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Stories by Brendan

What Small-Business Owners Should Know About EMV Technology

Mar 28, 2017

Over the past couple years, many American shoppers have grown accustomed to inserting an EMV card (also known as a “chip card“) into a card reader when it’s time to pay. But they don’t have that option everywhere, as studies show a number of businesses still haven’t introduced chip readers. And that may be putting companies […]

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4 Tips to Help Keep Kids Safe With a New Cat or Dog [VIDEO]

Mar 22, 2017

There’s no doubt about it: Americans love their furry friends. Over 40 million households in the U.S. own a cat and nearly 55 million own a dog, according to the American Pet Products Association. These loyal companions bring families lots of happiness over the years. But as with any relationship, it’s important to get it off to […]

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Quick Fix: 3 Ways to Remove Pet Hair [GIF]

Mar 14, 2017

These three everyday items can help make it easier to remove pet hair around your home.                   Pumice stones work best on carpeting, Apartment Therapy says. Step 1: Grab a pumice stone. Step 2: Test it by gently rubbing it on a small, ideally hidden, spot of your carpet […]

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Quick Fix: Use Socks to Help Protect Your Windshield Wipers in Winter [GIF]

Mar 6, 2017

Help prevent your windshield wipers from freezing to your car windshield with this tip from (It may look silly, but it works!) Use this quick fix the night before a snowstorm, or whenever the weatherman predicts a deep freeze.   Step 1: Pull your windshield wipers into the upright position. Step 2: Grab two old socks […]

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Quick Fix: Keep Toys Organized During a Road Trip [GIF]

Feb 28, 2017

“Are we there yet?” It’s a common refrain heard on many a road trip. But an arsenal of toys and activities can help keep bored, disinterested kids entertained during a long drive. Trouble is, by the time you reach your destination — maybe even before the first rest stop! — your backseat may look like a […]

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How to Inspect and Replace Windshield Wiper Blades

Feb 8, 2017

Windshield wipers can be an overlooked part of your car’s safety system. If your wipers are not working properly, it may be difficult to see the road or other hazards when it rains or snows. Faulty wiper blades can be ineffective and even smear your windshield, potentially creating visibility issues. Some simple, regular maintenance can help ensure your […]

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Luck of the Irish: Driving Safety Tips for St. Patrick’s Day

Feb 6, 2017

Every year the middle of March brings a little bit of mayhem into everything — the NCAA tournament, spring fever, even the return of the minty shake at a famous fast-food restaurant. But the one March event I’m particularly enjoy is St. Patrick’s Day. For me, it serves as an annual reminder of my family’s origins on the […]

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Emergency Smarts: Disaster Planning for Your Pets

Feb 5, 2017

Many of us have been advised to make emergency preparedness plans for our family, but what about our pets? Whether you care for dogs, birds or cats, their safety can be equally at risk during an emergency. And, as with the members of your family, advance preparations may make all the difference in keeping your pets safe […]

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How to Check Your Car’s Brake Pads

Jan 24, 2017

Proper brake pad maintenance and inspection can not only be critical for the long life of your car, but also for your safety as a driver or passenger. Simply put: your vehicle’s brakes are what enable you to slow down and stop. Unfortunately, brakes can be overlooked when it comes to regular auto maintenance. So, […]

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5 Driving Habits to Avoid This Winter [VIDEO]

Jan 17, 2017

Winter weather can be tough for drivers. Slippery road conditions may make driving difficult, and the salt used to melt ice can damage your car, says auto technician Charles Sanville, founder of In fact, more than 116,000 people are injured each year while driving on snowy, slushy or icy roads, according to the Department […]

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