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Don’t Hire an Expert: Services You Can Do Yourself

We have so much to do in so little time, it’s tempting to just pay someone else to do it for us. Many people already call upon professionals for everything from dog grooming to personal training to lawnmowing, while others would love to hire out help if they could afford it. There are even some services which people of all economic backgrounds think of as being something you hire an expert for, just because it’s seen as what you’re supposed to do. But many of these services are things you can do by yourself, saving you serious money in...

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The Perks and Perils of Rent-to-Own

If someone told you there was a way to buy something expensive by slowly easing your way into it, not committing to fully purchasing it for a few months or years so you have time to make sure you’re completely content with it, would you say that sounds like a great deal? That’s the appeal of the “rent-to-own” process. The rent-to-own (or rent-to-buy) structure exists for many types of products and properties, ranging from home appliances to jewelry to furniture, and is commonly used by retailers such as Aaron’s and Rent-A-Center. Beyond all of these, however, the biggest things...

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Can a Flood Happen to You?

Slowly but surely, it’s getting warmer, and spring will soon be here. But while April showers may bring May flowers, sometimes those showers just bring even more showers with them throughout the spring and summer. Not to mention, all that melting snow has to go somewhere. Sometimes all that excess water feels the need to make its presence known. Flooding is actually the most common natural disaster on Earth, in the sense that there are so many “little” ones occurring all the time. In fact, one could argue flooding helped build modern civilization, since the earliest human societies in...

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Why Are Some Cities Growing While Others Shrink?

American geography is changing rapidly. People are moving to modern-day boomtowns and nobody seems to be replacing them in their home cities. But why are certain locales so attractive to people while others can’t help but watch people leave? As you might anticipate from changes this drastic, it’s a combination of several factors working in tandem. Living in the Sunlight Most people don’t enjoy extreme heat any more than they enjoy extreme cold. But the numbers clearly show the fastest-growing cities in the country correlate to warmer climates. Even less than a century ago, it would have been inconceivable...

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You Could Get $10,000 to Relocate! Is It Too Good to Be True?

Are you having trouble making ends meet? Are you having trouble finding work? Are you just plain in need of a change? The solution might be as simple as just picking up and moving somewhere new. You might say, “But nameless, faceless author-person, I can’t afford to just pick up and move! Moving takes money and a lack of funds is the problem, to begin with.” There are states and cities that appear to be offering money to entice new residents. It seems hard to beat relocation funds, a steady job and some walking around money in a new...

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