Build Your Own Pond

May 11
Category | General Advice

Source: Popular Mechanics

By: Joseph Truini

If you've always wanted a backyard pond, you're not alone. Hundreds of thousands of homeowners already have them and thousands more are installing them every year. Why all the fuss over a water-filled hole? Well, for one thing, gurgling waterfalls are inherently appealing. Also, with the growing popularity of "water gardening," many people look at their ponds as an interesting, ongoing project.

But before you can start stocking aquatic plants and animals, such as fish, frogs, tadpoles and snails, you need the pond itself--and a source for supplies and equipment.

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How to Build a Porch Swing

May 10
Category | General Advice

Source: The Family Handyman

Enjoy the gentle sway of a porch swing on a summer night. With these clear how-to instructions and photos, you can build a classic porch swing in a weekend.

Swing design

The smooth, gentle glide of this porch swing will keep you daydreaming for hours. In fact, you may lose your ambition for good!

The swing's simple cuts and no-hassle glue and screw assembly techniques make it a great first-time woodworking project. You can build it in a weekend for a few hundred dollars.

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Source: Huffington Post

By: Tracy Shaffer

Shopping for your dream house can be stressful. If you’ve been house hunting in a hot market, your stress has most likely been compounded by the multiple offer situation. You look long and hard to find a home that fits your needs, wants and desires, you submit your offer and find you’re competing against 10 other buyers. On-in-ten chance you lose. The reality is, you have to fall in love with a house to consider writing on it and when that love goes unrequited, you need the stamina to pick yourself up, get back in the car and start the search all over again. Sounds like dating, doesn’t it?

And just like dating, things don’t always work out.

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From: Zillow Porchlight

By: Brendon DeSimone

Remember the big red “Pending” sticker you used to see across “For Sale” yard signs? Before the Internet and online listings, that sign was the consumer’s only indication that a home had a deal.

Today’s consumers discover the words “contingent” or “pending” online, and they don’t always know what it means.

Many buyers assume that “sale pending” means the property is no longer available. But that’s not always the case.

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From: Budgets Are Sexy

By: J. Money

Hey J. Money,

I hope you’re doing well! I have been a reader since at least 2010 (WHOA where does time go?). I started out adulthood with a pretty rotten relationship with money. I came from a lower middle class family and never really learned at all how to handle money.

At 17, I was the first person in my family to go to college, and was highly encouraged by friends, family, and even my school’s financial aid office to finance my education with loans. Fast forward a few years, and I had $70,000+ in student loans and a bunch of credit card debt, which I ended up paying off through a probably shady consolidation agreement.

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