Madeleine Burry

Contributing Writer, Via

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How Much Car Can I Afford?

Determine your budget and stick to it with these handy tips.
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How to Deep Clean Your House

A room-by-room guide to whipping your home into tip-top shape.
A homeowner uses a sod cutter to remove the lawn in their backyard.

How to Replace Your Lawn With a Drought-Tolerant Alternative

Along with being a good environmental move, low-water plants can save you money.
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14 Things to do Before You Leave on a Road Trip

Follow these strategies to keep your home safe and have a smooth experience on the road.
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How to Get Rid of Common Household Odors

Say goodbye to unpleasant smells with these simple strategies.
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Packing Tips for a Move

Not sure how to pack for a move? Experts answer top questions—and warn against big mistakes.
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What to Do About Mold in Your Home

Mold can mean trouble for homeowners. Here's what to do if you see (or suspect) mold in your home.
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8 Household Items That Are Toxic to Pets

Everyday items like essential oils and grapes can poison your cat or dog.
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3 Home Safety Updates That Lower Insurance Premiums

Keep your family safe and get a discount on your homeowners or renters insurance.
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5 Hidden Dangers in Your Home and How to Prevent Them

Here’s how to test for—and avoid—common household hazards.
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How to Secure Your Garage to Prevent Theft and Damage

Keep your car—and access to your home—safeguarded.
A woman turns on her mini split heat pump while sitting on the couch in the living room.

Will a Heat Pump Save You Money on Heating and Cooling?

Rebates and incentives are available to cut down on costs for these highly efficient and cost-saving devices.
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How to Clean Out and Organize Your Garage

Remove the clutter so you can park your car and neatly stash essentials.
A light dusting of snow surrounds a suburban home at sunset.

How to Prepare Your Home for Winter Storms

Severe weather may be on the way—is your home ready?
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How to Have Fun Outside All Winter Long

Don't let cold temperatures, rain, wind, or snow keep you inside this season.