Saving Money in the Laundry Room?

Doing household chores shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. There are plenty of ways to save money on laundry and here are some good ideas to get you started.

True Cost: How to Calculate the Financial Needs of Your Family

When you sit down to write out your expenses, you probably know that you need to account for mortgage or rent, heating, electricity, water, car bills, credit card payments and student loan debt. However, don’t forget to account for the smaller bills too. For example, you might need to contribute money to your children’s sports team, or you may have small private loan that you’re still paying off. Don’t forget that money has to pay for food whether you’re going to the grocery store or eating out at restaurants. Don’t forget to factor in things like insurance and saving for emergencies.

How Bad Credit Happens & How to Keep It from Holding You Back

Having a good credit score can make your life easier in a variety of ways. For instance, you may be able to get loans at lower interest rates or insurance policies with lower premiums. It may also be easier to get a job or get an apartment in a desirable area. Let’s take a look at why a person may have a bad credit score and how to overcome it.

Can’t Get Approved for a Loan? What It Takes to Repair Your Credit

Having a good credit score can make life a lot easier. According to an article on Capital One’s website, a good credit score will lower your expenses because “many lenders offer better terms and lower interest rates to people with good credit histories.” They also say that a Good credit score may make it easier to: Buy […]

A Fresh Start: 4 Reasons Bankruptcy Is Not As Bad As You Think

When we think of bankruptcy we often think of irresponsibility with money, but job loss, divorce, tax liens and credit card debt are some other possible reasons that people might choose to file for bankruptcy. But according to a Harvard study 62% of all bankruptcies are actually the result of medical debts. One type of debt that can’t be discharged through bankruptcy is student loans. Regardless of the reason that you find it necessary to file for bankruptcy, it’s important to remember that this process isn’t as bad as you think. In fact, there are benefits that you can potentially reap from filing for bankruptcy.

How Much Mortgage Can You Really Afford

If you’re looking to buy a house in the near future, it’s important to know how much you can afford to spend. Setting a realistic budget will help you determine where you should buy, how much home to buy and how you will account for closing costs (including your down payment). How do you go about determining how much you can afford to spend on your next home?

Why We Downsized Before Retirement

Recently I was reading an article on Trulia entitled, 8 Reasons Why You Should Buy A 1,000-Square-Foot House and it reminded me of many of the reasons why my wife Lisa and I decided to downsize even though we weren’t ready to retire yet. We were living in a 3,200 sq. ft. house on 3 acres in the countryside near Richmond, VA. The house was beautiful, we had spent years getting it just like we wanted it. We bought it when our two children were small and the house was only 1,200 sq. ft. Then we added an addition on that included a Master Suite, Living Room, Two Car Garage, and large home office. As the children grew we gradually added four raised bed gardens surrounded by a chicken run and chicken coop. We had every tool imaginable in our two garden sheds, and two double carports.

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