Tips For Back To School Shopping On A Budget

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Whether your child is starting first grade or heading off to college, back-to-school time can wreak havoc on your wallet. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to. From shopping for clothes and desk accessories to computers and dorm-room furniture, it’s important to plan ahead. If you don’t, your bills could be sky high. To avoid overspending when […]


How To Get Your Kid To Clean Their Room

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Here is a simple plan to help your child/teen keep their rooms clean. Don’t worry if the room is a disaster. Just set the timer for 15 minutes each day and get started. Continue clearing clutter each day until you find the tops of the dressers and the floor. By the end of the week, […]


Promote Independence With Pocket Money

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In seminars I am often asked about pocket-money and whether it should be earned or only given when children behave well. My belief is that children should receive pocket-money as their small share of the family-wealth just as they should share the workload at home. This is not to say that the family income is […]


Mommy Must Haves For The Second Child

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Since she’s been there, done that, what do you get a veteran mom with a new baby? According to Kids II, one of the fastest-growing infant toy companies in America, selecting baby gifts for second-time-around parents can be as simple as A-B-C. * A is for age gap. Consider whether the latest bundle of joy […]


Mommy Second Child

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Since she’s been there, done that, what do you get a veteran mom with a new baby? According to Kids II, one of the fastest-growing infant toy companies in America, selecting baby gifts for second-time-around parents can be as simple as A-B-C. * A is for age gap. Consider whether the latest bundle of joy […]


Clean Your Plate Is Not Always The Way To Go For Healthy Kids

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According to obesity researchers, the United States obesity rate has more than doubled for preschoolers and adolescents-and more than tripled for ages 6 to 11-over the past 30 years. Obese children are at greater risk for health problems such as diabetes and heart disease, and often carry these problems into adulthood. So, how do parents […]


Six Steps To Yard Sale Success

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It’s now officially summer and for many people, that means yard sale (or garage sale) time. Have a yard sale and get rid of all those things that you have tossed during your Spring cleaning “spree.” Now that you have all of this “stuff,” what do you do with it? Step One: Get it organized. […]


Real Estate Terms From Easements To Good Title

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When buying or selling a property, it always helps to have a basic understanding of real estate terms. In this on going series of articles, we take a look at definitions starting with “easements.” 1) Easement – permission given to (or acquired by) someone who does not own a parcel of real property enabling that […]


The Value Of Construction Inspections

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Buyers of re-sale homes almost always have their homes inspected by a professional inspector. Buyers of new homes, however, often do not take this important step. There are several reasons for this: The buyer is getting a brand new home, and thinks that the inspection is an unnecessary added cost. The buyer feels that they […]


Selling A Home What Attachments Stay Or Go

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The home selling and buying process can be confusing. This is especially true when it is a FSBO (for sale by owner) operation. It’s even tougher when neither the seller nor the buyer is in the real estate business. This article sorts through what stays in the house or condo when it’s sold. Attachments – […]


What To Look For In Moving Quotes

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1. Actual weight of the shipment or labor time- The final charges on interstate relocation will normally be based on the actual weight of the shipment, whether it is more or less than the estimated weight. The quote that you receive should be based on an onsite estimate (unless waived) or a list of items […]


Tips On Decorating Your House To Sell

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When potential buyers step into your house, they want to see a clean, neat and attractively decorated house. What they DON”T want to see is something so overly decorated they can’t imagine their own furniture and possessions in the house. Plus, too many shelves and tables with knickknacks, too many overstuffed sofas piled with pillows […]


Seven Steps To De Clutter Your Home For Sale

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Your home may be in good condition and well built, yet simple clutter will create a perception of chaos, confusion, and disorder. The purchase decision is an emotional and intellectual response, based on a level of trust in your home. When buyers see clutter, they assume that the home has been neglected, with more to […]


Selling A Home What Personal Property Stays

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The home selling and buying process can be confusing, particularly when it comes to figuring out what items stay with the home. This is especially true when it is a FSBO (for sale by owner) operation. It’s even tougher when neither the seller nor the buyer is in the real estate business. This article sorts […]


The Importance Of Setting The Scene

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The Importance of Setting the Scene: Staging a Home for Sale The booming real estate market of 2006 has reached a cooling off point for most places around the United States, and for some it has gone cold. Now, more than ever, staging a home for sale can be the most important thing a seller […]