Saturday, 14 October 2017

DISCOVER SPOOKTACULAR HALLOWEEN DEALS FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

From home decor to games, we’ve compiled our top Halloween deals that can’t be beat. Here are a few of our favorite finds. 

These festive pillow covers from Jane.com add the right amount of whimsy to celebrate the season. Assemble together on the couch or spread out to add a touch of charm throughout your home.
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The whole family will get in the Halloween spirit with this set from GroopDealz. Play tic-tac-toe and then eat your treats — even if you lose, you win! 
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This sweet jack-o’-lantern girl’s shirt is perfect for warm fall days. Browse Swap.com to find the best new and pre-owned apparel for baby, kids, men, and women. When you make your first order from now through 10/31, use code PUMPKIN40 for 40% off the Kids & Baby category; SCARY50 for 50% off the Men’s category; and SPOOKY40 for 40% off the Women’s category. 
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GET YOUR DOG IN THE HALLOWEEN SPIRIT WITH MUTTROPOLIS

This Halloween, don’t forget to let your furry friend in on the fun. With so many adorable items to choose from, Muttropolis has Halloween options for dogs big and small.
Here are a few of our favorite Halloween picks.

Featuring ghosts, pumpkins, and “BOO!” all over, this dog collar and leash are must-have accessories to get in the Halloween spirit. Plus, save 10% when you buy a collar and leash together and enjoy free shipping on orders more than $49 through 10/31.
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Have no fear; the firefighter is here! With a fire jacket and matching firefighter’s hat, your dog will look like he belongs in the firehouse.
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These cuties are the perfect addiction to your pup’s trick or treat bag. Soft and durable, you’ll both have fun playing with these festive toys.
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SHOP YUMMY HALLOWEEN CANDY AND TREATS

Here are a few of our favorite Halloween treats for this year’s parties and trick-or-treaters. 

These chocolate covered strawberries from FruitBouquets.com are a sweet treat for “goblin” up at your Halloween party. Dipped and decorated as ghosts, jack-o’-lanterns, or monsters, they arrive fresh and ready to be enjoyed by all. Save 20% on fresh fruit arrangements with code FRUITNOW.
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These special JellyBelly beans put your senses to the test. With 10 “treat” beans and 10 identical “trick” beans, you’ll never know if you’re about to eat a Booger or a Caramel Corn! From now until 10/12, save 15% on orders $29+ with code SPOOKY17.
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With more than 2 pounds of chocolate, this variety pack from Jet.com will make you the life of the party wherever you go this Halloween. Featuring iconic candies like Milky Way, Twix, and 3 Musketeers, there’s enough variety for everyone. From now until 10/15, earn an extra 5% in JetCash on Halloween costumes and party supplies
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TRICK OUT YOUR DINNER TABLE THIS HALLOWEEN

Make your Halloween dinner an event to remember with a tricked out dining table. Whether hosting for your family or the whole neighborhood, the right decor will get everyone in the mood to celebrate. 
Here are a few of our favorite picks for a festive night to remember. 

This LED candle set from Pier 1 Imports is the perfect addition to a spooky spread. The deep black color with the silver glitter accent adds a mildly gothic tone for those who take their All Hallows Eve fun seriously. All regular priced Halloween merchandise at Pier 1 Imports is 20% off through 10/29. 
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Your guests will take a second look when they reach for their drinks with these frightful cups from Oriental Trading Company — they are equal parts creepy and chic, perfect for adults and children alike. Save up to 50% on Halloween decor through 10/24, and score free shipping on orders $49+ with code AFFOTC17.
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These black paper plates from Target add just the right tone of gothic spook, while the gold leaf detail adds a sophisticated touch to dress up your dining table. Get free shipping on orders over $35, plus free returns on all orders.
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Friday, 13 October 2017

PUR ATTITUDE™ RELEASES TRIAL SIZE KIT OF BESTSELLERS


 100% Pure, All-Active, Carcinogen-Free Skin Care

PUR attitude™ announced that it will release a Trial Size Kit containing five of its bestselling products. By combining patent-pending technology with essential vitamins, anti-oxidants and nutrients, the PUR attitude brand redefines innovation in skincare with 100 percent pure, active, soap-free skin care.

“The philosophy behind PUR attitude is to provide better, safer, more effective skincare to consumers who are looking for an alternative to products that may not be delivering on promised value,” said Jerry Rayman, President of PUR attitude. “Creating a Trial Size Kit of our best-sellers allows new users to experience the product and prove the brand’s value. We are pleased to make trying the brand even easier.”

