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Top 5 West Coast Wineries | Infographic

January 18th, 2012 - 10:33 AM
If you’re moving to the West Coast—specifically Oregon, Washington or California, you may be pleased to know that you’re moving to areas where you have first-hand access to some of the tastiest wine in the country. According to Food & Wine Magazine the West Coast is the home to the top vineyards in the U.S.   And when you consider that wine grapes need at least 1,400 hours of annual sunlight during the growing season to ripen properly, it makes sense that this portion of the country would be optimal.
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How Moving Companies Have Changed the U.S. Landscape

January 11th, 2012 - 3:41 PM
Since 1790 the U.S. census has been tracking the mean center of the U.S. population. According to this infographic, titled How Moving Companies are Changing the U.S. Landscape, at first count it was 23 miles east of Baltimore, but over the years it has moved steadily west, and more recently south.  I’m certain I would have never guessed the current population center (as of the 2010 census).  Plato, Missouri — an incorporated village in Texas County, Missouri with a population of only around 2,000. 
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15 Military Tweeters You Should Be Following

January 10th, 2012 - 9:37 AM
If you’re on Twitter and you’re U.S. military family, there are some fantastic resources at your fingertips.  Because U-Pack is involved in so many PCS moves, we try to stay on top of the leading military resources.  Check out our list of the 15 Military Tweeters You Should Be Following—I think you’ll find some of the best. @ABFUPackMoving follows all of them, and we think you should too!

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How Rental Truck Insurance Works

By Derek
January 5th, 2012 - 9:28 AM

You’re moving, right? Does it sometimes feel like there’'s no end to your “to-do” list?  I hate to add to your already hectic day, but if you’'re considering a rental truck for your move, there’'s one more thing you’'ll need to think about (if you haven'’t already) —INSURANCE.  Ugh. Not really what you want to deal with on top of everything else, but it’'s definitely necessary.  If you haven'’t talked to your agent in a while, now’'s the time. 

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Top 5 cities to open a restaurant

January 4th, 2012 - 2:35 PM
If you’re a Culinary Entrepreneur, hoping to open a restaurant, here are some cities you may want to look into:  Top 5 Cities to Open a Restaurant

This infographic looks at the country’s top spots to open a restaurant calculated by business-friendliness and the strength of the local restaurant scene—and there are a few surprises! 

If you’re from one of these areas (or a frequent visitor), our readers would love to know your recommendations!
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10 Best Coupon Websites

January 3rd, 2012 - 3:23 PM

There’s no better time to save a dime!  Since the economy has every savvy shopper in an ultra-frugal mindset, discounts and coupons are truly considered a godsend.  And you can find them everywhere—the Sunday paper, your mailbox, your email inbox and quite possibly the most prevalent place—online on coupon websites.  Much to the penny-pincher’s delight, coupon websites have popped up everywhere.  It’s the new craze, and folks all over the country are stocking up on all kinds of products and saving tons of money while they’re at it.  In fact, some stores have even come up with new couponing policies thanks to a “backlash” from “Extreme Couponing”.  Here’s one such story on

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Wrapping Up My Cross Country Move with U-Pack

December 29th, 2011 - 4:58 PM

What's the hardest thing about moving across the country? Besides figuring out how to keep your plants alive and remembering where you packed the bottle opener (keep it in your purse – you'll thank me later).

Some might say that packing sends them into a frenzy, or maybe it's figuring out the logistics – apartment hunting from 2,000 miles away is kind of a pain. But for me, the hardest part is always the first step: getting quotes from movers.

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My U-Pack Moving Road Trip - Part 2

December 27th, 2011 - 5:04 PM

I have officially been living in Chicago for two weeks. A few U-Pack boxes still decorate my apartment, but for the most part I'm settled and adjusting to the winter weather. I've reconnected with a lot of family and friends and had a chance to fill them in on my road trip out here. The drive out to California was a bit of a whirlwind - we drove straight through without stopping - but this time we made sure to stop. The convenience of not traveling with a truck-load of stuff provided me and my mom with the freedom to take the scenic route and stop whenever (and wherever) our hearts desired.