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25 Tips and Tricks for Buying a Car Online During the Pandemic

The coronavirus shutdown has forced car dealers and auto manufacturers to place a much greater emphasis on selling vehicles online. The process isn’t new to the COVID-19 crisis, but the current situation has compelled virtually every major automaker to expand their online offerings to the point that you can now research, select, test drive, negotiate for and purchase virtually any new car without leaving your home. Here’s what to keep in mind when buying a car.

Last updated: July 10, 2020

Don’t Panic, Not Much Has Changed

If you’re feeling overwhelmed about the prospect of buying a car online for the first time, don’t. Much of the traditional car-buying process — shopping, researching, applying for loans, etc. — takes place online anyway, so not that much is different. The important thing is not to forget the basics.

Open Your Mind, Even If You’ve Already Made It Up

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10 crazy tips for cosplaying San Diego at home, long lines and all

So you can’t go to Comic-Con this week, because the enormous pop culture convention – one of the world’s greatest displays of mask wearing – was canceled by a real-life supervillain, the COVID-19 pandemic.

There’s some consolation for the 135,000 dressed-to-the-(Seven-of)-Nines fans who annually crowd the San Diego Convention Center and millions more who don’t, as a scaled-back lineup of movie, TV and comic panels will stream for free on YouTube through Sunday.

Panels are only a small part of San Diego Comic-Con, as anyone lucky enough to attend – and survive – the annual pageant of costumes, collectibles and queues can attest. Comic-Con@Home is trying to re-create parts of the experience, letting fans print out badges and window signs and participate in sidewalk art and cosplay challenges, with some entries to be featured on the Comic-Con website and social media channels.   

Never been to Comic-Con? Here are the can’t-miss

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5 Tips From Master Griller Mark Bittman

It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy.

The American cookout is in season, and savory staples like hot dogs, hamburgers and corn on the cob are roasting on grills across the country.

Between beers, burgers and potato salad, hosting a backyard barbecue can burn a hole straight through your wallet.

So how can you save money this summer? We consulted an expert.

5 Cheap Grilling Ideas for Summer

Mark Bittman, author of 20 books including “How to Grill Everything,” knows his way around a grill. The former New York Times columnist gave us some tips on how to break out the grill without breaking the bank.

1. Stick to the Basics When You Buy Grilling Accessories

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Walk down any grilling aisle or peruse grilling goods online, and you’re bombarded with a trove of pricy accessories.

But Bittman said the only accessories you really need are

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7 Must-Know Bathroom Remodeling Tips | Home Remodeling Contractors

7. Design With the Future in Mind

For those who are thinking of putting their home up for sale five years from now, then it’s important to ensure that the value of your property would increase over time, consider having your home renovated for that purpose. On the other hand, if you’re planning to live in your home for a couple of years, it’s very important to ensure that the design of your bathroom is something you would really love and fit with your style and preferences.

We get it; these kinds of decisions can be really overwhelming. From paint colors, to tile textures, to countertop materials, you just have so many things to consider in order to make your bathroom perfect. And you want to be able to turn your bathroom into something that will remain valuable over time but also matches your aesthetic preferences.

You need to find

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Animal Crossing: New Horizons – The Perfect Bathroom (Design Tips & Tricks)


The Bathroom is a sacred location inside of one’s home. This guide will help players design the perfect bathroom in Animal Crossing: New Horizons.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons allows players to create a dedicated room for a bathroom. This guide will help players design the perfect bathroom to fit any player’s needs. Animal Crossing: New Horizons is all about making the best out of being thrown into a deserted island. At the start of the game, players are given nothing more than a large loan and a small tent to sleep in to pass the nights. Aside from this, the island is relatively empty, containing a few neighbors for the player to interact with and the natural resources to harvest for profit. As the game continues and the player’s home expands, new options begin to open up and one of the biggest is determining how to customize one’s home. The

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Home Tips: Choosing Exterior Paint Colors

From the Color Experts at Sherwin-Williams: Exterior Color Selection Tips for Homeowners

Q: What are the most common mistakes homeowners make when choosing exterior paint colors?

A: Assuming that a colorful and imaginative color scheme will cost a great deal more for product and labor. Unless the scheme is a “painted lady” with numerous colors, this is rarely the case.

Accenting unattractive elements such as gutters, downspouts, a protruding garage door, air conditioning units, unevenly placed windows, etc.

Ignoring neighboring houses: your color scheme choice should not clash with the neighbor’s house — it’s a lose-lose situation. Choose a scheme that blends with the neighborhood or stands out in a subtle, unobtrusive manner.

Landscaping counts: consider tress that change color, flowering shrubs, flower gardens when selection colors, for compatibility. Heavily wooded lots will make colors look darker due to shade; also could camouflage homes, so attention to detail is needed.

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Plan Kitchen Remodel | HouseLogic Kitchen Remodeling Tips

Homeowners spend more money on kitchen remodeling than on any other home improvement project. And with good reason: Kitchens are the hub of home life and a source of pride.

A significant portion of kitchen remodeling costs may be recovered by the value the project brings to your home. A complete kitchen renovation with a national median cost of $65,000 recovers about 62% of the initial project cost at the home’s resale, according to the “Remodeling Impact Report” from the National Association of REALTORS®.

The project gets a big thumbs-up from homeowners, too. Those polled in the “Report” gave their new kitchen a Joy Score of 10 (out of 10!), a rating based on those who said they were happy or satisfied with their remodeling, with 10 being the highest rating and 1 the lowest.

To help ensure you get a good return on your kitchen remodel, follow these seven

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Home Decor Ideas and Tips


Choose the right paint colors for the kitchen to involve both function and aesthetic. Colors can affect mood. We hope we always in a positive mood every time. Good color selection can help it. The limitless option makes us overwhelmed. You must set up first your plan and goal, whether you will select based on trend and popularity or create a spacious impression for your small kitchen.  Follow the below guides to overcome your confusion.

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There are a ton of DIY countertop ideas out there that will help you take your old, worn-out counters from drab to fab with a little elbow grease and a few days’ time. Do you find that your current counters are painful to look at? Are they at their wit’s end from years of use and wear and tear?

Is it time to jazz up your

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Top 7 Tips for a Successful DIY Bathroom Remodel

The bathroom is often considered to be one of the most important rooms in a house (along with the kitchen), especially when it comes to selling a house. Because of this, it’s a good idea to make the bathroom look and feel as fresh and updated as your budget allows. Of course, you can always decorate the bathroom, which will go a long way to accomplishing its updated appeal. But sometimes décor just won’t cut it. One of the most cost-effective ways that you can achieve a successful bathroom upgrade, whether it’s a large or small bathroom remodel, is to look into DIY bathroom remodel options. Sounds intimidating? It doesn’t need to be.

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Traditionally, the bathroom is comprised of a variety of key components, such as the toilet, sink, shower, and tub. In other words, the bathroom is one of the easiest places in your home to

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