The PUR attitude Trial Size Kit features five key products, each of which contains 100 percent pure, active ingredients (no water) and follows the brand’s strict Safe Beauty standards:

HydroDrench Moisturizing Gel Cream (5 ml)This lightweight moisturizer can be used morning and night, as well as under makeup. The non-greasy formula replenishes electrolyte balance and leaves skin feeling soft, silky, and hydrated.
(Note: Full Size 1.7 fl oz MSRP $68.00.)

Fusion-C Vitamin C Serum (5 ml)This serum features four different forms of Vitamin C to help brighten and even out skin tone. It also improves the look of fine lines and wrinkles, lightening age spots, and improving discoloration.
(Note: Full Size 1.0 fl oz MSRP $39.00.)

Insta-Results Face Lift Gel (5ml)This gel uses an apple-derived stem-cell technology and hyaluronic acid to create an instant firming effect (while moisturizing the skin), and can be used under makeup.
(Note: Full Size 1.0 fl oz MSRP $65.00.)

Multi-Effects Eye Cream (5ml)This cream gradually brightens the eye area and eliminates under-eye bags and dark spots. The ulta-lightweight formula can be used morning and night.  (Note: Full Size 0.5 fl oz MSRP $58.00.)

Fountain of Youth (5ml)This deeply hydrating anti-aging collagen serum targets areas of the skin responsible for elasticity and firmness.
(Note: Full Size 1.0 fl oz MSRP $90.00.)

Each product in the PUR attitude line is dermatologist tested and approved, backed by independent clinical studies, and follows the brand’s standards for “Safe Beauty,” avoiding harsh chemicals, parabens, PEG’s, glycols, sulfates, petro-chemicals, synthetic fragrances and artificial dyes. For more information, visit www.PURattitude.com.
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About PUR attitude
Based in Boca Raton, Fla., PUR attitude was created by a team dedicated to the research, development and manufacturing of advanced therapeutic topicals and skin care. All PUR attitude products contain only safe beauty ingredients. More than 1,300 chemicals have been banned from the company’s lab, which adheres to strict EU standards. Additionally, all PUR attitude products are created with 100 percent pure, active ingredients, and are not diluted with water.

These facial creations are fantastic! I have naturally oily skin and usually have major break out of adult acne after using a new product, but this one was different. My skin feels naturally clean and healthy instead of being coated in a film of chemicals. Thank you PUR Attitude you rock!

The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo Named a Top 100 Event in Canada by Bizbash

GFWE is recognized as one of the most influential annual events in Canada

BizBash, the premier resource for event and meeting professionals in North America, has announced that The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo has been recognized on its annual list of Top 100 Events in Canada, for the second consecutive year. These influential events continually challenge the norm, push limits to evolve, and engage their audiences in an effective and meaningful way.

The Expo, Canada’s biggest food and drink event, is back for its 23rd year, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, November 16-19, 2017. Guests are invited to sip and savour through international gourmet cuisine, exotic delicacies, incredible wines, cutting edge cocktails, stunning craft beers and more, as the Six comes alive for four glorious days.



“People today value experiences over things, and the Top 100 Events are events anyone would want to go to,” said Beth Kormanik, BizBash editor in chief. “They represent the best of live events and provide attendees and sponsors ideal environments to gather to exchange ideas, network, and have fun.”

“Our Expo provides the perfect opportunity to explore and discover what’s new in the wine, spirits, beer and culinary delights,” says Melanie Klie, Sales and Event Manager of the Gourmet Food & Wine Expo. “We’re very honoured for this recognition and excited to continue bringing the best in gourmet food and wine and satisfying every unique palate that walks through our doors.”

The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo and the rest of the Top 100 Events in Canada can be found at www.bizbash.com/top-100.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
BizBash editor in chief Beth Kormanik is available for additional comments. Photos are available upon request. 
ABOUT BIZBASH:
BizBash empowers event professionals with ideas, intelligence, and resources to create smarter events. Each month more than 225,000 unique users across North America and beyond look to BizBash for venue discovery, event style, technology, and tools for their next event. Visit us at www.bizbash.com. Follow at @bizbash on Twitter and Instagram or www.facebook.com/bizbash

ABOUT GOURMET FOOD & WINE EXPO:
The Gourmet Food & Wine Expo takes place November 16-19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre North Building. For more information, please visit www.foodandwineexpo.ca. Stay up to date by following on Twitter and Facebook.

