a new backsplash and butcher block counters can refresh a kitchen on a budget

Eight Cheap Ways to Refresh Your Kitchen Without a Full Remodel

If you’ve been dreaming of a new kitchen but can’t stomach the thought of a pricey remodel, you’re right to worry. A 2016 analysis from

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Nine Things We Look for When Buying Rental Property

When my husband and I bought our first rental property in 2007, we barely knew what we were doing. We saved up a large down

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Six Home Improvements That Just Aren’t Worth It for Us

As someone born and raised and central Indiana, I have been spoiled with cheap real estate all my life. The first home we ever purchased

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14 Things to Borrow, Not Buy

If there’s one thing no one ever tells you about adulthood, it’s how easy it is to accumulate stuff. Let’s face it: Many families have

06.12.17
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Five Ways to Get the Most Bang for Your Buck from a Small Garden

Living in New York City, I’m often disappointed in the quality of produce offered at the supermarkets. It’s not uncommon for carrots to wilt within

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Give Your Home an Outdoor Makeover on the Cheap

If you believe everything you read in the Lowe’s or Home Depot mailer, you probably think you need a new grill, decorative stones leading to your glamorous

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Is Pinterest the Enemy of Your Finances?

Earlier this year, my husband and I ordered a wooden shed for our yard. This decision took more than a year to make, mostly because

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Seven Ways to Save Money As a Landlord

Around a decade ago, my husband and I bought our first rental property. We weren’t entirely sure what we were doing, but we were determined

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What the HELOC? A Home Equity Loan vs Line of Credit

Do you need access to a lot of cash at an interest rate much lower than credit cards? A home equity loan can help you

06.22.17
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Best Home Security System for 2017

The best home security systems have a proven track record in protecting homes and their valuable contents. Unfortunately, many people don’t address home security until it’s too

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Best Home Warranty Companies for 2017

Home warranties can help homeowners guard against large unexpected bills when things such as major appliances and plumbing fail. Home warranties are becoming more popular

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Best Home Equity Loan Rates for 2017

If you’re looking for the best home equity loan rates, you’re in good company. Home equity loans hold undeniable appeal for many homeowners. They’re a

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Should You Consider a Cash-Out Refinance?

A cash-out refinance is like squeezing a little extra money out of your home’s stored-up value, or equity. Simply put, you refinance your existing mortgage for

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12 Things I Should Have Considered More Carefully Before Buying My First Home

Several years ago, my wife and I were in a bit of a personal bind. We lived together in what was about the tiniest two-bedroom

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Yardwork Gone Wild: How to Tame Your Landscape for Less

Most of us have at least one neighbor who takes yard care to the extreme. They’ve got the perfect lawn, pristine hedges, healthy plants, and

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Is Building a New Home a Better Deal Than Buying an Existing One?

Just the other day, a friend of mine argued that building a new home is more cost efficient than buying an existing property. Her new home

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Seven Costly Surprises That Ambushed Our Remodeling Budget

When my husband and I decided to remodel the first floor of our home earlier this year, we wanted to plan for everything. The fact

03.07.16
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‘Phantom Savings’ and Other White Lies We Tell Ourselves

When my husband and I decided to remodel our entryway, living room, and family room earlier this year, we found ourselves falling into some ugly,