Paring Back: The Power of Minimalism to Tidy Up Your Home and Your Finances

Have you decided that 2019 will be your year of decluttering, minimizing, and consuming less? If so, you’re not the only one. As Becoming Minimalist founder Joshua Becker discovered, the topic is on a lot of people’s minds. Becker’s new book, The Minimalist Home, was released on Dec. 18. Within an hour, Amazon was sold out. … Read moreParing Back: The Power of Minimalism to Tidy Up Your Home and Your Finances

What Would You Pay?

If you could turn back time, how much would you be willing to pay for the privilege? A company called Bid On Equipment surveyed 2,000 people to ask how much they would pay to go back in time and experience particular moments. Most of those snapshots of time were related to music, sports, pop culture, … Read moreWhat Would You Pay?

Balancing Inexpensive Cooking at Home and Family Time

Marilyn writes in: If I go home after work and cook dinner, I have to spend half an hour in the kitchen by myself cooking and fifteen minutes after the meal cleaning up. If I pick up food after work, I can eat immediately with my family and there’s no cleanup and then I get … Read moreBalancing Inexpensive Cooking at Home and Family Time

Choosing Between a Fireplace, Wood Stove, and Pellet Stove

I grew up with both fireplaces and wood stoves, but neither experience really prepared me for tending to my own fireplace or buying a wood or pellet stove of my own. Each year when the temperatures drop, the sky grays, and the heating bill starts to inch upward, I am reminded of my family’s first … Read moreChoosing Between a Fireplace, Wood Stove, and Pellet Stove

Could Waking Up an Hour Earlier Change Your Life?

Getting enough exercise has always been an issue for me, mostly because I think working out is so incredibly boring. I love the initial rush I get when I hop on my elliptical or take a brisk walk through the neighborhood, but I always wind up counting down the seconds until I’ve satisfied my goal … Read moreCould Waking Up an Hour Earlier Change Your Life?

11 Essential (and Mostly Cheap) Tactics for Weathering Winter’s Worst

Snowstorms, ice storms, freezing rain, or even just 43-degrees-and-drizzling days in Seattle. Iced-up windshields, slick-as-tofu roadways, drafts that stubbornly resist whatever the furnace throws at them. Week after week of leaving for work in the dark and coming home in the dark. Winter can be pretty, but it isn’t always pleasant. Even those who ski, … Read more11 Essential (and Mostly Cheap) Tactics for Weathering Winter’s Worst

Who Has the Best Deals on Holiday Lights: Target, Home Depot, or Sam’s Club?

Holiday shopping wisdom says you should wait until after Christmas to buy Christmas lights, which is 100 percent true if your sole focus is on price. However, as my wife and I discover every year, that’s a great way to limit your selection to nearly nothing. Christmas lights are about the only reason I’ll venture … Read moreWho Has the Best Deals on Holiday Lights: Target, Home Depot, or Sam’s Club?

Money and Life Lessons from a Major Earthquake

While talking on the phone with my daughter last Friday, I heard an unearthly roar and felt the house begin to shake violently. It was the start of a 7.0-magnitude earthquake, which was quickly followed by a second temblor measuring 5.8. The epicenter was about eight miles northwest of my home in Anchorage, Alaska, but … Read moreMoney and Life Lessons from a Major Earthquake

Four Tips for Selling Yard Equipment Online (Learned the Hard Way)

Reselling an item online seems like one of the more mundane tasks in our digital world. So why does it still feel like fixing cataracts with a rusty safety pin? Both Craigslist and eBay have been in existence in some form since 1995. Kids who were born at that time can not only drink legally … Read moreFour Tips for Selling Yard Equipment Online (Learned the Hard Way)

From Bushels to Bottles: How to Make Apple Cider

Home brewing is a joy, but home cidering? It’s an investment. My wife and I have been making cider since we moved onto our farm in 2013, and each year we’re reminded that it isn’t worth doing unless you actually enjoy the process and really love the end product. When we moved onto the farm … Read moreFrom Bushels to Bottles: How to Make Apple Cider