With the change of season comes the need for warmer clothes, winter weather supplies and even a pantry stocked with enough food, medication and other items to tide you over during a blizzard. If you find the notion of winter shopping intimidating, here are some tips:
Northern and Midwestern winters can be tough, so many folks in these areas fly south during the colder months. These “snowbirds” typically spend anywhere from 2-5 months each year away from home, basking in the sunny confines of Florida, Arizona or another warm state until spring’s arrival. These folks often rent their homes to short-term tenants, hire a caretaker or ask a friend or family member to house sit until the snowbirds fly back home again. Continue reading
Buying groceries as a single person isn’t as easy as it might seem. One significant problem is that suppliers often package grocery items in amounts suitable for families of three or more people, which can lead to food waste.
Planning your shopping trips ahead of time, as well as learning safe food storage techniques, can make grocery shopping for one less stressful and expensive.
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Moving is a major transition and many people appreciate the support of their friends as they adjust to their new home. If a friend or family member recently relocated, a housewarming gift is a wonderful way to show your support.
If you’re having trouble selecting a gift, and the recipient hasn’t joined a gift registry, here are a few tips to help you choose:
Consider Space & Needs
The gift-giving impulse is a good one, but must be tempered with the realization that not everyone has a lot of space for gifts. While recent college grads often need a lot of help setting up housekeeping, many adults have more “stuff” than they actually need. This is particularly true for people moving into smaller homes after retirement. Continue reading
Looking for a place to rent is always an adventure, even more so if you’re a pet owner. Many landlords and property management companies are wary about renting to people with pets, and for good reason: Irresponsible pet owners can alienate neighbors and cost property owners thousands of dollars in damage repairs. If you own a pet, prepare for some extra challenges when finding a new place to live.
Here are some tips for getting a great apartment for yourself and your furry or feathered companion: Continue reading