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Are you restless at night? Do you wake up feeling achy and tired? It might be time to replace your mattress.  While some mattresses exceed their life expectancy, once your mattress is 8 years old, it is usually time to start shopping for a new one. With all the different options out there, how do you choose the right mattress for you?


  1. Budget- set your budget for your new mattress.
  2. Talk to your doctor if you have any health issues that may help determine the type of mattress you should choose.
  3. Go online and research mattresses. There is a lot of information on different types of mattresses, such as pillowtop, eurotop, memory foam, etc.
  4. Know how you sleep. Are you a stomach sleeper, a back sleeper, a side sleeper? This is important to know when selecting the firmness and support of a mattress.
  5. Look at your current mattress, where do you see the most sagging? That is the area in which you need the most support in your new mattress.
  6. Head to the store.
  7. Talk with the salesperson regarding what you are looking for in a mattress.
  8. Test Drive the mattresses. This means lay on the mattress and lay on them just how you would sleep at night. Move around on the mattress. If something feels uncomfortable, then try a different mattress.
  9. Once you select a mattress, protect your investment with a mattress cover.

Your mattress can improve how you feel every day. Take the time to buy the one that is the best for you.  Mattresses are long term investments that should always be carefully chosen.

Pumpkin Seed Fun for Halloween!

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Pumpkin Seed Fun!

October is here and that means you will be carving pumpkins with the kiddos! Do you know that there are some creative ways to use all those pumpkins seeds? Here are a few great ways to put the seeds to use.

• Roast them. Heat oven to 250 degrees. Boil seeds on stove top for 10 min. Transfer seeds into a medium bowl and toss with oil. Add some flavoring such as, ranch seasoning, bbq powder, cinnamon and sugar, or your favorite flavor. Place on baking sheet and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

• Add to cookie batter. Wash pumpkin seeds and add to your favorite cookie batter.

• Add to your granola! Wash pumpkins seeds and toss in with your favorite granola or trail mix.

• Dye the pumpkin seeds different colors and use for art projects for the kids. Use to make flower petals and tree leaves or a cool sun catcher!

• Make games for kids Halloween parties. Put them in a jar and have them guess how many.

• Make some construction paper pumpkins and number them 1-10. Have the kids glue on how many pumpkins seeds match the number. A great and fun learning project!


Have fun and create your own recipes or craft projects with the seeds!

Game On!

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new gaming consoles

Summer is coming to an end and before we know it the Holiday Season will be upon us. It is not too early to start thinking about those holiday gifts.

One of the most popular gifts are always gaming systems. From young children to adults, there are gaming systems for nearly everyone.

For families and younger kids and early teens the older model XBOX 360 is a good choice. Cost is lower than newer consoles but still a wide variety of games available. There are more less violent games available for the 360 model than newer consoles. This older model would make a good starter XBOX.

For the older teens through serious gamers, XBOX ONE and XBOX ONE S are top choices. Models offer more storage and better graphics.

Sony offers the Playstation 2, 3, 4 and PRO. As with XBOX, the older models such as 2 and 3 will save you money and be more family and younger children oriented. Playstation 4 for the more serious gamers.

Nintendo has recently released the SWITCH, this is the replacement for the WII U. Excellent game system for much younger children. Most of the Nintendo line up of game systems is very family friendly.

If you are a gamer yourself, then selecting a new system for yourself will be easy. If you are shopping for someone else, it might be a good idea to some research into their gaming preferences. Find out what they have currently and upgrade them to newest console. If buying for younger children, look for a good starter system for them. Some of the newest models can be complicated for younger kids and have less options in games.

When purchasing a gaming system, always make sure you know what accessories are needed, such as, controllers, memory cards, or accounts needed.


Feeling wishy washy about choosing a new washer

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Washer Dryer

There is one thing we all have in common and that is dirty laundry. You can’t escape it. We all have dirt and we all need clean clothes.

Selection can be frustrating since there are so many choices in today’s laundry. Don’t let yourself get agitated in the process.

Let’s explore some of the options.

Front loaders are a very popular style. They are usually the most expensive up front option but the best front loaders can clean clothes better than the most H.E. top loaders. Front loaders tend to be larger capacity and will allow you to wash more clothes at once. This is helpful in larger families. Spinning time is faster and longer to extract more water, cutting down on dry time, saving time and money in the drying process. The down fall is wash time is typically longer than a top loader. Some consumers have complained about mold developing in the rubber gaskets of the doors. This is easily corrected or avoided by routine cleaning of the gaskets. Front loaders come in a variety of styles and colors as well. Many different features are also available. Make sure you have space for the door to open in your laundry area of your home. Some of these doors open fairly wide. You will also need to decide if you want or need a pedestal with our machine. Pedestals are helpful if you have trouble bending over to reach into the machine.

