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5 Cheap Family Vacation Destinations in Pennsylvania

Portrait of family of travelers on summer vacation

Summer is coming, which means it’s time to hit the road on a family vacation. Your vacation can be great without breaking the bank. And if you’re heading to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, well, there’s so much in store for you. Here is a list of the 5 best places to visit in PA for a family vacation that will ... Read More »

How to Restore Deck Paint

restore deck paint

I found out how to restore deck paint, and now I’m going to share the secret with you. I had just bought a house, and the previous owners had allowed the deck paint to become chipped. It looked awful, and I was beside myself. We had really wanted an outdoor deck, but not one that got splinters in our feet ... Read More »

How to Fix a Yard Full of Weeds

how to get rid of weeds in lawn

Are you inviting weeds to live on your lawn? If you’re not practicing good lawn care, you are! You can fix a weedy, thin or even patchy lawn just by providing good care and giving the lawn what it needs. While it takes some effort on your part, a beautiful lawn is well worth it. What Causes Weedy Lawns? Lawn ... Read More »

Basic Water Well Maintenance Guide

well water test

We’ve asked SimpleWater to share their knowledge about well maintenance and their new product Tap Score. Enjoy, DIY Folks While we’ve come a long way since the hand-dug wells of Egypt and other ancient civilizations, modern wells are still susceptible to a range of issues that may affect the quality of your home’s drinking water. Thirty-eight percent of America’s population relies on ... Read More »

Adjustable-Rate Mortgage vs. a Fixed-Rate

ARM vs fixed

If you’re in the market for a home loan, you may be wondering about the difference between an adjustable-rate mortgage (ARM) and a fixed-rate mortgage. In an ARM, the interest rate adjusts periodically, depending on the direction of interest rates. ARM interest rates are typically low for the initial period. After that, they go up or down, depending on the ... Read More »

How to Save for Retirement When You’re Self-Employed

Retirement for freelancers and the self-employed

We quit working our day jobs several years ago to pursue the dream of writing and working on this blog full-time — however, we also do several other freelance contract jobs, such as writing for companies, freelance construction work and more. Most employers offer a contribution match to their 401(k) plan to help employees plan for retirement, and that is ... Read More »

Financial Planning for Twenty Somethings

Financial planning for when you're in your 20s

Your twenties are an exciting time for many reasons. You graduate from college and enter the real world. You get your first job. You are likely on your own in an apartment for the first time. No parents. No roommates. You may develop a relationship with a significant other and get married. It’s also exciting because you set your own, ... Read More »

The Best, Simplest Beeswax Furniture Polish

homemade furniture polish recipe

Furniture polish is one of those chores that only gets done when you can manage it. Or, occasionally, when company is coming and you want to impress them. Getting furniture polish all over everything is kind of gross and the smell sticks around for quite a while. Some people might not mind them smell at all, but for others, the ... Read More »

Is a Timber Frame Home Right For You?

timber framed homes

When looking to build your own home there are several factors you must consider in order to complete your perfect home. After choosing a location and determining an overall budget for your project comes the hardest decision of them all. There is an infinite amount of styles one can select from in how they want their home build. One can ... Read More »

2017 Painting & Color Trends

color and paint trends for 2017

What are the color trends for the home in 2017? Trends come and go, and you shouldn’t feel pressure to repaint the interior or exterior of your home each year to match the current palette trends. However, knowing the trends of the year will help you when you really like a particular color because that color will suddenly be very ... Read More »

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