How to Prepare Your Kitchen for the Perfect Thanksgiving Meal

You too can have a deliriously happy Thanksgiving with by preparing your kitchen appliances.

It’s the last thing on everyone’s mind, but the worst thing that could happen on Thanksgiving: your appliances malfunctioning. If your home is the stage for your holiday meal, your appliances are your stage crew. Keep them happy, and the show will go on.

While your recipe selection is crucial to the perfect Thanksgiving meal, those dishes can’t happen without a reliable, functioning kitchen. Avoid “pizza night” by taking a few cues from our appliance experts: Continue reading

7 Ideas to Create the Perfect Guest Bedroom

Photo by Architecturist

Preparing for holiday visitors doesn’t require a complete overhaul of your home. No matter how small or large your guest room, a few personal touches can take a spare bedroom from makeshift-closet to marvelous. Here are a few ideas for creating the perfect guest bedroom without calling the red alert: Continue reading

Appliance Factory Outlet Introduces Price Guarantee

Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses is proud to announce its new Price Guarantee: Our customers are guaranteed the lowest price or your appliance is FREE!

Our buying power helps our customers get 30-60 percent off the manufacturer’s home appliances and mattresses. Appliance Factory Outlet buys overstocked appliances directly from manufacturers at substantial discounts, and then passes along the savings to our customers.

Terms and conditions: If you find a lower locally advertised identical, in-stock item we will beat the price. Excludes bid pricing, special orders, volume discounts, open box, labor/installation, rebates, free offers, errors in advertising and online purchases.

Winterization Checklist: 8 Tips for Winterizing Your Home

Winterizing your home sounds like a complicated process, but it’s really a checklist of regular maintenance to prepare for cold weather and higher energy bills. Winterizing your home or vacation home will not only help you reduce energy costs, but will also give you peace of mind in the event of power outages during harsh weather.

Below is a checklist for Continue reading

Score FREE Appliances if Denver Shuts Out Oakland

Ten years ago, our CEO Chuck Ewing came up with the crazy idea to give away $1,000,000 in free products if Denver’s defense could hold its archrivals in Oakland to zero points.

Today, our Denver Vs. Oakland challenge has become one of our largest fall events. After all, who doesn’t love football and free appliances? Here’s how does it works:

  • Purchase any appliance between $449 and $3,000 from now until Saturday, Sept. 29. Check out some of our sale products here.
  • If Denver shuts out Oakland, bring in your receipt for a full reimbursement of your purchase. Check out full challenge details here.

Easy Homemade High-Efficiency Laundry Detergent with Baking Soda

Conventional laundry detergent seems more convenient in theory–all you need to do is buy a bottle or box and throw it in. But conventional laundry detergents can take up a huge chunk in a family budget. The homemade stuff is cheaper and simple to mix.

Most ingredients can be found in your cupboards and local grocery store. After scouring the interwebs for the best detergent, we decided on this quick and easy recipe from blogger One Good Thing by Jillee. We’ve tweaked the recipe a little so you can customize your favorite scents.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4 c. Hot water (Boil the water first, then let it sit while you assemble everything else)
  • 3 Tbsp. Borax
  • 3 Tbsp. Washing soda (TIP: You can buy it, or you can learn to make your own here.)
  • 2 Tbsp. of your favorite dish soap, fresh-smelling shampoo or ½ c. grated bar soap
  • A small plastic funnel
  • A gallon-sized bottle or jug
  • Throw all ingredients in the gallon jug, then pour in the hot water.
  • Swirl the jug until all ingredients are dissolved. There will be bubbles—that’s okay!
  • Once all ingredients are dissolved, pour in cold water almost to the top of the jug.
Presto! This batch will make enough detergent for about 12-16 large loads. The materials are so cheap, each load of laundry will run you less than a nickel a pop.
Have you tried making your own laundry detergent? What’s worked for you?

Is Today’s Refinance Market: Ordinary or Extraordinary? You Decide.

*Article provided by Chelsey L. Brown, a mortgage loan officer at W.J. Bradley Mortgage Capital, LLC in Greenwood Village.


When you read in the newspapers that rates are at historic lows, this is not an exaggeration. Interest rates on home loans truly are at the lowest they have been in decades. The reason for this is that due to the recent “Great Recession.” The federal government has had to lower the Federal Funds Rate to between 0 percent and 0.25 percent. The Federal Funds Rate is the interest rate at which savings banks, commercial banks, savings and loan associations and credit unions trade balances with each other.

The Federal Funds Rate impacts all other rates, including mortgage loans. So, at times of slow or no economic growth, the Federal Reserve will lower the Federal Funds Rate in hopes of making credit cheaper to all people and in turn boosting the economy. This is why home mortgage rates have remained so low. The moment the economy starts to truly grow, the Federal Reserve will start to increase the Federal Funds Rate, and home financing loan rates will follow suit.

Right now, mortgage rates are incredibly attractive after a downward slide over the course of 2011 that ended with 30-year fixed-rate mortgages in the 3.9 percent interest rate range. So far, in 2012, rates have topped the 4 percent mark, according to surveys from the Mortgage Bankers Association, but these are still historic lows.

