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Stories by The Allstate Blog Team

5 Ways to Help Prevent a Flat Tire

Aug 15, 2018

Whether you’re driving across town or the country, a flat tire can bring your travel plans to a sudden halt. You may be able to help prevent flat or blown out tires with some preventative maintenance and precautionary steps. Here’s a look at some ways to keep your tires inflated. 1. Check Tire Pressure It’s […]

How to Build a Backyard Fire Pit

Aug 13, 2018

Cool, crisp nights are perfect for gathering around a backyard fire pit with your friends and family. Add in a bag of marshmallows and you have the recipe for a lovely evening. While elaborate fire pits are typically featured in glossy magazines, s’mores and memories can just as easily be made around a simple, but […]

4 Big Money Mistakes of First-Time Homebuyers

Aug 8, 2018

As you begin the process of searching for your first home, it helps to understand the financing process. Here are four common money-related mistakes made by first-time homebuyers and some tips to help avoid these pitfalls. 1. Over-Committing Your Spending Power Mortgage lenders often qualify potential buyers for home loans based on their debt-to-income ratio. This ratio does not take […]

What’s a Living Will and How Can It Help?

Aug 1, 2018

A living will is a legal document that helps provide clarity about your health care wishes should you suddenly become terminally ill or permanently unconscious, according to the National Institutes of Health’s MedlinePlus website (NIH). A living will is a form of what is often referred to as an advance directive. It helps your physicians, family and friends understand your […]

How to Hang Heavy Objects on a Wall

Jul 30, 2018

When you’re hanging something heavy, a simple nail probably won’t do the job. Whether it’s an heirloom family mirror or a large painting, you want to be confident it will hang securely on your wall for years to come. The right method for hanging your object depends on the type of wall you have and […]

Joining an HOA? Here’s What You Need to Know

Jul 23, 2018

When you purchase a condo, townhouse or home, you may be required to join a homeowners association (HOA). According to the Community Association Institute, more than 21 percent of the U.S. population live in neighborhoods with these organizations. Generally, the group is responsible for maintaining the quality and value of properties in a community, according […]

How to Dispose of an Old Computer and Thwart Identity Thieves

Jul 19, 2018

Banging a hammer against your hard drive is not just a satisfying way to take out some aggression on a helpless piece of old technology. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) also says it’s one way to help protect sensitive data that may still be held within an old personal computer you want […]

Motorcyclists: Tips for Choosing Protective Gear

Jul 18, 2018

Before you take your motorcycle on the road, it’s important to consider what gear may help you stay safe and comfortable during your ride. Protective gear serves two purposes: protection and comfort, according to the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF). Here are some tips to consider while choosing the appropriate gear for your ride. Make Safety a Priority Properly […]

3-D Printing 101: What You Need to Know

Jul 16, 2018

You may have heard about a family friend doing a little 3-D printing at home and you’re looking to venture into this new technology yourself. But, you’re not sure where to start. As 3-D printers become less expensive and easier to work with, more people are using them to create custom items at home, according […]

Quick Fix: Clean Coffee Stains Out of Your Car Mats

Jul 11, 2018

If you like to enjoy a morning cup of coffee in the car as you drive to work, start your errands or drop the kids off at school, you’re not alone. But, because we’re all human, this multitasking can sometimes lead to coffee spills on the carpets. Don’t worry! This step-by-step guide can help you […]