Top Loaders with an agitator are the traditional washer models. They will get the job done but might not be as energy efficient as H.E. top loaders or front loader machines. Smaller capacity models are usually found with this style. Less features are usually available with traditional models.

High Efficiency Top Loaders. These models do not have agitators. They are usually more expensive than a traditional top loader but can save you money over time. They use less water and spin out faster to extract more water, cutting drying time down. Much larger capacity machines are found with HE top loaders. Some of these can have very deep drums- so it might be a good idea to reach in when you are shopping for one and make sure you can comfortably reach the bottom.

Whichever model you choose, it is always important to establish a budget, know how much space you have available for the new machine, and know what benefits and features are important to you.

Top 10 Rent To Own Myths… Busted!

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Rent To Own Myths

Home furnishings can be expensive. Many consumers simply do not have the cash flow or credit to go to a traditional furniture or appliance store and purchase the home goods they need. The rent to own industry is an alternative means of purchasing products that you need or want. However, there are a lot of myths out there that deter consumers from taking advantage of the benefits of rent to own. Here, we are going to dispel some of those myths.

Top 10 Rent To Own Myths

1. Myth: All the products are used. This is untrue. While you consumers can get deeply discounted prices are pre-owned items, most rent to own companies offer a vast inventory of brand new merchandise. Several companies will even allow you to special order merchandise not in their current inventory.

2. Myth: You are obligated to keep the product. Merchandise can be returned at any time during the rental agreement period without penalty.

3. Myth: Rental contracts are for long periods of time and very costly. On the surface this may look to be true to the consumer. However, when comparing the time and payments to pay off in-store credit or credit card interest, the final price may not very much by comparison. The biggest difference with rent to own are, you are under no obligation to keep the product, loaners are typically given if the product breaks, you receive free delivery and set up, and can even switch out the merchandise for something different if you don’t like it. Also, most rent to own companies offer an EPO (early pay out option).

4. Myth: Rent to own companies only offer low end merchandise. Again, this is false. Top name brand product is available. The same merchandise you find in high end department stores.

5. Myth: High interest is charged. Because credit is not a factor, there is no interest charged.

6. Myth: A large down payment is required. No. In fact, in most cases, only the first payment is required. Depending upon the terms of the contract, this could be a one week, two week, or monthly payment.

7. Myth: Merchandise is not cleaned. Rent to Own stores are strictly regulated by state and local agencies to ensure merchandise is cleaned and sanitized.

8. Myth: Only people with bad credit use rent to own stores. People from all walks of life and all credit types use rent to own stores.

9. Myth: My credit is checked for approval. Credit history is not checked for approval.

10. Myth: If I return the product, I lose all the money I have paid in. Most rent to own companies offer a reinstatement period. Check the terms of the contract.
The next time you have a need for a new appliance, computer, furniture, or even a phone, and find yourself short on cash, check out a rent to own option. You might be surprised at how easy and affordable the process is.


Decorating Ideas

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Here at Champion Sales & Lease, we’re always excited to change up our homes… whether that means a new couch for the living room, an updated bedroom suite, or a bigger TV to watch all your favorite shows, we LOVE getting new stuff!

But we also know that it’s important to keep a budget, and buying something newer and bigger isn’t always the best financial decision. That’s why we like to search the internet for fun, budget-friendly ideas to update our homes! See our some of our favorite decorating ideas here:

  1.   18 Unbelievably Cheap But awesome DIY Home Décor Projects
  2.  20 Low-Budget Ideas to Make Your Home Look Like a Million Bucks
  3.  31 Easy DIY Upgrades That Will Make Your Home Look More Expensive
  4.  15 DIY Magnet Projects Will Make Your Life Much More Fun & Easier
  5.  Scrabble Coaster

Do you have any great ideas to spruce up your home on the cheap?! Let us know some of your favorite projects in our Facebook comments!

Good luck decorating!

What’s the best way to buy furniture?

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Two Women Carrying Sofa As They Move Into New Home

What’s the best way to buy furniture?

You’re setting up your very first house. You’re excited one minute, and overwhelmed the next when you consider all that goes along with this welcome-to-adulthood rite of passage. There are utilities to set up, bills to pay, and furniture to buy. Your first time out of your parent’s house and into your own can be quite an expensive undertaking – especially when you need everything all at once. For many, the first inclination is to put it all on a charge card when paying for everything up front isn’t realistic. But there are other options. Consider the benefits of rent to own. Champion Sales and Lease offers this flexible, easy option, which is often much more manageable to pay over time – either weekly or monthly.

