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• If you're paying a deposit for furniture or waiting for it to be delivered, pay only by credit card. With your credit card charge-back rights, you are protected if the furniture doesn't arrive.

• When buying furniture, you should deal only with reputable retailers -- healthy businesses with knowledgeable salespeople.

• If you're considering a sofa with an unusual pattern or color, ask to take home a cushion and look at it with the rest of your furniture.

• Wood furniture should have a very smooth finish. With upholstered furniture, make sure the patterns line up.

• Always try out a bed before you buy it, even if you shop at warehouse discount stores.

• Experts recommend that you look primarily at mattresses and boxsprings made by one of the four major bedding manufacturers: Simmons, Sealy, Serta and Stearns & Foster.

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Georgia Natural Gas Guide

  August 2014: There are 2 low-cost price leaders this month for fixed rates, according to the Georgia Public Service Commission (GA PSC). They are True Natural Gas and Fireside Natural Gas. True Natural Gas is advertising a rate of .575 this month, while Fireside is at .610. A typical ...

The Best Ice Cream Is Also The Cheapest

For as far back as I can remember, I have been thrifty. Some would say "cheap," and I have no problem with that word. But all through the years, I have had a mantra: There is one thing in life on which I will not compromise and that's ice cream. ...

11 Ways To Pay Less for Appliances

Real estate is on the rise in the U.S. as more than 17 million Americans plan to purchase a home this year. With this renewed housing activity comes a high demand for appliances as new homeowners seek to replace out-of-date household gadgets while spending an average of $1,033 on such ...

The #1 Threat To Your Dollar Store Savings

I'm a big dollar store shopper. I love both Dollar Tree and 99 Cent Only stores. Both are true dollar stores, where all merchandise is priced at $1 or less.   But the merchandise at Dollar Tree is going through a "Honey, I shrunk the kids" moment. Item by item, ...

Why Malt O Meal Is Not Among The Cheapest Cereal Brands

When it comes to saving money, every penny counts. There are a plethora of different ways in which families can save money on their groceries, but sometimes the myths and assumptions about food pricing, especially when it comes to brand names and organics, can actually deter shoppers away from some ...

4 Items To Always Buy Used

Buying second hand has become a first choice for saving money, either out of necessity for people or because they're thrifty. But second hand doesn't have to necessarily mean rummaging around a musty old thrift store. Here are 4 items you can shop for used online from the comfort of ...

Walmart Vs. The Dollar Stores: Who Is Cheapest?

Mirror, mirror, on the wall…who's the cheapest of them all? A new head-to-head comparison of Walmart, Family Dollar, and Dollar General says Wally World is 6.6% cheaper than either of the dollar stores in the food category. The price research done by investment firm Sterne, Agee & Leach found Walmart ...

Walmart Prices Are Changing To Favor Online Shoppers

Walmart has completely separated the pricing at Walmart.com and its physical stores…and one is no longer going to be the deal it once was. Over the weekend, my son who is really into Legos wanted a new set. So I shopped online to find best price on the particular set ...

3 Apps To Earn Cash Back On Groceries

It seems like every week we hear about food prices going up again.  First, beef prices. Then, it was milk and eggs. Now, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced that the price of fresh fruits and vegetables will rise 6% in the coming months. That’s due in part to ...

29 Ways To Keep Your Fresh Produce Fresher For Longer!

One of the biggest culprits when it comes to your produce going bad is actually a natural and necessary thing. It's call Ethylene gas. It's produced naturally by fruits and vegetables in the ripening process, according to the Washington State University Tree Fruit Research and Extension Center. But too much ...

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