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Tom Barlow

Tom Barlow

Tom Barlow is a freelance journalist specializing in lifestyle and consumer issues. In addition to DealNews, his writing has appeared on many websites, including Forbes.com and Aol's DailyFinance.com. He was an editor for the popular WalletPop.com as well. Barlow is a past membership director for the American Motorcyclist Association and was the Founding Director of one of the nation’s largest week-long bicycling events, The Great Ohio Bicycle Adventure. Wearing another hat, Barlow is also a widely published fiction writer, with his work appearing most recently in the Best New Writing 2011 anthology and Digital Science Fiction.

Tom Barlow's Most Recent Features

How to Paint the Exterior of Your Home

A great coat of house paint is an investment that can protect your home for a decade. But proper planning, tools, and skills are necessary to ensure everything goes right. Here is our guide to painting your home exterior. (Hint: It's a lot of prep!)

A Guide to Bird Feeders and Seeds for Backyard Bird Watching

Spring brings beautiful and melodious birds to your backyard. But how can you feed them, while keeping away predators and other critters? We examine the options of bird feeders and feed.

6 Ways to Save While Visiting Our National Parks

Even if you can't make it to a park to celebrate Earth Day this week, any time is a great time to visit our national parks — and there are always plenty of ways to save.

10 Hiking Essentials to Gear Up for Spring

It's the time of year to hit the trails and enjoy the great outdoors. But what apparel, tools, and emergency supplies do you need to stay safe and comfortable while hiking?

Money Does Grow on Trees: How Planting a Tree Can Save You Money

Earth Day is coming up, and being green can save you some green too. In fact, a healthy, mature tree in your yard can add between $1,000 and $10,000 to the value of your home. Read on for all the financial benefits of planting trees on your property.

8 Tips for Choosing the Perfect Family-Size Tent

It's almost that time of year when we pry the kids away from their phones to spend some time in nature. If you want to camp out with the whole family, think of your weather conditions, space needs, and any special requirements before buying a tent to fit everyone.

How to Find the Right Rain Gear for Any Outdoor Activity

April Showers will be arriving any minute, and you'll need to be prepared. Whether you're commuting to work in a drizzle or hiking through a forest downpour, here's what you need to consider when buying rain gear, including construction, breathability, and fit.

Save Money With These 5 DIY Car Repairs

Wiper blades, motor oil, fuses: these and more can be replaced or repaired cheaply and easily without a trip to the mechanic. Check out what tools and parts you'll need, plus step-by-step guides for each task.

8 Home Improvement Projects You Shouldn't Do Yourself

Retaining walls, overgrown tree limbs, and lead-based paint are all home projects that require serious attention. But cost, difficulty, and danger could require professional help.

Which Cardiovascular Workout Machine Is Right for You?

How do you choose between a treadmill, stationary bike, or other machines for a home workout? It depends on which muscle groups you want to work, how much joint pressure is acceptable, and even how much space you have — and of course, your budget.