Government cost-comparison figures indicate a 167-day lamp life for a 100-watt incandescent bulb, compared to a 1,642-day lamp life for a CFL bulb, translating into an estimated $63 in savings.
A tax refund can rev up your budget for a different set of wheels. But go slowly and drive the best bargain possible when car shopping. Watch the video.
Unwanted icicles hanging from the roof are a warning sign of ice dams, which can inflict considerable interior and exterior damage to your home.
VITA is an IRS-sponsored program that provides free tax preparation assistance for low-income earners.Watch the video.
Buyers trying to reduce winter heating costs should closely examine claims by manufacturers of infrared space heaters.
Mobile homes are less expensive than site-built houses, but it is more challenging to improve their energy efficiency.
Get a manila folder or large envelope and leave it where you open your mail. Put 1099, W-2 and any other tax forms in it as they arrive.
Frugality doesn't mean that you are deprived. It means that you take control and learn to prioritize spending.
When your home heating system is inoperative for hours or days, you must decide how to meet the emergency, either with an alternative source of heat or by seeking shelter elsewhere.
If you watch TV news programs, read newspapers/magazines, are on Facebook, or talk to friends and family that are even slightly interested in politics, then chances are you've been hearing about the Affordable Care Act.
Run, hide or fight.
Country of Origin Labeling for meat products was written into the 2002 Farm Bill. Almost a dozen years later, however, the saga continues.
Each year more than 4,000 Americans lose their life to fire and approximately 25,000 are injured.
There's an arms race between consumers and the people who try to rip them off. The new battlefield is the Affordable Care Act. Banking on fear, uncertainty and doubt, scammers are working to separate you from your money, identity and health-care information. Listen to the audio.
The fair weather of autumn offers the best time to get outside and inspect our homes and businesses for gaps and cracks that can allow unwelcome outdoor air, dust, moisture and insects to enter.
With a focus on financial success, how do we financially prepare for cataclysmic events?
Before investing in a solar-power system, look at the energy efficiency of your home.
Small changes in your shopping and food consumption habits can mean saving big money at the grocery store.
The older adults saw untrustworthy faces more honestly and more approachable than the younger adults did.
Do you plan on saving a little bit from each paycheck but somehow at the end of the month you find there is nothing left over to save?
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