• By Cheapism.com

    Take a look at your yard -- the grass can always be greener.

    If you're like many homeowners, you pay more attention to the interior of your house than to your garden. But consider this: More people see (and judge) your landscaping.

    Fortunately, sprucing up the yard or porch is cheaper than redoing the kitchen or bathroom. We've compiled a list of eight cheap landscaping ideas.

    Related: Which garden center chain gives the best value?

    1. Contain your plants. Add pizazz to your front porch with container plants. This simple trick instantly makes your home more welcoming. Containers and plants should be different in type and size and placed on varying levels. Stick with the cheap landscaping theme by repurposing metal tubs, buckets, and pails as planters.

    2. Stock up. Gardening isn't much different from shopping at Costco. The more plants you buy, the lower the per item cost. For example, at an online nursery a bag of 100 tulip bulbs goes for about $60,

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  • Josh Duboff

    Orlando Bloom, Justin BieberOrlando Bloom, Justin BieberIn the unlikeliest feud since, well, Freddie Prinze Jr. vs. Kiefer Sutherland, reports have emerged that Orlando Bloom allegedly threw a punch at Justin Bieber in Ibiza last night. The two were both partying at Cipriani on a Tuesday night (Paris Hilton and Diddy were reportedly also in attendance, which makes sense, since we imagine Paris Hilton and Diddy are never not at a Cipriani in Ibiza), when the 37-year-old Bloom was seen attempting to sock the 20-year-old Bieber. TMZ has posted video footage, of course, though the reported swing (Bloom allegedly missed contact) is not captured in the film. Bieber's scream of "What's up bitch?" is audible in the clip, however, which would seem to be how he taunted Bloom after ducking his punch. (We hear the video will be pushed hard for a best live-action-short nomination at the Oscars.) According to TMZ, Bieber then left the club, and "the crowd applauded."

    Now, why would Orlando Bloom punch Justin Bieber? Is he fed up with

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  • Astrology.com
    Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    Was it a badminton match gone wild? Or did a pack of coyotes suddenly turn into herbivores? Though it may be an accident, nothing will bring back what was once your hollyhock patch. Rather than find the culprit, blame it on the wind and move on ... to the hardware store to get fencing material.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample The Goddess Within

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    Inspired by the blossoms growing in your yard, you'll find yourself mimicking them everywhere else you look. Be it sugared rosebuds on a birthday cake, the fresh carnations you stuck on your hat or the flowery pattern in the tablecloth you're sewing, your life will surely be filled with blooming buds.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Karma Reading

    Gemini Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    You have too much pride to ask your mother for gardening advice, and all of your neighbors have hired lawn maintenance, so look for the answers to your gardening woes
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  • By Emily Lugg, Cheapism.com

    Nowadays there are an endless number of ways to shop at a discount -- coupons, e-commerce, clearance racks, bargain stores, and membership clubs, just to name a few. Costco is one of the most popular warehouse clubs nationwide, but how does it stack up against the conventional retail competition? With our $55 membership and a shopping list in hand, Cheapism determined to find out. After comparing our shopping cart at Costco to comparable products found at Kohl's, Best Buy, Kroger, Staples, and Bed, Bath & Beyond, we calculated nearly $400 in savings on 19 items owing to our Costco club card. Shopping at Costco shaved 25 percent off the total bill elsewhere.

    Related: Costco Shopping vs. retail

    Selection. These savings come at a price, however, in addition to the membership fee. The selection at Costco is sparse compared with its retail counterparts. By way of example, we found more than 50 TVs on display at Best Buy while Costco carried just 16. To

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  • Does this look familiar to you?Although there are a number of ways to control dreaded subterranean dwellers -- from trapping and flooding to poison -- master gardener Paul James prefers to repel them by using a granular form of his favorite repellent: castor oil. This relatively new product does an excellent job of controlling moles and gophers as well as armadillos.

