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How Americans Spend Their Money on Home Improvement

A home is a big asset for many Americans, so it is no surprise that most of our income is used for housing expenses. Mortgage, taxes, and home improvements are a costly endeavor. The latest data released by the American Housing Survey estimates that in years 2013 thru 2015 more than 123 million home improvement projects, not including routine maintenance, were carried out in the U.S. This accounts for a total of more than $431.1 billion dollars in expenses. Upgrading a house through decoration

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No, Energy-Efficient Homes Are Not Exclusive to High-Income Families

It is generally believed that having an energy-efficient home is an expensive luxury, but the reality is that more than ever it’s a necessity whether you’re a homeowner or renter. Cutting down your energy consumption is good for your economy but also contributes to a better planet by reducing your carbon footprint. The advances in green energy, as well as new tax policies on its use, are making it more affordable. Here’s a wide range of options to make your house more energy

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Childfree vs. Single Family Home: the Unexpected Expenses of Being a Parent

It’s not a surprise for anyone, regardless of their socioeconomic status, that having kids costs a lot of money, lots! To be exact the bill for raising a child up to the the age of 17 is $233,610 according to data by The United States Department of Agriculture. Therefore more Americans are delaying or postponing indefinitely the idea of becoming a parent, turning the DINK (Double Income No Kids) lifestyle into a popular trend. We don’t want to contribute to the debate of

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How Modern Kitchens Conspire Against Our Health and What can We Do About it?

Without a doubt, the kitchen is the household space which has undergone the most changes during the last century. Previously they were dull rooms used only by servants, but today they are a gathering place for everyone. Kitchen design has been influenced by the changing role of women, sanitation issues and improvements with industrialization and technology. We have more food in our kitchens than ever, as well as appliances which help us to prepare elaborate dishes quickly. Unfortunately our eating habits are going down the drain.

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