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Thrifty Security: Burglar-Proof Your Home for the Holidays

It's not unusual, when you set out on that holiday trip, to look back at the house a little nervously. Sure, you remembered to lock the doors, but just how secure are things? What might happen while you're away?One way...

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Safe, Secure Shopping: Tips for Black Friday

It's become almost as much a part of Thanksgiving as turkey and football: Black Friday, the morning-after (or in some cases evening-after) shopping spree. It's the biggest shopping day of the year, an event in its own...

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Your Home Maintenance Checklist for Fall

Fall brings more than just changing leaves and shorter days. In many areas, it also comes with a shift in weather conditions that can have a serious impact on your home. And, don’t forget, winter is right around the...

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4 Ways to Help All Children Have a Great School Year

It's back-to-school time, and, if you have school-age children, your household is likely bustling with activity and filling up with books and backpacks. There are other households and school districts in your community,...

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Keep Cool While Keeping Your Energy Costs Down

Two thirds of households in America have air conditioners, according to the U.S. Department of Energy — and they spend a total of $11 billion each year running them. Our guess is that most of those households (which...

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A Crime Story of the Cyber Variety (It doesn't pay, but it sure can cost)

You and I are probably alike. We live sheltered lives. We wouldn’t know where to go in our town to hire a hit man, or to buy some illegal drug, or to secure a botnet for cyber extortion. But there is such a place. And,...

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Tips for a Safe Fourth of July — From Food to Fireworks

Memorial Day might be the unofficial start of summer, but Independence Day is when the season truly kicks into high gear. July 4 is a holiday that has something for everyone, whether you like to host (or attend)...

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Commuting by Bike: How to Get to the Office on Two Wheels

There are plenty of great reasons to bike to work: Commuters who ride save money on gas and car insurance, stay fit and help the environment (they don’t get stuck in traffic, either). And they even have fun — as long...

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Three Comments and a Truth

"The United States of America, five percent of the world’s population, leads the world economically, militarily, scientifically, and culturally – and by a spectacular margin. Any one of these achievements, taken alone,...

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Getting Your Boat Out of Storage and Into the Water

Spring is here, and you’re ready to get out on the water. But is your boat ready? Even if you’ve kept it properly stored for the winter and protected from the elements, there are still a number of things you need to...

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Spring Into Home Maintenance Mode in South Carolina

Spring is a time for rejuvenation, and, as the weather gets warmer here in North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, and the days grow longer, there's a positive energy in the air. Many people decide it's the perfect time...

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“Nobody is immune from life’s misfortunes.”

Preset number 2 on my car radio, 90.1, NPR. Six-thirty PM. Time for Marketplace. Button number 2 - hit it. As I drive home, I hear this guy from Boston with an accent like JFK – a Mr. Kenneth Feinburg – an earnest man...

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How to Create Your First Garden This Spring

From genetically modified crops to the environmental and health effects of pesticides, more and more South Carolina residents are questioning whether they should grow what they eat. Wherever you stand on the issues...

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Helping Seniors Have a Wonderful Winter

Slippery sidewalks. Freezing temperatures. Power outages. Winter isn't always a wonderland. If you regularly lend a hand to a senior friend or family member here in South Carolina, it may be a good time of the year to...

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The Right Tires for Winter Driving

It's easy to forget about your tires when it comes to vehicle safety. But with winter weather already in many parts of the country, tires are an important aspect you should keep in mind. Your tires can be the...

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