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Rent All Kinds of Things to Simplify Your Life – West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 31, 2014

"The more you have the more you want" may be a truism, but like most truisms, this simple sentence contains a grain of truth. America has long been known as a consumer society, where we believe we are defined by how much we own and what we are worth in financial terms. Since the economic downturn, people have been learning to tighten their belts and make do with less. Part of that process involves giving up traditional American consumerism and instead of buying more and more consumer goods, renting what they need when they need it. Would that work for you?

What You Can Rent

Nowadays you can temporarily own a huge assortment of material objects. Entertainment-related products have long been at the forefront of the rental market -- just look at the success of Netflix, for example. In recent years, tools to rent have turned into a hot ticket, especially when it comes to costly, infrequently used items such as pressure washers or power augers. Another fast growing rental field is fashion. Designer gowns, elegant tuxedos, or precious jewelry can be had for a single gala event, allowing you to attend in style without blowing your budget on something you'll wear only once.

Toy rental has also become quite successful. Renting a vehicle is nothing new, but now the field has updated to offer such in-demand services as the possibility to lease a car for just a few hours or to hire a bicycle from a roadside stand, dropping it off at another point along your journey.

What You Gain from Renting

Traditionally, folks have rented when it worked out cheaper than buying. Today's reasons are much more varied. Renting, especially locally, tends to be more eco-friendly compared to purchasing. It also frees up space in your home that would otherwise be used for storage. As zero-dimensional living becomes an increasingly greater part of our lives thanks to the Internet, de-cluttering and minimization of material possessions are associated with peace of mind. On a more prosaic level, renting offers you the opportunity to try before you buy. You'll have access to the latest and best models and can select from a huge range of consumer goods.

The same goes for renting apartments in Roanoke, VA. Try the neighborhood, the job, the commute before you buy; or, for an easier lifestyle with no home repairs and the ease of calling the management company.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC, contact Abberly Village Apartments.


Scary Movies Burn Calories - West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween is almost here; this is the ‘unofficial’ start of the holiday season. The upcoming holiday treats are enough to scare you about your waistline. Have no fear; a new study says you can burn off that candy bar just by watching a scary movie!

It sounds too good to be true, and surely your doctor would tell you to get off the couch and get to the gym, but this is a fun way to burn calories too.

According to the new study, if you put yourself through 90 minutes of adrenaline-pumping terror, you can burn as many as 113 calories, the equivalent to a chocolate bar.

So what movie should you be reaching for to help burn the calories?

The 1980 psychological thriller The Shining topped of the list of calorie-burners, with the average viewer using up 184 calories.

The research also revealed films featuring moments designed to make viewers jump in terror are the best calorie-burners, as they cause heart rates to soar.

Jaws took the runner-up spot, with viewers burning on average 161 calories, and The Exorcist came third, with 158 calories.

Get together with your friends in your apartment in West Columbia, SC and lose weight by watching a scary movie!

Calorie Burning Movies

  • The top calorie-burning frightening films were:
  • The Shining: 184 calories
  • Jaws: 161 calories
  • The Exorcist: 158 calories
  • Alien: 152 calories
  • Saw: 133 calories
  • A Nightmare on Elm Street: 118 calories
  • Paranormal Activity: 111 calories
  • The Blair Witch Project: 105 calories
  • The Texas Chain Saw Massacre: 107 calories


Terrifying Attractions, Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 22, 2014

If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC then you need to  experience some of the terrifying attractions around Columbia. With little time left before these haunted spaces disappear for another year, try to see all three before the witching hour...

The Dark Knight’s Terror Trail – This trail has expanded again and now offers an outdoor trail, a traditional indoor haunted house and an expanded Zombie Zone which is an indoor/outdoor venue.  All three attractions are distinctly different from one another.
Located at 2076 Highway Church Road, on the corner of Ft. Jackson Road  and Highway Church Road in Elgin, South Carolina.

