One of my favorite budgeting tips is to use compatible products. Compatible, generic, comparable; whichever term you prefer, it basically means you are NOT using the “name brand” item, but rather a product of equal quality, but different brand. A recent study by economists at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business found that Americans can save nearly $1 billion … [Read more...] about Buying Generic/Compatible Products: Even Air and Refrigerator Filters!
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According to the WQA (Water Quality Association), the most common problem reported by consumers throughout the US is hard water. According to a U.S. Geological Survey, hard water is present in more than 85% of the country. Yikes! What causes hard water More than 60% of the earth’s water is groundwater. As it travels through soil and rock, it picks up minerals (including … [Read more...] about Hard Water: What is it and How to Reduce It
Sometimes we forget how much an easily prevented mistake can cost us. For example, when leaving for home for an extended period of time, I make every attempt to make sure all lights are off to prevent running up the power bill. Except this time, I didn't. Needless to say my next power bill was a lot. It was an easily prevented mistake that costs me a lot of money. That mistake … [Read more...] about 4 Mistakes Homeowners Don’t Know They’re Making
Does your water smell bad? This is a question many of us can answer with an emphatic “yes”. The smell of rotten eggs, sulfur, chlorine and other unpleasantness is a common problem for far too many. It’s a shame that the solution to this problem for many people is “I’m not drinking tap water anymore, I’m using just bottled water!” Yeah, good luck with … [Read more...] about How to Reduce The Bad Smell from Tap Water
When I went away to college, my parents told me to “make a budget”. When I graduated from college, my parents told me to “make a budget. When I was planning my wedding, my parents told me to “make a budget.” When we were looking to buy our first home, my parents told me to… you guessed it, “make a budget.” By this time in my life I should probably be an expert on budgeting, … [Read more...] about How to Create a Budget