DATES & TIMES
Thursday, November 16, 6pm-10pm (VIP Preview Evening & PRIDE Night Social)
Friday, November 17, 2pm-10pm
Saturday, November 18, 12pm-10pm
Sunday, November 19, 12pm-6pm  (Mott’s Best Caesar in Town National Finals)

CHARLOTTE’S WEB (2006) GIFT SET WITH BOOK

A Perfect Family Gift, Limited Edition Set Arrives October 10, 2017

Overview:
Author E.B. White’s beloved tale of “some pig” was brought to life in 2006’s marvelous film adaptation starring Dakota Fanning and featuring an all-star cast of voice talent including Julia Roberts, Oprah Winfrey, Kathy Bates, Robert Redford, John Cleese and Steve Buscemi. Now, the entire family can relive the magic of this timeless tale with a limited edition gift set featuring both the film and a copy of the original book. 

Arriving October 10, 2017, the Charlotte’s Web Gift Set with Book includes a DVD bursting with more than an hour of bonus features such as a behind-the scenes exploration of how the film was made, commentary by director Gary Winick, a look at the cast, deleted scenes, music videos, a gag reel, and more.

The classic story of loyalty, trust, and sacrifice comes to life in this live-action adaptation.  Fern (Dakota Fanning) is one of only two living beings who sees that Wilbur is a special animal as she raises him, the runt of the litter, into a terrific and radiant pig.  As Wilbur moves into a new barn, he begins a second profound friendship with the most unlikely of creatures – a spider named Charlotte – and their bond inspires the animals around them to come together as a family.  When word gets out that Wilbur's days are numbered, it seems that only a miracle will save his life. A determined Charlotte spins words into her web in an effort to convince the farmer that Wilbur is "some pig" and worth saving.
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About Paramount Home Media Distribution 
Paramount Home Media Distribution (PHMD) is part of Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a major global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment. PPC is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), home to premier global media brands that create compelling television programs, motion pictures, short-form content, apps, games, consumer products, social media experiences and other entertainment content for audiences in more than 180 countries. The PHMD division oversees PPC’s home entertainment and transactional digital distribution activities worldwide. The division is responsible for the sales, marketing and distribution of home entertainment content on behalf of Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and CBS and applicable licensing and servicing of certain DreamWorks Animation titles. PHMD additionally manages global licensing of studio content and transactional distribution across worldwide digital distribution platforms including online, mobile and portable devices and emerging technologies

THE PARENTS’ GUIDE TO BABY‑LED WEANING

Answers all the “whys” and “hows” when it comes to embarking on the exciting (and sometimes challenging) journey of baby-led weaning.


Baby-led weaning means starting your baby on real table food from the start (at about 6 months old, depending on your baby) and skipping the purée stage completely. This means offering babies a selection of nutritious finger foods so they feel like they’re joining in on family meals.
Baby-led weaning is especially popular with second and third children, because they’re so keen to mimic their older siblings. Baby-led weaning supports a baby’s motor development skills at an earlier age and can lead to healthier eating habits and body weights. And quite often, finger foods are more nutritious than purées.
Tips for getting started with baby-led weaning, including signs of readiness
Information on safe foods and progressing food sizes as your baby develops
Strategies for dealing with food allergies
Advice for vegetarian families
Guidelines for modifying family meals
Starter recipes, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, desserts

Expert Jennifer House addresses all the questions hesitant parents may have, offering sage advice on choking concerns, when your baby is ready to begin, how to ensure that your baby gets enough of all the important nutrients, how to deal with the frustration of “defending” baby-led weaning to family and friends, how to cope with food allergies, advice for vegetarian families and so much more.
All the information a parent needs is right here in this indispensable how-to guide, along with 125 nutritious recipes that will be enjoyed by baby and the entire family.
Select talking points:
  • Did you know most babies don't need purees and can feed themselves real food at 6 months
  • Did you know that baby-led weaning can help to prevent picky eating
  • Did you know that most family meals can be modified for a baby, so you don't have to make your baby separate food
  • Did you know that adolescents who have regular family meals not only have a more nutritious diet, but get better grades in school and are less likely to be involved in risky activities like drug and alcohol use
  • Babies are able to eat a selection of really nutritious finger foods like banana, egg, meat, poultry and the ever-popular avocado
  • Babies feel like they’re truly joining in on the family meals, and because they’re so keen to mimic their parents and siblings, they typically take to it right away
  • Baby-led weaning encourages enhanced motor skills at an earlier age and often leads to healthier eating habits — and, let’s be honest, the whole process is just so much easier and fun for parents and baby alike!

