I Saved $3,000 Installing My Bamboo Floors

By |May 22nd, 2013|Categories: Blog, Personal Finance Tips|Tags: , , |

Tag and I moved into our new house last December. Six months later we are about 100 square feet away from finishing the installation of about 1,400 square feet of bamboo floors. That's right; it has taken us over six months to install the floors in our house (and it's still not done). It also saved us about $3,000. According

How New Windows are Saving Me Money

By |March 21st, 2013|Categories: Blog, Personal Finance Tips|Tags: , |

As the Texas summer is fast approaching, one of the things I'm worried about in my home is my electricity bill. First of all, I have a 23 year old AC unit that isn't nearly as efficient as newer models. Secondly, I have 23 year old aluminum frame windows that do very little to keep out the crazy Texas heat.

The Best $350 I’ll Ever Spend

By |February 1st, 2013|Categories: Blog, Life|Tags: , |

Owning a home can be expensive. There are a lot of big purchases that can drain your bank account pretty quickly. Sometimes your spend a lot of money and it's really exciting. Other times you spend a lot of money and it's super-duper lame. I'd say $350 is a lot of money, so here are a few things I've spent

The Two Most Important Websites for Home Renovators

By |January 22nd, 2013|Categories: Blog|Tags: |

I've been renovating my home for about 1.5 months now and I've made some really good progress. I have finished about 30% of the bamboo flooring installation, installed all new kitchen appliances, repainted the entire house, and have started replacing some outlets and light switches. Here is the kitchen before we moved in. These are the old appliances and unfortunately

Safeguarding Your Home When Traveling

By |January 15th, 2013|Categories: Blog, Personal Finance Tips|Tags: , |

The following is a guest post by Thousandaire reader Aimee McNitt, who blogs over at PersonalBudgeting.com Make no mistake, I love my stuff. My husband Scott and I have worked hard – Scott has, anyway – and stretched our budget (that's where I come in) to be able to buy the things we want. His laptop, the video game system

Home Renovation Projects – Double Cost Estimates and Triple Time Estimates

By |December 19th, 2012|Categories: Blog, Personal Finance Tips|Tags: |

As a brand new home owner, I had a few projects to get done before my fiancee and I moved in. It seemed simple: get rid of popcorn ceilings, paint the walls, and put down new floors. Piece of cake! I was told that the rule of thumb is that whatever I think it will cost: triple it. However long

How We Saved 30-50% on Brand New Appliances

By |November 26th, 2012|Categories: Blog, Personal Finance Tips|Tags: , |

My fiancee and I close on our new house in a little over a week and we had one big problem to solve this weekend: the house doesn't have a refrigerator. The current owners are taking the fridge to their new house so we needed to get some appliances and we needed to get them cheap. We also wanted to

Why I Took a 401k Loan to Buy My House

By |November 13th, 2012|Categories: Blog, Personal Finance Tips|Tags: , , |

I will be closing on my first house on December 4th, and I will be bringing a 20% down payment to my closing date. As someone who just paid off my student loans a few months ago, I definitely didn't just have $40k lying around. What I did have was a fairly substantial amount of money in my 401k. The

Paying Interest Isn’t Always So Bad

By |November 8th, 2012|Categories: Blog, Personal Finance Tips|Tags: , , , |

Based on the title of this post alone I guarantee there will be some hardcore zero debt personal finance fanatics who think I'm the dumbest person on the planet, but I'm here to take a radical position: paying interest isn't always so bad. Does paying interest suck? Absolutely. But sometimes you need to borrow and the only way to do

Give People the Opportunity to Be Generous

By |November 1st, 2012|Categories: Blog, Life|Tags: |

I'm closing on my house in the beginning of December and there's a lot of work to be done and a lot of money to be spent. I already wrote about how I found a great deal on floors, but even a great deal is going to cost me thousands of dollars. That's not to mention the fact that I