Архив автора: Dana McMahan

The 6 Food Choices That Saved Us When My Husband Lost His Job

When my husband came home from work and told me that the next day would be his last at his job, we went into immediate emergency cost-cutting mode. And we quickly learned that the easiest place to slash the budget, in principle, was one of the most painful in practice: our food expenses. We love food—eating it, cooking it, talking about it, sharing it. And an embarrassingly large percentage of our budget went to food—good ingredients, kitchen equipment, eating out. (далее…)

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Painting Your Kitchen Cabinets Is Not All Sunshine and Rainbows

If I had to pick one thing that made the biggest difference when I sold my last house, it was this: Painting the old kitchen cabinets. To be honest, I should have just replaced them, but we didn’t have the budget to do that, so I did the next best thing. I painted them tuxedo-style, with an inky blue on the bottom and light blue-gray on the uppers. It looked great, and my house sold in days. (далее…)

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Don’t Make These 6 Common Cordless Drill Mistakes

If you only own one household tool, it’s probably a cordless drill. They’re pretty essential for even the most basic home improvement projects. But it’s not just a matter of grabbing one and getting to work. Drills may seem straightforward, but there are actually a lot of ways to mess up. Here are some common mistakes to watch out for. (далее…)

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5 Things You Should Never Do with Interior Paint

Painting is one of the easiest home improvements out there, and most people—whether renters or homeowners—have picked up a brush at some point in their lives. It’s also an easy project to jump into without asking questions first or thinking about the right ways to do things. Instead of wasting your time and money, here are five things you should positively, never, ever do with your interior paint. (далее…)

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My Credit Score Was Actually 70 Points Lower Than I Thought—And Yours May Be, Too

When my husband and I decided to take out a home equity line of credit for a renovation, we assumed we’d get a great interest rate based on our good credit scores. We’ve always paid our bills on time and don’t maintain any credit card debt. There’s just one demerit on my report; a medical bill in collections I’ve unsuccessfully disputed. But even with that blip, the credit monitoring service I use—CreditWise—said my score hovered in the high 700s! (далее…)

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