Posts by: Lisa Andree

Lisa is a cost-cutting, money-saving, life-simplifying guru, ready to share her secrets and the tricks up her sleeve. As a mother to a teenager and a twenty-something, avid surfer, and world traveler, Lisa knows how to live the good life on a budget. She covers topics that help us let go of wasteful and costly habits, and embrace those that do our wallets, our bodies, our families, and our planet some good!

Entertainment

How to Save on Your Media Addictions

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Are you someone who likes to keep up with the latest in music, sports, fashion, and film? Regardless of your interests, chances are that from time to time you invest...

Shopping

Couponing for Beginners

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The coupon craze has swept across the country, with classes, clubs and organizations offering “how-to” lessons for those who want to save big bucks on their grocery bills. But if...

Personal Finance

Creative Ways to Save For A Down Payment

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Conventional mortgages typically require borrowers to put down 5%-20% of the loan value. Although this may not sound like a lot, when it comes to purchasing higher-value homes or if...

Living

5 Features of Child & Pet Friendly Homes

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Making Your Home More Kid Friendly You’re family has grown and you need a home that can accommodate everyone – especially the little ones . When searching for the perfect...

Living

Weighing the Pros and Cons of Older and Newer Homes

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There are advantages and disadvantages to owning old and new homes. Some may seem pretty obvious, but others might surprise you. Before you begin your search for your dream home,...

Mortgage

Popular Mortgage Programs for High Value Properties

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High value properties can require special consideration when it comes to finding a loan. If the value of the property is higher than the conventional conforming loan limits, a jumbo...

Entertainment

7 Virtually Free Holiday Gift Ideas

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Hanukkah, Kwanza, or Christmas-regardless which holiday you celebrate, chances are there will be years when things get completely out of hand. Going into debt to shower each other with over...

Living

Toys and Activities for Teaching Kids about Money

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Educating kids about money enables them to manage their own funds, instills the value of saving, and helps them learn about the benefits of investing. Providing children and teens with...