We own a pool. It's expensive. If it didn't come with the house we bought, I would never purchase a pool. Maintaining a pool means buying chemicals, testing water, using power to run the pump (and heater if you have one) and using water to top off … [Read more...] about Save Money on Water if You have a Pool (Utilities)
In Part One of this series, I talked about giving up luxuries if you find yourself in some financial trouble. However, luxuries are just that: expenses unnecessary to keeping us fed, housed and employed. Different people have different ideas of what … [Read more...] about What could you give up when you’re in financial trouble? – Part Two
Today was the day that I both dread and look forward to each year: the day I close the pool. It's not a set date on the calendar; rather, it's whenever I get a free day (or two) and the weather cooperates. How do you close a pool? Closing the pool … [Read more...] about Closing Your Pool: Isn’t it fun?
It's only a few days into October, but I still think I'm allowed to highlight what I think were my best posts from last month. This is the second installment of the "Best Posts" and you can see August's Best Posts here. August was a record month … [Read more...] about Best Posts from September, 2007
Whew, what a week. Grandma's been here all week, but we didn't get to hang out much. Classes and homework. Two impromptu live demos for the whole customer organization. And it's in the 80s all week and we didn't get to go swimming in our pool. What a … [Read more...] about Best Frugality Articles from Festival of Frugality #93
Casey, a subscriber and commenter here at Clever Dude, had some great comments on our article Examine Your Motives: Buying A Home, so I asked her to make her comment into a full article. Casey and her husband are in their early 30s and currently live … [Read more...] about Renting vs Buying a Home: A Detailed Calculation