Consumer Reference
100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask, Fourth Edition: With Answers from Top Brokers from Around the Country
100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask, Fourth Edition
With Answers from Top Brokers from Around the Country
4th Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 1524763438
From the most trusted name in real estate, a new and fully updated edition of the indispensable guide that helps first-time buyers land the home of their dreams

What does location, location, location really mean? How do I decide what to offer on a house? What exactly is the closing?

Buying a home is one of the most important decisions in any person's life. It will be the place where you plant your roots, come home after a long day, raise a family, or make a successful investment. But how, with everything from student loans and an uncertain marketplace stacked against you, do you get to that idyllic future? In 100 Questions Every First-Time Home Buyer Should Ask, Ilyce Glink, one of the most trusted names in real estate, answers all of your questions about home buying--and some you didn't know you had--and takes you on a personal journey from open houses to moving day. Weaving together advice from top brokers around the country with illustrative stories and her own unparalleled expertise, 100 Questions is a one-stop shop to getting the home of your dreams.
1908 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue
1908 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue
Paperback      ISBN: 1632206862
A century ago Sears, Roebuck & Co was like Amazon and Walmart combined. If you needed something, clothing, furniture, jewelry, kitchen utensils, and more, you bought mail order. This facsimile offers a unique peek into the America of 1908, fascinating for historians, designers, screenwriters, antique dealers, and more.

The Sears, Roebuck & Co. catalog was the Amazon.com of its day, giving American families across the country access to thousands of items from clothing and furniture to buggies and hair tonic. Whether they could buy it or not, people would pour over the massive volume that represented an icon in American retail. The 1908 Sears, Roebuck & Co. Catalogue offers an amazing look at life in early twentieth-century America.

Sears, Roebuck & Co. have defined and innovated American retail for years, As the company grew from humble beginnings, its catalog selection exploded to include almost every item a home would need:

Work clothes
Dress clothes
Pianos and other musical instruments
Fishing and hunting gear
Cookware
Furniture
Bedding
Wall art
And much much more

With merchandise ranging from ordinary to fantastical (and almost all of it priced at the pennies-on-the-dollar rate of the time), browsing through this vintage collection is fun, inspiring, and educational.
The Better World Shopping Guide: 6th Edition: Every Dollar Makes a Difference
The Better World Shopping Guide: 6th Edition
Every Dollar Makes a Difference
Paperback      ISBN: 0865718628

Small enough to fit in your pocket, this practical little book will help you change the world as you shop

While we strive to make our vote count every four years, few of us realize that our most immediate power to shape the world is squandered on a daily basis. Every dollar we spend has the potential to create social and environmental change. In fact, it already has. The world that exists today is in large part a result of our purchasing decisions.

The Better World Shopping Guide rates hundreds of products and services from A to F, so you can quickly tell the good guys from the bad guys and ensure your money is not supporting corporations that make decisions based solely on the bottom line. Drawing on decades of meticulous research, this completely revised and updated sixth edition will help you find out who actually walks the talk when it comes to:

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Human rights
  • Community involvement
  • Animal protection
  • Social justice

Small enough to fit in a back pocket or handbag and organized in a user-friendly format, The Better World Shopping Guide helps you reward companies who are doing good, penalize those involved in destructive activities, and change the world as you shop

Ellis Jones, PhD is the award-winning, bestselling author of five previous editions of The Better World Shopping Guide , and co-author of The Better World Handbook . A scholar of social responsibility, global citizenship, and everyday activism, he has dedicated himself to uncovering practical ways for people to make a difference in the world. He currently teaches at Holy Cross College in Worcester, MA.

Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food: A Grocer's Guide to Shopping, Cooking & Creating Community Through Food [A Cookbook]
Bi-Rite Market's Eat Good Food
A Grocer's Guide to Shopping, Cooking & Creating Community Through Food [A Cookbook]
Hardcover      ISBN: 158008303x
A cookbook and market guide from the nation's premier neighborhood grocery store, featuring expert advice on how to identify the top ingredients in any supermarket and 90 vibrant recipes that make optimal use of the goods.

San Francisco's Bi-Rite Market has a following akin to a hot restaurant--its grocery goods and prepared foods have made it a destination for lovers of great food. In Eat Good Food, former chef turned market owner Sam Mogannam explains how to source and use the finest farm-fresh ingredients and artisanal food products, decipher labels and terms, and build a great pantry.