Hall of Horrors – This is yet another exciting season of screams. Hall of Horrors, the longest running haunted attraction in the Midlands is proud to unveil Xperiment 13!! Like nothing you've ever experienced, you'll venture through the halls of pure hospitHELL!! Also new this year will be the addition of our outdoor maze of terror. You'll run from crazed, needle-wielding doctors, angry patients and come the closest you have ever been to death!
Located at 1153 Walter Price Street, Cayce SC 29033.

Gilbert House of Terror - Gilbert’s has grown to approximately 30 actors, 13 rooms, and 9 nights of fright. Each year brings something new!! Experience the remaining days of Gilbert’s from October 24-26 and October 30 – November 1.
Are you ready for another frightful year? If so, we’ll see you in the house!!
Located at 739 Harley Taylor Road


More information: gilberthouseofterror.com, dkterrortrail.com, hallofhorrors.com

German Recipe for Your Oktoberfest Party - West columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 17, 2014

It is October and Oktoberfest season is here. If you are hosting your own festival and bier garten in your apartments in West Columbia, SC, here is a great recipe to wow all of your guests.

Authentic Homemade German Bread

  • 1 1/2 ounces compressed fresh yeast
  • 1 quart warm water
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 8 cups white rye flour
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 2 cups warm water


First, make the sourdough starter. Crumble the yeast into a large bowl. Whisk in 1 quart of warm water and 2 tablespoons of sugar until dissolved. The water should be just slightly warmer than body temperature. Gradually whisk in 4 cups of flour, continuing to mix until all lumps are gone. Cover with a dish towel, and let sit for 24 hours at room temperature.

After 24 hours, stir well, cover, and let stand another 24 hours. It will be a thin, light-colored sourdough which is then ready to use.

In a large bowl, stir together the rye flour, 4 cups of all-purpose flour, salt and sugar. Mix in the sourdough starter using a wooden spoon, then stir in 2 cups of warm water. I transfer the dough to a heavy duty stand mixer to mix the first couple of minutes, then it can't handle the heavy dough and I start using my hands by turning the dough out onto a floured surface. A clean countertop works best. Knead the dough, adding a few tablespoons of water at a time if it is too stiff. Fold the dough over, pull it apart, whatever you can do to get it kneaded up good. Total kneading time should be 15 to 20 minutes to get a smooth dough. Place the dough in a large bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled, 1 to 2 hours.

When the dough has risen, scrape it out of the bowl and back onto a floured surface. Knead for about 5 minutes. This is important to activate the gluten. Shape into 1 or 2 long loaves. Place on baking sheets, and let rise for about 1 hour, or until your finger leaves an impression when you poke the bread gently.

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Bake the bread for about 45 minutes for 2 loaves, 1 1/2 hours if you made one big loaf. Don't worry if the crust is dark. The bread will be delicious and so will the crust. Cool completely before cutting.

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You Should be Renting If… - West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Owning a home has been a part of the American dream for many years, but that doesn't mean it's right for everyone. For example, if you move around every few years, you can spend so much on closing costs and other fees that you would be better off renting in West Columbia, SC.

Here are four situations where you are probably better off renting.

You don't have a steady job

There is a big difference between making a good living and having a steady job. Sure, you make enough to cover a mortgage payment now, but what about in a year from now? Five years?

There are a lot of American workers who fit into this category. Some people have jobs that are temporarily grant-funded or are otherwise non-permanent positions. And, there are the millions of people who are self-employed or own their own businesses, whose income varies from year to year.

If you happen to lose your job, or are forced to accept significantly less income, it's much easier to downgrade your lifestyle if you're a renter. At most, you'll probably be locked into a year of rent payments, and then are free to move to a smaller or less-expensive apartment without the hassle and stress of selling a house.

An "unsteady" job also refers to one that may require you to move around somewhat frequently. While a lot of people who move every few years do buy homes, consider the additional costs of buying and selling often.

