• Say Yes To Tech! Our Top Picks For June

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    With wedding season, Father’ Day and the upcoming football madness, June is one of the best months for tech! Check out our top picks for gift ideas, upgrades and more.

    TV
    In this digital age, everything is bigger and smarter. With Dad’s day coming up and the hype of football, it might be time to upgrade your TV. Forget the TV’s of the past, we recommend something Smart with a high resolution to make the neighbours jealous!

    Home Theatre
    Ever thought about turning your living room into a full blow movie theatre or entertainment area? Then a home theatre system is definitely for you. Set up the speakers in strategic spots and let surround sound take you away!

    Laptops
    Got a specific laptop preference? For most people, a laptop becomes their best friend. We’ve got the best brands so you can stream, shop and work with ease.

    RadioShack Goodies
    The Shack is back and so are all the tech goodies. If you’re looking for the perfect gift for someone who’s all about the digital life, then the Shack is where it’s at.

    Phones
    If your phone looks like it’s from the dark ages then we say it has to go! Gone are the days of Granny saying she needs a phone to just make calls. We’ve got phones that will have her video calling in no time.

  • 5 Tips To Throw The Best Football Fiesta

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    If you didn’t end up taking a trip to Russia to get caught in the middle of all the match action, chances are you’ll be at home (yelling at the TV) or at a bar (yelling at the TV). Either way, it’s time to bring the festivities to you! Here’s how you can throw the best football get together.

    The Venue
    If you’re setting up at home, make sure your space can accommodate everyone comfortably and the TV is in plain sight. Ideally an indoor-outdoor space is the answer so guests have the option to sit outside and check out the action.

    TV and Audio
    A huge flat-screen TV is the obvious centerpiece for any decent football fiesta. The bigger the better most people would say but don’t forget that audio is important too. Some great speakers or a surround sound home theatre system are a must so your guests hear all the action as though they’re at the stadium!

    Patriotic Decor
    Everyone loves to rep their team. Things like flags, whistles, banners, scarves, cups, and other football memorabilia can easily be found to give your viewing party some extra flair. Spread them out and let your guests bring the noise.

    Food
    A barbecue or buffet of small finger foods is great because people can easily help themselves. You should also factor in drinks. Food definitely brings people together so be sure to have plenty!

    Friendly Competition
    How about some friendly betting? You can open a pool before the match begins for some friendly competition or if you’re having multiple parties you can try to get your guests to predict the final 4 teams and the winner. This just adds a little extra interaction to your party and the winner gets bragging rights for the next 4 years!

  • At Home Vacation Ideas To Keep The Kids Busy

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    Make your own games
    The sky’s the limit with kids and games. Activities like Hoopla, Pin the Tail on the Donkey, Snakes and Ladders, Twister, Capture the Flag or even Ring Toss can all be easily made at home and will keep the kids occupied, outdoors and happy.

    Cooking and baking
    Once a week you can plan a cooking or baking day with the kids. Let them choose from a selection of recipes and work through it step by step. They’ll love creating sweet treats and you’ll have bonding experiences to last a lifetime.

    Start a garden
    If you have the space, dedicate a small patch in the garden to the kids. They can plant flowers or vegetables whilst learning about farming, healthy living and a little bit of science through the growth of the plants. Get them their own spade and watch them light up at growing something for themselves.

    Have a treasure hunt
    Quickly make a treasure map with clues to find some treasure you have hidden somewhere in the house. It doesn’t have to be expensive or big because the excitement is in the hunt not the prize. If you want, they can dress like explorers or pirates to give the hunt an extra touch of fun.

    Make a movie
    This one’s for the older kids. Using a smart phone, they can easily make their own vacation days movie. Let them write their own script and film it in their own way and you can help them edit it together in the end using an app or editing program. Who knows, you might just have a family movie to show at Christmas every year!

    Take nature walks
    You’ll have to leave the house for a bit for this one but you don’t have to go far. Whether it’s at the park, or on the beach, get the kids out for some fresh air and activities. Bring the football or cricket bat for extra fun or maybe even have a picnic.