Rent to Own Basics

So just what is rent to own? Well, when you rent to own you rent an item, making payments over time and at the end of a specified number of weeks or months, if you have continued to make those payments, you’ll own the item. If you decide you no longer want the merchandise during that time, simply return it and the payments stop.

Who uses rent to own?

Rent to own is truly for everyone. Whether you are a young adult setting up a home of your own for the first time, a professional on a short term work assignment away from home, a homeowner wanting to stage her home for sale, technology enthusiasts who prefer to have the latest gadgets, families who would prefer to pay overtime to replace a broken appliance instead of going into debt, a sports fan who wants a big TV for the game, or discerning consumers who want to take an item for a test run before making a major purchase commitment.

Champion Sales and Lease has all of your furnishing and technology needs. Whether you live in an apartment, or recently purchased a house you’re looking to fill with fantastic pieces, they have something for every space. From computers and televisions to refrigerators and washing machines, to beds and sofas, let Champion Sales and Lease help you customize your space with convenient payment schedules and no hefty credit card balance to worry about.

Visit us here to learn the advantages of rent to own.

Create a Luxurious Master Suite

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The bedroom has become so much more than just the place where we sleep. Today, a home’s master bedroom is more closely associated with a private retreat, where one can relax and recharge in a tranquil environment. A number of elements go into to creating a truly luxurious master suite and with a little help from Champion Sales and Lease, yours can come together in no time! Take a look at these tips for creating a luxurious and comfortable master bedroom suite:

  • Choose a soothing color for the walls and keep it neutral. Deep blues, rich shades of brown, beige and gray and hypnotic hues of green, can impart a Zen-like calm. Pairing monochromatic window treatments and room-darkening shades is another way to keep your private haven separate from the stresses of the outside world.
  • Sumptuous bed linens are a key element in establishing spa-like ambiance. Go for natural fibers such as cotton, wool, or linen and coordinate textures and patterns for a tasteful, eclectic look.
  • The right lighting is another important consideration. Having ample light to read by is essential along with additional light fixtures that illuminate the room’s cozy corners.
  • An open, uncluttered space makes your master suite soothing and inviting. Don’t add too much or excessively large furniture.
  • A seating area or reading nook can break up your space and add an inviting place to relax in addition to the bed.
  • The idea of escaping represents different things to each of us. For some, it may mean sinking into an over stuffed easy chair, putting our feet up and diving into a good book. It could also mean settling into bed-remote in hand, for an evening of big screen entertainment. Others may look forward to retreating to the master suite for a catnap or romantic evening. Regardless of what you have in mind, Champion Sales and Lease can help create the perfect setting!

We encourage you to browse our site and consider all of the possibilities. From lovely bedroom suites to comfortable upholstered pieces and flat-screen TVs, we have the perfect combination of must-haves for the master suite of your dreams. In addition to our easy and affordable rent to own program, we also have in store design services and take great pride in helping each of our customers create a space that is as unique as they are!

Note: The furniture shown in the photo is our Mantaro Bedroom Set

Just in Time for Back to School – Rent a Smart TV!

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Rent a Smart TV!

Of course college isn’t all about studying. Think game day get-togethers, movie nights and video game face-offs. You’re gonna need a TV for that. Champion Sales and Lease has a large selection of televisions from trusted brands like LG, Philips, Samsung, and Toshiba. We’ve got everything from LED TVs, and ultra HD TVs to state of the art smart TVs, the latest innovation in the TV viewing revolution.

A smart TV has built-in Internet connectivity, allowing it to access a range of online services including video and streaming on demand, social networking, interactive media, internet music stations, and even web access. You might think of them as a cross between a TV and a computer. Smart TVs use external devices like Blu-ray players, gaming consoles, Roku and Apple TV boxes to use streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and Pandora, to name a few. These devices can deliver thousands of channels and apps to your TV. The external devices let you search for and play videos, music, movies, and show photograph slide shows of your vacations.

The features of smart TVs will vary by manufacturer, but you can expect to find surreal aesthetics, LED backlighting, high-definition display, built-in Wi-Fi, slimmer profiles, personalized home screen capabilities, and amazing brightness, clarity and color detail in most models.

At Champion Sales and Lease we offer a variety of smart TV selections from several manufacturers. With all of these options, the hardest choice you have to make is which one. That’s where the Champion advantage comes in. With our rent-to-own payment platform, you aren’t stuck with a TV you don’t like after paying thousands for. If you aren’t satisfied with the TV you chose from Champion Sales and Lease, come in and switch it for a new one. Let us help you find the right entertainment needs with convenient payment schedules and no hefty credit card balance to worry about.