Closing costs on a home generally run about 3% of the home's value. So, on a $200,000 home, expect $6,000 of fees and other upfront expenses. This isn't a huge expense if you stay in the home for 10 years, but if you move every two to three years, these expenses can add up tremendously over time, and eat up your profits when you sell.

You have a great deal on your apartment

If you have a good deal on your apartment, and it meets your needs, why mess up a good thing?

A lot of large apartment complexes will renew a lease at the same price for several years, while raising rent on new tenants. This is especially true in areas where apartment complexes have trouble staying full. I lived in the same apartment for four years after college, and at the end I was still paying my original $900 per month in rent when the same apartment was going for $1,150 to new residents. If you have a deal like that, it's hard to justify leaving.

You don't have a lot of cash in the bank

It's not terribly hard to buy a home without a large down payment, but that doesn't mean it's a good idea.

For instance, consider the most popular low down payment loan option, the FHA mortgage, which allows buyers to purchase a home with 5% down. Not only does this make your mortgage payment more expensive, since your financing more of the purchase price, but it also adds FHA mortgage insurance to your tab.

Currently, FHA mortgage insurance requires an upfront payment of 1.75% of the loan amount plus an annual premium equal to 1.35% of the loan's balance. So, on a $250,000 mortgage, you can expect $4,375 added to your upfront costs and about $280 added to each of your monthly payments.

If you can deal with renting for a few years, it may be a better option to rent an apartment or home and save your money until you have a more substantial down payment. In order to avoid mortgage insurance, lenders want 20% down, and many require a certain amount of cash reserves in savings.

You like simplicity

Many former homeowners who decided to rent again, and they simply cannot get over how much simpler life is when renting.

When you rent, someone else generally takes care of all the maintenance and repairs on the home. If your toilet breaks, or your faucets are leaky, it's usually no more of a hassle than calling the maintenance man, which won't cost you a dime. Instead of spending thousands of dollars when the air conditioner kicks the bucket, when you're renting it isn't your responsibility.

The bottom line is that there are lots of very good reasons to buy a house, but there are also a lot of good reasons not to as well. Your own American dream depends on your particular life situation, your preferences, and your finances.

For more information on apartments in West Columbia, SC, contact Abberly Village Apartments.

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Fun Fall Events around Columbia, SC This Weekend

Joseph Coupal - Friday, October 10, 2014

If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC you can enjoy numerous fun fall events this weekend around town. Here are just a few:

Fall Festival: 4-9 p.m. Friday at the North Columbia Food Park, 2720 Main St. The event will feature vendors, arts and crafts, games, food, plants, entertainment, face painting, pumpkin patch, scarecrow contest and more.

Movie Under the Stars: 7:30-9:30 p.m. Friday at Sesquicentennial State Park, Watch Marvel Comic movies under stars including “Spider-Man,” “Captain America” and “Ghost Rider.”

Cayce Hall of Horrors: Oct. 3-Nov. 1 at 1153 Walter Price St. The haunted attraction has been in operation more than three decades. New this year,  Xperiment13, an Experimental Hospital attraction. Hours are 7:30-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 6:30-9 p.m. Sundays and 6:30-10 p.m. Oct. 23 and 30.

Deceased Farm Murder and Maze: Tickets on sale 7:30 p.m., tours start at dark. This attraction runs every Friday and Saturday through Nov. 1 and every Thursday starting Oct. 16 Deceased Farm has two complete haunted houses surrounded by a two-acre haunted corn maze.

Dark Knight Terror Trail: Open at 7 p.m. Thursdays-Sundays until Nov 1. The attractions available include an outdoor trail, a traditional indoor haunted house and a Zombie Zone.

Oktoberfest Columbia: October 11 - October 13 at  3005 Devine Street, Friday-Saturday: 11am - 10pm; Sunday: 12-6pm. Holy Schnitzel! Oktoberfest Columbia offers authentic German food, beer and fun, right smack in the middle of Devine Street. Activities for the kids, real oompah bands, and delicious food and pastries. Grab a stein and let us fill it up with craft Oktoberfest beers.