  • 5 Kitchen Appliances You Should Invest In

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    1. Slow Cooker
    Why a slow cooker? Honestly, these can cook virtually any meal: soups, meats, stews, casseroles, the list goes on and on. It’s also great for making large quantities for a large family or if you’re a big fan of leftovers. Plus, if you’re more of a laid back home chef, slow cookers require only a small amount of prep! Some are even programmable so you can set it and forget it.

    2. Food Processor
    A food processor is basically the Swiss Army Knife of the kitchen. If you’re looking to easily double or triple whatever recipe you're working on, this is the way. With a variety of blades, you can grind solid foods, make purees, and even get your own dough going in a flash!

    3. Blender
    A blender of some kind is an incredibly useful tool to have in the kitchen. A high-end model beats most appliances by sheer power and versatility. If you're low on space and need a reliable tool to whip things into shape quickly, head out and invest in an immersion blender. Smoothies here we come!

    4. Mixer
    We know there’s a debate about mixers and their presence in the kitchen but if you bake a lot, an electric stand mixer is the way to becoming Betty Crocker! Because of the price, it’s definitely the number-one kitchen appliance splurge but it will make your life easier if you’re a lover of baking.

    5. Electric Kettle
    Don’t be fooled, the electric kettle is an integral and sneaky small appliance! It’s one of those things that you don't think is necessary until you have one. It's more energy-efficient than boiling water on the stove, and much faster. For avid coffee or tea drinkers, this is the way to go.

  • A Click Away: The Benefits Of Online Shopping

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    We’re here to turn some of you into online shopping believers! Online shopping isn’t just the way of the future; it’s what’s happening now and at Courts, the best items for your home are just a click away on shopcourts.com. So what are the benefits of online shopping as opposed to coming in store? Well, it’s your preference how you shop but check out some of the benefits to see if you want to give it a try.

    It can happen anytime
    Many stores have opening and closing hours but online shopping operates at the 24/7 level. That means whether you’re browsing items early in the morning or looking to replace an item late at night, you can always log on and see what goodies are available.

     It saves you time
    With branches opening from 8AM – 5PM, it might be hard to browse, choose and pay for an item in the midst of your hectic day. When you do have that 15 minutes of quiet time, you can check out the selection online, order and collect in store on your lunch break or have it delivered to your home.

    Price comparisons
    Comparing and researching products and their prices is so much easier online. Check out all the specs of an item in the description section and make the purchase that’s right for you.

    No crowds
    Many people hate crowds when they’re shopping because it just adds confusion to the process. Things like Christmas or Black Friday tend to draw in throngs of people and can make you feel rushed or hurried. Don’t even get us started on parking. Skip all of that with online shopping!

    Less compulsive shopping
    Be honest…Are you a compulsive shopper? Sometimes when we go into a store we end up buying things compulsively whether it’s because of a really skilled sales person or you’re crunched for time. Skip the pressure, save your bank account and shop smart online.

    Better prices
    The prices between online and in store are different from time to time. For example, on shopcourts.com we have online specific deals as well as VIP shopping! When you sign up to be a VIP member, you are entered into the club of extra special discounts and deals that are offered only to members. Sign up to become a VIP shopper today!

  • 6 Ways To Make Your Home More Eco-Friendly

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    You can go green and so can your home! Earth Day is celebrated every year on April 22nd and in honour of that, we have some easy tips on how to make your home more eco-friendly.

    Recycling
    Plastic doesn't biodegrade and, unfortunately, it’s everywhere. From drink bottles, grocery bags, containers and utensils, when you buy and throw away plastic, it has a long-term impact on the environment. Try switching to using reusable drink bottles and containers. If recycling is an option where you live, get into the habit of separating plastic and glass so you don’t contribute to the excess non-biodegradable waste.

    Replace your paper towels
    Get rid of paper towels. We know how handy they are but just like plastic, they end up piling up somewhere and causing more harm than good. Switch to cloth dishtowels and rags for wiping up spills.