Eat Good Food gives you a new way to look at food, not only the ingredients you buy but also how to prepare them. Featuring ninety recipes for the dishes that have made Bi-Rite Market's in-house kitchen a destination for food lovers, combined with Sam's favorite recipes, you'll discover exactly how to get the best flavor from each ingredient. Dishes such as Summer Corn and Tomato Salad, Spicy String Beans with Sesame Seeds, Roasted Beet Salad with Pickled Onions and Feta, Ginger-Lemongrass Chicken Skewers with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce, Apricot-Ginger Scones, and Chocolate Pots de Cr me will delight throughout the year.

No matter where you live or shop, Sam provides new insight on ingredients familiar as well unique, including:

- Why spinach from open bins is better than prepackaged greens
- What the material used to wrap cheese can tell you about the quality of the cheese itself
- How to tell where an olive oil is really from--and why it matters
- What "never ever" programs are, and why you should look for them when buying meat

More engaging than a field guide and more informative than a standard cookbook, and with primers on cooking techniques and anecdotes that will entertain, enlighten, and inspire, Eat Good Food will revolutionize the way home cooks shop and eat.
Bridal Bargains: Secrets to Planning a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget
Bridal Bargains
Secrets to Planning a Fantastic Wedding on a Realistic Budget
Paperback      ISBN: 1889392464

Wow Finally, a wedding book for the rest of us. With average wedding costs soaring over $25,000, you need real life solutions and creative ideas to plan a wedding without going bankrupt. Bridal Bargains is the answer Now in its 11th edition with over 700,000 copies in print, Bridal Bargains shows you:


- How to save up to 40% on brand new, nationally advertised wedding dresses.
- The best web sites to save on everything from flowers to gowns, invitations to, well, you name it.
- Fourteen creative ways to cut the catering bill at your reception.
- How to order flowers at wholesale online.
- Eleven questions you should ask any photographer--and seven money-saving tips to lower that photo expense.
- Affordable ways to print your own invitations at a 70% savings.
- A clever trick to save big bucks on your wedding cake.
- The best bargains on honeymoons, gift registries, rings, wedding videos and more
- New Green your wedding with eco-friendly invites, catering tips and more

The brand new,11th edition is revised and updated tips on tying the knot without going bankrupt.

The Business Owner's Definitive Guide to Captive Insurance Companies: What You Need to Know about Formation and Management
The Business Owner's Definitive Guide to Captive Insurance Companies
What You Need to Know about Formation and Management
Hardcover      ISBN: 1946633070

MANAGE YOUR RISK IN A MORE EFFICIENT WAY What if you could insure the risks of your business, reduce your outof- pocket expenses, and create another source of revenue? Sounds too good to be true, right? With The Business Owner's Definitive Guide to Captive Insurance Companies, Mr. Strauss shows that, by utilizing a captive insurance company, this is not only possible but also a lot easier than you'd imagine. As one of America's top corporate, tax, and risk management attorneys, Mr. Strauss provides readers with true insight on the key sophisticated planning techniques used by small business owners who implement captive insurance companies. You'll learn the fundamentals and history of captive insurance and how this technique can provide numerous benefits to your business. This book will provide you with the insight on how to: -reduce out-of-pocket expenses; -increase cash flow; -insure more of the risks of your business; -protect personal and business assets from lawsuits; and -select the appropriate manager for your captive insurance company. Creating a captive insurance company may sound daunting, but with Mr. Strauss's guidance you can navigate the legal maze and utilize this valuable strategy with ease. Don't miss out on crucial out-of-pocket savings, and create more liquidity in a more tax-efficient manner. Take steps today and reap the benefits of captive insurance

Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon: A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That and Go There
Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon
A Guide to the Best Time to Buy This, Do That and Go There
Paperback      ISBN: 0061730882

An enlightening compendium of the best times of day, week, month, and life to do a variety of things -- from the serious (money, marriage) to the mundane (taking a nap, walking your dog) -- to save time and money in tough economic times.

Have you ever wanted to know the best day of the week to buy groceries or go out to dinner?

Have you ever wondered about the best time of day to ask someone out on a date--or for a raise?