In addition to the lower interest rates, there are many new programs out there that are helping homeowners take advantage of these lower rates. One popular program is known as HARP II. The HARP loan is a Federal program specifically designed to reach out and give a helping hand to responsible homeowners that have suffered a reversal of fortune thanks to collapse of the real estate bubble. The Federal government originally rolled out the HARP program in 2009 to help homeowners who were underwater or near underwater. However, the program was recently broadened to reach even more borrowers who need a helping hand. According to HUD, about 400,000 homeowners have taken advantage of the program since it launched in April 2012.

Certainly, qualifying for loans is harder these days. More rigorous documentation is required and other lending terms aren’t as loose as they were during the 2005-2006 real estate boom, but you don’t need to worry if you are in solid financial shape. I’d be happy to sit down with you and look at what loans make the most sense for your financial position, and to work out different scenarios using today’s low rates, as well as rates after possible increases in the near future.

Originally posted in WJB Insight at www.mywjb.com/chelsey-brown

Ask the Expert – Dishwasher Build Up Removal


Dear Expert,
Lately my dishes have had mineral / soap scum buildup when I remove them from the dishwasher. I can’t serve guests with “dirty” dishes! Do I need a new dishwasher?

Sincerely,

Yucky Dishes

Dear Yucky Dishes,

Your dishwasher isn’t the problem–the problem is your detergent. Recent regulations have forced detergent companies to remove phosphates from their formulas because environmentalists argue phosphates alter algae levels. Phosphates soften water and help remove all particles in the wash cycle, resulting in spotless dishes. While I can’t lift the government’s ban on phosphates, I can recommend you try using Lemi Shine once a month in your dishwasher. Lemi Shine fights hard water deposits and will remove that disgusting soap scum buildup on your dishes. Now start planning that dinner party!

Yours,

The Expert at Appliance Factory Outlet & Mattresses

Product Review: “GFE29HSDSS” is French for “Large and in Charge”

By Ali McNally

This French door refrigerator is what GE calls the GFE29HSDSS, also known to non-appliance dorks as a “Pretty Big Refrigerator.” Actually, it’s a French-door, meaning all of your fresh food stays at eye-level and all of your ice cream and pizza treats stay in the freezer drawer on the bottom.

GE recently rolled out an advanced water filtration system for its newer, fancier lines of refrigerators, including this model. These filters remove several pharmaceutical-related substances found in many rural and municipal water supplies. While no one’s sure of the long-term effects of pharmaceuticals in drinking water, it doesn’t hurt to filter out that stuff anyway. Who knows what could happen.

Get in there! Click for a larger view.

Gremlin scares aside, let’s get back to how gigantic this refrigerator is. This GE French door model has about 29 cu. ft. of space, which is almost a studio apartment in some cities. Let’s not forget about how the side-panel lighting makes your food look more attractive, like it belongs on your mom’s Pinterest board.

And don’t be fooled by the rocks that we’ve got in the water and ice dispenser (get it?) , because this refrigerator has another ice maker in the freezer drawer. That’s twice the ice for pranking entertaining.

Finally, this refrigerator also comes equipped with its own cockpit temperature control unit right in the giant drinking water dispenser, which could fit your entire head! …Or a whole water pitcher, depending on what kind of person you are.

MSRP: $2,699
Appliance Factory Outlet: $1,929
You save: $770

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Pros:

  • Tons of space, adjustable shelving and twice the ice-making capacity.
  • French-doors and lighting give fresh food more visibility.
  • Stainless steel finish at a great price.
Cons:
  • Could be too large for a smaller household.
  • Do you really need two ice makers?
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Fort Collins, Colo. Springs Locations Donate to Fire Relief

Our stores are scattered throughout Colorado, some of which were affected by this summer’s wildfires in the Front Range. Two of our stores whose communities were most affected by the wildfires donated a portion of their profits to select organizations making a huge impact on the rebuilding process.

Fort Collins store manager Robert Reussow (right) and his daughter present their donation check to the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department.

Robert Reussow, manager of our Fort Collins location, chose the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department for his store’s $2,217.55 donation. The High Park Fire destroyed an estimated $24 million in damage during much of June and July this summer. The damage included 259 homes in the Fort Collins area, and thousands of acres of local state parks. Not only were the Rist Canyon firefighters first on the scene to the High Park Fire, but they continued to fight for their community, even after losing one of their fire stations.

Click here to make your own donation to the Rist Canyon Volunteer Fire Department.

Not long after the High Park Fire hit Fort Collins, another devastating fire hit our neighbors in Colorado Springs. About 32,000 residents and businesses (including our store) were ordered to evacuate after the Waldo Canyon Fire made its way into neighborhoods. The Waldo Canyon Fire burned an estimated $352.6 million and was declared the most expensive fire in Colorado history.

Kevin Haney from our Colorado Springs store presenting his donation check to Tom Gonzales, CEO of the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross.

Kevin Haney, manager of our Colorado Springs store, recently dropped off his store’s donation to the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross. is a trusted name in natural disaster relief, and its Pikes Peak Chapter provided shelters and other assistance to those who lost homes and evacuees.

Click here to make your own donation to the Pikes Peak Chapter of the American Red Cross.

We applaud the efforts of the Rist Canyon firefighters and the Red Cross in helping rebuild their communities. We’re also proud of Robert, Kevin and their sales teams for their contributions.