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Save money shopping online, earn rewards.

Let's face it, we all shop online at some time or another. Imagine shopping online while saving money and earning rewards, and doing all of this without having to scour the internet for coupon codes or having multiple internet tabs open. I recently read an article where the author saved a lot of money on housewares and earned rewards by shopping for these items online. How did they do it? By adding a browser extension or browser add-on. By simply adding an add-on or extension to your favorite browser, you can get rewarded for the shopping that you already do.

What's a browser extension?

Browser extensions extend your web browser with additional features, modify web pages, and integrate your browser with the other services you use (Dropbox, Evernote, Pinterest, Password Keepers & many more). You might want a browser extension for a few different reasons. Like any other software, you should take precaution and be sure to utilize a trustworthy extension. Risks are present, although fairly minimal. Different browsers have different extension systems. Firefox has the most powerful. Chrome also has a decent extension system with one for almost anything that you would want to do. Safari has a smaller amount.  Internet Explorer and Opera may also have minimal options for extensions or add-ons.

Where to get em':

Chrome Browser : Chrome Web Store  |  FireFox Browser : Firefox Add-ons  | Safari Browser : Safari Extensions Now that we know how and where to find extensions, here are two great money saving & rewarding extensions that I've found and used personally. Honey and Wikibuy.

Here's a quick breakdown of how Honey and Wikibuy work their magic!

Honey

Honey refers to its rewards as 'Honey Gold'. Rewards can be redeemed at thousands of online stores ranging from Groupon to Macy's and much, much more. The website claims to partner with over 3,700 stores. I've earned cash from travel partners such as Expedia, on gifts from Harry & David and also in shipping at FedEx online! It took no time to build rewards and earn a gift card. The gift cards are just as great, I recently cashed in my rewards for a Target gift card. Other options include Walmart and Amazon, there's also the option to donate rewards to Charity Choice. To start saving, visit joinhoney.com. And add the extension to your browser to make saving even easier!  If you invite your friends and family you can also earn $5 in referral credits.

Wikibuy

Wikibuy (wikibuy.com) is a browser extension that will look for lower prices at sellers while you are shopping on Amazon. It will locate the product and provide accurate pricing including tax and shipping along with any coupons available. Wikibuy will also alert you if cashback is available at participating retailers. In addition to the browser extension, Wikibuy has an iOS app. Sorry Android, no app yet. This is a great feature if you are currently in temporary housing or moving and need to replace housewares and other home items. Ask your CRS representative how we can help you with your household items, furnishings and more. We're here to help through every step of the relocation process until you can get back home! Happy saving!!
Links: Joinhoney.com Wikibuy.com Disclaimer: The views expressed by the author(s) of this post do not necessarily reflect those of CRS Temporary Housing and is for informational purposes only. CRS Temporary Housing is not affiliated with Honey or WikiBuy. 
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Handle your temporary housing like a boss!

 

We are in the business of temporarily relocating homeowners, renters, and those in the insurance industry. We hope to make it a comfortable and seamless process; as long or as short as your stay may be. You’ve most likely found your way here or on to our site looking for answers, so here are 6 tips to help you get started with handling your temporary housing like a boss.  Trying to keep things simple, and find those services that can help make the transition a bit easier, is key to an enjoyable temporary situation. Let’s take a look at the tips!

Rent furnishings

Rather than feeling rushed into replacing your furnishings immediately or having to move all your furnishings from location to another, you have the option to rent quality furniture for your temporary stay. Say you must move again 3-6 months down the road, renting furniture can help you to avoid moving your furniture over again.

Opt for storage

Additionally, if you can manage to live with only the items you REALLY, TRULY need during relocation, you can put the rest in storage for safe-keeping. This will help limit the number of items you need to care for and keep track of. Less stuff means less clutter and more time to spend as a family.

 

Open a P.O. Box

Maintain consistent service of your mail by opening a P.O. box. Depending on location, this could be helpful or may not work out for you.  This will also help to ensure proper forwarding of your mail. You can apply online at usps.com  https://www.usps.com/manage/po-boxes.htm or go to your local post office.

Tip: Pay your fees in advance and use a rewards credit card to collect points.

 

Make sure you unpack & organize

If you followed the advice and opted to keep most of your items in storage, you should still unpack and organize to make your temporary space FEEL more like home. Make it your own. There are many things you can do to add a special touch all your own, we listed a few in our post, Tips for the short term https://www.crsth.com/blog/tips-short-term/.

Plan your meals

The extra $$ spent eating out may not seem to but will add up. Make sure you have the regular kitchen items that you may need, or find ways to improvise if items are not available to you. Rice cookers, Instant Pots, and Crockpots make great everyday meals. Pinterest is a great resource for recipes, most of which can be gathered in a matter of minutes for an entire week of meals -  I’ve done it!

 

Try some of these recipes:  Easy Orange Chicken  via Listotic |  Chicken Alfredo Tortellini  via Listotic |  5-Ingredient Steak Fajitas via Fit Slow Cooker Queen  |  Lazy Crock Pot Lasagna (Ravioli) via Spend with Pennies  |  Slow Cooker Lo Mein via Damn Delicious

 

Tip: Housewares can also be rented through a reputable furniture vendor along with temporary furnishings!

 

Close to home

Keep your temporary house close to home base. Think of all the places you frequent and would allow you to continue to keep your normal day-to-day schedules intact. Compromise on these thoughtfully. Although temporary, you will want minimal inconveniences and to keep commute times as close as possible to normal. In the event of a widespread disaster relocation event, this may be harder to achieve. Remain optimistic! A good temporary housing company can be creative with keeping people close to their home.

