The Federal Reserve just announced an open-ended quantitative easing program that will pump $40 billion a month into the economy in the attempt to stimulate growth. The move is designed to keep borrowed money cheap, and [...]
Buying your first home can be a confusing process, and one of the most confusing aspects is financing the home. If you’re not financially savvy some of the terminology used in the mortgage industry can make [...]
One of the decisions you have to make when you buy a home is often whether you want a more “standard” 30 year mortgage, or if you want a 15 year mortgage. What you decide, as [...]
Even with the current problems in the real estate market, there are still homeowners who have a decent amount of equity in their homes. These homeowners are likely to have been in their homes for a [...]
Summer is a great time for working on the house, since the weather is nice and the days are longer. We moved into our house four years ago, and it needed a LOT of work. Over [...]
I’m a dreamer with a big imagination and a disdain for high utility costs. Over the past several years I’ve kept a lot of green or environmental design websites bookmarked. I visit them regularly, check on [...]
When most people think of the American Dream, home ownership is a part of the equation. At least it was until the housing bubble burst in 2008. As home prices dropped and foreclosures rose, potential homeowners [...]
I’m cleaning my desk today, and noticed that it’s showing its age. Not two minutes ago, I shouted at my cat to stop scratching my furniture, and over the weekend I moved and dusted my kids’ [...]
At the time this post goes up, hopefully I’ll be enjoying semi-sunny California weather with my family. A lot of that depends on the weather though. We have one super snowy pass standing between us and [...]
Sometimes the frugal thing to do is spend money. The key is to weigh whether spending in the short term will mean saving in the long term. This is especially true when it comes to your [...]
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