Don’t let the shaky economy stress you out. A grand can still improve your career prospects, lower investment risk, make your home safer and more.
Secure your entryway
Front doors made of steel are stronger than those made of wood or fiberglass, and cost less too. Plus, they won’t warp or crack.
Not willing to trade curb appeal for security? No worries. Steel doors come in a variety of panel designs that mimic the look of wood, says Ed Padilla of the Association of Certified Handyman Professionals.
Bonus: At an average recoup of 73%, installing a steel door offers one of the best paybacks on home projects.
Top pick: JELD-WEN Pre-hung Madison Craftsman, $589 at Home Depot ($1,000 with installation). It’s rust-resistant with Arts and Crafts-style molding.
33 H7N9 Bird Flu Cases Confirmed In China
WUHAN, CHINA – APRIL 10: (CHINA OUT) Chickens gather in a cage at a closed poultry wholesale market on April 10, 2013 in Wuhan, China. As of yesterday, China has confirmed five new cases of H7N9 in Shaoxing, Jiangsu and Shanghai. So far, China has reported 33 H7N9 bird flu cases, including nine deaths. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)