Best Money Tips: Can You Afford That House?

By Amy Lu on 16 December 2010 0 comments

Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup! Today, we share handy advice to help you figure out you can afford your dream house, fun ideas for gifts in a jar, and ways to keep your poinsettias beautiful through the season.

Top 5 Articles

How Much House Can You Really Afford? — To find out if you can afford your dream house, you'll need to calculate your monthly payments. An amount over one-fourth your monthly income will likely put a cramp in your finances. Amateur Asset Allocator

Gifts in a Jar: 12 Gift Ideas for Under $15 — Here's a fun and versatile (and cheap!) idea for children's gifts: pour some candy into a jar and plop in a stuffed animal or a toy truck. Squawkfox

Tips To Make Your Poinsettias Last Longer — Poinsettias like bright, indirect light. And because they also like high humidity, a good place for the festive plant is in or near a bathroom. Re-Nest

Homemade Marshmallow Snowflakes: A Step By Step Photo Tutorial — Follow this recipe for a sweet, wintry treat! Wholesome Mommy

How to Get to Know Your Neighbors — Of course, you can simply go over and introduce yourself. A less direct approach is to get some exercise. The Greenest Dollar

Other Essential Reading

Creating a Refund Strategy that Actually Works — To avoid missing a return deadline, schedule a trip to the store for a day when you're running errands about town. Money Ning

7 Best Places to Advertise Yard Sales — Be on the lookout for bulletin boards at popular shops in your area. Hanging up a flyer in places where people have to wait in line is a great way to tell people about your garage sale. My Two Dollars

What To Do When You Can't Have a Garage Sale — But what if you can't have a garage sale at all? Don't worry, you have other options. Cash Money Life

The Family Christmas Letter: Tips For Keeping It Stress-Free And Fun — December may turn out to be a seriously busy month for you and your family. If that's the case, turn the Christmas letter into a New Year letter. Parenting Squad

How to Spend an Extra Hour — They're pretty hard to come by, but if you find yourself with some extra time, don't spend it on something you "should" do. Instead, get some low-priority tasks out of the way, like researching the places you want to go on your next vacation. GTD Times

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