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How Much Water Does a Dishwasher Use?
Q: I moved into a house with existing appliances, including a dishwasher, and my first water bill was much higher tha...
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5 Home Ownership Expenses That Are Tax Deductible—and 5 That Aren’t
If you bought your first home in 2023 or refinanced your home, then you might be in line to take advantage of some ho...
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The Best Way to Maximize Your Tax Refund? By Investing in These Home Improvement Projects
One of the best ways to spend a tax refund is to put it toward projects that will earn you tax credits, ensuring you ...
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Solved! Why Is My Gas Bill So High?
Q: My gas bill seems out of control lately. I don’t remember paying this much in previous years, and I’m wondering if...
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Do Christmas Lights Use a Lot of Electricity?
Q: Our neighborhood is doing a holiday light decorating contest this year. My husband thinks we can win by adding eve...
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Every Factor That Goes Into the Cost to Start a Business—And How You Can Save
Highlights The cost to start a business has a wide range of $100 to $400,000, though the national average cost is $4...
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20 Things You Should Stop Wasting Money on in 2024
Many homeowners share a common New Year’s resolution: Save more money. The past few years have shown how important it...
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15 of the Cheapest Places to Buy a House in the U.S.
The average home price in the U. S. hit a new record in late 2022, and interest rates are higher than they’ve been in...
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U-Haul vs. Home Depot: Which Moving Truck Rental Service Should You Choose in 2023?
The cost of moving can be expensive—there’s no getting around it. And it’s not just long-distance moves that can caus...
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11 Retail Stores That Price Match Competitors' Prices
Price matching can be a rewarding and lucrative pursuit, but many retailers require customers to jump through hoops t...
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Bob Vila’s 10 “Must Do” Projects for February
Though it’s the shortest month of the year, there’s still plenty to be done in February, including organizing the con...
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15 Around-the-House Resolutions That Will Save You Money in 2023
Life is surprisingly expensive. You pay for food, clothing, electricity, gas, water, insurance, vehicles, fuel, repai...
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Bob Vila's 10 "Must Do" Projects for December
December is all about friends, family, and food (there, we said it!), which is why this month's tasks focus on keepin...
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Renters, Here’s How to Make Sure You Get Your Security Deposit Back
In some states, landlords charge more than a month’s rent for a security deposit, sometimes twice as much or more. Th...
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Metal Roof vs. Shingles Cost: What Impacts How Much You Pay?
There can be quite a difference between the cost of a metal roof and a traditional shingle roof. Homeowners can perfo...
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12 Bathroom Remodel Ideas On a Budget
Redoing a kitchen is a costly project, but the bathroom comes in a close second. On average, it'll set you back about...
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How Much Does a Sump Pump Cost to Install?
Highlights The typical cost range to install a sump pump is between $1,200 and $2,500, with a national average cost ...
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How Much Do Movers Cost?
Highlights Hiring movers costs a national average of $1,710 for a move of 100 miles or less, with a typical range of...
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How Much Does a Land Survey Cost?
Highlights The typical range for land survey cost is $376 to $745, with a national average of $526. Factors contrib...
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10 Easy Ways to Find $20 (or More!) Around the House
Saving a little bit here and there can add up in the long run. Make $20 without lifting a finger by using these thrifty tips.
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10 Grocery Items With the Biggest Pandemic Price Increase—and What to Buy Instead
You can blame the pandemic for your higher grocery bills. In the wake of Covid-19, food prices have gone up for many items you probably buy on the regular.
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21 Money-Saving Tricks That Every Homeowner Needs to Know
Putting a dent in your home improvement to-do list can often put an even bigger dent in your wallet. But these 21 humble DIY projects reduce, reuse, and reimagine...
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8 Common Mistakes New Homeowners Make
First-time home ownership ushers in an era of new responsibilities. Here’s how to make wise decisions and avoid common structural, financial, and legal mistakes.
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10 Things You Should Know Before Taking Out a Second Mortgage
If you need money, you can use your home as collateral for a second mortgage loan. But beware: Should your finances change, you may be putting your home at stake.
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12 Annoying Fees That Are Easy to Avoid
A little savvy will save you big time when it comes to hidden fees. So read the fine print and speak up.
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10 Purchases You Should Always Get an Extended Warranty On
Whatever you may think of extended warranties, sometimes it makes sense to purchase an additional protection plan.
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16 Things Thrifty People Never Buy
Benjamin Franklin once said, "Beware of little expenses; a small leak will sink a great ship." He perfectly explains the effect small expenses can have on persona...
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Just Making These 8 Phone Calls Can Save You Money
Obtain financial help—during any unexpected cash crunch—by making these quick, easy phone calls.
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The Best Tips for Selling Your Stuff Online
Selling your old stuff online can be a great way to make a few bucks, but a word of caution: It takes a lot more initiative, planning, and follow-through than ope...
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Beyond Costco: 8 Other Places to Buy in Bulk
When you’re bound and determined to find a bargain, there are options other than Costco.
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10 Money Mistakes to Avoid When You Move
Moving to a new home can be exciting, but it can also be nerve-racking. You may have just a few short weeks (or days) to pack your belongings, hire a moving compa...
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Solved! Why Is My Electric Bill So High?
Q: I just opened my electric bill, and my jaw dropped. It’s way higher than ever! I called the electric company to se...
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35 Great Things You Can Get for Free Today
Sure, there's no such thing as a free lunch, but there are definitely other freebies out there just waiting for you to claim them. How about a no-charge exercise ...
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17 Free Resources More Homeowners Should Take Advantage Of
Being a homeowner often demands more money and energy than you can spare. But a trove of local and online resources are standing by to give savvy homeowners acces...
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Solved! The Best Time to Buy New Appliances at a Discount
Q: I want to replace a few aging appliances without paying an arm and a leg. What’s the best time of year to buy appl...
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10 Things You Never Knew Are Negotiable
Haggling over prices is a time-honored tradition in many countries, but American consumers aren’t particularly keen on negotiating. According to a 2013 survey by ...
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14 Secrets of People with Low Energy Bills
Keeping up with the Joneses can be a frustrating and fruitless pursuit…but what if those enviable neighbors are saving money, supporting a cleaner environment, an...
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Genius! The Indoor Clothesline You Didn't Know You Needed
Homeowners know that even energy-efficient washers and dryers drive up electric bills, and renters are even worse off...
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11 Sneaky Ways to Save When Buying a Home
Good deals on great homes are hard to come by these days. If, however, you’re a die-hard do-it-yourselfer, or you don’t mind living in a new build, or you enjoy t...
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14 Sneaky Ways to Save Money on Your Water Bill
Owning a home is expensive: There are property taxes and mortgages, tiny repairs and big maintenance projects, energy costs and water bills. After all's said and ...
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8 Home Costs That Take New Buyers by Surprise

While renting has the advantage of being affordable and carefree, purchasing your own home can be a great investment opportunity—if you’re prepared. Unlike with ...
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7 Ways to Skimp on a Kitchen Renovation
Who doesn’t love the idea of a brand-spanking-new kitchen filled with gleaming appliances, flawless cabinets and pristine countertops? Kitchen remodeling top home...
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