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The Impact of Cold Weather on Your Car's Tires

Tire pressure decreases when the temperature drops. Find out the effects of driving with underinflated tires and how to maintain correct tire pressure.

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What to Do If Your Furnace Breaks

Furnace trouble in freezing weather can cause serious problems for homeowners. This article gives stepsto follow if your furnace fails this winter.

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Eight Things to Do When You're Stuck at Home During a Winter Storm

Winter's not over, so there still are days when you're stuck at home. These eight ideas can stop you from getting bored or cabin fever when you're stuck inside.

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Eight Tips for Keeping Yourself and Your Family Healthy During Flu Season

The flu is unpleasant at best and life-threatening at worst. These eight tips will inform you how to help keep yourself and your family healthy during flu season.

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Inexpensive Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day is more than chocolates, flowers and pricey gifts. Read to find some creative ways to enjoy the holiday without breaking the bank.

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Starting a Savings Plan

Statistics show that Americans are saving less money than ever. This article details some actionable steps to take for creating an effective savings plan.

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Umbrella Insurance

Umbrella insurance kicks in when the liability coverage on your auto, homeowners or renters insurance is exhausted.

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Home Checklist for new year

Give your home a fresh start this New Year with six home maintenance and security tasks.

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Frozen Pipes

5 tips to reduce your risk for water damage from frozen pipes and what to do if your pipes freeze but haven't burst yet.

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2018 Bucket List

What's on your bucket list for 2018? The New Year is the perfect time to get out there to explore and experience all the world has to offer!

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Winter Pet Safety Tips

Essential winter pet care tips to keep your pets safe and protected this winter.

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New Year New You

New Year, New You: Kick Start a Healthier Lifestyle in 2018

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Disposing Holiday Decorations

How to recycle old Christmas trees, wreaths, and holiday greenery: preparing for curbside pick-up and local tree-to-mulch programs.

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Protecting Your Winter Toys

Are you a winter sport enthusiast? These five tips can help you increase your personal safety and protect your winter toys before, during, and after use!

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Online Holiday Bargains

4 steps to protect yourself against common online holiday shopping scams and identity theft.

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New Year's Resolutions

Ninety percent of people fail to keep their New Year's resolutions. With these four tips, you stand a greater chance of reaching your long-term goals.

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National Child Safety and Prevention Month

National Child Safety and Protection Month is in November. This post details some savvy childproofing tips for your home and auto.

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I Hit a Deer! What Should I Do?

Would you know what to do if you hit a deer with your car? Learn how to react - and what not to do - when you've struck a deer with your automobile.

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It's Turkey Time! 5 Thanksgiving Food Safety Tips

Thanksgiving food safety preparation tips: thawing the turkey, frying turkeys and safely cooking the turkey and stuffing.

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Top Safety Tips when Hosting Holiday Parties

Your holiday party should be epic... and safe. These tips will help you host a memorable and safe holiday party to celebrate the season.

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Five Smart Tips for Driving in Poor Weather

Poor weather is a primary or contributing cause to many serious accidents. This post details how to stay safe in a deteriorating road environment.

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Tombstone Vandalism: Not a Halloween Prank

Tombstone vandalism is more common than people realize. Learn what to do if your loved one's gravesite is a victim and if homeowner's insurance can help.

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Smartphones Have Become Indispensable — Use Yours Safely

Smartphones have gone from non-existent to essential in less than a decade. Read this to learn how to protect yourself from data thieves and distracted driving.

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Five Tips for Enjoying Halloween Safely

The Halloween season has something for everyone, yet there are also risks to consider. Read this post for five essential Halloween safety tips.

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5 Surprising Signs You're at Risk for Home Burglary

It's Crime Prevention Month: Reduce your risk for a home burglary with five essential home safety tips.

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What You Need to Know When Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car? Wondering what to look for, what to avoid, and how to ensure that you're getting a good deal? Our used car buying tips will help.

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Does My House Need a Homeowners Insurance Inspection?

Does your home need an insurance inspection? Learn how a homeowners insurance inspection is different from a mortgage inspection and what to expect.

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Just Married? 3 Insurance Considerations When Tying the Knot

First comes marriage, then comes the insurance checkup! From combining auto insurance to insuring your wedding bands, here are 3 things to keep in mind when tying the knot.

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Big Ticket Household Items: How Long Do They Last?

Knowing precisely when to replace a roof or windows isn't always easy. To help, read this useful guide on the lifespans of common "big-ticket" household items.

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Top 5 Camping Tips for a Safe (and Fun) Summer

Time to hit the road to your favorite camping site! Consider these camping tips to help you have a safe, fun summer outdoors, whether you're in a tent or an RV.

