Food waste is money down the drain

Food waste is money down the drain

How many times have you gone to pour milk in your coffee, only to see that the date on the carton was yesterday? Some people will instinctively throw it away, but chances are that’s not what the label is intended to convey. It’s likely a marker for when the food might taste its best, not […]

Make sure your property’s assessed value is correct

Some homeowners can’t wait to see the assessed value of their home drop. In fact, they’ll tell you the bigger the drop, the better. Why? Your property taxes depend on your tax rate, and your property’s current market value is determined by a local assessor. You can’t dispute the tax rate, but you may be […]

Practical financial planning for parents-to-be

Planning for a baby is exciting and sometimes a little frightening for expectant parents, especially first-time parents. The months will fly by, and soon you’ll be at home embarking on an adventure along with the newest member of your family. Welcome to the excitement, exhaustion, fascination, bewilderment and love that is parenthood. Along with the […]

What does retirement look like if you haven’t saved?

The picture of retirement that many people have is a post-work period filled with travel and plenty of relaxation. It’s a time when they can finally take up a new hobby, sink into the pile of books and enjoy more time with family and friends. The reality is that many haven’t been able to save […]

Flipping houses – it’s not like on television

Flipping a house can seem like a walk in the park when it’s wrapped into a few montages during a half-hour television segment. Just find a rundown property, buy it, take out a few walls, paint, replace carpets, upgrade the kitchen and voila – you could make tens of thousands of dollars in just a […]

What can we learn from the Tiny House phenomenon?

What can we learn from the Tiny House phenomenon?

You may not have seen one in your neighborhood yet, but the tiny house phenomenon has spread across the country. For some, the move is driven by a desire to downsize and live a minimalistic lifestyle. Others see it as a way to decrease their impact on the environment. Economics are often a large part […]

Mistakes on your tax return could lead to an audit

You’re not alone if your heart pounds when you see a letter from the Internal Revenue Service in your mailbox. While some lucky filers get sent a letter because they’re due a larger refund, most of us fear the worst – an audit. Those fears may be largely unfounded for the average household. Only about […]