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Solar Panels: Rent, Buy or Skip?

Posted on 10/21/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsWhether you’re concerned about saving the environment or just interested in saving yourself a few bucks, equipping your house with a solar energy system is an interesting, albeit rather complicated, proposition to consider. The cost of installing a residential solar system has fallen dramatically over the years. Now a number of companies have started programs to lease, instead of sell, solar energy equipment to homeowners, some in partnership with home improvement centers including Lowes and Home Depot. Sign up for …

Catch Your Storm-Water Rebate

Posted on 10/14/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsRarely does a piece of mail from our local county government contain good news. It’s typically a property tax bill or a notice that our trash-collection fees are going up again. But the other day I received news from the county and it made my inner cheapskate sit up and take notice. Like an increasing number of counties and municipalities across the country, our county has initiated a Rain Check Rebate Program, designed to encourage property owners to take steps …

Greening In Place

Posted on 09/5/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesI had the privilege of working with a great team on REMODELING’s Home for Life 2013, a virtual remodeling project featuring universal design and green remodeling principles. Although I wasn’t specifically considering aging-in-place issues in my work on the project, in retrospect, green remodeling provides many benefits for older people and those with physical disabilities, as well as the average homeowner. Retirees’ incomes are often fixed or are even declining. A high-performance home saves energy, ensuring lower utility bills, allowing …

Channeling the Tropics

Posted on 05/17/2013 by | Fashion | Comments

Beauty & FashionCan’t go on that tropical vacation just yet? No need to fret, you can mimic the vibe right here at home minus airline and suitcases. Trending this season is apparel featuring large and small floral prints. I’ve assembled a look that channels your much needed getaway and won’t drain your pockets. 1 | Eyelet Top ($29; Joe Fresh for J.C. Penney) 2 | Legging Jeans ($42; GAP) 3 | Emerald: Pantone Universe Color of Year Nail Polish ($18-$68; Sephora) 4| …

Get Ready for the AARP Savings Challenge

Posted on 03/29/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsLet the games – and the money saving – begin!  Next Monday, April 2, we’re kicking off a special springtime edition of Savings Challenge, a chance for you to share your penny pinching tips, learn some new ways to save money, and maybe even win some terrific prizes! Every week from April 2 through April 29, we’ll be hosting a week-long challenge, asking for your best tips and stories as they relate to a specific money-saving topic I’ll announce each Monday.  …

Celebrate Arbor Day and Plant a Tree

Posted on 04/29/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringI tried to avoid tying this post into the Royal Wedding but with all the fuss today,  it was unavoidable. I won’t talk about the dress or the magical carriage ride through the streets of London. What I did notice about the wedding were the eight beautiful maple trees lining the aisles of Westminster Abbey. Brought in for the special occasion, the trees gave the Abbey a magical, enchanted forest feel. I loved it. Coincidentally, today is Arbor Day. Arbor Day a U.S.-celebrated …