President Obama just announced he wants to use some $200 billion in unused TARP money to give the economy another kick in the pants toward prosperity. Included in the plan is a provision for the much-rumored “Cash for Caulkers” program, in which homeowners would receive rebates for certain home improvement projects.
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By taking on strategic home remodeling projects and taking advantage of special insurance discounts, you can save a bundle while doing your bit to minimize your impact on Mother Nature.
IKEA has decreased the prices on dozens of household items: A sofa that sold for $1,199 last year now retails for $899; a coffee table selling for $29.99 last year now sells for $19.99; a TV unit stand, formerly $150, is available for $99; and so on.
What do you do if you owe more than your home is worth? You could simply walk away from the mortgage, as one professor suggests. But through a change in the works from the Obama administration, it should be slightly easier to get rid of the home without the stigma or complications of a foreclosure.
Why are Chinese households so much better at saving money than their American counterparts?
Forget about shame and guilt. Don’t worry about your credit score. If you owe way more than your home is worth, simply stop paying the mortgage and don’t feel bad about it, suggests a University of Arizona professor.
Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Target, and all the usual suspects down at the mall are hardly the only businesses trying to grab consumers’ attention this weekend.
This Saturday, November 28, Ace Hardware will give customers 50% off any one item that costs under $30. A coupon is required. Print it here.
The biggest shopping day of the year is not only about snagging discounted toys and plasma HDTVs at the mall. Car dealers and online banks also want in on the action.
The popular “prosperity gospel” preached to the adoring masses is being blamed for putting a lot of believers deeply into debt that they’ll likely never pay off. Guess they just aren’t good enough Christians.
The Obama administration is looking very closely into the possibility of a program that would cover a big chunk of the cost to weatherize your home—meaning you’d save money right away on getting an energy audit and on projects like sealing windows and adding insulation, and you’d save down the line because those projects will make it …
The competition is, um … heating up? Around the country, anti-consumer websites and community forums are hosting “no heat” challenges. The winners—who win bragging rights, perhaps a trophy, certainly lower utility bills—are the households that leave their heat in the off position the longest.