Witch's Night Out: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Ladies Night Thursday at Deceased Farm. Attendees will be treated to refreshments from The Farmer’s Shed and Krafty Draft Brew Pub, entertainment by DJ Ronny Lane, early and unlimited access to all of the Deceased Farm haunted attractions. Witches’ costumes and/or hats are encouraged, there will be contests and prices.


SC State Fair Opens Today With All Kinds of New Things to Try – Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, October 08, 2014

The wait is over. The S.C. State Fair is here – finally!  If you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC, get ready for 12 days of fun when the gates to the SC State Fair open today at noon. The Midway opens at 3 p.m.

What’s new in food this year at the S.C. State Fair?

Ramen Noodle Burgers The top and bottom parts are Ramen noodles infused with beef broth, boiled, shaped like a bun and fried. In between the top and bottom “bun” are two green onions, Asian sauce, coleslaw and a 4-ounce hamburger patty. From the folks who brought you the Donut Burger and Redneck Burger.

Chicken & Waffles Deep fried chicken tenders atop a waffle, from Bianco’s Foods in Anderson.

Pecan Cinnamon Roll Sundae For the sweet tooth, a pecan cinnamon roll in a bowl with two scoops of butter pecan ice cream and topped with caramel drizzle and cinnamon-crusted pecans. From Grandma Brown’s Cinnamon Rolls (formerly Golden Gate Bakery).

Fried vegetables How else will you get the kids to eat veggies at the Fair? Try fried green tomatoes, blooming onions and fried pickles at Deliplace.

Cookie Kitchen Baked fresh daily in the Moore Building, get two cookies for $1 with proceeds benefitting the South Carolina State Fair “Ride of Your Life” Scholarship program

What’s new to do?

You have your  list of favorite things to do at the fair– try the newest, weirdest food, watch racing pigs, ride the Ferris wheel, and try to shoot out the star and win a big prize, again.

But this year, you can try a few new things.  Want a few ideas?

Barnyard Cackle Review: The show, new this year, features Rocky Da Rooster and his singing hens: Tanya Clucker, Loretta Hen, Patty Eggless, Reba MacEggtire, Patsy Coop and Sh’nia Twang. I guess you’ll have to see it to believe it. ( Oct. 13-19, Cantey Building)

Balloonopolis: Imagine a carousel of balloons 25 feet across and 15 feet high. ... now, watch it come to life at the fair. Once complete, the display will include at least 10,000 balloons. The Columbia-based artists will be on site daily, except Saturday, to talk with fairgoers about their creation. (Ellison Building)

And the winner is ... Most fairgoers like to bounce from thing to thing to thing. Be different – commit to sitting for a spell to watch a competition. It’s hard to beat the youth horse shows, for example, or the junior swine and Holstein events.

Battle of the “food groups.” Why not create your own competition, all about fair food? Elephant ears or funnel cakes? Fiske fries or fried mushrooms? Fried Oreos or fried butter? A turkey leg or a ramen noodle burger? Let the games begin.

Bee a friend: Here’s your opportunity to do good. Bees are featured annually in an exhibit in the Cantey Building. Now, you can help bees in the environment by becoming a “Pollinator Protector” in your everyday life. First, create a pollinator garden that’s bee friendly. Then submit a form and two photos of your garden to the fair. You will then be awarded an Ambassador of Agriculture certificate, presented by the SC State Fair, as well as receive recognition on the fair website.


South Carolina State Fair is Back Again this October! – Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, October 02, 2014

If you live in apartments in Columbia, SC you can enjoy the festivities and fun at the South Carolina State Fair from October 8-19. The South Carolina State Fair is recognized as one of the TOP 50 Fairs in the US, people of all ages come to Columbia to just to enjoy it.

The fair features nationally recognized entertainment in the grandstand, stages with a variety of acts such as comedy, bands, dancers, local entertainment and entertainment from across the state.  Art, home arts, horticultural, agricultural and livestock competitions exhibits draw both rural and urban crowds.