JENNIFER HOUSE, MSc, RD, has been a registered dietitian for over 14 years and offers in-person and online programs that help her clients make the right choices for a healthy and fulfilling lifestyle. As a mother of three, Jennifer can relate to the many benefits and joys of baby-led weaning. She is the owner of First Step Nutrition and loves speaking to mom’s groups across the globe.
Jennifer has a BSc in Nutrition & Food Sciences from the University of Alberta and an MSc in Human Nutrition from the University of British Columbia. She has been a Dietitians of Canada member blogger and regional Nutrition Month media rep since 2012. Jennifer resides in Calgary, Alberta

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Put the News on Snooze… Taking a Break is Healthy


Overloaded on bad news? You're not alone. When we tune in to see what's going on all we see is suffering from natural disasters, shootings, terror attacks, reports about economic uncertainty and a divided political climate, plus celebrity deaths and just mean people being mean. We hear about a tragedy or disaster and we become glued to our TV’s and news feeds growing more and more anxious as rapid updates flow in.

While it is important to be informed being a “news junkie” can be very damaging. It can cause insomnia, stomach and headaches due to anxiety. It can also lead to mindless eating, alcohol consumption and other coping behaviors that are unhealthy. What’s worse, is constant attention on negativity creates neuropathways in the brain that tell us we are unsafe activating a constant state of fight or flight. This fight or flight conditioning damages our cells depletes our immune systems allowing disease and chronic conditions to fester.

The opposite is taking a self-imposed weekly break from the news, TV and social media. What follows is a list of some benefits of unplugging or “going off the grid” and what we can do to shift our mood from doom and pessimism to hope and optimism.

1.     You reconnect with yourself. When you unplug from the outside, you plug into the inside of who you are. You’re able to think of the kind of world you want to live in and assess what you can do within your own life to live well. People make the mistake in feeling guilty, selfish or uncaring if they aren’t commiserating with others on some negative news event. What you are doing is self-preserving and protecting how you feel.

2.     You’re attentive to those who matter most. When you watch the news, you get absorbed and tune out everyone around you. Your kids may try to get your attention or worse, may hear the news on in the background while they are around making them anxious and concerned for their safety. 

3.     You have time to take action! We have to remind ourselves watching the news helps no one. Some people find it helpful to volunteer in some way. Donating blood, collecting clothing or other supplies from neighbors and organizing a donation gets you away from the TV and into positive action.

4.     You become mindful of your mood and make how you feel top priority. When you’re filling your mind with negativity, you attract more of it into your own life. This impacts your work, family, friends, even your pet! When you don’t feel happy and optimistic you can’t possibly be there for the people and things you care about. Substituting negative news for an audio book, a new course or workshop, even a more entertaining uplifting TV show will lift your spirits.

5.     You’re less distracted and more focused. When you’re not preoccupied with the constant barrage of negative news, you’re able to be more present and focused. This impacts everything from driving your car to meetings at work. When you’re clearer, tasks are done right the first time with attention to detail.

6.     You laugh more and worry less. Taking a break from the news frees you up from worry. You immediately open yourself to more fun topics of conversation and aren’t taking life so seriously anymore.
7.     Your energy rises! When people are pessimistic their facial features and posture sags. Their eyes lose their sparkle. No one wants to be around sluggish energy zappers. When you consciously decide to take a break from the news, you aren’t starting your day with negativity but instead perhaps a nice morning walk or some other form of exercise.
Try a no-news is good news approach every weekend and pay attention to how you feel. Create your own good news!
About the Doctor:
Dr. Sanam Hafeez PsyD is a NYC based licensed clinical psychologist, teaching faculty member at the prestigious Columbia University Teacher’s College and the founder and Clinical Director of Comprehensive Consultation Psychological Services, P.C. a neuropsychological, developmental and educational center in Manhattan and Queens. 

Dr. Hafeez masterfully applies her years of experience connecting psychological implications to address some of today’s common issues such as body image, social media addiction, relationships, workplace stress, parenting and psychopathology (bipolar, schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, etc…). In addition, Dr. Hafeez works with individuals who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), learning disabilities, attention and memory problems, and abuse. Dr. Hafeez often shares her credible expertise to various news outlets in New York City and frequently appears on CNN and Dr.Oz.
Connect with her via twitter @comprehendMind or www.comprehendthemind.com 

Tips on shopping for a car loan.

Typically, you begin shopping for car loans once you know your credit score. Next, you can compare different loan offers, including the fine print. Make these four factors part of your information gathering before signing on the dotted line.

