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I’ve got some great ideas for starting off the new school year by shopping on a budget for your weekly work-and-school lunches. Try using some of these tips each week, and soon you should see some relief in your grocery bills while creating healthy, food-safe lunches for the whole family!

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The scammers sure have been busy. Is there no end to their creativity?

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For many Americans, Social Security is the largest share of their retirement income. That’s why it’s important to separate myth from fact. Here’s what you need to know.

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As the popularity and availability of electric vehicles (EV) continues to grow in the U.S., a new survey suggests that many consumers still have a lot to learn about the technology.

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This Mexican chair with its leather sling seat is known as a Campeche chair. The style was inspired by a Roman magistrate’s chair, which had a similar shape and sloping seat. More recent Campeche chairs were made in the 19th century in Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, the Balearic Isles …

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Teaching your kids to be financially savvy could help them to be financially confident and successful in the future. As credit card debt and low retirement savings continue to frustrate many Americans, you can help your kids steer clear of these and other financial pitfalls by talking to the…

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Smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, GPS device — are you drowning in digital clutter? If so, you’re not alone. Americans spend more than 43 hours per week on a variety of devices, and nearly half (47 percent) have one or more devices they no longer use at all, a survey by Intel discovered. …

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Glass candleholders can make a nice storage for bathroom items like cotton swabs and cotton balls, even small products can be organized into these pretty holders.

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Think about how much time you and your family spend inside versus outside. From your home to the car to work and to school, it’s not uncommon that the majority of your day is spent indoors. This modern phenomenon means increased exposure to indoor air pollution.

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During the summer, the wonderful coolness of our air-conditioned homes is comforting until the whopping energy bill arrives. The American Lighting Association (ALA) offers the following easy ways to use less energy and save money.

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We know it’s important to have cash available for our everyday spending needs as well as the inevitable “rainy day.” While it may seem like a good problem to have, having too much of your savings sitting in cash can be an issue, especially when you are investing for long-term goals such as r…

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A recent visit to Budget Blinds in Rio Rancho proved to be not only informative but unexpectedly fun. Owners Jared Munoz and Dale Sapp have been serving as expert consultants on window coverings and other interior dilemmas for the past 14 years. They pride themselves on having a no-pressure …

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It’s summer in Albuquerque, and there’s no better time to gather with friends and family in the beautiful evenings. To create an ideal outdoor setting for socializing, look no further than Albuquerque’s Jeebs and Zuzu, a full service architecture, design and construction firm. Recently, the …

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In Albuquerque, summertime is synonymous with sweltering temperatures. For many homeowners, the evaporative cooling systems that were commonly used for years just aren’t keeping it cool anymore. This is where Mario LoPrinzi and his team at Axiom Home Services can step in to help residents be…

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Watering grass is totally different than watering shrubs, perennials and trees. Watering new plantings versus mature plantings is very different, also.

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Almost 100 million Americans will go on a family vacation sometime this year, and nearly half of them will choose to make it a road trip, according to the American Automobile Association (AAA).

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The ancient Greeks figured out that Earth was round about 2,500 years ago. But the oldest surviving globe showing our planet was made in 1492 by Martin Behaim of Germany. The first globe to show the Americas was made in 1507. Early globes were made of paper glued to a sphere. The paper was c…

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I spent the first few years as a landcape designer learning plants and creating a plant list to use in my designs. But I’ve spent the past couple of decades removing plants from that list.

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After four decades in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning business, family-owned and operated Sunshine Plumbing & Heating Inc. has perfected their approach to business. “We treat our customers the way we would want to be treated — with fairness and honesty,” explains owner Joseph …

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When Dan Monaghan wanted to transform his backyard into his own personal oasis, he called the company he knew would serve him best — Southwest Greens, a local turf company run by brothers Scott and Steve Forster. And Dan’s experience with the skilled crew went beyond his expectations. “It wa…

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Homeowners and sellers looking for smart solutions to beautify their homes —―especially those that won’t break the bank —―have found their solution with Get A Grip. The company is known for its quick and easy resurfacing of kitchen and bathroom surfaces.

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For many people pets are a part of the family. Owning a pet can be a rewarding experience, but also an important responsibility. Fortunately, there are preventative measures that can be taken to help keep pets healthy.

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While most people might know that energy efficiency is an important consideration when purchasing appliances or mechanical systems for the home, you may care to consider how your interior design choices can also affect energy efficiency.

