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Just Get Rid Of It! Print E-mail
(12 votes, average 4.33 out of 5)
House - Maintenance
Written by the frugal nomad   
Friday, 30 July 2010 03:08

You’re not alone. To a certain degree, we’re all hoarders and pack rats. You tell yourself that you’ll nevejunkr know when you need it even though you know the answer is ‘never.’ Accumulating clutter can be a very expensive habit and one that is very difficult to break.


First off, let’s look at the expense and hassle of keeping useless things around the house. Stuff takes up space. Even small objects can crowd desk drawers and kitchen cabinets. And when you’re looking for something that you actually need, you might not find it because it’s lost in the clutter. So the bad stuff ends up burying the good stuff.

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You'll Sleep Better in a Smaller Home Print E-mail
(8 votes, average 4.25 out of 5)
House - Buying Real Estate
Written by the frugal nomad   
Monday, 12 July 2010 03:30

Size matters – especially when it comes to homes. The original purpose of housing was to provide a little privacy, give Condosyou shelter from the elements and a place to horde your food. I think we’ve all inherited a few territorial genes, but excess space can be a very expensive proposition. From a financial point of view, there’s no difference between having a room you never use, installing a second "decorative" dishwasher in your kitchen or keeping a few spare cars in your driveway "for emergencies."     

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5 Reasons Low Interest Rates Won't Jack Up Housing Prices Print E-mail
(6 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)
House - Buying Real Estate
Written by Omie Ismail   
Wednesday, 07 July 2010 03:21

Interest rates are at or near record lows. For years, the real estate industry has prayed for low interest rates. Low interest rates let you afford more house because mortgage payments are Houselower. In most scenarios as we saw in starting in 2003, a lengthy period of low interest rates starts driving up housing prices which makes everyone in the real estate industry from home builders to real estate agents giddy. So with interest rates plunging to all time lows, does that mean we are going to see another jump in prices? Don't count on it. Here's 5 reasons prices won't be rising due to lower interest rates:

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Make This Recession the Best Thing That Ever Happened to You Print E-mail
(9 votes, average 4.11 out of 5)
House - Buying Real Estate
Written by Ahmed Amr   
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 03:25

We know the old saying “when life gives you lemons - make lemonade.” We all get our share of lemons - sometimes a bit more than our fair share. But sometimes a financial setback can give you House_Pictureperspectives, teach you lessons and hand you opportunities that pay off life-time dividends.

Let’s start with lessons learned. Always pay attention to extraordinary popular delusions and the madness of crowds. The crazed crowds didn’t just believe that housing prices could never tank - they thought that home values would continue their stratospheric rise. There was one simple indicator they forgot to pay attention to - affordability. When people with median incomes can only dream of affording the median priced house - that’s all you needed to know. Here's some sage advice backed up by the best articles we have on real estate.

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4 Annoying Cable Fees Print E-mail
(8 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)
House - Utilities
Written by Omie Ismail   
Tuesday, 29 June 2010 04:29

The cable industry is a dying dinosaur, but one that still reigns supreme in many American households. The industry has the one thing that keeps it relevant to most Internet happy cable is a dinosaurconsumers: a high speed Internet connection. In my case a fast 10Mbps connection that makes for a great online experience. And if you don't have Verizon Fios or AT&T U-verse as potential substitutes, you'll be stuck with a bevvy of junk fees that seem to creep onto your bill. Here are 4 fees that you should keep an eye out for:

Photo Credit: National Science Foundation, Zina Deretsky

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