Monthly Archives: March 2013

Redo Your Roof the Right Way

Redo Your Roof the Right Way

No other project is as crucial for protecting your home’s value as having a leak-proof roof. Yet a re-roofing job can be a nightmare, with your yard saturated with shingle bits and nails (probably leading to a flat tire), and dealing with unreliable roofers. Money magazine provides the following tips for hiring an ace crew:Read article

Balance Your Checking Account

Balance Your Checking Account

Today with online banking and mobile apps, many people no longer bother to balance or reconcile their checking accounts. But even though bank errors are rare, there are still some good reasons to at least review your account monthly: See how much you’ve spent during the month on various categories. Sometimes it’s helpful to addRead article

How to Buy Appliances

How to Buy Appliances

There are a lot of options today beyond buying appliances at retail stores. Surveys show that people are the most satisfied buying appliances at online stores such as Amazon, independent local retailers, and the QVC Shopping Network. And be sure to negotiate the price. More than two thirds of those who negotiate get a betterRead article

Great Deals on Hotels

Great Deals on Hotels

Want a great deal on a great room at thousands of hotels? Try hotels.com, which has one of the widest selections of accommodation on the Internet–over 145,000 properties worldwide. A value-conscious traveler will check two or three sites, but we usually find that hotels.com gives us the best rate, and sometimes still has availability whenRead article

Shopping for Long-Term Care Insurance?

Shopping for Long-Term Care Insurance?

Spiraling insurance costs are cutting down your choices. Major carriers like Prudential and MetLife have actually stopped offering individual long-term care insurance policies. Existing policies today cost 6-17% more than they did a year ago. Still, a long-term care policy is important to protect against depleting your savings in the event you need extended care.Read article

Get Better Savings Rates

Get Better Savings Rates

With interest rates on savings accounts near zero, what do you do with your money in savings? Here are 2 ideas: 1. Get a high-yield checking account. You can earn nearly 20 times the rate of the average savings account and also avoid typical checking account fees. Local banks and credit unions typically offer theRead article