50+ Shopping: Do YOU fit the profile?

Our latest Getting to Know the 50+ fact sheet profiles 50+ Americans’ shopping habits in a couple areas. I decided to see how well our average American shopper matched up with my own habits. Car shopping Sixty percent of adults 50+ have two or more cars. This may come as a surprise to some, but not if you are in the car business. The 50+ are this industry’s “bread and butter,” as 63 percent of new cars in 2012 were …

Solar Panels: Rent, Buy or Skip?

Whether 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

Rarely 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

I 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

Can’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

Let 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.  …