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Recent Trends Boost Costs for Washington & Idaho Drivers

Does it seem like driving has become more expensive in Spokane in recent years? It likely has. Since 2014, the U.S. has seen more new cars on the road, and those cars are driving more miles than in years past. The severity of traffic-related accidents has grown worse, and insurance claims for bodily injury have become more expensive. Together, these factors are increasing the cost of driving for just about every car owner. More new cars: New car sales hit a new record in 2015, just under 17.5 million vehicles sold, up 5.7 percent from 2014, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers. That’s good for the economy. And, the safety, technology and convenience features that get better every year are goo

Update Your Home Without Emptying Your Wallet

Quick, easy, inexpensive – whoever thought those adjectives could apply to home improvement projects in Washington and Idaho? But, they can! To spruce up your home on a budget, check out these five ideas for projects that yield maximum results with minimal effort and cost: Paint: All you need is a can of paint to make big changes. Completely transform the mood of a room, or turn your front door into the main attraction of your porch. You can even paint a tile backsplash or turn worn vinyl flooring into something that resembles stone. Lighting: If you have lamps, you don’t necessarily need new ones — simply changing lamp shades is a great way to update a room. You also can install new overhea

 

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