Category: Housing

How to Tell if You Are Losing Money With a Secret Water Leak

It had been a couple months since my step-son moved out of the house, leaving the wife and I empty nesters for the first time. Ironically, the water bill didn’t offer any evidence to the fact. To my chagrin, our bill had actually managed to climb upwards. “How could this be?” I asked myself. I …

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How to Save Money on Lawn Care (Do it Yourself Tips)

In a bad economy it’s always hard to save money on lawn care, and at the same time you don’t want your lawn to look like a jungle. If you live a suburban lifestyle as well you don’t want your lawn to be the talk of the neighborhood. Since going from being raised on a …

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Does it Matter Which Furnace Filter I Buy?

This is a question that has been bugging me for some time: does it even matter what type of furnace filters I purchase (can’t I just get the cheapest?) I posed the question to our good friend, Jessie, who worked as an HVAC professional and offered her expert take on the subject. Hope it helps! …

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How to Make Swiffer Wet Jet Refill

About six years ago I was sick of paying $4.99 for the Swiffer Wet Jet Refills and wanted a cheaper solution. I could have gone with the classical mop and bucket route, but I liked the design and functionality of the Swiffer Wet Jets. So I started playing around with refill bottles and started looking …

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How HELOCs Are Changing in 2018

The following is a guest post from fellow personal finance blogger, Dan of dinks.co. He’s a home owner who knows a thing or two about HELOCs. My (Aaron) wife and I recently opened up home equity line of credit – so this post is timely for us. Taxes and interest rates are changing this year …

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What’s Your Oldest Appliance?

In 2010, my wife and I moved into a home built in the early 80’s. One of the first things we did was replace most of the kitchen appliances that had been there since the original owner moved in. While I hate to admit it, this was more of an aesthetic choice than a functional one. …

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How to Change the Code on Your Garage Door Opener

The following is one of more popular how-to posts. Changing your garage door opener doesn’t have to be hard. Here are the steps I took to change my code. We are getting new renters in a property that we own and so I recently needed to reset the code on the garage door opener. For …

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LendingTree Review (Is it a Good Idea?)

While we wrote the following post a few years ago, a lot of the information is still pertinent if you are looking for an online lender, like LendingTree. Getting multiple offers from banks can be a real benefit – but as you can see – there are some downsides to be aware of.   With interest …

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Passive Income Streams: November 2017 Report

Just when I thought the winter weather was going to have a cooling effect on my multiple income streams, then November came along and proved me wrong. Airbnb produced $0 in October, then picked up again in November netting us $566. Overall, it was a solid month for us getting $1,291 in all my side …

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How to Plan for Retirement Like Clark Griswold

Every Christmas season my wife and I have series of movies that we pull out and watch between Thanksgiving and Christmas time. This past weekend we pulled out one of our classics, National Lampoons Christmas Vacation! If it isn’t part of your regular Christmas movie set, then it needs to be! I love almost every …

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