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12 Utility Company Rebates & Freebies to Grab at the Beginning of the Year
Mon, 03/12/12 | 4 Comments
12 Utility Company Rebates & Freebies to Grab at the Beginning of the Year

I was exploring an energy use analysis on my utility company’s website when I noticed a link that led me to a rebate section on their website.
The rebate program section was not easy to find …

How much should you Spend on an Engagement Ring? How about Nothing?
Mon, 02/13/12 | 86 Comments
How much should you Spend on an Engagement Ring? How about Nothing?

We were standing at the top of a hill on an island in the middle of Lake Michigan. It was a clear September day, my soon-to-be wife’s birthday, as a matter of fact.
A rare bald …

How Much Electricity Costs to Power Household Devices & How to Cut your Usage
Mon, 01/30/12 | 22 Comments
How Much Electricity Costs to Power Household Devices & How to Cut your Usage

“Micromanaging” has a certain negative connotation due to its application in a work environment.
When it comes to budgeting, however, micromanagement should be embraced (don’t let anyone tell you otherwise).
Any time you are able to not …

Why “Spend Less than you Earn” is Flawed Financial Advice
Tue, 01/24/12 | 21 Comments
Why “Spend Less than you Earn” is Flawed Financial Advice

One of the most over-used, over-rated, over-hyped financial cliches out there is “spend less than you earn” or similarly spend less than you make”.
We’ve all heard it. Many of us have lived by it. But is …

2012 Energy Tax Credits Reduced
Tue, 01/10/12 | 18 Comments
2012 Energy Tax Credits Reduced

Update: the 2011 energy tax credits were extended in to 2012 and 2013 as part of the Fiscal Cliff deal.
2012 Energy Tax Credit Updates
If you were planning a modest home improvement update that would save …

The Lifetime Cost of Cable TV
Thu, 12/22/11 | 21 Comments
The Lifetime Cost of Cable TV

We’ve been talking a lot about wants vs. needs lately and how to control your wants. One of the most notorious wants that many struggle with is cable TV.
That’s right – cable TV is a …


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