Tag Archives: home

Heat Wave: Saving Money on Warming Your Home

It’s cold, cloudy, and downright dreary outside your windows. On the horizon, the sky is the color of snow. You shiver. Not because of the cold outside. Rather, it’s due to how cold it is inside your home. You need some heat!Continue Reading

Cleaning Day: Cheap and Natural Cleaning Solutions

Cleaning the house where you and your young family reside isn’t cheap. Detergent, bleach, wipes for kitchen and floor, product to clean toilets and bathtubs, powder to disinfect carpets … all of these items can total $30 to $40 depending on the brands you purchase and where you buy them. In addition, many of these items aren’t the safest to have around a home with children, let alone adults. Do you really want to purchase a cleaning solution where you may nee to visit the emergency room if it accidentally gets on your skin?Continue Reading

How to Determine if a Tiny House is in Your Future

The Tiny House movement is in full swing. From numerous books on the subject, to the documentary TINY: A Story About Living Small, to the new series Tiny House Nation, individuals and young families are rethinking their living requirements. Why do they need to reside in a large apartment or home when they could live and flourish in an area 500 square feet or smaller? There are definitely benefits to owning a tiny home. First, they save monthly mortgage payments since most tiny houses are paid for ahead of time. Second, depending on the height of the tiny house, it can be transported across the country like a recreational vehicle, allowing the owner to avoid items like utility bills and property taxes.Continue Reading

Despite What Your Kids Might Say, It’s Almost Time For School

Do you hear that? It’s the sound of young parents breathing a sigh of relief as they passed the hump of the July 4th holiday season. They now look at the calendar and discover that it won’t be long before their children switch out their pails and shovels for lunch bags and backpacks. Yes, a new school year is right around the corner, despite what your children might say.Continue Reading

Gas or Charcoal — What’s the Best Grill for Your Money?

It’s grill season! Yes, that sentence does deserve an exclamation point, because it’s a glorious time for many young parents in the audience. It’s a time to clean off the utensils, scrape down the cooking elements and purchase the appropriate heating materials that make their meats and vegetables taste that much better. For some, the start of grilling season is more important than the Super Bowl and the premiere of The Walking Dead combined.Continue Reading

Furnishing Your Space: Inexpensive Ways to Make A Homey House

You’ve decided to move your young family from the cramped two-bedroom apartment you occupy to a more spacious home in the suburbs. Unlike your apartment, the home has a few more bedrooms, extra sitting space and more square footage overall. You sign the papers, get the key and walk into an empty and spacious home.Continue Reading

Let’s Go House Hunting — Or Not

Spring and summer mean different things to young families. For some it’s a time of fun and adventure, while others anticipate a lengthy period of relaxation and recharging. And then there are those who don’t fit in either category. They’re the families who page through Trulia and Zillow looking for a new home to move into before the new school year begins.Continue Reading

From Garden to Table: Why Home Gardens are Both Fun and Inexpensive

The Farm to Table movement has become increasingly common. Many restaurants are now offering menus that change anywhere from weekly to each season depending on what local fruits, vegetables and grain crops are available. Markets like Whole Foods now carry produce and meat picked up daily from local farms. The same practice is now movingContinue Reading

Reuse, Not Refuse: Five Items to Repurpose to Save Money

Let’s face it, we’re a wasteful society. According to a 2008 study by the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans produced 1.35 billion gallons of garbage each day. We’ve gotten better in the last few years thanks to the increase of recycling and composting, but we still throw away an inordinate amount of . This is especially true if you have a young family. Between wasted food, worn out clothes, and other sundries, some young family dispose of more than the average 5 pounds a day.Continue Reading

Do I Need To …?

Personal finance is a tricky business for young families. Things can change so quickly during the start of a relationship that questions can pile up on top of each other. It can get so daunting that some of those questions can be forgotten, resulting in loss funds or a unforeseen situation. This can cause frustrationContinue Reading