September 2012

Early 2009 Budget Update

I last posted a budget update in September and our budget has drastically changed ever since then. Not only have we finished paying off a lot of debt, but we’re now managing to put aside around $2500 a month. Sadly, most of that will go towards taxes for last year, but it’s still a nice accomplishment. We won’t be able to continue it once we buy a house, but for…
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Grass-Fed Beef: A Cheaper Alternative?

Recently, I read Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and immediately started looking into grass-fed beef. I’m also considering the switch to naturally-raised pork. I found both at my local farmer’s market, but then I had to confront the issue of price. Is it possible to that grass-fed beef is a cheaper alternative to corn-fed beef? Cost Comparison: Grass-Fed Beef vs. Corn-Fed Beef On the face, grass-fed beef is more expensive…
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10 Steps to Move out of Your Apartment

Yesterday, I discussed situations that might require you to move out of your apartment.  There are some things you need when you move out of your apartment. Follow these tips for a successful move. I’ve also included advice for breaking a lease early. How to Break a Lease If you break the lease early, you may be liable for the rent until your landlord finds a new tenant. However,…
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How to Request a Property Tax Reassessment

Several counties have begun sending out updated property tax assessments to request declining home values. You probably received notices of increases while property values were rising. Many people don’t know that they have the right to appeal the assessed amount if they feel it’s not right. If you’re successful, you could save thousands of dollars, but there are risks, too. How Property Tax Reassessment Works It partially depends…
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My Long and Winding Road to Homeownership, Part 1

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, then you know that I’ve been looking for a home. I’m not yet officially a homeowner, but I signed my life away yesterday, so it’s time to share the long and sometimes torturous story of how that happened. Deciding to Become a Homeowner My husband and I thought it would be a long time before we could…
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