This is my first post!
My wife and I moved into our first house last summer with our first pool. Our local pool store recommended using Pristine Blue for our pool touting that it's "chlorine free" and you only have to check your chemicals once a week.
As the summer wore on I found that I could never balance the chemicals quite right, algae grew uncontrollably, and the chemicals were expensive compared to the alternatives. I'd like to get some input on what is the easiest and least costly way to maintain my pool chemicals this summer. Some food for thought, I have two dogs that will use the pool along with small children.