1. What is the Annual Percentage Rate?
The annual percentage rate, commonly referred to as the APR, is crucial while you look at different options for a loan. The APR represents how much you will pay in interest during the term of your loan. Separate from the amount of your new car, this percentage can equal several hundred or several thousands of dollars.
A relatively low APR can save you a lot of money and give you a lower monthly payment. On the other hand, a high APR equals more interest you will pay. Additionally, your monthly payment will most likely be high.

2. What is a Comfortable Loan Amount?
The total amount of money you can borrow for a new or used car purchase is the loan amount. Being comfortable with the cost of buying a new or used vehicle is essential to making a good financial decision.
This may also include taxes, fees and how much you still owe for a trade-in, if you have a vehicle to trade. Generally, you can expect a high monthly payment if you borrow a lot of money. One way to reduce the amount of your loan is to have a large down payment at the time of purchase.

3. How Long is the Loan Term?
On average, the loan term for a new car purchase is five years. The longer your loan term, the lower your monthly payments. However, this also means you will pay more interest over the life of the loan.
With a short-term of three years, for example, you can pay off the loan faster and save on interest payments. However, this also means you will have a higher monthly payment.

4. How Much Can You Afford to Pay Each Month?
Basing your decision on the monthly payment can help you decide the best APR and loan term. Most online resources have car loan calculators to help you understand how much you can afford.
Borrowing tens of thousands of dollars can feel unnerving for some people. The good thing is you do not have to make this type of financial commitment blindly. Arm yourself with facts and figures so you do not spend more than you plan or can afford.

Batten Down The Hatches! We're Heading For A Recession

If you have been following the news or been keeping up with financial reports, you will know that financial experts believe we are close to another recession. You can learn more about this on businessinsider.com. What does this mean? If you remember what happened back in 2008, you’ll have a fairly good idea. However, in the expectation of a new recession, it is important to know how to manage your finances effectively and ensure that you do weather the storm that is coming.

Avoid Overspending


When financial experts talk about a potential recession, it’s worth reducing your spending immediately. The first sign of a recession is people overspending and failing to pay it back, killing their credit score. According to bestcreditrepair.co, there are lots of different ways to repair a bad credit score, but if thousands of people are sinking into bad credit, it is still a huge warning sign. By cutting your spending, you can keep things under control. That’s why you might want to think about sticking to a budget this festive season. Experts believe that we could be hit by the full force of a recession as early as next year.

Nail Things Down


You might have noticed we’ve been talking about the recession like it’s a storm about to hit your home. But that’s exactly what a recession can be. A bad recession can wipe out your finances in one swoop, obliterating your savings. That’s why you need to make sure that your money is invested in a way where it’s not vulnerable. Property is one of the most secure ways to invest your money. You can do this by purchasing a new property. During the recession, the new home won’t sell, but you might be able to rent it out, earning a second income. Once the market recovers in a few years, you will then be able to make a nice profit.

If you don’t have the capital to buy a new property, you can think about improving your home. Investing in remodels and redesigns is a great way to invest money in your home, gaining it back once you sell.

Going For Gold


Alternatively, you can choose to invest in gold and precious metals. You’ll often see stocks in gold rise during times of economic uncertainty. That’s because financial gurus know this is the safest way to make sure your finances retain their accumulated value.

A Base Budget


We briefly mentioned a budget. If you’re not already living on one, get it set up and ready to go. Make sure you know exactly how much you will have to spend each month, planning for the worst possible scenario. If you do save, invest it in the sources we talked about quickly. With a budget, you will be able to keep your finances under control and ensure issues with your finances or the economy do not catch you off guard.


I hope this advice helps you survive the next recession. Remember, it could be here sooner than you think and might hit just after Christmas.

Financing IVF: What You Should Know


Experiencing infertility can be an emotionally exhausting process. Processing options with your partner, visiting clinics, and carrying the desire to conceive can take over your life. And this can all feel impossible on top of the money woes that come with fertility treatments. 


About 6.7 million women in the U.S. between the ages of 16 and 44 have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a baby to full term. And for those who choose to undergo IVF, they need to find some way to finance it. This simple guide can help alleviate your financial stress, laying out some of the most popular financing options. 


Health Insurance Coverage


As with any medical treatment, insurance is the first place you turn for IVF financing. Unfortunately, insurance companies do not always offer fertility coverage. Fifteen states (Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island, Texas, and West Virginia) require companies to offer some level of fertility coverage, but they do not require the same level of coverage. 


