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What To Know About Community Solar and Net Metering

Rooftop PV panels aren't the only way to take advantage of solar energy.

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States With the Highest and Lowest Homeowner’s Insurance Rates

Your homeowner's insurance rate largely depends on how disaster-prone your state is and how much it would cost to replace...


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States With the Highest and Lowest Property Taxes

Whether high or low, property taxes are just one factor that determines the affordability and livability of U.S. states.


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How Much Does Window Replacement Cost?

Window replacement makes your home more energy efficient, but you have to spend money now to save money down the...


6 Things I Wish I Knew Before I Bought My First Car

Don't let pushy salespeople and the pressure to add bells and whistles overwhelm you. Use these tips to buy your...

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What Are Peak Hours for Electricity?

Electricity peak hours, the times of day when electric consumption is highest, may affect your monthly power bill. Here's how...


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13 First-Time Home Buyer Programs You Should Know About

These grants and programs can help your homeownership dreams come true — whether you’re a first-time or repeat home buyer.

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Average Costs of Building Permits

Pulling building permits can be confusing and intimidating. Here we'll demystify one element of the process: cost.


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What Is Covered By Homeowners Insurance?

If you are in the market for homeowners insurance, it helps to know exactly what it covers and what might...


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Tips for Saving Money on Vehicle Tires

Buying tires is no one's favorite reason to spend money. Investing a little time to find saving opportunities can save...


Winterize Your Irrigation System With This Handy $15 Device

Winterizing your irrigation system each fall can set you back some serious money if you pay a service to do...

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Least Energy-Efficient Cycles for Your Appliances

From the washer and dryer to the dishwasher, energy-wasting cycles can drain your wallet.


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How to Budget Landscaping Costs for a New Home

It's easy to underestimate landscaping costs for your new home or cabin. It's a major expense that requires a well-planned,...


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How to Get Started With Solar Panels in 2022

From initial cost to maintenance concerns, here's a primer on solar panels to help you decide if they're right for...


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Tips for Saving Money When Framing a House

Save money up front and through the building process with these tips to frame a new house.


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How Much Does It Cost To Paint the Interior of a House?

The money spent to paint the interior of your house is well worth it. Whether you hire a pro or...

15 Tools You Didn’t Know You Can Buy at Costco

You may head to Costco to stock up on pantry staples and other supplies, but did you know they carry...


15 Cheapest States to Live in the United States

Want to get more bang for every buck? Consider moving to one of these states, where you'll find bargain prices...


11 Genius Ways to Save on Every Household Bill

Water bills, energy bills, cell phone bills — oh my! Here’s how to cut costs on each and every one.


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The Big Guide to Tiny House Living

For many, tiny house living is a simple, appealing option in a complicated world. If you're thinking of extreme downsizing,...


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Home Construction Loans: What to Know

Financing new construction has a specific rule book. Here is an introduction to the fiscal side of building a home...


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What to Know About Boat Insurance

If your boat has a motor, it probably needs boat insurance. Here's what you need to know about boat insurance,...


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Four Ways to Finance Building a Home

A traditional construction loan is not your only option when financing your from-the-ground-up dream home, beach house or woodsy cabin.


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What to Consider When Preparing Your Site for a Build

Before you can start building a cabin or home, you need to prepare the site. Here are the steps for...

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Checklist: Things to Do Before You Build a Second Home

If your idea of DIY involves pulling out your credit card, then this checklist is not for you. If you're...


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What Should I Put In the Bottom of My Planter?

Learn what to add to the bottom of your planter to promote aeration without adding weight or expense — plus...


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10 Tips To Help You Renovate Your Yard on a Budget

If your backyard needs a renovation but your budget won't support big spending, check out these 10 pro tips for...


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Car Detailing Costs: Is It Cheaper To DIY?

Wishing your car had that like-new look? Detailing can give you what you're looking for, but you'll have to decide...


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What Temperature to Set the Thermostat in the Summer

Too hot? Too cold? Stay comfortable and save on energy bills by figuring out what temperature to set your thermostat...


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Carpet Cleaning: Pro Service vs. Renting Equipment?

When it's time to clean your carpet, should you hire a pro or rent DIY carpet cleaning equipment? Here are...