If your housemate's sweetie is always around, should he or she be paying rent?
Work with your contractor by doing a 'partial DIY.' Not everyone is super-handy, but most of us can bag trash or paint.
Builders say homes are likely to shrink. It's about time.
Scratches, dents or slight irregularities can mean big discounts, and the imperfections may be too small to matter.
House-sitting, caretaking or 'workamping' can be a huge budget boost. Just think: No monthly housing costs.
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Setting up your own apartment? Here's how to do it without a big hit to your bank account.
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Consumers are very status conscious in Asia, Africa and other emerging-market areas. This is especially true in China.
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Breaking up big banks is an untested solution to the too big to fail problem that attempts to isolate and dismantle large, troubled institutions while protecting the rest of the economy.
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Americans can kill two birds with one stone by filing their taxes and buying health insurance at the same time.
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