to know about hosting a successful cookie party.

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Healthy Spending Habits to Avoid Holiday Stress

Woman doing Christmas shopping

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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5 Easy and Affordable Ways to Update Your Home Decor for Fall

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When the season changes from summer to fall, your home decor can change along with it, and it doesn’t have to be difficult or costly to make an update. We have the scoop on some of fall’s hottest home design trends — all of which are easy to incorporate into your existing decor and won’t break your piggy bank. Say goodbye to light and airy and get ready for warm and cozy, because winter is coming.

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