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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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How to Shop for Sheets and Bedding for the Best Night’s Sleep

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The right amount of sleep has been linked to lower obesity rates and improved memory, reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, lower incidence of depression, and improved immune function. In other words, sleep is perhaps one of the single best things we can do for our overall health. One great way to ensure you get enough Z’s? Create a soothing, comfortable sleep environment. And that begins with good sheets and bedding.

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7 Helpful Back-to-School Tips for Parents

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Like the changing of the seasons, back-to-school returns with inevitable regularity every year. Although parents often welcome the return to schedules and routine, there’s no doubt the move from summer to school can be tricky. Here are seven tips to make the transition as smooth as possible for both you and your kids.

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Score! How to Throw a DIY Soccer-Watching Party on a Budget

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There’s soccer madness. And then there’s soccer madness — the kind that takes over every four years for four weeks straight, giving you all the soccer thrills you can handle (and some you can’t).

Throwing a game-watching party — or two or three — during this time is essential, even for the most casual of fans. Lucky for you, we can help with the party planning. From soccer ball snack skewers to easy soccer ball cookies, here are a few of our favorite ideas to help you score the honor of best DIY party host.

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10 Restaurant Apps to Download for Free Food

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With all of the ways our mobile devices have made life easier, perhaps the best is the endless options of apps. Whether you’re hailing rides, sharing photos, playing games, managing your money, tracking miles, or managing your RAC account, there’s an app for that.

Although useful (like finding your car in the parking lot) and fun (scoring a personal best in Candy Crush), most apps don’t provide anything you can actually hold in your hands — until now. From ice cream and hamburgers to slushies and smoothies, the following apps (available for iOS and Android) prove there is such a thing as a free lunch.

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5 Ways to Use Skip Money You Saved With RAC

The best things about summer include pool time, snow cones, flip flops, flowers, and free time. And now, thanks to RAC, you can add something else to that list: skip money.

This summer, when you sign a new agreement with RAC, you can skip every fifth payment until you own your product. And if you save that skip money, your stash of cash can add up quickly.

What will you do with your new green? Put your savings to good use with these great ideas.

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5 Hot Summer Decor Trends to Incorporate Now

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Ah, summer: It’s the time for pool parties, backyard BBQs, movie nights with family and friends, and pretty much any other excuse you can think of to have people over. It’s also a great time to freshen up your home before said guests arrive.

But the price tag on a quick upgrade doesn’t have to be as high as those summer temperatures. Instead, kick off the season with a new look by trying one of these of-the-moment summer decorating trends that are as easy as they are affordable.

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Energy-Saving Tips to Help the Environment — and Your Wallet

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Each year, Earth Day reminds us of ways we can be better stewards of the planet we call home. The day, which always falls on April 22, is one of active participation — millions of people gather to march for awareness, plant trees, clean up roads, and more. And while these activities are important, daily, ongoing efforts are what have the biggest impact.

One of the easiest things you can do is decrease your energy consumption. Our homes and residential buildings account for 21 percent of total U.S. energy use. By using less energy, you can reduce power plant emissions, conserve the earth’s natural resources, and protect ecosystems.

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