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Keep Your Utility Bills From Skyrocketing During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Consumer Reports has no financial relationship with advertisers on this site. With so many of us staying at home during the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve had to recalibrate a lot of things, including our household budgets. On the one hand we may be saving money by not commuting to work or dining out. On the other hand, since we’re eating all our meals at home and likely cleaning more than usual, we’re using more water and energy in the process. And that means a bigger utility bill each month. But there are a number of things you can do to keep those bills in check, say the experts from Consumer Reports. For instance, “one of the best ways to save on...

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75 Classic New England Foods

With its fertile farmland, coastal waters, and flavorful influence from generations of immigrants, it’s no surprise that New England cuisine has a reputation for being seasonal, hearty, and comforting. From American Chop Suey to Yankee Pot Roast, here’s an A-Z list of 75 classic New England foods worth celebrating. Did your favorites make the list? 75 Classic New England Foods 75 Classic New England Foods American Chop Suey It’s a comfort food dish with many names, but here in New England, a concoction of noodles, seasoned beef, and tomato-y goodness nearly always goes by one name and one name alone – American Chop Suey. Anadama Bread Maybe the most New England of breads, and popular for good reason – sweetened with molasses, Anadama is...

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These Simple Shower Tools Make Scrubbing Your Own Back Easy

Ever wondered how to scrub your back as thoroughly as your scrub your front? Sure, it’s nice to have someone around to wash your back when you need it done, but they aren’t always going to be there. The rest of the time, being able to clean the hard-to-reach areas of your back is important for both general hygiene and to avoid bacne. After all, how can you claim to be completely clean if a scrubbing brush only touches 50% of your body. Luckily, there are a number of loofahs, sponges and back brushes that let you scrub the trickier areas and also massage, smooth and exfoliate your skin. That’s right, we’re going to teach you how to scrub your...

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Outrunning COVID-19 twice

Editor’s note: Our writer Rita’s journey from China to the US and back again was planned months before the coronavirus pandemic descended on the world. That descent ended up turning a simple trip home into a kind of epic journey. The changes in her location — which we reference, but do not dwell on, to help anchor the story — gave her a unique perspective on the changing landscape — and outlook — of the world as COVID-19 infections spread. We’re publishing a diary of that period here in part to relay some of that first-person perspective to you, our readers. It goes without saying, but the tech angles run throughout, as they are running throughout all of our lives...

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SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Eleventh Season #Giveaway

SpongeBob SquarePants and the unforgettable inhabitants of Bikini Bottom are back for more hilarious hijinks in SpongeBob SquarePants: The Complete Eleventh Season, arriving on DVD March 31, 2020 from Paramount Home Entertainment and Nickelodeon Home Entertainment. Enter DoodleBob’s alternate dimension and take a trip to Bubble Buddy’s hometown. Help SpongeBob keep Fred’s leg out of harm’s way, move Bubble Bass out of his mom’s basement, and stop SpongeGar from wreaking havoc all over town! Make new friends, including an imaginary hamster, a sea bunny, the Krusty Krab’s peculiar night crew and Sandy’s nutty nieces. Plus, take a trip to the moon, solve the curious case of the missing clarinet and hear Gary speak for the very first time ever! Featuring every...

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