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HOME IMPROVEMENT: SPLURGEORSAVE? We’ve likely all heard that in home improvement, the best way to stay on budget is to create a balance between splurging and saving. But which items should you actually splurge on? Flooring? Lighting? Appliances? The answer may surprise you! High-quality paint. Sure, you can get super cheap paint and slap on a few layers. But you’ll find you need to repaint more often, which defeats the purpose of saving in the first place.

Wood floors. The average cost of hardwood is three times more expensive than budget options like linoleum or vinyl. But the warmth and beauty of wood floors is unparalleled. Plus, they’re a huge selling feature should you decide to put your home up for sale. Well-made cabinets. It’s best to spend more on things you interact with everyday. Kitchen cabinets that fall off their hinges and drawers that stick will have you wishing you would have spent more. Durable countertops. Again, your countertops are likely something you use everyday. And because they’re so highly visible, you don’t want them to show the daily wear and tear. Invest in granite or quartz and your counters will not only be durable – they’ll be beautiful.

A professional designer. While this may seem like the first thing you’d cut out when you’re trying to stick to a budget, remember that designers can actually help you save via their know-how and connections. Areas to save on include appliances, bathroom tile and light fixtures. All three offer good quality budget options that perform

just as well as their more expensive counterparts, while still looking good.

NILERIVERFACTS Here are three facts about the legendary River Nile! 1. Stretching a massive 6,695 kilometres in length, the Nile is largely known as the longest river in the world – although some scientists argue that the Amazon is actually longer. 2. The Nile flows through numerous countries: Tanzania, Uganda, Congo,

Rwanda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Eritrea, Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan and Egypt. 3. Until 1970 – when the Aswan High Dam was built – the Nile flooded every August, which allowed for Ancient Egyptians to grow crops in the desert.

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