Welcome to Home Deals, a new column where we'll pick out the best deals on things you need for your home, garden and beyond. Like our cousin, the Cheapskate, we'll give you a regular selection of hottest deals, but we will cover things like appliances, home goods, coffee makers, toasters, leaf blowers and anything else your home or garden requires.
Ahh, fall: The season of mists, mellow fruitfulness and...leaves. When the colors of the leaves start changing to the gorgeous hues of fall, it's the time to start thinking about how to get rid of them. A leaf blower can help, like the Toro Ultra, which blows, vacuums and mulches for $69.97 from the Home Depot. Sears has the similar Craftsman Variable Speed for $65.99. If you prefer manual labor, the Sweethome runner-up leaf rake Ames 22-Tine Leaf Rake is available for $13 from Home Depot.
LED light bulbs for about $2 and under: It's a great time to go LED for your lighting. These new breed of light bulbs are more efficient and last longer than their filament and fluorescent cousins, and they are now cheaper than ever. Home Depot has a four-pack of EcoSmart 60W equivalent dimmable bulbs for just $15.97. (And thanks to an $8 instant rebate from my local utility company, my end cost is about half that. Check with your power company to see if similar deals are offered in your area.)
Lowe's has a similar 6-pack of Utilitiech 60-Watt equivalent bulbs for $9.99, while Neon Mart on Amazon is going all-out with an 18-pack of LE 60-Watt equivalent bulbs for $36.99. All of these mean a per-bulb price of around $2 (assuming you can score a comparable rebate) or less, and with an LED bulb often lasting twice as long as a CCFL and 20 times as long as a tungsten filament one, those saving mount up. Not all LED light bulbs are created equal, though, so it pays to do your research before you buy, such as reading our light bulb buying guide.
Buy one washing machine, get one free: One of the most interesting features of LG's high-end LMW5000HVA washing machine is the WD100CV pedestal washer (called the SideKick), which adds a second, smaller washing machine for things like small, delicate loads.
LG is offering a nice deal to sweeten the pot: buy a four-piece bundle (washer, pedestal washer, dryer and dryer pedestal) and they'll thank you with a prepaid Visa card of up to $329. A similar deal is available for most of the LG front-load washing machines that are compatible with the SideKick system for lesser amounts.