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Our life in storage

It's time to clean up the mess in the basement and organize our storage unit. We have too much stuff.
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Financing a major renovation

Financing a major renovation

A look at five strategies to finance a renovation when a home equity loan or mortgage refinance isn't an option.
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Escape from the money pit

Escape from the money pit

We are staring down the barrel of a six figure renovation. Should we cut our losses now? Is there a way out? Or are we trapped?
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Climbing out of debt (again)

Reviewing the strategies we had in place several years ago to control and eliminate debt, which ones we are using today and how well they are working.
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Four mistakes that cost us over a hundred grand

Four mistakes that cost us over a hundred grand

We made four major mistakes when deciding to buy this house– four mistakes that will cost us close to $200,000, half of which we never expect to recover.
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Letting go of the past (and making a few bucks)

Letting go of the past (and making a few bucks)

After 35 years, 3 moves, and 4 years in storage, I questioned why I was continuing to hold onto my Hardy Boys book collection from my childhood.
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Gas bills and contract ethics

Our long term contract with an independent energy supplier was not such a good deal. We had a way out. Should we have taken it?
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Ode to spring cleaning (and the accumulation of “stuff”)

Ode to spring cleaning (and the accumulation of “stuff”)

Spring cleaning reveals the appalling amount of stuff that we have accumulated. And too much stuff can be a burden.
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Where did our money go?

We were building our savings. However, at the same time, our debt was increasing. A look at the reasons why we were not able to get ahead.
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Our strategy for climbing out of debt

How we are dealing with our debt. Understanding how we got into debt and developing a strategy for getting out of debt.
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Holy crap are we in debt….

I've done the math and it ain't pretty. I've been pretty much in denial about just how much debt we have accumulated over the last couple of years.
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