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What Would You Do with a Holiday Bonus?

Posted by Haley Moran on Nov 16, 2016 1:44:52 PM










Could you, or someone you know, use an extra $1,000 to help with bills, house repairs, gifts, or other holiday expenses? On December 9th, MoneyBug will choose five nominees to receive a little extra holiday joy in the form of a $1,000 check.

It's the holiday season, so we thought we'd do a little caroling! In this rendition of the holiday classic "Jingle Bells," find out how to enter MoneyBug's Deck the Halls Gift Event. Hopefully, your nomination will help MoneyBug make this holiday a little extra merry and bright. 

A Moving Checklist to Simplify Your Packing and Planning.

Posted by Haley Moran on Nov 10, 2016 10:20:18 AM

Ah, moving. Between planning, packing, cleaning, loading, and paying, making the move from one home to another can be a headache. Luckily, the sale of your home is done with, but not many things are as dreaded as packing up and moving to a new house. How can you make this easiest on yourself and ensure the move is stress-free?

The key to a successful move is all about the details. So, let’s ease a little further into moving mode, here’s a master checklist for all your upcoming planning, packing, and moving. 

Why it’s Difficult to Sell Your House During the Holidays.

Posted by Haley Moran on Nov 2, 2016 3:40:00 PM

Sometimes you’re just not given a choice as to what time of year you sell your home. What if you must relocate because of a job transfer before the new year? Of course, this is just one example, but there could be many reasons whyhomeowners may need to sell their house at a moment’s notice.

Selling your home during the holiday season is no easy task, especially since everyone knows that prime buying season is in the spring and summer months. Some real estate professionals might strictly advise against listing your home for sale anytime between Thanksgiving and the New Year, but the bottom line is: you need to sell your house during the holidays, but the odds might be stacked against you.

Winter is Coming: How Warm Your House on a Budget.

Posted by Haley Moran on Oct 27, 2016 5:57:58 PM

Yes, it is still the Autumn season, but winter will be here before we know it. Having an improper heating system can not only lead to a long, cold and miserable winter, but your energy bill could be the one that ends up feeling the heat.

I seem to remember certain lyrics that mention something along the lines of the weather outside being frightful, but their fire is so delightful. Well, Dean Martin might wish to bring on the snow, but you’re on a budget, and aren’t looking forward to the heating cost this winter. Here’re some helpful tips that will help you keep warm this winter without burning a hole in your pocket.

MoneyBug to Help Homeowners Affected by Hurricane Matthew.

Posted by Haley Moran on Oct 20, 2016 3:25:51 PM


Hurricane Matthew slammed into the southeastern United States on Friday, and its path of destruction left one million Floridians without power or stranded by record floods. The hurricane is now long gone, but the storm’s massive impacts are still causing problems for coastal communities. Powerful storm surges and flooding has caused considerable water damage to homes in Florida, and MoneyBug aims to help affected communities pick up the pieces.

Haunted House For Sale: Free Ghost Included.

Posted by Haley Moran on Oct 10, 2016 3:09:32 PM

Moving day. A happy, well-to-do family eagerly unloads from their car, excited to begin the next chapter of their lives in their new home. The “Price Reduced: For Sale” sign now reads “Sold,” and the family has the keys in their hand. They were able to buy this house at a great bargain, and today is their day to make it their own.

The movers are nowhere to be found, and a paper flutters upon the front door. It’s a note. “We left your boxes in the foyer,” it reads. “We couldn’t stay here any longer. Good luck.”

The family is unnerved by the note, but are determined not to put a damper on moving day. They unlock and open the front door. It creaks eerily, opening into silence. Suddenly, the quiet of the vacant room is cracked by a gruff whisper, “Gettttt ouuuut!”

The house is empty.

While this particular story-arc is frequently seen in Hollywood, instances like these reportedly happen to everyday people more often than you’d think.

For most of us, Halloween is simply a day spent in costume, a fun holiday to exchange creepy stories before taking the kids trick-or-treating. The Halloween decorations are going up, and it’s that time of year again. In preparation for the spooky season, I thought I’d share some ghost stories told to me by fellow homeowners.

You might want to sleep with the light on after these true tales. Read on...if you dare.

Messy Kids? Tips to Get Your Home Ready for Showings.

Posted by Haley Moran on Sep 29, 2016 1:35:07 PM

A life as a parent is one that’s full of imaginative playtime, sticky fingers and messy faces; a life where you’re the appointed wrangler of a non-stop bundle of energy. You’re no stranger to tripping over toys and leaping over legos, but your home doesn’t have to reflect your fast-paced parental lifestyle.

When you are trying to sell your home, adding kids into the equation can be a very frustrating ordeal. While many parents will enthusiastically agree it’s a challenge to sell a home with messy kids, I learned that it’s not impossible.

It may be hard to believe, but there are plenty of battle-weathered parents who were able to sell a house with kids. There’s no shortage of creativity and elbow grease: here’s the best home selling advice that all parents should know.

Spend Less to Keep Your House Squeaky Clean.

Posted by Haley Moran on Sep 21, 2016 4:38:29 PM

There are generations of old-wives’ tales that urge us to keep our homes spic-and-span, and equally, as many tips and tricks to help do so. Even if you don’t have an excess supply of free time, here’re some budget-friendly ways to stay atop the mess and keep your home clean with less effort.

Landscaping and Curb Appeal: Easy Makeovers for This Weekend.

Posted by Haley Moran on Sep 19, 2016 1:51:07 PM

When it comes down to first impressions, your home’s curb appeal is where it’s at. If you’re trying to sell your house, the outside and landscaping could be the defining factor between a single drive-by and a follow-up call; and as far as your neighbors are concerned, most of us are unfortunately all-too familiar with lawn wars and rivalries.

Truth be told, however, keeping up with the latest trends in landscaping can be an expensive, time consuming hassle. If your home needs a freshening up, but you don’t have a lot time to spare, give these ideas a try. You could makeover your curb appeal in one weekend or less, and still not worry about breaking the bank.

Do I Really Need a Home Security System?

Posted by Haley Moran on Sep 15, 2016 2:33:24 PM

Home security systems are commonly installed to intercept and prevent burglaries, and to alert homeowners in the case of intruders. I know what you're thinking: duh, everyone knows that. But hear me out.

While these reasons might be stating the obvious, there are lesser-known advantages of a home security system that are equally as important.

Installing a home security system in your home can increase the resale value of your home and even lower your insurance premiums. Here're important reasons to invest in an alarm system for your home, which are probably reasons you haven’t thought about.  

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