Best Money Tips: Can You Afford That House?

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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