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Is Pinterest the Enemy of Your Finances?

Earlier this year, my husband and I ordered a wooden shed for our yard. This decision took more than a year to make, mostly because

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Seven Ways to Save Money As a Landlord

Around a decade ago, my husband and I bought our first rental property. We weren’t entirely sure what we were doing, but we were determined

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What the HELOC? A Home Equity Loan vs Line of Credit

Do you need access to a lot of cash at an interest rate much lower than credit cards? A home equity loan can help you

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Best Home Security System for 2017

The best home security systems have a proven track record in protecting homes and their valuable contents. Unfortunately, many people don’t address home security until it’s too

Best Home Warranty Companies for 2017

Home warranties can help homeowners guard against large unexpected bills when things such as major appliances and plumbing fail. Home warranties are becoming more popular

Best Home Equity Loan Rates for 2017

If you’re looking for the best home equity loan rates, you’re in good company. Home equity loans hold undeniable appeal for many homeowners. They’re a

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Should You Consider a Cash-Out Refinance?

A cash-out refinance is like squeezing a little extra money out of your home’s stored-up value, or equity. Simply put, you refinance your existing mortgage for

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12 Things I Should Have Considered More Carefully Before Buying My First Home

Several years ago, my wife and I were in a bit of a personal bind. We lived together in what was about the tiniest two-bedroom

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Yardwork Gone Wild: How to Tame Your Landscape for Less

Most of us have at least one neighbor who takes yard care to the extreme. They’ve got the perfect lawn, pristine hedges, healthy plants, and

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Is Building a New Home a Better Deal Than Buying an Existing One?

Just the other day, a friend of mine argued that building a new home is more cost efficient than buying an existing property. Her new home

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Seven Costly Surprises That Ambushed Our Remodeling Budget

When my husband and I decided to remodel the first floor of our home earlier this year, we wanted to plan for everything. The fact

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‘Phantom Savings’ and Other White Lies We Tell Ourselves

When my husband and I decided to remodel our entryway, living room, and family room earlier this year, we found ourselves falling into some ugly,

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Why Dump When You Can Donate? Salvage These Items During Remodeling

As I write this, my husband and I are in the midst of a daunting home remodeling project – as in, we are up to our

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We Couldn’t Find an Affordable Bed, So We Built Our Own

Beds are expensive. The average spring mattress sells for $1,500, according to the slumber gurus at SleepLiketheDead.com. Once you add in a box spring, a

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I’ve Got House Envy, But Is Remodeling Worth the Cost?

Just like many homes built in the 1980s, ours has two separate living rooms and a floor plan that is far from “open concept.” But

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The 4 Best Indiana Homeowners Insurance Companies

Indiana is no stranger to inclement weather — harsh Midwestern winters bring about snow and ice storms, while summers often see thunderstorms, tornados, and flooding.

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What Common Home Repairs Cost (and How to Budget for Them)

Buying a home is the biggest investment most of us will ever make, and yet a shocking number of people drastically underestimate the costs that come

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40 Ways to Save Money on Monthly Expenses

One of the biggest challenges in personal finance is figuring out ways to spend less money — and one of the best ways to accomplish