Are you house rich, but cash poor? The phrase is often used to describe people who have a house payment so large they can’t afford anything else – like food, gas, utility bills and things they need day-to-day. If this describes you, don’t worry. You’re not alone, and you can get through it with these ten life hacks for lowering your living expenses.One: Develop a spending plan
The old-school term for a spending plan is a budget. As much as most of us hate the idea of budgets, they are lifesavers when it comes to helping you save money. If you’ve tried budgets and they just don’t work, consider Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, or [...]
Twenty years ago, the idea of moving somewhere to pursue your love of video games just wouldn’t make sense – mostly because there wasn’t anywhere to move to. But as gaming has become a massive multi-billion dollar industry, many cities have become hubs of gaming and game development.
Here are just a few of the towns where gamers will find themselves right at home, both in their careers and their pastime.1. San Francisco, California
Video game development lives and thrives in and around San Francisco. The city proper is home to 280 video game developers, not to mention studios like EA, which is headquartered in nearby Redwood City, CA. Beyond developers, [...]
Hardwood floors trump carpet for households with kids and pets. It’s a whole lot easier to clean up when spills are on wood, not wool. Plus, hardwood is more forgiving than ceramic, concrete, or tile. But if you have rambunctious pets and messy kids, you may be concerned about whether hardwood floors will stay beautiful in your home. Here, we’ll look at the four factors to consider if you’re thinking about installing hardwood.Longevity
Solid hardwood floors can last a lifetime, even after years of abuse. While it can dent easily, solid hardwood offers superior scratch resistance and can be refinished multiple times. Engineered hardwood — where a thin veneer [...]
You can’t always choose when you move. New jobs, old relationships, and fresh starts can necessitate change in the height of summer and the dead of winter — both of which can add stress to an already difficult process. If you do have to move during the darkest and coldest months of the year, here are eight ways to make it a little bit easier.#1: Don’t pack your warm clothes away.
Check the weather before you pack. If snow and freezing temperatures are in the forecast, keep your coats, boots, gloves, and other cold-weather gear handy. These items are key for your comfort and safety, and they won’t help you much if they’re buried in a box at the back of [...]
When we think of hunting for treasure in an old home, the exciting image of stashed jewelry and bundles of money hidden under floorboards typically comes to mind. And while that certainly does happen from time to time, the kinds of treasures that most people find won’t make it into the news, even though they can save you thousands of dollars.Hardwood Floors
One of the most obvious hidden treasures that many people already know to look for are hardwood floors under carpet. The invention of carpets made from synthetic fibers in the 1950’s led to an explosion in carpet sales and the rise of wall-to-wall carpets. Homes with hardwood floors were often quickly covered [...]
Feeling safe and secure in your own home is important, especially if you’re a senior who lives alone or who has health or mobility concerns. Some seniors have unique circumstances which may include issues with memory, cognitive ability and decreased activity levels, increasing their vulnerability. Criminals target seniors to commit scams, fraud, robbery or financial abuse, and 59% of crime against the elderly occurs at or near their home.
At the same time, many seniors require health aides, caregivers and other service providers to be in and out of their homes, so finding the right security system can be tricky. Is there a one-size security system that fits all? The answer is [...]
The Fairmount, or as locals call it ‘the Art Museum area’ neighborhood melds tree-lined streets with urban living and a vibrant creative energy. Just steps from the Rodin Museum, the Philadelphia Art Museum and the Barnes, culture and famous attractions are a stroll away. If you want to live in the city but not its downtown core, this may be the perfect place to reside.Where is Fairmount Neighborhood?
Fairmount is one of the neighborhoods within the greater Center City district of Philadelphia. Its boundaries are north of Spring Garden Street, west of Broad Street, south of Girard Avenue and east of The Schuylkill River trail.
Depending on who you talk to, [...]