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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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How to Get the Best Deals on the Best Appliances

What to do you do when your appliances are old? I bought my house 12 years ago this May and had to purchase appliances that didn’t come with the house. I’ve been fortunate to have none of my home appliances completely fail and need to be replaced. However, I know the day is coming, and

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3 DIY Projects That Saved Us Thousands This Year

2016 has been the year of the DIY projects. And for a fella like me who recognizes that not all men are equipped with handyman skills (like myself) and would prefer to outsource such tasks to more qualified persons, these jobs were a bit stretching, to say the least. I certainly did not go gung-ho into these projects, but was

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How to Extend the Life of Your Refrigerator

A few weeks back my wife heard an odd sound coming from our 5-year-old refrigerator. She described the sound as “leaking water.” I assured her this sound happens sometimes when the ice maker is filling with water. Since my wife is pretty keen on these sorts of things, nor were we making ice (and it

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How to Save Money at Best Buy

Best Buy has stood the test of time in the world of electronics and has outlasted many competitors, including Circuit City and Radio Shack. Today, Best Buy is known for having a huge selection of all kinds of electronics and gadgets. Although the prices tend to be reasonable, they are often not as low as

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Nest Thermostat Review – Can It Really Save You Money?

In 2011, I first heard of this neat gadget that would help my family save money on our heat and cooling bills. It promised to save my family about 30% on our monthly energy usage through auto-scheduling, auto-away and through learning your family’s tendencies. As soon as I saw the 30% savings, I immediately started

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Try These Tips to Save an Extra 10% or More on Purchases

If you’ve ever seen an episode of Pawn Stars, you can learn a lot about how the owner of the pawn shop (Rick Harrison) negotiates with folks who are wanting to sell him stuff. One of his most used tactics is to find something wrong with the item. This could be anywhere from “it will

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How to Save Money on Home Energy Costs

I often find that the area of home energy consumption is one that has lots of financial leaks that largely go unnoticed.  Since we don’t necessarily “see” the money spent on energy, it’s hard to remember that we do have some control over how much we spend on energy in our homes.  As our family

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When to Replace a Water Heater

One of the joys of home-ownership is getting to replace stuff when it goes bad. And, this past week, we were blessed when we found out we needed to replace our older water heater (can you tell I’m trying to have a good attitude about this?). Fortunately, we do have an emergency fund in place

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Is Rent to Own Ever a Good Idea?

The only time I can remember ever using a rent-to-own store was as a young kid and VHS had just come out. My dad wanted to try out a player to see if they were worth all the “hype”. So we tested it for one out for a week and got to watch movies at

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