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Archives for July 2013

How to Thrift Shop Like a Pro and Save Big

Do you thrift shop? Have you ever considered thrift shopping to save money? Many people have the mentality that if they can afford the brand new, high class items, then why not buy them. After all, we only live once and we should enjoy our time here on earth! Well, that sounds all well and […]

Energy Efficient Home Improvements to Save You Money

Are you planning any home improvement projects this summer? If your answer is yes, are you considering energy efficient home improvements? While winter may be months away, we all know it’s coming and that means higher heating bills. Even though we can’t avoid these changes, there are a few ways to reduce their long-term impact on […]

8 Tips for Saving Money on Back to School Items

I love my kids. I love my kids. That’s the mantra I keep repeating around August 1st every year after spending the summer with a bunch of “Type A” personality children. The newspapers are filled with Back to School ads and once again, I have hope. There won’t be a constant stream of “I’m bored” […]

3 Tips for Buying Furniture on a Budget

Are you in the market for new furniture? Are you heading back to school trying to fill that dorm room or apartment? Maybe you currently have furniture that’s falling to pieces and it desperately needs replacement. Or, perhaps you recently moved across the country and sold your old furniture so you didn’t have to move […]

Mortgage Rates: Is It Too Late For a Great Deal?

For years, it seemed mortgage interest rates did nothing but inch downwards. Every time we thought the rates couldn’t go any lower, they proved us wrong. They’re finally headed back up – and not by inches, either. Mortgage rates on 30-year fixed loans have moved up sharply in the last month. If you’re in the […]

6 Ways to Reduce Your Healthcare Costs

Since the Affordable Care Act became law, many of us have wondered exactly how the landscape of the American healthcare system is going to change. Folks with pre-existing conditions are likely to have better access, but we’re still waiting to see how expensive premiums are going to be. Because of the uncertainty, it’s in your […]

5 Reasons Summer is a Great Time to Save Money

The great thing about summer is that you and your family can have so much fun – possibly more so than any other time of year – without spending a lot of money. In fact, if you plan it right, summer can be one of the best times of the year to save money. Here’s […]

Travel in the Off-Season to Save Money

Are you planning a family vacation before school starts again? Or just looking to get away from the daily grind? In my life, I have lived in Michigan and I have lived in Florida. It’s actually kind of funny to see the very different travel plans between these two states. In Michigan, the winters get […]

5 Cheap Ways to Extend the Life of Your Furniture

Do you take the extra effort to extend the life of your furniture? Do you realize that your furniture is one of the most expensive items in your house right now? If you’re like the average person, your living room set probably cost you over $2,000, and that price only included the sofa, love seat, […]