Is it time to stop renting and buy a house?

If you’re trying to decide whether to continue renting or to buy a home, you need to carefully weigh the costs and benefits of each option to make a smart, informed decision. Many factors go into calculating the value of renting compared to buying a house – it’s not just a simple comparison of the cost of rent and the cost of a mortgage payment. There are less obvious costs, along with intangible benefits and drawbacks of each option to take into account.

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Make a trip to the library

Now that it's officially Fall, it's the perfect time to spend a night or weekend afternoon at the library. It's the perfect weather for curling up with a great book, and borrowing that book from the library instead of buying it is a great way to save money.

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10 Best Family Road Trip Essentials

When you are packing up for an impromptu road trip, there are a few things you shouldn’t forget. Whether you’re heading all the way down Route 66, road tripping through the Smokey Mountains or simply heading to a far-off campsite to get away from the hubbub of city life, here is a simple list of the things you won’t want to forget before you leave.

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Save to splurge

We wrote a couple of weeks ago about a tactic to avoid frivolous and impetuous purchases that can wreck your budget. And we write often about saving and being thrifty. But we want to remind you that sometimes it’s also OK to treat yourself to a special item or activity that you love. Allowing yourself an occasional treat is necessary to keep you from feeling deprived by your budget. Learn about how – and why – you can splurge without wrecking your budget.

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How to live on what you make

It’s a universal goal: Living on what you make. And luckily, it’s not too hard to accomplish it, if you know a few simple rules. Personal finance expert Jean Chatzky shares two key steps that can help you to live on what you make..

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