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Shopping for refurbished kitchen appliances and home improvement tools is the smartest way to get more for your money

When you purchase a refurbished appliance from a trusted seller like eBay or Sears Outlet, you’re getting an item that has been used and then returned within the short return window. It’s then repaired and certified to ensure it’s functioning like new, and sold at a significant discount. (Photo: Getty Creative)
When you purchase a refurbished appliance from a trusted seller like eBay or Sears Outlet, you’re getting an item that has been used and then returned within the short return window. It’s then repaired and certified to ensure it’s functioning like new, and sold at a significant discount. (Photo: Getty Creative)

There are two ways to save money on big purchases like kitchen appliances and home improvement tools: you can wait and wait for the best sales, and then fight your way through the crowds to shop them; or you can buy certified refurbished merchandise for significant discounts. The best part? These refurbished products look, feel and function like they’re brand new.

In the same way that you can return clothes that doesn’t fit quite right when you get it home, you can return appliances and tools too. Those barely-used items go back to the store or manufacturer, but because

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Tim Allen Turned Down a Ridiculous Amount of Money to Return to ‘Home Improvement’

They say you can’t go home again, and it appears that Home Improvement star Tim Allen took that idiom to heart. The 1990s sitcom was a tremendous success and served as a successful launching pad for Allen’s own future acting endeavors, but he knew when to end things.

The show ran for an impressive eight seasons and provided fans with 203 episodes of laughter, but the network wanted to keep things going for at least one more season. 

Allen wouldn’t hear of it, and even a large sum of money wasn’t enough to get him to reconsider. 

‘Home Improvement’ made Tim Allen and Jonathan Taylor Thomas famous

Tim Allen on the red carpet
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Before breaking through in the role of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, Allen was a standup comedian. He got his start performing in the late 1970s in his home state of Michigan, and his set became the basis

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