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What You Need to Know Before Renting a Home

Renting the ideal property can be an exciting experience, but it requires due diligence. Read this post to learn how to get a great deal that can help protect your assets.

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Smartphones Have Become Indispensable — Use Yours Safely

Smartphones have gone from non-existent to essential in less than a decade. Read this to learn how to protect yourself from data thieves and distracted driving.

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Summer Safety Tips for Boats, Motorcycles and Jet Skis

Here are some safety tips for summer "toys" including motorcycles, boats and jet skis. Completing a required safety course may also earn you an insurance discount.

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Insurance Considerations When Hiring Help Around the House

If you're a homeowner, chances are that at one point or another you will hire someone to do work in or around your home. What would you do if a worker caused damage to your home?

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Kitchen Remodel Trends: Maximizing Your Renovation Investment

Top kitchen remodel trends and cost considerations to maximize the value of your kitchen renovation.

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5 Vehicle Maintenance Tips for Your Summer Road Trip

Essential vehicle maintenance, accident prevention, and some safe driving tips for your next summer road trip.

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Gardening Tips

Dreaming of fresh vegetables and fruits straight from your own backyard? These gardening tips can help!

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Driving Safely on Your Summer Road Trip

Summer is the perfect season for a road trip. This post covers what you need to know to drive safely, including pre-trip preparations and rules of the road.

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Safety Tips for New Drone Owners

Several high-profile drone mishaps have reinforced the need for smart safety protocols. If you own a drone or are interested in buying one, keep these considerations in mind.

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Smart Childproofing Tips for National Home Safety Month

Household accidents are one of the chief causes of serious childhood injury. This post explains how to take a comprehensive approach to childproofing your home.

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Hosting a BBQ or Graduation Party? Consider These Liabilities First

Are you planning on throwing a graduation party or a summer BBQ? Is your current insurance enough to protect you from liabilities? Talk to your insurance agent!

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7 Helpful Bike Safety Tips

It's National Bike Safety Month! Check out these 7 helpful bicycle safety tips. Do you know if your bike is covered by homeowners or renters insurance in the event of an accident or theft?

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5 Essential Pool Safety Tips

Helpful pool safety tips to consider.

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Home Renovations Under $5,000 That Could Make a Big Impact

Home renovations don't have to break the bank to have a big impact. These under $5,000 renovations could make a big difference and add value to your home.

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Top 5 Tips for Hiring a Home Improvement Contractor

Dreaming of a new kitchen or a larger master suite? Ready to finally get rid of that outdated bathroom or complete your basement renovation? These tips will help you get started in finding a contractor for your renovation needs.

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Home Energy Appliance Face-off

Are you frustrated by high energy bills? While it's natural to blame heating and cooling costs for your high bills, the culprit could actually be your older home appliances. Could an appliance upgrade save you money?

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5 Travel Hacks to Land Last-Minute Mid-Winter Getaway Deals

Timing a midwinter vacation just right could help you save on airfare and hotels - getting you to the beach or ski slope with cash to spare. These five tips will get you started.

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Considerations Before Moving Into a Tiny House

Dreaming about a simpler life in a tiny home? Keep these considerations in mind.

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Car Rental Insurance: Considerations to Keep in Mind

Confused about car rental insurance? Here are some helpful tips to keep in mind.

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Insurance for Jewelry Gifts: Considerations for the Gift Giver and Recipient

Valentine's Day jewelry gift insurance: personal property insurance considerations for both the giver and the recipient.

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Upgrade your Bathroom Before Selling Your Home — Helpful Tips

This article discusses how bathroom improvements can help sell your home and lists four suggestions for upgrading your bathroom including replacing the vanity and doing a full upgrade.

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Tips to Help Protect Yourself from Unforeseen Holiday Hazards

While no one likes to think about injuries or accidents during the holiday season, proper insurance coverage can help prevent a financial liability.

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Post-Holiday Budgeting Tips: How to Pay Off Debt in the New Year

Get started with debt repayment in 2017 by prioritizing expenses, working out a payment plan for major debt and learning which debts to tackle first.

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Home Maintenance Tips for Winter

Ice damage can wreak havoc in your home's walls. Learn how to stop ice dams from forming and check if your homeowner's insurance covers ice dam damage.

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7 Tips to Freshen Up Your Home After the Holidays

Winter doldrums got you down? These seven tips can help you beat cabin fever while freshening up your home post-holidays.

