4 Ways to Go Solar Without Solar Panels

4 Ways to Go Solar Without Solar Panels

Take a drive around your neighborhood and chances are those solar panels that once seemed so futuristic are becoming a pretty common site. But even if you’re not ready to make the plunge to full-out solar power, here are four ways you can incorporate solar energy into your home, according to the American Home Shield […]

Don’t Throw It Away, Upcycle!

Don’t Throw It Away, Upcycle!

 Before you get rid of that so-called “junk,” take a second look. You may be able to upcycle that “trash” into treasure… Turn old mason jars into vases for freshly cut blooms, desk organizers or planters. Old bottles are the perfect choice for decanting hand or dish soaps. Use your favorite wine stoppers for […]

What to Ask a Mortgage Lender before You Sign Anything

What to Ask a Mortgage Lender before You Sign Anything

Looking at homes for sale can be the fun part of buying a house. The real work comes when you’re picking a mortgage lender that can give you the best loan for your circumstances. After detailing your income, expenses, down payment and a monthly mortgage you can afford, a lender will run a credit check […]

What Couples Should Discuss Before Retiring

What Couples Should Discuss Before Retiring

Compromise is an important part of marriage. From deciding how much to spend on a new living room set to what to watch on TV tonight, compromise is constant. It can also be a big part of retirement conversations. While agreeing on the financial and logistical issues around retirement is great if you can get […]

Protecting Your Kitchen Countertops

Protecting Your Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen countertops are hard and durable. But certain mistakes can lead to costly damage. To prevent cracks, keep heavy objects away from a counter’s edges and joints. Don’t place extremely hot appliances, pots and pans directly on a counter, even for a short time. To prevent scratches, always use a cutting board when slicing food. To […]

4 Ways to Jumpstart Your Credit Score

4 Ways to Jumpstart Your Credit Score

Improving your credit score can sometimes be a lengthy project. But, consumer advisor Brian Acton tells Yahoo Finance, if you are planning to apply for a mortgage or other major loan, there are five strategies you can use that can help bump up your credit score in as little as 30 days: Become an authorized […]

Finance Tips for Young Parents

Finance Tips for Young Parents

As a young parent, you may just be learning about all the responsibilities parenthood requires. When it comes to financial planning, setting your sight on the future can help immensely. Demolish debt. Slaying your own debt will positively impact your family’s financial future. While it may take years to pay off those student loans or credit […]

Put a Little Life into Your Lights

Put a Little Life into Your Lights

When’s the last time you paid attention to your lights, switches and fixtures? They may seem like little things, but when selling a home, everything counts, so putting some thought into your home’s lighting can go a long way toward sprucing up your home without emptying your wallet. Here are some easy things that you […]

Update Your Kitchen Without Spending a Fortune

Update Your Kitchen Without Spending a Fortune

Bored with your basic kitchen? These inexpensive updates will liven things up in no time! Add style to standard wood cabinets with a quick coat of paint. Try painting the lower cabinets a dark color, like gray or navy, and the upper cabinets white. Open up a closed space by converting a cabinet to open […]

Top 10 Bicycle Safety Tips

Top 10 Bicycle Safety Tips

People often say that something is “like riding a bike” to describe an action or skill that’s impossible to forget and easy to do once you learn it. Although you likely remember how to physically ride a bicycle, you may have forgotten, or be unaware of, some important safe riding measures. Need a refresher? Check […]


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