The South Carolina State Fair is a 12-day fair held at the fairgrounds annually during October. The focus of the fair is to serve as a showcase of the talents of the youth and citizens of South Carolina by providing them with a means of education, exhibition and competition involving arts, crafts, culinary, horticultural, and various livestock projects in which the youth and citizens of the state are involved. The fair celebrates an atmosphere of responsible community involvement and citizenship.

The annual fair also highlights the heritage of the state, and its ties to agriculture, industry, and business. Because it is located in Columbia it provides a gathering place for all South Carolina communities to showcase their best resources, their youth, agriculture and a sense of community in addition to their products and skills.

The South Carolina State Fair provides a clean, safe, family-oriented atmosphere, while offering fun, food, recreation, education, and great competitive exhibit opportunities for all to enjoy. Come "Find Your Happy" at the South Carolina State Fair!

Fair Attractions:

  • Artists, Authors & Beyond
  • Ask Uncle Ag
  • Balloonopolis
  • Border Collie Exhibition
  • Chefs at Work
  • Cookie Kitchen
  • Cowlina, the Incredible Milking Cow
  • Equine Events
  • Flowers
  • Greatest Grandparent Essay Contest
  • Heritage Village
  • Home & Craft Demos
  • Milking Parlor
  • Petting Zoo
  • Prince & Princess Pageant
  • Roadside Market
  • Sand Sculpture
  • Seed Survivor
  • Sky Glider
  • Sustainable Midlands
  • Swifty Swine
  • The United States Fleet Forces Band
  • Competitive Exhibits
  • 4-H Day
  • College Day
  • Exceptional Citizens Day
  • FFA Day
  • Fairly Bluegrass Day
  • Family Night
  • Kindergarten Days
  • Lunch Deal
  • Midway Physics Day
  • Military Appreciation
  • Nascar Night
  • Opening Day Special
  • Ride Promotions
  • Scout Day
  • Senior Day

More information - scstatefair.org

Wine, Fashion, Fun and Julia Roberts – West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Are you interested in fashion? If so, and you live in an apartment in West Columbia, SC you can enjoy a fun evening of giving and fashion at Wine Dine & Design. This is an amazing fashion show event created by The Walker Foundation. Become a part of it on October 2, 2014 at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center's largest room. The VIP Reception is 6:00 and the Show starts at 7:30. Julia Roberts is the celebrity co-host!

Wine Dine & Design is more than a Fashion show. It’s an opportunity to give while mixing and mingling with other like-minded individuals over a night of glitz and glamour. What’s best is that this even goes directly to support the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind which provides education and accessibility for the deaf, blind or sensory multi-disabled, their families and the professionals who serve them.

Wine Dine & Design is an event to raise awareness and funding for the services provided by the SC School for the Deaf and the Blind.

More information - winedineanddesign.org

Too Many Renter’s Go Without Insurance - West Columbia, SC

Joseph Coupal - Friday, September 26, 2014

The number of people renting homes instead of buying continues to rise, especially in urban areas. And it just so happens those are the same areas that are the most disaster-prone, according to the Insurance Information Institute, which says only 37% of renters have insurance on their belongings.

The insurance group is quoting a 2014 poll, which found that only 37% of renters have renters insurance, compared to 95% of homeowners who have a homeowners policy.

“Renters insurance provides a very important financial safety net when there is a disaster,” Renters insurance is relatively inexpensive — the average cost of a renter’s policy is only $187 per year, or less than four dollars per week.

Homeownership has fallen for over the past decade. And, in major cities renters outnumber homeowners. These cities are also at risk from natural disasters such as hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes and severe winter weather, as well as fire, theft and vandalism.

Many renters are under the misperception that their landlord’s insurance policy will reimburse them if their personal property is damaged or destroyed, but that’s just not the case.

If you are renting apartment in West Columbia, SC consider buying renter’s insurance.



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