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Who wants a free tree? Miami-Dade County is once again offering the freebies as part of Adopt-A-Tree. The county program provides two trees a year per household during a special event, but you must register in advance because the giveaway is only while supplies last.  Upcoming tree giveaway: Saturday, July 20 at Miami Dade College …

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Think it’s too hot to garden? Perhaps you want to plant radishes, turnips and arugula right inside your South Florida home.  It’s doable, according to a horticulture program representative. Maybe you’ll be inspired. Ideally, you’ll be richly rewarded with a delicious sense of accomplishment and tasty freshly harvested produce. We asked for tips from a …

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Florida is offering its residents an opportunity to purchase storm supplies without paying state sales tax, which is 6 percent. You’ll save at least $6 on every $100 you spend. Two sales tax holidays are offered in 2024 for hurricane supplies, including lots of everyday products. The sales tax holidays in 2024 are June 1 …

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Miami-Dade Animal Services wants to know: How’s your emergency storm prep going? Do you have all your pet supplies? The start of the season is in June, so the county agency reminds residents to “always include your furry family members in your storm plans!” When planning an emergency kit, pet owners are urged to consider …

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The aftermath of a hurricane can be devastating and leave you and loved ones without basic necessities. Here’s a  helpful guide to creating an essential and basic emergency supply kit. It’s recommended you pack these items in weather-proof duffel bags or plastic bins – or a combination of both. Here’s what to pack: Three-day supply …

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Reducing water waste is kind to your wallet. And to the planet. As an incentive to replace old toilets with fresher versions that save water, rebates are offered to eligible Broward residents. The Broward Water Partnership offers rebates of $125 per toilet when replacing an older model with a more efficient, low-flow, WaterSense-rated toilet. Eligible …

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Free paper shredding and safe prescription disposal are offered by Broward Sheriff’s Office exclusively for Broward residents. Shred-A-Thon events are intended to avoid identity theft by shredding personal papers with private information.  The events also accept old unused prescription medications for safe disposal.  In fact, incentives are offered for turning in prescriptions. The reward is …

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For reducing energy use in your South Florida residence, Florida Power & Light offers free online resources. Using less electricity helps save money on utilities fees. FPL Rebates Air-conditioning rebate of $150 for energy efficient units and following the program requirements Ceiling insulation rebate of $220 for eligible projects FPL Tips Turn off your overhead …

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Oh, the times, they are a changing … and there’s more jingle in the pocketbook! The cord has been cut, the savings are stacking up and it hasn’t been all that painful, thanks to free FAST channels (scroll down for explanation). For many years, my basic and extended cable subscription was included in my condo’s …

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South Floridians have learned the hard way to take hurricanes seriously. When we get complacent, another storm comes and reminds us of the importance of hurricane preparation and supplies. You should take preparing for a hurricane seriously — but you shouldn’t buy a lot of things you’re never going to use. Miami-Dade County has an online hurricane guide that …

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