    Be a light saver
    LED bulbs are better for the environment than incandescent ones but did you know that they can lower your electricity bill and last for more than 10 years? If the stark blue-based light they give off just doesn’t do it for you, no worries. LED bulbs often have a yellow-based light option so your space can remain cozy and eco-friendly.

    Get into plants
    Houseplants improve the air quality within your home. They also add multiple elements of light and life to your space. You can also consider planting a small herb garden (it can be small enough to fit on your kitchen counter). This can cut down on the extra packaging from the grocery store and you’ll always have fresh herbs on hand.

    Shower smarter
    Showering smarter means taking shorter showers. Up your efficiency so you save on water by mastering the quick soap! You can also look into a low flow showerhead to help conserve water with those family members who can’t get down with the short shower.

    Hang dry your clothes
    Do it the old fashion way like Granny. Skip the dryer when you can and hang-dry your laundry. This will help reduce your carbon emissions and can even prevent dark clothes from fading. It’s a win-win.

  • Easy Tips To Take Care Of Your Furniture

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    Buying furniture is no small venture. Chances are you took the time to look over your budget, your space, your preferences, and your home life before you made the decision to purchase that new living room set or dining table. And when you got it home, you felt like you wanted to throw plastic over it to keep it looking new for as long as possible. No worries. Check out some of our easy tips to take care of your furniture so it can look and feel great longer!

    Wood
    - Avoid heat and light because wood contains a surprising amount of moisture that needs to be preserved in order to keep the colour and texture on point. This means positioning wooden furniture as far away direct sunlight, which can fade it. If that’s inevitable, use curtains to guard against the sun's rays.

    - Always be on the lookout for what is on your exposed wooden furniture. For example, for a wooden table, make sure to have cork or felt-bottomed coasters to avoid watermarks or rings that can appear from cold or hot drinks (like that morning cup of coffee).

    - Clean safely and dust frequently. Wood is prone to collecting dirt and grease and can slowly lose its sheen due to wear or loss of polish. It can also be easily stained. Mix a solution of oil soap and water or use a wood polish as instructed on the package and gently stroke the furniture using a moist natural sponge. Never spray wood directly, as overspray can leave a difficult-to-remove film. Follow the grain of the wood as you dust to avoid cross-grain scratches.

     

    Fabric/Upholstery
    - Dust and remove dirt frequently from upholstered furniture by vacuuming it weekly. Be sure to life the cushions and get into all the crevices where excess dust and crumbs tend to gather.

    - Remember to flip, swap and rearrange. Everyone’s got that special spot on the couch that’s gradually created a little sink in the cushion just for them. Flip loose cushions regularly, and rotate them if you can. This helps to distribute wear more evenly.

    - Invest in washable slipcovers, especially in the Caribbean. They help to protect the fabric from sweat and other heat related elements.

     

    Leather
    - Leather is very sensitive to heat and light and can fall victim to sun damage very easily. If you can, position any leather pieces away from windows or heat sources.

    - If you have uncoated leather furniture, it should be dusted frequently. If you have coated leather furniture, you can dust or vacuum regularly to remove surface soil and use a cleaner. You can check with the manufacturer to see what they use in store for best results.

    - Stay away from oil, furniture polish, dusting sprays or ordinary stain removers on leather furniture because these will harm the material as these products can change the colour or appearance of the leather.

  • 4 Essentials For Hosting A Game Night

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    We all love hanging out with friends, but sometimes your wallet can’t handle all the weekly dinner and bar get-togethers. Enter the game night. It's the perfect middle road for a casual, laid-back hangout with your favorite people. Plus, it’s really easy to put together and it gives you an excuse to whip out the snacks and drinks. Here are our 4 essentials for hosting an easy and fun game night at home.

    The Seating
    Before everyone arrives, make your living room, patio or wherever you want to host game night, a comfy spot. Think about what kind of vibe you’re going for and work from there. For instance, board games mean people need to be closer together so set up cushions around your coffee table for a cozier feel. If it’s charades, move your furniture into a semi circle so everyone can have a great view of the action!

