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Investing in Art and Antiques for Fun and Profit

By , June 20th, 2018

Yes, you make money investing in art and antiques and have fun while you do it — if you’re savvy about things. Although the rate at which antiques appreciate hasn’t been benchmarked, fine art has delivered an average annual return of 8.9 percent since 2000, according to Artprice.com. To achieve anything comparable requires does require […]


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Is It Still Cheaper to Rent Than Buy a Home?

By , June 18th, 2018

Although the U.S. Federal Reserve has just indicated that it may step up the pace of interest rate increases,  there has yet to be any indication that changes in mortgage availability might change how people decide whether to buy or rent homes. Choosing whether or not to buy a home is a serious decision. It’s […]


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How Much YouTubers Really Make Versus Patreon

By , June 15th, 2018

Many people dream of becoming YouTube stars — presuming that because a few elite achievers have made small fortunes on the platform, then perhaps anyone can. The top earners make it look easy — like Daniel Middleton, who pulled in $16.5 million in 2017; Evan Fong, who made $15.5 million that year; Dude Perfect, who […]


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How Much Do You Save (or Spend) After You Lose Weight?

By , June 15th, 2018

About one in three Americans are obese, and around half of them are trying to lose weight. Dieters are typically motivated by health concerns and the desire to look better; usually the issue of cost doesn’t even come into things — whether reaching a lower weight saves money or whether the efforts to get there […]


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Discounts for Savvy Senior Shoppers

By , June 14th, 2018

  Today, more than 108.7 million Americans are over the age of 50. And, out of that group, approximately 47.8 million of them are age 65 or older. Once you reach age 50, you become eligible for a range of senior discounts. More of them become available as you get older, particularly by the time […]


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How the Fed’s Interest Rate Increases Affect Your Finances

By , June 13th, 2018

The U.S. Federal Reserve Bank just raised interest rates a quarter of a percent. How does that actually work and at what point does it impact your finances? Eight times a year, the Fed’s Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meets to discuss policy changes. One of the main decisions the central bank faces is whether […]


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Your Dad Might Like These DIY Father’s Day Gifts

By , June 13th, 2018

Don’t get sucked into the marketing hype around the holiday coming up this Sunday: Your dad might appreciate presents that you make more than anything you buy in stores — DIY Father’s Day gifts turn out to be more fulfilling for all involved. You end up saving money because you can probably make these gifts […]


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Summer Allergy Update: Homeopathic Remedies for Allergies

By , June 11th, 2018

For most of the country, the worst of 2018’s allergy season has come and gone, but that doesn’t mean everyone is out of the woods just yet. In early June, tree pollen will likely peak in northern New York and into New England, according to AccuWeather. Furthermore, grass pollen will also increase in the southeast […]


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Lawn Care for Extreme Summer Weather

By , June 8th, 2018

Extreme summer weather can wreak havoc on your lawn if you don’t change the way you care for it. You might actually be forced to do something different: For instance, if you live in an area susceptible to drought, local ordinances on water rationing might actually prohibit you from watering your grass. In some cases, […]


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Bug Repellents for Your Home and Yard

By , June 8th, 2018

As temperatures rise and everyone heads outdoors, bugs are also becoming active. While some pests are simply an annoyance, others carry harmful diseases. For example, mosquitoes can transmit West Nile Virus, multiple forms of encephalitis, Dengue fever, a range of parasites, and more. Additionally, allergies to bee stings are fairly common, and certain spider bites […]


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