08.31.12

Build Relationships with Your Neighbors (243/365)

We have four sets of neighbors that are adjacent to our house. Our children play constantly with the children of one of the neighbors. There’s

08.30.12

Don’t Overspend on a Lawn Mower or Other Home Maintenance Equipment (242/365)

When you first move into a home, you’re going to immediately be hit with a lot of little home maintenance tasks that need to be

Reader Mailbag: Bulk Questions on Faith

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down

08.29.12

Learn How to Do Simple Home Maintenance Tasks (241/365)

Yesterday, I posted a long list of home maintenance tasks that you should consider doing regularly around your house. As was discussed then, doing regular

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Couch to 5K Edition

For those who’ve missed the hints over the last week or so, I’ve been working on the Couch 2 5K program. I’ve tried going through

08.28.12

Practice a Monthly Home Maintenance Schedule (240/365)

Your home is one of the biggest investments you have. For most people, their first mortgage is the biggest financial commitment of their life compared

08.27.12

Be Aware of Any Homeowners Associations or Covenants You’ll Have to Adhere To (239/365)

On the surface, homeowners associations can be very good things. For one, they usually ensure a clean-looking neighborhood without anyone letting their property fall into

Reader Mailbag: Rainfall

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down

08.26.12

Attend the Home Inspection Yourself and Ask a Lot of Questions (238/365)

One crucial part of the home-buying process is the home inspection, in which a licensed inspector examines the home for significant problems and (usually) prepares

The Eyes of a Child

My youngest child has these deep blue eyes. If you tell him something that attracts his attention, he’ll stop and look at you with those

08.25.12

Shop Around for a Mortgage (237/365)

I shop around for everything from cars to soap. Why wouldn’t I shop around for my mortgage? It seems like such a common-sense thing. Different

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #88

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well.

08.24.12

Ask the Seller to Pay Closing Costs and Other Fees (236/365)

When Sarah and I were in the process of purchasing our current home, we ended up negotiating for a price on a house that had

08.23.12

Know the Total Cost of the Move Before You Jump (235/365)

When you’re considering moving, it’s easy to simply compare the cost of your current rent or mortgage to the rent or mortgage that you’d be

Reader Mailbag: Sore Legs

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down

08.22.12

Look for a Fixer-Upper but Avoid Homes with Problems You Can’t Fix (234/365)

A year or so ago, a friend of mine purchased a home in the Des Moines area. When I first visited his home, my first

The Simple Dollar Weekly Roundup: Dickens Edition

After my article last week on free online books, I wound up downloading all of the novels by Charles Dickens to my Kindle with the

08.21.12

Buy on the Low End of What You Think You Need (233/365)

As I discussed a few days ago, when Sarah and I first started shopping for houses, we looked at some very nice homes. We looked

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