SHOW #50 (March 15, 2015) BIG CHANGES COMING TO CREDIT BUREAUS. Also: The best stuff to buy at home centers, how to get ready to adopt a pet, liquid detergent packets are a hazard to children and do you really need to buy high-protein food?
Big-box retailers such as Lowe’s, Home Depot, Sears, and Walmart carry many
of the same home items, but they also offer private-label brands exclusive
to their store that vary widely when it comes to price and performance. ShopSmart’s March 2015 issue features findings from its tests of some of
these exclusive products and reveals which ones are great buys and those
LOWE’S. Valspar paint, Kobalt tools, and Troy-Bilt outdoor power and lawn equipment are among the private labels available at Lowe’s. Pick it for: Heavy-duty snow blowers and generators. Skip it for: Air purifiers and leaf blowers.
THE HOME DEPOT. Home Depot is the exclusive retailer of Behr paints, a winner in ShopSmart’s test. Its EcoSmart light bulbs are another smart buy. Plus, it’s the only home center that carries exclusive lines of Honda and Ego lawn gear. Pick it for: Lawn mowers and Behr interior paints. Skip it for: Flooring and Glidden interior paints.
On the show we talked about the HONDA HRR2169VKA self-propelled lawnmower for $400 and the top-rated EGO LM2000 battery-powered push mower for $500
SEARS: Craftsman and Kenmore are two of Sears’ brands that often do well in ShopSmart tests, but their private-label paints and stains don’t. Pick it for: Refrigerators and laundry appliances. Skip it for: Cordless drills and interior paints.
WALMART: Walmart’s house brand is Great Value. The store also carries exclusive products from big brand names like Bissell and Char-Broil. Pick it for: Light bulbs and gas grills. Skip it for: Vacuums and coffeemakers.
On the show we talked about the Char-Broil Tru-Infrared Performance Series Model #463434313 which sells for $260. The editors this model “outcooked grills that cost four times as much.”
Meet Buster, the newest member of the Weisbaum family. We adopted
him from Homeward Pet a wonderful no-kill shelter in Woodinville, Washington where my wife and I volunteer. Buster was a stray, so we think he’s
somewhere between 8 and 10 years old. What a great guy! He has a
wonderful personality and loves to cuddle with us on the couch.
Shelter pets make wonderful companions. You may find these articles from VetStreet.com helpful:
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