Tag: savings

  • Don't Count on Home Equity to Fund Retirement

    Don't Count on Home Equity to Fund Retirement

    Folks who are living without quite enough saved for retirement should be realistic about what that equity can provide. Here are a few reasons to be cautious about relying on home equity to provide for you financially in retirement. Continue Reading

  • The Changing American Dream: Focused on Being Debt-Free

    Fadeout for the Traditional American Dream?

    The traditional American Dream of owning a home and having 2.5 kids is quickly being eclipsed by scaled-down expectations for the future, a new survey finds. Continue Reading

  • Home Renovation: Tips for Thrifty Upgrades

    Home Renovation: Tips for Thrifty Upgrades

    Shutterstock Gone are the days when home improvements were "a dollar in, a dollar (or more!) out." Still, it's an excellent time to undertake home renovation projects. Contractors, tradesmen, and other skilled craftspeople are eager for work. Their empty schedules may mean better rates for you than in years... Continue Reading

  • Foreclosure Tours, Big Discounts Sell Homes in the Midwest

    Foreclosure Tours, Big Discounts Sell Homes in the Midwest

    In vacation home meccas such as California, Florida and Las Vegas -- where foreclosure numbers soared during the housing meltdown -- real estate agents have been employing a new sales tactic: foreclosure bus tours. Next stop? Cincinnati. According to The Cincinnati Enquirer, the trend -- in which Realtors... Continue Reading

  • Laundry Detergent: DIY and Save Money

    Laundry Detergent: DIY and Save Money

    Whether you share a common laundry room or are lucky enough to have laundry facilities in your rental, everyone faces a similar challenge: How to save on the suds. (And no, not just the drinking kind.) Depending on the amount and the frequency with which you do the laundry, a year's worth of detergent can cost... Continue Reading

  • Save on Your Commute with Pre-Tax Dollars

    Save on Your Commute with Pre-Tax Dollars

    Renter life hack, priority number one: eliminate or reduce your time and cost commuting to your job. You already know that there are costs involved with either a car or public transit commute. Most people assume the only way to reduce this is through ridesharing or carpooling. Great start, but also consider an... Continue Reading

  • Read E-Books for Free

    Read E-Books for Free

    We recently told you how to save a few bucks and precious shelf space by getting on board with the e-book craze. Despite the potential long-term savings, many consumers are still daunted by investing in both an electronic reader and a virtual library full of books. But what if you could strip your investment... Continue Reading