    The Games
    Speaking of seating based around games, let’s get into the main attraction. What games should you play? Well, that depends on the guest list and/or what you have in your storage! Board games are always a great idea for small groups. (Although, if you’re looking to be in bed before the sun comes up, we would leave out Monopoly) For larger groups, interactive games like trivia or charades is best because you can easily create teams and let the friendly competition begin!

    The Food
    Food brings everyone together so for game night, plan for small bites that your guests can easily grab between turns. Things like chips and dip, pretzels, mini pastries or sandwiches, veggie platters, cheese boards, etc are easy to set up, don’t cost a lot and will always be a hit.

    The Drinks
    For our alcohol drinkers out there, we know the drinks get the party started. Try making a punch, which is perfect for a large group of people so they can serve themselves and you’ll avoid playing bartender all night. Don’t forget to put chasers, like juices, sodas, water, etc, out as well so your non-drinkers can easily pour themselves a glass!

  • 3 Reasons To Say Yes To Financing

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    In trying economic times, it can be difficult to imagine furnishing your home or purchasing new appliances. You may even find yourself at a point where you can no longer put off the investment and you need an item now. But what do you do? That’s where financing comes in! Ready Finance is our easy, affordable and flexible solution so that you get the items you want for your home without having to compromise on your budget. Sounds convincing enough, but here are 3 more reasons to say yes to financing.

    Choose How You Want To Pay
    One of the best parts about Ready Finance are the payment options available.

    - You can choose the way you want to pay; we know that having a big chunk of cash leave your account every month can be stressful. This is why we offer small deposits or installments to help keep you afloat. In some cases, we’ll offer $0 down until a certain period so be on the lookout for those ideal moments to shop!

    - You can choose the length of time that you want to pay; payment times can range anywhere from 3 to 36 months which gives you and your budget a lot of flexibility and room to breathe.

    - You can choose where you want to pay; Ready Finance offers easy payment methods and you don’t even have to come into the store to pay! Ask about what locations are set up in your region so you can keep on top of your payments and never lose track.


    Payment Protection
    When you make your purchase with Ready Finance, you can ask about Payment Protection. Life is unpredictable so Payment Protection covers you in the event that you lose your job due to redundancy, you’re hospitalized, or you lose your item due to fire, flood, natural disaster or theft.


    Quick Approval
    In some of your branches across the Caribbean, we have started rolling out same day approval for new customers! We’re not ashamed to have an Oprah moment and say, “you get approval, you get approval!” As a new customer you have to walk with your ID, job letter, pay slip, utility bill, and the names of two references. Ask about our approval process at your nearest Courts store today to see what we offer you in your region.

    Have it your way at Courts with Ready Finance and make your house a home today!

  • Make It Special: Courts Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

    Lifestyle

    We love to LOVE at Courts and that’s why this years Valentine’s Day Gift Guide is geared towards items that are perfect for 2! Whether you’re celebrating on the day, getting a gift to share between the both of you or trying something new together, here are the items we suggest so you can make it special all year round and not just on the day. Of course, chocolates are still welcome!

    Coffee Maker
    Coffee connoisseurs will always enjoy a gift that allows them to enjoy cup after cup! Surprise them with a gift that will change their morning ritual for the better.

    Stand Mixer

    Is your Valentine a baking machine? Stand mixers are handy for all those cupcakes and breads they love to make but also whisking, blending and even juicing. Mixers pretty much do everything so it’s definitely a gift they’ll love.

    Grill
    Now this gift is sure to turn up the heat. Not only is a professional grill great for barbecuing but it’s also a gift that will definitely get you and your Valentine spending more time together.

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    Matching Tablets
    Get cute with tech this Valentine’s Day. Check out our tablet options and get matching ones for you and that special person.

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    Smart TV
    A new Smart TV makes binge watching that show together even better! Snuggle up on the couch and we guarantee there’ll be no fighting for the remote.

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    Radioshack Goodies
    Have you checked out what Radioshack has to offer the tech lover in your life? From projectors to headphones to action cameras, you can’t go wrong with a little special something from the Shack!

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