    So just how do you know whether you have moles or gophers? For one thing, moles don't eat plants. They primarily eat grubs and earthworms, and they leave telltale tunnels or shallow, surface ridges as well as circular mounds of dirt above ground with holes in the center.

    On the other hand, gophers eat plants, and their tunnels are rarely visible. Gopher mounds are fan-shaped with a hole off to one side.

    "Frankly, I don't mind moles that much," Paul says. "The tunnels they create can be a nuisance, but in the process of tunneling, they help aerate the soil. Besides, I don't have that many moles because I use a combination of milky spore bacteria

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  • Black rat snakes keep the pest population down, but may also enjoy an egg poached from your chicken coop.According to legend, Ireland had a snake problem. In a land overrun by sinister, slithering serpents, St. Patrick rose up and drove the scourge into the sea. Some say he used his shepherd's crook to frighten them away. Others say music or a lyrical rhyme. Perhaps he gave a sermon so powerful the oppressive creatures fled in fear and shame. The last of these is likeliest, in that this myth probably speaks not literally of snakes, but of sinners driven away by the impact of the missionary's religious convictions.

    This much is true: There are no snakes in Ireland.

    Scientists suggest their absence is not because they left, but because they never got there at all. After the ice age, the icy sea surrounding this inhospitable island country simply prevented snakes from settling there. I think I prefer the tale of St. Patrick.

    A land without snakes probably holds a lot of appeal to those with ophidiophobia (fear of snakes) or just find them icky on general principle. As a gardener, I

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  • Astrology.com
    Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    At dusk, your routine begins: a stroll through the garden and an investigative search of all of the flowers, most of which are opening extra wide in anticipation of the waning day. Bring shears with you this evening as an extra-special bud is waiting to embellish your dining room table.

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Astrolocation Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    The stuffing may be falling out of your favorite easy chair, but it is still as endeared to you as it was 10 years ago. You owe it to yourself and the chair to have the thing reupholstered -- a new covering may just usher in a new era in your life.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Combined Passions Reading

    Gemini Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    Naughty, lace up thigh-highs a red rose from your garden and whip cream are all you need to decorate your partner's evening with surprise and make the house as steamy inside as the weather is outside.

    Today's

    Read More »from Astrology.Com Daily Home & Garden Horoscopes -- Wednesday July 30, 2014
  • Josh Duboff

    Prince Harry photobomb Prince Harry photobomb We're getting close to a point where you could imagine a five-year-old bounding into his parents' room and crying, "Mommy, Daddy, if I photobomb a selfie that some strangers are taking, will I become a prince, too?"


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    In other words (in case this vivid scene we've just painted didn't make the point): the British royals are really getting into this photobombing thing. Just last week, the Queen made headlines for giddily angling her way into a selfie taken by two field-hockey players at the Commonwealth Games; and before that, Kate and William have both gotten their photobomb on, as well. (We know, we know, we're using a very loose definition of "photobomb" here, as none of these examples truly captures the "Surprise! You had no idea I was going to crash your photo!" nature of a standard photobomb; but, we're dealing with a group of people who shun Twitter and are still listening to Linkin Park-that they are even in the Read More »from See Prince Harry’s Enthusiastic, Double-Thumbs-Up Photobomb
  • Richard Lawson

    Freddie Prinze Jr.Freddie Prinze Jr.If you were a sentient teen in America in the late 1990s and early 2000s, you remember Freddie Prinze Jr., he of the boy-next-door good looks, the dewy-faced star of seminal adolescent fare like She's All That, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and, of course, Summer Catch. He was a big man on the nation's campus, beloved and admired and perhaps even a little bit feared. But as happens with most teen idols, his career faded as he and his fan base got older. So you would think that in 2010, nearly a decade after the height of his fame and power, Prinze would have been grateful to get a season-long role on the popular jingoism melodrama 24. And yet, in a new interview with Good Morning America, Prinze says that the case was anything but.


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    He had a miserable time! He almost quit the biz because of it. Why? Because of the show's star, Kiefer Sutherland. Prinze candidly said, "It was terrible. I hated every moment of it.

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