January 2007

A Home Buying Checklist

Six Tips for Setting Your Home Buying Criteria

As a first-time home buyer, I want to make sure I find the right home. I’ve realized that determining my criteria is an important first step. If you plan to buy soon, follow these home buying checklist to set your criteria and steer your search to the right homes for you. There’s no sense wasting time on the wrong houses once you start to look in earnest. Some…
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The Documents You Need: Red File

The last item in the documents you need for an emergency series is the Red File. Now that you’ve compiled and stored all of your important documents, it’s time to take the last step of compiling the Red File and sending it to someone you trust. With that done, you can be confident that you’ve done everything you can to prepare for an emergency, a disaster, or your death. What…
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10 Frugal Spring Foods

Spring has sprung, which means a bevy of delicious fruits and veggies will soon be arriving in our grocery stores. It’s also a time to start lightening up your dinners so that you can lighten up your body, too. After all, swimsuit season is just around the corner. Here are some frugal ideas for delicious spring foods. Strawberries with Cream They actually have strawberries at my farmer’s market…
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Holiday Savings E-Book

In years past, many people felt comfortable splurging on the holiday, but this year everyone’s motto is “Save Money on Christmas.” My new holiday savings e-book will help you do just that. The Sound Money Matters Guide to Holiday Savings compiles 30 of my posts about saving money during the Christmas season. It also includes a holiday budget worksheet not available on this blog or anywhere else. Print this…
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When to Use Your Emergency Funds

These days, your emergency fund sources are dwindling quickly. Credit card interest rates are skyrocketing, home equity loans are being drastically cut, and personal loans are going the way of the Dodo. If you don’t have an emergency fund, start one today. If you do have one, it’s important to spend the money properly to ensure that you don’t come up short when faced with a more serious situation.…
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Save Money and Water with Native Plants

California is making a big push for native California plants, because they conserve water. Conserving water is also a great way to save money, especially if you live in an area where water rates are rising. Local plants offer several other money-saving advantages, too. Native Plants Reduce Your Water Bill Most people have large green lawns, but those lawns are not actually native to most regions. Native grasses…
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Finding Home Service People: Angie’s List Review

When we first moved into our house, I started using Yelp and Craigslist to find contractors for repair jobs where we didn’t have referrals from our Realtor. We had success with finding a floor refinisher and a mover via Yelp. I had a much harder time finding good reviews or resources for smaller tasks like woodworking or bee removal. A friend mentioned that she always found good service…
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