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Insuring Your New Car? Here Are Key Considerations to Keep in Mind

Car insurance is incredibly important. This post offers a breakdown of the core considerations any new car buyer may want to consider when insuring a new vehicle.

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Protecting Valuable Holiday Gifts

Protect new holiday gifts, jewelry, engagement rings and electronics with scheduled personal property insurance. Understand your coverage and claim options.

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6 Tips for Snowmobiling Safety

Snowmobiling for the first time? Check out some ways to help you stay safer this season.

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From Resolutions to Accomplishments: 3 Steps for Turning Goals into Actions

Why are New Year's resolutions so hard to keep? Learn why habits form and how to break them.

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Forget Ski Resorts: Where to Go for the Most Unique Winter Vacation

Innovative travel outfitters and cold-weather thrill seekers are pushing the limits for winter vacations. Discover six fun winter adventures!

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Maximizing the Impact of Charitable Donations

Maximize the impact of your charitable donations this holiday season with some tips to help make the most of your funds.

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Holiday Safety Tips

There's a lot that goes into preparing your home for the holidays, but we have you covered. Check out our tips on how to make sure your home is ready for all your festivities!

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday Shopping Tips: Stay Safe and Still Snag the Best Deal

Planning to shop Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals this year? Reduce your risk for identity theft and pickpocketing with these helpful safety tips.

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Don't Miss Autumn Activities: Your Fall Bucket List

With sunny days, crisp evenings and lovely colors, fall is the perfect time of year to get outside. Check out these fun fall ideas.

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Home Maintenance Checklist: Keeping Your Home Healthy & Safe

From roof to basement, keeping your house's maintenance up-to-date means a healthier, safer home. This seasonal home maintenance checklist will help get you started!

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Trampolines & Insurance Coverage: Tips for Homeowners

Before purchasing a trampoline for your kids, be sure to speak with your insurance agent to ensure you are sufficiently protected. Learn about different coverage options available and steps to take to help your kids stay safe.

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Bundled vs. Package Insurance: Is there a difference?

Could switching to a bundled or packaged insurance policy save you money? Possibly, but there's a lot to consider. Read on for some helpful tips.

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10 Home Burglary & Auto Theft Prevention Tips

Home burglaries and auto thefts cost Americans thousands of dollars each year. Learn how you can keep your home and car more secure.

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Winterizing Your Second Home and Watercrafts

Learn how to better protect summer homes and watercraft from adverse winter weather, deter thieves, and insure your property investments.

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Windshield Damage & Repair: What Does My Insurance Cover?

Repairing windshield damage promptly is important to continuing safe driving. Learn what to do if your windshield chips or cracks.

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Summer Grilling Safety Tips: Don't Let Your BBQ Go Up in Flames!

How do you know if your propane grill has a gas leak? Learn how to check with our Memorial Day safety tips.

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Smart Home, Connected Home: The Latest Tech to Improve Your House

Is your home connected? The latest technology gadgets are designed to help make your home smarter, safer and better.

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Are You Ready To Purchase A Second Home?

There are both pros and cons to owning a second home. To help you make the best decision before purchasing your second home, check out some helpful tips!

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Four Tips For Maintaining A Seldom Used Vehicle

Did you know that cars that are rarely driven can require even more maintenance than those driven regularly? Check out our tips to help keep your seldom used car in working order.

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Tips to Remember When Talking To Your Kids about Cyberbullying

Half of all teens are cyberbullied. Is your child at risk for being a victim? Parents, learn what you can do to help stop cyberbullying and keep your children safe.

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Keeping Your Picnic or Summer BBQ Safe

Enjoy the summer weather with friends before it's gone, but make sure you're doing so safely! Review our helpful tips.

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Going Green at Home

Want to green up your home? Going eco-friendly offers a number of environmental, health, and financial benefits to your family...here are some ways to get started.

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Helpful Tips If You're In a Fender Bender

Have you just been in a fender bender? Here are some helpful steps you could take if you're involved in a minor car accident.

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How to Protect Your Home Against Wildfire Damage

If a mandatory wildfire evacuation warning were issued today, would your family be prepared? Learn how to better protect your home, prepare for an evacuation, and plan for a safe return.

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Getting Your Kids Ready for College: What Insurance Coverage Do They Need?

Learn how living on or off campus may affect your college student's insurance protection needs.

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Multigenerational Homes and Insurance: What Happens When My Kids or Parents Move Back Home?

Important considerations for updating your home and auto insurance policies in a multi-generational household. Is your family covered?

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Tips for Preparing Your Home and Car for Hot Summer Weather

Is your A/C system as efficient as it could be? Follow these tips to prepare your home and car for hot summer weather.

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