Category: Housing

How to Save Electricity and Money on Turned-Off Plugged-In Appliances

A few years ago I was really focused on saving money (what is new…ha!) and was researching appliances that are taking energy while you think they are turned off. With Christmas soon approaching, I started googling up “money saving devices for saving money on electricity” and found some cool articles on what other people were …

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Passive Income Streams: Apr 2017 Report

Much like the month before, April came and went. It is amazing, if you aren’t intentional with your days and hours, how the month can just slip past you so quickly. Last month I really focused a lot on accomplishing some of my primary goals. I worked hard on controlling my eating, and getting good …

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How to Sell a Home By Yourself (Well, Almost)

A few weeks ago, my wife and I put our final signatures on a stack of papers which gave up our rights to the rental property we had for over nine years. It had been a difficult decision to come to this point – but the timing seemed right and were happy to see it go to …

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Spreadsheeting Your Entire Life

I’ve got an addiction. An addiction that needs to be dealt with and some support group needs to be formed. Here is my addiction…I love utilizing spreadsheets! I do! I love them so much that I spreadsheet everything in my life. There. I did it. I admitted it. Step #1 on my way to recovery.  …

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How I Purchased My First Real Estate Investment Property

I decided to invest in real estate because my wife and I were discussing how to fund our first baby’s college. She was only a few months old when we started a 529 Plan. However, I felt uncomfortable with that because it seems to me that the stock market is like a casino and values …

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Life Off the Grid: Living Simply in a 14×14 Home

A few years ago when the tiny house movement was heating up, we connected with LaMar Alexander, an off-the-grid, tiny-home dweller to share about his lifestyle and experiences. We thought it would be fun to connect with him again and see how things have been going. He has over 84,000 YouTube subscribers now, sells architectural plans …

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10 Ways to Save Money on Your Electric Bill

Two weeks ago my sister and brother-in-law moved into an apartment, and were concerned about the cost of rent and the electricity bills. When they called the electric company they quoted them $150/month, but after they signed the lease the landlord said it was closer to $185. With their already constrained budget this makes it …

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Airbnb vs Traditional Renting: How the Two Compare?

Over the last three months as I’ve delved into doing Airbnb, I’ve realized there are a lot of advantages and disadvantages of it compared to traditional renting. What has been even odder is that the house I’m Airbnb’ing is sitting next to a house that has been vacant for four months while it awaits new …

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Passive Income Streams: Nov 2016 Report

Almost to the end of 2016, and we are pushing hard to finish the year strong. It is amazing at how fast the year has flown by and my labor of passive income streams is producing a plentiful crop. These streams are going a long way to help us payoff our mortgage 17 years early …

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5 Things to Keep in Mind Before You Refinance (Advice From a Pro)

Several years ago my wife and I decided to refinance our home (and then a year later, our rental house). One of the main reasons for the refinance was to lower our monthly payment as well as take advantage of the lower interest rates. Another factor was that we didn’t have any short or long-term …

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