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6 things you can do now to cut your bills

Here are a few down-and-dirty, quick and easy things you can do right now to cut down on some of your bills. Bundle your services. Start with the phone, internet, and cable provider if you have them. Typically they offer bundling packages. It’s probably cheaper if you bundle. Ask them if they are also running

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What Tools Do I Need to Install Carpet?

Let me start first by saying that when it comes to large-scale, complicated home projects – I am the first to recommend we call up the professional. It’s typically the wife who thinks we can take it on. So, understand that installing carpet and getting the tools necessary to do it is not a natural

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Lower Your DIRECTV Bill

How to Lower Your DIRECTV Bill

This past year marked our nine year anniversary of using DIRECTV for our TV service. This relationship has lasted a lot longer than I ever thought it would. However, that doesn’t go without saying that the relationship hasn’t had its bumps and bruises. Like any human relationship, it’s about give and take, and our experience

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Save money on veterinary bills

How to Lower Pet’s Veterinary Bills

For many of us, pets are dear family members. Thanks to the advances in veterinary medicine, there is nearly no limit to what you can do for your sick or injured pet. Whether it’s a kidney transplant, radiation therapy, or even outfitting carbon fiber for prosthetic limbs, almost anything can be done. However, veterinary costs

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Get rid of microwave or refrigerator for free

Where to Get Rid of Old Appliances and Electronics for Free

The other day, I installed a new “over-the-range” microwave in our rental home after the old one went kaput. But, after successfully installing the new microwave, I found myself with a large appliance that had no place to go and needed to get rid of the old microwave. Needless to say, installing one of these bad

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10 Essential Reads to Become Financially Independent and Retire Early

10 essential FIRE reads for 2020

In this article, we cover 10 essential FIRE reads and book summaries for 2020. The ideas that originated the FIRE movement began with the 1992 book Your Money or Your Life by Vicki Robin and Joe Dominguez and the 2010 book Early Retirement Extreme by Jacob Lund Fisker. Since then, countless people have taken advantage

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14 Money Saving Ideas for 2020

14 Best Money Saving Ideas for 2020

We are 2 months into 2020 and by now you may have given up on some of your New Years Resolutions. However, this year is going to be different! This next year has to be different! We can’t continue on the same trajectory we are on! Do you need to take that final step to

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where you can get free conference calls

Where to Get Free Conference Calling

Thought we’d republish this post originally written in 2015 about FreeConferenceCall.com because it is a conference calling a provider that is getting greater scrutiny by the federal government. It is a service that we continue to use and rely on. You can find more details about what they are facing here. A few weeks ago,

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How to Dethatch Your Lawn in Fall

The smell of fall is in the air and that means that fall yard work is just around the corner. The fall is the best time to work on your lawn and prep it for having a nice looking lawn next year. For many years, my neighbors and I went in together on renting either

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