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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

How to Drive the Best Deal on Your Next Car?


By Catherine Powell

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Other than a rent or mortgage payment, the single biggest monthly installment most folks make every month is their car payment.  Since many new and some used vehicles cost about as much as houses did a couple decades ago, I thought it was high time I took the time to show you how to drive the best deal on your next set of wheels. 

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Are You Ready for the Internet of Things?


By Catherine Powell

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I can still remember back when personal computers were new and ultra-expensive.  Today, everything from my car to my TV is computerized and you can buy a laptop for under $500.  But what’s really scary is the fact that soon a lot of other dumb appliances and apparel are going to be internet-enabled.  If you don’t want to get left in the lurch, you need to learn a little about what is being called the Internet of things or IoT.

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Motorcycle Safety Tips


By Catherine Powell

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There’s nothing like the freedom of the open road to a motorcycle owner.  The wind in the face and the roar of the engine as the dotted lines race by in a blur on the highway is like a Zen experience to most riders.  Better yet is if they live in Florida, it means they get to enjoy riding their bikes all year long.  That being said, the one thing that can ruin the bliss of biking is the possibility of getting cut off by another motorist or winding up in an accident.  To help all you easy riders out there stay safe, I decided to give you a few safety tips that can help you avoid becoming a statistic.

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Water Heater Woes


By Catherine Powell

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Nothing like waking up on a crisp, cool morning only to discover that you have no hot water.  Even worse is to walk into your garage only to wind up wading through an inch of water after your water heater springs a leak.  Since the water heater is one household appliance that is not only a necessity, but it also consumes a good deal of your home’s resources, I thought I’d take the time to walk you through the ins and outs of water heater maintenance.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Zen and the Art of Motor-home Maintenance


By Catherine Powell

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Now that winter has finally arrived, many RV owners decide to head south to warmer climes.  If you don’t believe me, all it takes is a short drive down I-95 to see herds of motor-homes, fifth wheels and RVs of every stripe migrating south toward Tampa, Boca, Miami and the Keys.  While having the ability to follow the sun is a blessing for many, it can quickly turn into a costly nightmare should their RV of choice breakdown on the road.  To help all you road wanderers maintain your mellow mantra, I thought I’d take the time to give you a few helpful hints that should come in handy when circumstances beyond your control try to spoil your day.

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

How to Handle Spills & Stains in Your Garage


By Catherine Powell

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The garage is so utilitarian these days that many people would never think of parking their car inside theirs.  Why waste the space on storing a vehicle when there are so many other uses for it?  If you’ve turned your garage into a storage center, a workshop or a man cave, no doubt you keep all kinds of cleaning products, paints and chemicals there.  With storage comes the potential for a spill.  So, I thought I’d take the time this week to tell you what you need to do to manage and mop up all kinds of spills and eliminate stains that are likely to happen in your garage.

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

How to Keep Your Car Longer


By Catherine Powell

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A friend of mine recently lamented that he paid as much for his new car as he did on a house a couple of decades ago.  He further complained that his previous car wound up only fetching him $2,500 in trade-in value even though it was less than 10-years old.  If you’re like me, you want to get your money’s worth out of one of your biggest investments, I’ve come up with a few time-tested tips that are guaranteed to get the job done.

How to Drive the Best Deal on Your Next Car?

By Catherine Powell Image courtesy pexels Other than a rent or mortgage payment, the single biggest monthly installment most folks...