Family Finances

We all could use some extra help when it comes to managing finances. Learn how to budget for expenses and save more money each month—without feeling deprived or stressed—by using these tips and tricks.

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Why You Should Put Your House in a Living Trust
What is a living trust, anyway? Learn how putting your house in one can help you avoid probate hold-ups.
5 Kitchen Finishes Under $5,000 That Add Value to Your Home
Here's how to give your kitchen a facelift (and increase its value) without spending a fortune.
What Decking Type Should You Choose—and How Much Does Each Cost?
With lumber prices (finally!) expected to even out, now might be the perfect time to build that dream deck. Experts weigh in on the types of decking materials and what you can expect them to cost.
Building a Deck? Here's How Much It Will Cost
These expert tips from contractors and builders will help you estimate deck building prices—and decide whether to DIY or hire a professional.
How to Calculate the Cost of Stone, Concrete, Brick, and Pavers for Your Patio
The key to getting ahead of patio costs? Calculating the size of your space and using online calculators to price materials.  
3 Things to Keep in Mind When Comparing Homeowner's Insurance Prices
Here's how to find cheaper homeowners' insurance—without losing valuable coverage. Just keep these three expert tips in mind.
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Lumber prices were sky-high in 2021, and this challenging economic reality might not improve much as the new year kicks off.
How to Get a Mortgage if You're a Freelancer, Contractor, or Self-Employed

Millennials and Gen Z are more likely than previous generations to be self-employed in some capacity—which can make buying a home more complicated. These expert tips help make sense of the process.