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Are Home Security Systems Worth the Money?

Are Home Security Systems Worth the Money?

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night because you heard a strange noise? Did you wonder if someone was breaking into your home? If you are like many people, the fear of a break in has happened to you at least once. But for some unlucky people, this fear can and will become an unfortunate reality. According to figures from the FBI, there were over 1.7 million actual burglaries in the United States in 2014, and this figure is a decrease of over 10% from the year before. This information makes me wonder if installing a home security system would be a wise idea. Although there are fewer break-ins than in previous years, I do want to feel safe in my home. But are home security systems worth the money? Here are things I’ve been considering while thinking about whether or not to invest in a home security system. 1. Cost Initial home security system installation costs can run anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over $1,000 depending on what type of system you are considering. Although these up-front costs are usually just a one-time cost, you can also expect to pay monthly fees for ...

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5 Cheap Ways to Make Your Home Look Expensive

Have you taken a look around your home lately and decided it needed to be spruced up a bit? Every now and then both interior and exterior spaces can use some TLC to keep them looking their best. But along with the usual upkeep of cleaning, clearing away clutter, and painting, there are other ways to keep your home updated without spending a small fortune. Below are 5 cheap ways to make your home look expensive that could help. 1 Frames In addition to the usual picture frames there are several other places you can add frames around your home to give it a more luxurious look. For example, did you know you could frame that simple bathroom mirror to make it look like a large, expensive one? Or, add a frame to a wall mounted television to give it the allusion of wall art. You can even add small picture frames to your light switch plates to dress them up somewhat. While inexpensive, these touches add elegance and style without adding a lot to your budget. 2 Tile Kitchen and bathrooms are some of the more expensive areas to update in a home. To add a little pizzazz without ...

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How to Stop Your Home from Leaking Money

It is estimated that the average American household will spend approximately $2200 or thereabout on energy bills alone, year in year out. That’s a whopping $12000 in 5 years or roughly. This is a significant figure of money to flush down the drain, especially in a day and age when a majority are struggling with a severe cash crunch. Fortunately, they are various, practical and non-cliché ways you can cut back this figure. Forget everyday old-and-tired advice such as ‘remember to switch off the lights as you leave a room.’ The real gem is found in targeting and re-evaluating you heating expenditure. Follow these 5 tips to prevent your home from wasting money on heating costs. Continuously Improve Your Home’s Insulation A huge chunk of your annual energy bill, around 55%, is accumulated during the coldest months of the year. As we all know, this is the time when we are forced to leave our heaters on throughout the day and night in a bid to keep the biting cold away. However, this is only because our homes tend to lose as much warmth as soon as it is generated. Improving the thermal insulation of your home is the first ...

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Maximizing Space While Saving Money

It can be hard for many people to live in a cramped space. A small space can be good for some people, but eventually, there comes a time when more space is needed. Not everyone has the budget for adding an addition onto their home, but there are still ways to make your home look and feel bigger. With careful planning, decluttering, and organization, you can make your small space more comfortable and help you make the most out of your home. Room Dividers A space divider is a good way to define your space, allowing you to have dedicated areas for your needs. If you live in a studio apartment, a divider can allow you to designate a section for a bedroom, giving your privacy and making your bed separate from the living room. Dividers are a good option for many people because they create temporary walls and can be moved around as needed. Choose Furniture That Offers Maximum Functionality Making the most of your small space has a lot to do with choosing furniture that serves more than one purpose. Multi-purpose furniture comes in a variety of forms, including ottomans and coffee tables that open and offers storage ...

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4 Ways to Stretch Your Meal Money

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Almost everybody’s budget gets tight now and then. And it usually happens that the low balance in your checking account matches the limited amount of food in your pantry. But what can you do to make it until the next time you get paid? There are many ways to stretch your meal money. Here are easy ways I’ve used to stretch my meal money in the past until my next paycheck arrived. Inventory What You Have on Hand Sometimes there are items you forgot about in your refrigerator, freezer, and cupboards. Of course, some of these items might be stale or expired, so get rid of those first. Remember some of those dates are “sell by” dates, which means the food isn’t necessary bad. Watch out for those because the food might still be useable and you don’t want to waste it. Get Creative Now that you know what you already have, you’ve got a starting point.  Can you make some meals from what you have on hand? If not, would you be able to if you purchased only a few items? At times you will need to be creative, such as adding ham to mac and cheese to make ...

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