Maintenance and repair for your home air conditioning system can be a frightening thing, and rightly so. With all the components that make up the various systems and subsystems, a modern A/C unit can be an intimidating combination of machinery, electronic components, and chemicals all rolled into one. However, with a bit of knowledge, you…
Ever since you stepped across the threshold at the first open house, you’ve been in love with your cozy, turn-of-the-20th-century Craftsman. Your spouse loves its sheltered porch; you can’t get enough of the ageless walnut woodwork. You don’t regret buying an older house, but you have no illusions that the place is perfect. Lately, you’ve…
Does good character really matter? Is telling the truth important when a lie will avert punishment or help you gain status and wealth? Are personal ethics a benefit or impediment for those trying to climb the corporate ladder? In the real world, does the end justify the means? These are questions that humans have asked…
Americans routinely spend 25% to 50% of their paycheck on housing. In fact, USA Today reports that today’s 30-year-olds spend an average of 45% of their total income on rent — higher than any other generation in U.S. history. The average rent for a one-bedroom apartment in San Francisco is $3,261, at last check on RentCafé. It’s…
The United States is aging, and fast. With roughly 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, we will have more seniors (those over 65) than children (those under 18) by 2035, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau illustrates this demographic shift succinctly with this graph showing how Americans’ age distribution is shifting from…
To say that college costs have skyrocketed is an understatement. After adjusting for inflation, CNBC notes that average tuition for private colleges rose from $15,160 in 1988 to $34,740 in 2018. Both of those figures are in today’s dollars, marking a 129% increase. For public universities, average tuition rose from $3,190 to $9,970 over the…
According to a number of studies, whether we are dedicated neat freaks, total slobs, or — like most of us — fall somewhere in the middle, we all feel the effects of a cluttered and disorganized home. It limits our brain’s ability to process information and takes a significant toll on our mental health and physical health.…
We’ve all heard that regular date nights are important to keep a marriage healthy and strong. Yet these days, everyone is busy, tired, and overspent. Add kids to the mix, and it only gets harder to prioritize each other in the midst of the daily chaos that is raising a family. Regardless, a solid marriage…
We all know the library is a great place to check out free books, but it offers patrons so much more than just something to read. For anyone on a budget, the perks and services available at the public library can be a lifesaver — and they’re something you’re paying for through taxes, anyway, whether…