June 2013

Six Affordable Summer Vacation Ideas

First the bad news: if you’re just starting to plan your summer vacation, distant locales may be out of the question, but you can still find some good deals if you start now. Here are my summer vacation ideas that are both affordable and fun. Camping This summer, many people are discovering camping is one of the more affordable summer vacation ideas. If you want to camp, book…
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How Did My Garden Grow?

As the summer winds down, it’s time to report in on my garden. To be honest, it was a lot more failure than success. Tomatoes My tomato harvest was 2 Red Reif Oxhearts and about 15 Isis Candy cherry tomatoes. The third plant grew tall and green but did not produce a single piece of fruit. All three were heirlooms, and apparently this was a bad year for…
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The Documents You Need In Case of Emergency

The Bills.com Financial IQ test reminded me that I’m not adequately prepared for death or a disaster. I used to be, but my financial affairs have changed over the last few years. I’m also completely lacking some important documents. For the next two weeks, I will be detailing all the documents you need to be prepared for your death or illness, a house fire, or a natural disaster. The Documents…
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Short Week at the Carnivals

It’s a short week, so we have a short list of personal finance carnivals this week: just 2. And this will be a short post. Here we go. Carnival of Personal Finance #180 hosted by Living Almost Large. My post: Year-End Tax Prep. Recommended post:  More tax prep tips at Harvesting Dollars. Money Hacks Carnival #40 hosted by Steadfast Finances. My post: shoe repair. Recommended post: Reusing and reducing in the living room at Green Panda…
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Reader Question: Furnished Rentals

This question comes to me from a reader: “I’ve lived in a furnished home for 5 years. I’ve paid over $150,000.00 in rent. The home owner want me to pay for the Living Rm, Dining Rm and 2 Bedroom Set. Should I have to replace these furnishings?” My first response was: heck, no. Then I thought about a little. My response is still, probably not, but there could be…
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How Much Does a Baby Cost?

Yesterday, LearnVest (a cool financial blog for women) offered a post about the true cost of a child to age 18, and offered some tips for preparing for a baby. The post includes a cool info-graphic that outlines the USDA’s tally. Learnvest says: “Take a deep breath: According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, a baby born today to a middle-class family will cost about $221,000 by the time she…
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