Steps in Buying a Home for First Time Homebuyers

You just saw your dream home on – and you want it – now! You call up the listing realtor only to be told it’s already sold conditionally to another buyer. How did they act so fast? That buyer already had a plan in place, and were likely shopping many months before you were … Continue reading Steps in Buying a Home for First Time Homebuyers

Moving House — the horror and beauty

In the course of waaaaaaaayy too many moves I’ve become pretty good at doing it *nearly* all myself. Add four (yes, FOUR) children in the mix and suddenly Netflix becomes the electronic babysitter, and it’s pizza, again, for dinner (served on rustic paper napkins) because I don’t have time to cook, do dishes, and pack … Continue reading Moving House — the horror and beauty

The 5 P’s of Moving, or Moving is a Pain in the @ss

Winston Churchill said ‘war is hell’ – I’d say moving is an alternate version of his darker hell – maybe heck, or an especially irritating purgatory. Total household upheaval, stress, chaos, complete disorganization – and that’s a good move. The bad ones cost you time, money, and major headaches when the moving truck suddenly cancels … Continue reading The 5 P’s of Moving, or Moving is a Pain in the @ss

The Lowdown on Life Insurance

It's a fact of life, like living, or dying -- life insurance is a must if you have people, pets, or property you want to take care of when you're gone. Here's a quick and dirty primer on all things life insurance. Insurance is an umbrella term for a policy to provide payment in the … Continue reading The Lowdown on Life Insurance

Budget Buster: Preparing a Pantry

This isn’t one of those SHTF prepping articles, although it very well could be. The advice in them is simple, and harkens back to Grandma’s days – have a pantry in your home, filled with non-perishables and the basic ingredients of food you can prepare and enjoy cooking (note the last part – if you … Continue reading Budget Buster: Preparing a Pantry