Buy Ketchup in May and Fly at Noon tells you the best time--of the day, of the week, of the month or of the year--to do almost anything. Do you know:

  1. The best time of day to be operated on?
  2. The best month to buy an iPod?
  3. The best day of the week to avoid lines at the Louvre?
  4. The best day of the month to make an offer on a house?

Get more for your money, maximize your time, take better care of your health and be savvier about your career--all by doing certain things at the right time.

Remember: Timing is everything

The Complete Tightwad Gazette: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative Lifestyle
The Complete Tightwad Gazette
Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative Lifestyle
1st Edition    Paperback      ISBN: 0375752250
At last--the long-awaited complete compendium of tightwad tips for fabulous frugal living

In a newsletter published from May 1990 to December 1996 as well as in three enormously successful books, Amy Dacyczyn established herself as the expert of economy. Now The Complete Tightwad Gazette brings together all of her best ideas and thriftiest thinking into one volume, along with new articles never published before in book format. Dacyczyn describes this collection as the book I wish I'd had when I began my adult life. Packed with humor, creativity, and insight, The Complete Tightwad Gazette includes hundreds of tips for anyone looking to save money or get out of debt, such as:

Travel for tightwads - How to transform old blue jeans into potholders and quilts - Ten painless ways to save $100 this year - Picture-framing for pennies - A comparison of painting versus re-siding your house - Halloween costumes from scrounged materials - Thrifty window treatments - Ways to dry up dry-cleaning costs - Inexpensive gifts - Creative fundraisers for kids - Slashing your electric bill - Frugal fix-its - Cutting the cost of college - Moving for less - Saving on groceries - Gift-wrapping for tightwads - Furniture-fusion fundamentals - Cheap breakfast cereals - Avoiding credit card debt - Using items you were about to throw away (milk jugs, plastic meat trays, and more ) - Recipes galore, from penny-pinching pizza to toaster pastries - And much much more . .
Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings-10th Edition: Save Money, Save the Earth
Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings-10th Edition
Save Money, Save the Earth
Paperback      ISBN: 0865717257

The most complete and up-to-date guide available to energy savings in the home .

Increasing the energy efficiency of your home can save you money, help the environment, and enhance your comfort, but how do you decide which improvements are the most beneficial and cost-effective? Completely revised to incorporate the latest developments in green technology, The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings is the definitive resource for consumers who want to better their home's performance while reducing their energy bills.

Well-organized and highly readable, The Consumer Guide to Home Energy Savings begins with an overview of the relationships between energy use, economics and the environment. Updated and expanded chapters focus on specific aspects of any home, such as heating and cooling, ventilation, electronics, lighting, cooking and laundry, and provide helpful explanations for each, including:

  • Energy use characteristics
  • Comparisons between available technologies
  • Cost-effective repair and replacement options
  • Step-by-step guidance for finding the right equipment.

This comprehensive resource is packed with tips on improving existing equipment and guidance for when and why to invest in new purchases, as well as a reminder to check local government and utilities for purchase or retrofit grants or incentives. It is a must-read for anyone concerned about reducing both their energy bills and their environmental impact.

Cool Green Stuff: A Guide To Finding Great Recycled, Sustainable, Renewable Objects You Will Love
Cool Green Stuff
A Guide To Finding Great Recycled, Sustainable, Renewable Objects You Will Love
Paperback      ISBN: 030739557x

As fun to look at as it is to use, "Cool Green Stuff" features a gallery of environmentally friendly fashions, jewelry, bags, gadgets, home decor, and other one-of-a-kind products that were designed and produced to make the world a cooler and greener place. Inspired by the latest reports of cool hunters a new breed of trend watchers who travel the physical and virtual world in search of cutting-edge design these products will amaze and tempt you. From a wine-bottle hanging lamp to floral bracelets made of vintage fabric, this collection showcases the imagination and innovation of leading designers at work around the world today. Some of the designs in "Cool Green Stuff" meet our environmental challenges head on, actually saving energy, water, and waste; others aim to tread lightly on our delicate planet. Each product is coupled with an explanation of its environmental significance, the materials used to create it, and its website* so you can buy it. Best of all, when you start using the Internet sites to kickstart your own search for cool green stuff, a new, eco-chic world will open up to you. * no one paid to be in this book"