If You Prepaid Your Property Taxes, The IRS May Have Just Wasted Your Time (And Money)
Millions of American homeowners this week interrupted their lazy winter vacation days and post-holiday clearance shopping to frantically crowd their county or city tax offices, hoping to prepay next year’s property taxes and dodge a tax bullet. Now the IRS, for whom the Grinch is perhaps not just a seasonal foil but a year-round inspiration, says they may have been wasting their time. Let’s back up a bit.
Dec 28, 2017
This Remote Scottish Fixer Upper Can Be Yours for $200K
Has the hustle and bustle of the holiday season inspired you to get away from it all? Well, we might have found the perfect place—if you’re up for a project. Known as Craigencallie House, the property is situated within Galloway Forest Park, which happens to be Britain’s first Dark Sky park, a designation given to places with extraordinary views of the night sky.
Dec 28, 2017
The Wildest Celebrity Decor We Saw This Year
From those put on the market by the star themselves to homes that once belonged to long gone Hollywood legends, we peeked inside some pretty wild celebrity homes this year. There were funky interiors, funky listings, and even one super funky carpet situation. Gerard Butler’s Chelsea loft certainly made an impact. With ceiling frescos, stone lions and even a piece from a cathedral, its tres dramatique style is one for the books.
Dec 28, 2017
Here’s What Our Readers Loved (& Bought) from Amazon in 2017
You guys seem to have an affinity for anything that can de-lint and de-fuzz, that's for sure.
Dec 28, 2017
The Best Budget Kitchen Transformations of 2017, All Well Under $1000
Think a new kitchen is currently out of reach? If yours is bringing you down, but you don’t have the means to do a full renovation, don’t give up too soon. These budget renovations all cost under $1,000 (and some well, well under that) and prove beyond a shadow of doubt that you don’t need a wad of money to give your kitchen a brand new look. Sometimes, it’s just a matter of paint, a little bit of elbow grease, and some good ideas. Use these five as inspiration.
Dec 28, 2017
A Genius Idea for Saving Money on Takeout Meals
My husband and I rely on takeout more often than I’d like to admit. If I haven’t had the time to meal plan (or grocery shop) for the week, chances are, we’re having cereal or takeout for dinner. One of those things can be inexpensive (two boxes for $5? Yes, please!), while the other can add up — very quickly. Luckily, we’ve figured out one little hack to help us keep our weekly food bills below budget.
Dec 28, 2017
Minimal Rooms So Stunning You’ll Want to Get Rid of Nearly All Your Stuff in 2018
While maximalist, Bohemian, “Jungalow-inspired” spaces were all the rage in 2017, there was another design style that gained in popularity: minimalism. It’s certainly not a new idea, but it does seem to be popping up more and more as people strive for calm, relaxing spaces in an increasingly hectic world. This year, we toured a number a stunning spaces that don’t have a whole lot of “stuff”, but certainly have a ton of style.
Dec 28, 2017
A Pain-Free Trick that Pays Off: How to Save an Extra $1500 Next Year
Anyone who’s searched for a way to save more money has probably heard of the 52 Week Challenge. It’s a way to slowly build up your savings throughout the year—you start by putting aside $1 on week one, $2 on week 2, and so on until you reach week 52, putting aside $52 that week. In total, if you follow the 52 Week Challenge, you’ll save $1,378 by the end of the year. Easy enough, right? While it sounds like a great idea (and if it works for you, keep it up!
Dec 28, 2017