 

Did you find this post helpful? Check out Tips for the short term https://www.crsth.com/blog/tips-short-term/

  Sources: Usps.com Recipes: listotic.com fitslowcookerqueen.com spendwithpennies.com damndelicious.net SaveSave
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Important wildfire relocation information.

Important wildfire relocation   Experiencing a wildfire can be devastating. Not to mention having to evacuate and not knowing how the wildfire will impact your home, and life for that matter. In our world, we often see and hear of this alongside the first responders and those on the frontlines. While the initial concern is the safety of all involved, secondly, the need to get families temporarily relocated becomes of utmost and dire importance.   Emergency relocation can be a stressful and chaotic scenario. A family needs an immediate place to live while busy claims professionals are tasked to do so quickly. They may often rely on temporary relocation providers to handle and source housing options, especially during a catastrophic event and when there are many policyholders and families to look out for.   Options for temporary relocation after a wildfire can include immediate emergency hotel stays, short and/or long-term housing, commercial property or a fully equipped travel trailer on or near the affected property. The latter can ease the burden of being far away from home and can allow for the homeowner(s) to oversee any construction.   In the event where a large area has been affected, experienced temporary housing companies can deliver these emergency relocation solutions during high-demand times when options may otherwise seem limited. Among other expectations, a relocation provider can use an extensive database of like, kind and quality options no matter the lifestyle; a single homeowner, couple, entire family or business owner.   Providers should also offer a one-stop shop. This will free up the insurance adjuster to focus on handling the claim portion and focus more so on the claim itself. A few options to look for in a temporary housing company:  
  • A knowledgeable service team on hand with 24-hour availability.
  • A point of contact for each stage of the relocation.
  • Access to multiple inventories in different markets.
  • Full coordination of move in, move out and management of services.
  • Flexible billing options and invoicing for claims professionals who may handle multiple accounts.
  • Creative relocation solutions. Does the family need to continue to care for livestock? Are there medical needs? Is there a need for a more high-end solution or a solution for a business owner?
  • Longevity of a provider. A company that has many years in the industry has likely assisted in many catastrophes, large or small.
  There are numerous ways to handle a relocation. While no two are alike, outstanding customer service and provider knowledge should remain consistent.   For immediate assistance and to obtain housing from wildfire damage or loss, provide CRS with your insurance information and claim number (if one has been given to you) and let us handle the rest.  

If you do not have insurance and need housing and rental assistance information:

  Find a disaster recovery center near you - You can text DRC and a zip code to 43362 (4FEMA) to locate a Disaster Recovery Center in your area. https://egateway.fema.gov/ESF6/DRCLocator     Contact your state emergency management agency - https://www.fema.gov/emergency-management-agencies     Locate FEMA participating hotels - femaevachotels.com    
Please reach out for more information or if we can answer any of your questions. We are here to help.
Our thoughts are with you, please stay safe!
 

Adjusters please visit the CRS portal, Call us at 800-968-0848 or email a request to request@crsth.com to submit a housing request on behalf of your policholder.

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How to avoid unneeded stress when moving

Moving disrupts the entire family and normal every day routines. According to Health Status online, moving ranks as one of the top 5 most stressful situations. As difficult as it may be, it is super important to try to maintain a routine. By keeping or modifying your family's existing routines, you can avoid unneeded stress through the relocation process. This framework allows you to devote more time to the things that matter. The less decisions that need to be made, the less stressed everyone in the household will be. When you are unexpectedly torn from your home, or just moving from one place to another; bring back some sense of normal to your day to day with these tips.  
Family At Home Eating Meal Together

Family At Home Eating Meal Together

Keep your routines.

  Continue to eat together. Set a goal to continue your regular family meals. If this isn't possible, work in  an evening snack or quick breakfast in the morning. Appreciate and recognize the quality of this time, be present in that moment. If you have children, they will benefit from as little distractions. Engage & communicate with them, you will all benefit from this time.   Reevaluate your schedule for areas that may need modifications. For instance, if you've moved farther from school or work, you may need extra time in the morning to start the day, or start dinner later than before.   Adhere to your workouts and fitness routines. Modify them during the move if you are just too busy. There are many options online for quick workouts.   Keep your social commitments; coffee dates, dinner, happy hours etc.  
Family Moving Into New Home

Family Moving Into New Home

Moving with children.

  Make the moving process as smooth as possible for your children. If age-appropriate, involve them in the packing. Get an overnight bag or tote together with items that are special to your child and make sure to keep it close to them throughout the duration of the move.   They may have plenty of questions, be sure to take them all seriously, even the silly ones! Unpack and organize during the day (while they are in school) or after the kids go to bed.     night-ball-tennis-eyes-75346

Moving with your pets.

  Keep feeding time and routine walks or bedtimes consistent.   Place beds, food dishes in similar areas in the new or temporary home. This will help to make them feel at home more quickly.   Limit anxiety. Separate them from the chaos of moving  and introduce them to the home once you've unpacked or secure an area where they can't get lost and avoid getting hurt during the packing, moving and unpacking processes. Give them extra love!   For more tips, check out; 7 Tips for Moving With Your Pet.     pexels-photo-131979

Update your routine.

  “If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.” – Albert Einstein   Set new personal or family goals. Fit items into your daily routine to apply and work towards your goals. Get started on this early on after your move and before you realize it, you are on your way to a new comfort zone.   Keeping up on a routine provides structure, build good habits and increases efficiency. Get started now!   Get started:  
  • Develop a routine spreadsheet
  • Document your current routine
  • Choose a personal or family goal
  • Create a new routine to include your goal
  Adhere to your new routine daily.    "The discipline of writing something down is the first step toward making it happen." - Lee Iacocca   For more tips on moving: A helpful move-in checklist.
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