Rachel Gurevich writes in VeryWell to read your plan carefully and look for any partial coverage. You might miss it otherwise. 


"Don’t assume insurance won’t cover you," she writes. "While most fertility doctors and clinics don’t take insurance, that shouldn’t keep you from applying for reimbursement yourself. Even if IVF itself isn’t cover, certain aspects of your treatment may be."


Non-Insurance Financing Options


According to CDC data, about 35.7 million people were without health insurance in 2014. If you are among this group, or your insurance company will not cover your treatments, you will need to consider other options. While these options may not be as straightforward as health insurance coverage, there are ways to ease the burden of payment. 


  1. Savings


    There are several types of saving accounts that may be able to help with payment.
    You might have enough in your personal savings, or your employer may offer a health saving account. You could also talk to your bank about financing a savings loan.



  2. Loans


    There are many types of loans that you can consider to pay for your treatment, as long as you qualify and understand the implications of the interest rates. Just be sure to understand the specifics of each loan. For example, a traditional loan payment period may last from one year to up to 20, while a private loan can generally only be granted with a duration of five years. Some of these loans may be healthcare specific, so talk to your bank about your options.

  3. Financing Programs


    Some fertility centers have programs to help their patients pay for treatment. You may be able to set up a plan with the office to let you pay over time or in several installments.



  4. IFV Scholarships


    Many nonprofit organizations offer IVF grants for those looking to start treatment.
    Ask your fertility center about which organizations they recommend. You may also have grants available in your local community.



  5. Investments


    If you have invested your money, you can consider using it for your IVF treatment.
    This can be a wise solution for those who are unable to secure a grant or do not have the savings to finance it up front.



  6. Credit


    Depending on your current credit situation, you may have the option to finance your treatment on credit and pay it back over time. Just be realistic about what interest rates you will be able to handle at this time.

While financing your fertility treatments can feel overwhelming, remember that you have options and are not alone. Work closely with your fertility clinic to explore your options. They handle tricky financial situations daily, so they may have ideas that you have not thought of.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

A Beautiful Bathroom For Under $5,000

Have you ever considered how much a typical bathroom goes through in a year? In an average family of four, that would be four baths or showers a day which, regardless of the quality and the efficiency of your vent system, will create additional moisture in the room. It’s no wonder that bathrooms rapidly show signs of wear and tear in your family home! It’s not a sign that your family doesn’t take care of it. Bathrooms are simply going through a lot: They are being used several times a day every day and need to handle a warm and moist environment. So, the mold building up on the ceiling and the tiles looking a little tired, it’s all part of the deal, unfortunately. If the bathroom wasn’t brand new when you moved in, it’s likely that the bathtub is looking a little grayer than it should and maybe the sink in front of the mirror is so old that it’s gone porous. Time to start your home improvement works while keeping an eye on your budget. How do you get a quality bathroom for less than $5,000?



Evaluate what needs to be done
Every bathroom ages in a different way depending on how you use, the quality of the water in your region, the level of humidity in your home, and even the number of people in your family. Consequently, there is no standard bathroom improvement cost. While some homeowners will need to replace the tub and get new tiles on the walls, other simply need to clean the grout and give a fresh coat of paint on the ceiling. That’s why, according to homeadvisor.com, remodeling your bathroom costs in average $9,555 with a typical range of $5,915 to $13,941. You need to estimate what needs to be replaced or repaired before you can plan a budget for your home improvements. As you can guess, high-end improvement works will be more expensive.


You need to change the tub or the shower
If you need to change your bathroom appliances, you may be tempted to postpone the improvement projects until your savings can finance the work. Don’t be fooled in waiting, as the longer the wait, the more everyday use will damage your aging bathroom. Instead, you can consider a personal loan — you can find out more on unsecuredpersonal.loans — to buy the essentials: Bathtub, shower, sink, toilet, etc. You can find quality appliances for less than $1,500. Don’t be tempted to pick low-end items to save money: You’ll only need to change them again in a few year’s time. You will also need to contract a specialist to connect your bath/shower to the water pipes.


You can work with what you’ve got
If the appliances are in a good state — or have just been replaced — then you can give your bathroom a new look with smart and budget-friendly updates. From changing the faucets to getting new tiles on the wall, there are plenty of ways to revamp your bathroom, especially if you love DIY.



In the end, it’s the combination of clever DIY and targeted personal loans that helps you to create a timeless bathroom decor that is made to last. Don’t spend much on it: Spend it wisely instead!