Huge stacks of paperwork

Don’t Let That 1,000-Page Mortgage Application Scare You

By Peter Miller The 1,000-page mortgage application is here, but don’t be alarmed: It’s a paper tiger, a low barrier to financing, and no more

Organizing a room

How to Declutter Your Home in a Weekend Without Spending a Dime

When your home is a cluttered wreck, it can be hard to summon the motivation to tackle the chores you’ve been putting off and to toss or organize your scattered

Room divided into sleeping and dining areas

33 Ways to Maximize a Small Living Space on a Budget

Whether you’ve recently escaped the confines of your parent’s home for the first time or recently relocated to a posh condo downtown, adjusting to a

Open can of paint, brushes, and rollers

29 Affordable DIY Projects That Take Less Than a Week

Time is limited, funds are tight, but you desperately want to make over a few elements of your humble abode’s exterior and interior. Are there

Mom and child at grocery store

How to Curb the Rising Costs of Parenting

Parenting is the most difficult yet rewarding job I’ve ever had in my life. It definitely hasn’t been easy on my pockets, either. And apparently, I’m not


Home Cycling as a Financial Strategy

Home cycling is a pretty nifty financial strategy. At its core, the idea revolves around buying a low-end home, fixing and upgrading it, and then


Sixteen Tricks for Maximizing a Small Home or Apartment

When Sarah and I were first married in 2003, we moved into a pretty small apartment. According to what I could find online about it,


The Air Conditioning Battle

Summer is approaching (though from the unseasonably cool temperatures here, you could have fooled me) and with the approach of summer means summer cooling bills.


Moving with Minimal Money: Nine Tactics for Frugal Relocation

The process of moving from an apartment to our home in 2007 was a big learning experience. We did some things right with that move


Reflections on a Tiny House

Over the past week, I’ve been fascinated by a number of articles describing tiny houses – those measuring 100 square feet or smaller. Here’s an

Rent vs. Buy: Which is Better?

Is it better to rent a place to live or to buy one? It’s a question that I get asked multiple times per week in


The “Cheap Neighborhood” Problem

Connie writes in: “Right now, we pay $1,000 a month in rent. About ten minutes away, there are houses available that are as low as


5 Simple Tactics to Reduce Heating Costs

It is cold here. Really, really cold. During the day, I usually turn the temperature in our house down fairly low. I work on the

Is Home Ownership Worth It?

Megan writes in: “My husband and I are looking at purchasing a home next year. My parents and siblings think this is a great move

“House Poor” Versus Controlling Your Own Destiny

Anyone who’s been awake to watch the changes in the economy over the last five years is familiar with the burst of the housing bubble.

Renting Isn’t a Throwaway

Kelly writes in: “Sometimes you encourage people to rent instead of buying a home ASAP. This seems like a giant waste of money to me.


Want to Save Enormous Amounts of Money? Change Where You Live

One of the most mystifying things that readers write to me about is when they’re living in a very expensive urban area and struggling with


Setting Up a New House on a Tight Budget

You’re moving into a house or into a large apartment for the first time. You take all of your stuff there, unpack everything… and you

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