Avoid Storing These Everyday Items in Your Garage

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Humans tend to accumulate things. Furniture, old appliances, toys, clothes—all of it swells with time, and many things tend to fall into the space between "useless" and "not currently useful." We pack items into spare rooms, into attics, and into garages. But the latter area isn't a catch-all storage unit. Homeowners should be more discerning about what they put in there.

A recent post from State Farm explains why. The biggest concern, according to the insurance company, is the fact that garages are not frequently climate-controlled or sealed, which creates unpredictable temperature fluctuations as well as the potential for pests to disturb your belongings. Cans of latex paint, for example, freeze at the same temperature as water and can be ruined if left in an unheated garage during the winter. In summers, a stuffy, overheated garage can warp wood in furniture. Old upholstered items and clothes are both vulnerable to pests and rodents. (Mouse poop is never a good sweater look.)

You should also think twice about storing food in the garage. Canned goods can rust if exposed to moisture, and temperatures over 85 °F aren't good for canned food safety or quality. The food can actually spoil. (Under 75 °F is ideal.) Some people keep a refrigerator in the space, but this also presents a problem: In an overly cold or warm room, the appliance can fail to operate efficiently.

One of the most common storage items you'll see in a car park is fuel, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea. Fuel can leak and present a fire hazard, particularly if it's near a heat source like a water heater. If you have to store fuel on your property, an unattached shed is best. If you have to use the garage, opt for a leak-proof container far out of the reach of children.

So what can you safely store in your garage? Aside from gardening and landscaping tools and sports equipment, try to limit personal belongings. If you have to utilize the space, it's a good idea to store items in plastic containers rather than cardboard, which can get wet.

[h/t State Farm]

Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

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Amazon's Under-the-Radar Coupon Page Features Deals on Home Goods, Electronics, and Groceries

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This article contains affiliate links to products selected by our editors. Mental Floss may receive a commission for purchases made through these links.

Now that Prime Day is over, and with Black Friday and Cyber Monday still a few weeks away, online deals may seem harder to come by. And while it can be a hassle to scour the internet for promo codes, buy-one-get-one deals, and flash sales, Amazon actually has an extensive coupon page you might not know about that features deals to look through every day.

As pointed out by People, the coupon page breaks deals down by categories, like electronics, home & kitchen, and groceries (the coupons even work with SNAP benefits). Since most of the deals revolve around the essentials, it's easy to stock up on items like Cottonelle toilet paper, Tide Pods, Cascade dishwasher detergent, and a 50 pack of surgical masks whenever you're running low.

But the low prices don't just stop at necessities. If you’re looking for the best deal on headphones, all you have to do is go to the electronics coupon page and it will bring up a deal on these COWIN E7 PRO noise-canceling headphones, which are now $80, thanks to a $10 coupon you could have missed.

Alternatively, if you are looking for deals on specific brands, you can search for their coupons from the page. So if you've had your eye on the Homall S-Racer gaming chair, you’ll find there's currently a coupon that saves you 5 percent, thanks to a simple search.

To discover all the deals you have been missing out on, head over to the Amazon Coupons page.

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