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Little House

Little House enjoys writing about personal finance, saving for a home purchase, and budgeting money wisely. Her goal is to share her personal finance knowledge with others.

Latest articles by Little House

How to Make Your Own Power

From hand-cranking a flashlight to setting up solar panels to creating your own hydroelectric dam, generating your own electricity is totally achievable.

Why You Should Have Renters Insurance

If you rent your home or apartment, renters insurance can provide you with coverage in case of robbery, natural disaster, and other unexpected situations.

5 Reasons to Drink Coffee

Coffee wakes you up. But did you know it can also increase your happiness, save you money, and more? Discover why drinking coffee is such a good thing.

How to Make a Piggy Bank

Since I don't like being weighed down by these precious metals or the idea of losing them, I've started saving all of my loose coins in a do-it-yourself piggy bank.

When You Should and Shouldn't Rent

There are many great debates in the world: The chicken or the egg? John or Paul? Should you rent or not? This helps answer one of those.

Houses You Can Build Yourself

From eco-friendly prefab kits to dwellings built out of other people's trash, the possibilities for building your own home are only limited by your imagination.

Spring into Cleaning Now

Trade your annual spring cleaning for deep-cleaning individual rooms more frequently to save time, lessen allergies, and keep your house looking great.

Beating Bank Fee Increases

Sure, you can adhere to all of your bank's (potentially ridiculous) rules to avoid rising fees...or you can start searching for a new bank.

Safety Tips for Holiday Driving

As holiday stress levels rise, drivers can get careless. Add in bad weather, and things can get downright dangerous. Follow these suggestions to arrive at your destination safely.

Unusual Gift Ideas for a Memorable Holiday Season

Every year I struggle to find meaningful gifts for relatives that they will appreciate instead of adding to the clutter of "stuff" they own. Here are a few of my favorite ideas.

Maximizing Rewards Programs with Points.com

I don't fly or travel frequently enough to make the most of rewards points, but I still like earning them with the notion that someday I might be able to take advantage of them. [more]

The Importance of Friendly Letters

Electronic messages are fast but impersonal. Learn why you should send a friendly letter instead.

3 Ways to Beat Holiday Shopping Stress

This "jolly" season can become overwhelming when you shop, but these tips can help you avoid getting caught up in the hustle and bustle.

Turkey Dinner for Two

Recently we've grown tired of traveling to big, traditional Thanksgiving gatherings, so we decided to create new traditions for just the two of us.

5 Unexpected Moving Expenses

I thought I had my DIY move totally budgeted, only to be hit with hidden costs.

Last-Minute DIY Halloween Costumes

It's few days before Halloween, and I have given barely a thought to what I'll wear...but I have some great ideas.

Garden Ideas for Small Spaces

With a move on the horizon, from residential house to suburban apartment, I realize I can't forgo the garden.

How to Downsize and Declutter

Here's a simple timeline for sorting and decluttering painlessly with a three-phase strategy: 3-month plan, 6-month plan, and the year-or-more plan.

Bicycling Safety in the City

My passion for bike riding and general common sense as a driver helped me navigate my town's busy streets and traffic clogged arteries. There were a few safety items I had to keep

Living Well on a Feast to Famine Income

Living on a fluctuating income can wreak havoc on a person's finances. I should know; my income is slightly erratic from season to season.