Category Archives: Housing

Why Staying Home Isn’t Worthless

I’m fortunate to work from home. I also know many men and women who work from home, are stay-at-home parents, or who don’t work outside of the home for a variety of reasons. Maybe they are disabled in some way, … Continue reading

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Prepare for Disaster

This week I’m giving you a quick PSA about the value of making sure your essential information and items are fully protected. My in-laws’ house burned down last weekend. To the ground. The good news is that no one was … Continue reading

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Front Yard Garden: Your Frugality Is Nobody Else’s Business

The big news in my neighborhood this year is that someone has planted a vegetable garden in their front yard. Gasp! More than a few of the neighbors are bent out of shape about it, saying that gardens belong only … Continue reading

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10 Financial Reasons You Should Declutter Your House

It’s no secret that removing clutter from your home makes for a more pleasant, healthier environment. Less mess makes for easier living and better entertaining, too. What may not be quite so obvious is the fact that eliminating disorder from … Continue reading

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10 Frugal Ant Control Methods

It’s time for our annual invasion of the ants. Every spring the tiny black ants make their way into our home. It doesn’t seem to matter that we won the war last year, they come back to try again. They … Continue reading

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10 Reasons Storage Units are a Waste of Money

When it comes to storage units, many people are simply throwing away their hard earned money. There aren’t many legitimate reasons that someone truly needs one. Unless you’re renting a storage unit for a specific reason with a set time … Continue reading

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10 Good Reasons to Downsize Your House When You Next Move

When most people move, they are looking to move into a bigger place. I would suggest considering an alternative view and instead of going bigger, look to find the smallest house which will still comfortably meet your needs. Why? Because … Continue reading

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Distressed Properties: 10 Houses Worth Considering When Buying

When it comes to buying property, the often repeated phrase is location, location, location. And while these three words are definitely worth living by if you can afford to, if you are really on a budget, there are ways to … Continue reading

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Save Money Spring Cleaning

Spring is right around the corner and there is never a better time to clean than a big Spring cleaning. Keeping a clean house isn’t just beneficial for your health and wellbeing, it’s also essential if you want to save … Continue reading

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25 Ways to Save Money on Your Insurance Plans

By Sara Lennon If there was a big list entitled “The Procrastinator’s Massive List of Stuff That Never Gets Done”, you can put a fair bet that saving money on insurance would be near the top. However, that doesn’t make … Continue reading

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House Ads: Paying Off Your Mortgage Through Advertising?

For anyone struggling to make their mortgage payment or whose house is currently upside down, the offer of someone paying your mortgage payments would seem like a dream come true. That is what an advertising company, Brainiacs From Mars, says … Continue reading

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44 Inexpensive Ways to Improve Your Home Inside and Out

If you’ve lived in your house for any length of time, you may find yourself bored by your home. If you watch too many shows on HGTV your own home can start to look unappealing by contrast. Maybe you’re tired … Continue reading

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Smoking Costs Much More Than The Price of Cigarettes

Most people only consider the cost of cigarettes when they calculate how much smoking is costing them. It’s easy to calculate this cost as you know exactly how much you are handing over in cash for each pack of cigarettes … Continue reading

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What to Expect When Getting Pre-Approved for a Mortgage

This is a guest post from Little Miss Moneybags If you’re house-hunting, a mortgage pre-approval is a great thing to have in your back pocket. It shows real estate agents and sellers that you’re serious, and can help move the … Continue reading

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Curb Appeal Doesn’t Have to Be Expensive

In the last year, quite a few houses have gone up for sale in my neighborhood. Several have sold and several have languished. While price plays a big role in what sells and how quickly, most of the houses that … Continue reading

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Tiny Housing: Strange Ways to Save Money

I may be late to the party, but I discovered the Tiny House Blog the other day. The author features all kinds of tiny houses, including homes made from storage sheds, campers, freight cars, and other unconventional materials. At first … Continue reading

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Alternative Furnishings: Strange Ways to Save Money

Furniture is expensive. Even “cheap” furniture is expensive, and if you want high quality furniture prepare for sticker shock. While many people have an ultimate goal of having a nicely furnished home, some people don’t share that desire or have … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale About Legalities, Saving For The Future, and Insurance

A friend of mine told me a sad story yesterday. Her parents are going to have to move in with her sister who lives in a different state. I assumed that the reason was because the parents had become frail … Continue reading

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Adjusting to a Pay Cut

Last week I wrote about cases where taking a pay cut might make sense. This week I want to give some suggestions for how you can adjust to a decrease in pay. Some pay cuts will require no adjustment, or … Continue reading

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A Reminder of What Matters

Normally I write about ways to save and make money. It’s a necessary part of life, particularly if you want to live responsibly and well. But today I am reminded that, while money may matter, it is far from the … Continue reading

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