What Americans are buying online while in quarantine

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A FedEx worker unloads packages from his delivery truck on March 31, 2020 in Washington, DC.

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Following a rush for groceries and cleaning supplies, more Americans are looking to crack open a book.

As people remain sheltered in their homes due to the coronavirus outbreak, online shopping has surged as a replacement for an old-fashioned trip to the store. In addition to the overall boom in e-commerce spending, sales data reveals that following an initial stockpiling of goods, many online shoppers have shifted their focus to entertainment products such as books and games as they adjust to the new normal of life in quarantine.

E-commerce spending in the U.S. is up more than 30% from the beginning of March through mid-April compared with the same period last year, according to market research firm Rakuten Intelligence. That is significantly more growth — about 50% more —

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4 Home Improvement Projects You Shouldn’t Cut Corners On

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Thinking of doing some home improvement projects and not sure whether you should splurge on the best, or opt for more economical options? Here are some projects you definitely shouldn’t cut corners on.

Improving your home can be very expensive, and many people end up having to take out loans for home improvement or use a credit card to cover the costs. Still, sometimes upgrades are necessary to maintain the safety and integrity of your home, to make it more livable for your family, or to get your house ready for sale. 

If you’re thinking of making fixes to your home, there are times when you don’t necessarily have to buy the very best. But, there are also certain projects you absolutely should not cut corners on. Here are four of them:

1. Electrical work

Electrical work is not something you should try to DIY, and it’s not something you

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