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Rebecca Hovater

What Not to Store in the Garage

October 12, 2018

Skis. Bikes. Sports balls of all sorts. A lawnmower. Old toys. It’s easy for a garage to turn into a catchall storage unit. For most items that’s fine, but some things simply don’t belong in a garage, and they can even become a home hazard without proper storage protection. This list of common red-flag items can help […]


Save or Shred: How Long to Keep Documents

September 25, 2018

Even though we live in a digital age, paperwork still overwhelms many of us. Bank statements, tax returns, bills, paystubs: It can be confusing to know what to keep and what can be safely disposed of. The good news? You can probably get rid of more documents than you think — and most of what […]


4 Auto Repair Questions to Ask a Mechanic

August 25, 2018

From ordinary oil changes to clanking noises you can’t explain, auto service is a fact of vehicle ownership. These questions can help you navigate mechanic lingo so you can protect your car and your wallet. What’s your experience with cars similar to mine? Some repair shops specialize in particular makes and models of vehicles — […]


How to Prevent Heat Related Illness

July 31, 2018

Spending time outside is nice, but too much sun can put you at risk for developing a heat related illness. Learn how to help prevent heat cramps, rashes and more—and how to treat them. Help Stop Heat Related Illness Before It Starts If the forecast points to excessive temperatures and sunshine: Stay hydrated. Drink water even […]


5 Ways to Boost Security for Cars

July 24, 2018

According to the FBI, there were 765,000 vehicle thefts in the U.S. in 2016. That translates into 87 cars stolen each hour: but while the crime is too common, car theft is not inevitable. Follow these tips to put the odds of finding your car where you left it in your favor. Watch your keys Thieves […]


5 Ways to Bump Up Your Plastic Recycling

July 17, 2018

Plastic drinking straws, to-go coffee cups, water bottles: It’s hard to go a day escaping plastic. But plastic recycling? Turns out, we’re not doing enough of it. Since 1950, only 9 percent of the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic produced have been recycled. The rest? It ends up where we don’t want it: landfills and oceans, […]


5 Insurance Questions to Ask Your Agent

June 17, 2018

New car, new house, new baby, new spouse: As life changes, insurance needs change, too. But most of us are not experts in deductibles and actuarial tables. That’s what your insurance agent is there for. At your yearly agent check-in, ask these insurance questions to make sure you maintain the coverage you need. What’s my […]


Discover Urban Gardening

May 30, 2018

There’s a new season germinating in gardening, when neighbors work together to create, keep, grow and harvest a bountiful garden located in a central, shared location. The community garden trend is growing, as more and more Americans take part — and for good reason. Along with growing fresh fruits and vegetables and beautifying vacant lots, […]


Spring Yard Cleanup Safety Tips

May 15, 2018

Blue skies, chirping birds, warming temperatures — April is prime time for getting home exteriors, yards, and gardens back into shape. But before you get started on your outdoor to-do list, make sure you take appropriate safety precautions. Dress for the job Wear shoes or boots, not sandals, to protect your toes. Properly fitting gloves […]


Boat Safety: Why to Get Certified

April 2, 2018

There are plenty of good reasons to be an educated boat operator. Chief among them: safety. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 77 percent of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction. The good news, though, is that saving lives and reducing injuries can be as easy as taking a […]


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