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U.S. financial and economic topics from several finance writers.

Important Questions to Ask Your Home Inspector

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Congratulations, you’re under contract to purchase a new home. While you’re not at the finish line yet, you can see it in the distance. If you have a home inspection contingency in your contract, which is something you should strongly consider, you have the right to hire a home inspector to go over the property with a fine tooth comb. Furthermore, if they find something you don’t like, you have the option to back out of...
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Real good advice! Used a Home Inspector on my most recent residential purchase. Cost was $400 and the findings were useful. The se... Read More
Thursday, 04 July 2019 04:43
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Work With Your Contractor to Save On Your Project

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Maybe you’re dreaming of a new kitchen. Or maybe it’s time to put an addition on your home. Perhaps you want to finish your basement. Regardless of the home improvement project you’re planning, there may be one thing standing in your way: money . Even if you have enough money to complete your project, it doesn’t mean you want to overspend. It’s likely that you’re still interested in saving money along the way. By working closely...
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What’s the Best Way to Pay for a Home Renovation Project?

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Are you interested in taking on a home renovation project? From a new kitchen to finishing your basement, there’s no limit to what you can do with your home. However, there may be something holding you back: money. It’s easy to dream up the perfect home renovation project, but not quite as simple to turn it into reality. Fortunately, there are several ways to pay for a home renovation project, all of which you should consider....
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Personal Finance for High School Students

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There is an issue I think needs to be addressed in public high schools. While the core classes like algebra, geometry, and English are critical, these schools are putting enough focus on everyday skills like personal finance. I think personal finance should be a core class in high school. Learning these skills in high schools will help the student through adulthood, and may even find a job. I bet there are many that find themselves behind...
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Does anyone currently have a child in high school and are trying to teach them about personal finances?
Monday, 27 May 2019 15:11
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A Spring Garage Sale May be Just What You Need

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As the winter season comes to an end, it’s safe to say that you’re looking forward to warmer weather and everything that comes along with it. After a long winter, you may realize that you’ve got more clutter in your home than you would like. Rather than throw out any unwanted items, it makes better sense to organize a garage sale. Not only does this help you remove clutter, but with the right approach you can...
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I am in bad need of getting a garage sale! I have so much stuff to get rid off, I am hoping to get one organized by April!
Wednesday, 27 February 2019 15:56
Frank
I was able to get my act together and did a garage sale this March. While I did not make a ton of money I was able to get rid of a... Read More
Monday, 18 March 2019 16:17
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Easy Ways to Save Big on Appliances

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Are you in need of a new appliance, such as a refrigerator or dishwasher? Are you interested in buying an entire package, such as a washer and dryer? It doesn’t matter how many appliances you’re buying, there are tips you can follow to save a load of money. The first thing you need to do is change your mindset. Don’t assume that the only way to purchase appliances is to visit a big box store, review...
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My wife and I purchased a washer/dryer from Sears. We got a huge deal because they are going out of business. However the delivery... Read More
Thursday, 30 August 2018 09:29
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Inexpensive Ways to Upgrade Your Master Bathroom

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Like many people, you spend a good amount of time in your master bathroom. From getting ready for your workday to winding down before you call it a day, this room of your home gets plenty of attention. There may come a point when you realize your master bathroom is no longer up to par. Instead, it requires a few upgrades in order to make the space as comfortable and inviting as possible. While there are...
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We updated our bathroom last year and re did the shower with a glass door. It was inexpensive and it made the bathroom look a lot ... Read More
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:50
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What are the Benefits of a Smart Thermostat?

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Many homeowners never think twice about their home’s thermostat. As long as it does its job, they leave well enough alone (and hope that nothing ever goes wrong). While there’s nothing wrong with this approach, there are many benefits of a smart thermostat that you can’t afford to overlook. Here are three reasons why now may be the time to ditch your old thermostat for something that’s much smarter: •    Save energy, save money. Every homeowner...
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I bought a Nest last year, and have probably saved several hundreds on this. Its so great and its 100% worth the investment.... Read More
Friday, 29 June 2018 11:14
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How to Save on Your Water Bill this Spring

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With the spring season in full swing, it’s time to take a strong look at your water usage and the changes you can make to save money in the months to come. Like many people, you may find your water bill going through the roof during this time of the year. Rather than go down the same path this year, there are a few basic changes you can make to save some money. Here are some...
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I usually try to only water my plants and lawn when its needed. Given if it rains a lot, I save on my water bill!
Friday, 29 June 2018 11:13
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Easy Ways to Reduce Cooling Costs this Summer

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After a long and cold winter for most of the country, it appears that warmer weather has finally arrived. On one side of things this means you can turn off your furnace once and for all, thus saving on heating costs. However, as the temperature in your area continues to climb, you’ll find yourself searching for ways to cool your home in the most economical manner. The easiest way to immediately cool your home is to...
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You can always have your A/C break in the summer This unfortunately happened to me this summer. It was terrible, but my bill was ... Read More
Wednesday, 18 July 2018 11:44
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