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In this age of DIY, many outdoor home projects look doable. The truth is, plenty of outdoor projects tackled by homeowners to save money are better left to landscape professionals. When attempting these projects on their own, homeowners soon realize that some jobs require more knowledge and …

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In today’s world, lenders use many different types of credit scoring models. There are virtually hundreds of different models out there for lenders to choose from.

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With more Americans going green than ever before, you've probably already started thinking about doing it yourself. Perhaps you've increased your recycling efforts, started using more eco-friendly appliances and light bulbs or upgraded to other greener technology options. Chances are, you al…

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Local roofing expert Clint Satterfield sits at his desk on a recent sunny morning, reflecting on a big change in his professional life — his father Bill retired after 50 years working in the roofing industry. With this retirement, Bill and Clint (BAC) Enterprises has closed as a business, an…

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After 28 years in business, Don Lovato, owner of Carpet Source, continues to help customers find the best solution to their flooring needs. Through state-of-the-art materials and techniques, Lovato and his accomplished staff can enhance any home or business for an affordable price. Carpet So…

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Finding a wall stud is often a necessary but frustrating task. If you plan to hang a heavy picture frame, a television mount or a shelf, then it is essential that you secure it to the wall with nails or screws that penetrate into not only the drywall but also a stud.

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Many vehicle owners know it’s important to regularly have their motor oil changed. But did you know that choosing any oil weight other than the one specified in the owner’s manual could damage the engine? 

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Laundry’s one of those continuous chores, and it does more than eat into your schedule. According to Energy Star, the average household does 400 loads of laundry each year, consuming 13,500 gallons of water in the process. Those clothes need to be dried; the U.S. Department of Energy says th…

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Moving is an exciting time as you look forward to settling into your new home sweet home. However, it's also a stressful time as you try to move your belongings from one place to another, as well as set up all the services you need, such as mail, cable and internet.

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Congratulations, college graduates! You're all set to enter the job market, but do you have what it takes to get to and from interviews or work? It might be time to move on from worn-out, hand-me-down vehicles for your fresh start in life.

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It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may n…

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After a thunderstorm last year caused hail damage to the parapets of their home in Placitas, Jim and Harriet Neal needed to find a company that could perform the immediate necessary repairs, along with a quote for re-stuccoing the home’s exterior walls. 

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Let’s play a hypothetical game: You’re thinking it’s time for a new roof. Where do you start? The answer, of course, is you talk to a roofing contractor. More than likely, you’ll talk to a few and collect competitive bids. 

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Having a green landscape is easy with SYNLawn of New Mexico. The company offers some of the highest quality synthetic turf systems in the state, giving your lawn the look and feel of real grass without the inconvenience, high costs and harm to the environment of going natural. 

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American households are sitting on goldmines. Experts estimate there’s almost a trillion dollars worth of unused items in our homes. Rather than letting those things gather dust, people are digging into their closets, garages and attics to make money back on unused items.

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While filing your taxes can be tedious, many Americans often look forward to receiving a tax refund. But it's important to remember that if you're receiving money back from Uncle Sam, it's because you had too much withheld and overpaid your taxes last year — it's not really extra money. So b…

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Living and dining are essential actions that occur in every residence. But having rooms named after and devoted, respectively, to each has become passé nowadays for many homeowners. Instead of maintaining formal rooms that conform to traditional expectations but which end up being seldom use…

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For most people, an ideal garden would be full of flowers and require no maintenance at all. But short of using silk flowers, that type of garden just doesn’t exist.

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Kitchens may get a lot of love, but homeowners are lavishing more attention on bathrooms lately. That’s the major takeaway from a new poll that sheds new light on the latest preferences in bathroom redos.

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There’s a reason why Darth Vader is the most visually memorable character in the Star Wars universe: Yes, the dark side of the Force is alluring, but it’s Vader’s dark costume design that catches the eye and captures the imagination.

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First and foremost, Daniels Plumbing Heating & Air Conditioning, is a locally owned and operated company. The owner, Daniel Jaramillo, was raised in Albuquerque. And the company, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2019, has its headquarters in the North Valley and an office …

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As one of Albuquerque’s top home remodeling companies, Energy Pros Home Improvements carries top brand  products by Pella, Andersen, Jeld-Wen, El Rey stucco/synthetic stucco, top of the line roof products and more. They also carry New Mexico True windows and locally-made products that put mo…

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Three years ago I started thinking about getting a dog. Seeing neighbors out with their small dogs, I knew I wanted what I consider a real dog, a big one, not a dog that would fit in my purse. I made a pros and cons list for dog ownership, but over time the list of reasons for not getting a …