What to Do With Your Big Unwanted Items

It’s autumn, which means it’s the perfect time to start cleaning out your house in preparation for the holidays. Before you try to cram your closets full of gifts, you need to rid them of the unused and unwanted junk taking up space, and before you can entertain dozens of friends and family members, you need to replace your old, broken down appliances and replace them with their shiny, new versions. While...

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Understanding home insurance

With two properties, one of which is a rental, Brian and I have to deal with a lot of insurance.  It’s kind of a pain, but a necessary pain.  There was a point in my life where I had ZERO insurance – as a student and a renter just a few years ago, I didn’t see the need for the extra cost of insurance on an already lean budget. Well, an apartment fire and loss of my apartment sure...

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Preparing your home or condo for winter

In case the cooler weather and growing number of Christmas decorations didn’t tip you off – winter is coming.  That means it’s time to get your home ready for the cold weather!  The lower temperatures and increased moisture levels can wreak havoc on your home and wallet, so it’s best to be proactive.  Here are a few areas of home maintenance that can help get your house or condo ready for...

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My $300 rice cooker

Growing up in an Asian family, I always used rice cookers.  I never even considered cooking rice in a pot (who cooks rice in a POT?!) until my late teens when my white friends cheerfully informed me that they *always* cooked rice in a pot.  I was aghast.  Rice cookers are marvelous inventions.  You just add a scoop or two of rice, a scoop or two of water (depending on the type of rice!) and hit...

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