Since I had three business and personal accounts at two different crappy banks who definitely cheated their way to prosperity, last month I closed my accounts on Bank Transfer Day.
This is Offbeat Home's archive of utilities posts.
Cutting costs. Phones? Need them. Car? We're a one-car family already. Cable? Nah. But the internet? Certainly that is necessary for a student and a couple planning a wedding.
My fiance and I have been house-shopping for quite some time now, and I have fallen in love with one amazing little fixer-upper. It has three bedrooms, a fenced-in area, a pond and it's on one beautiful acre… the only catch is that it is not hooked up to public water/sewer: it has a septic system and a cistern.
Like many other twentysomethings, I haven't had a landline phone since I moved out of my parents' house. My husband and I both use our cell phones as our primary phones, and never even considered needing a phone line for the house. It seemed like an unnecessary monthly expense.
But now that we're getting ready to expand our family, I'm starting to wonder if a landline makes some sense. Unlike cell phones, a plain old telephone system usually works in power outages, won't run out of battery, and may be more reliable in emergency situations.
Have you ever been thankful to have a landline for your family, or had a situation where you wish you had one?
I'm wondering if there are any clever winter-proofing things I can do — I have visions in my head of castle-style wall tapestries in the bedroom to warm the freezing cold wall behind my back. Plausible?
There are no-brainer needs when it comes to a power outage: flashlights. Candles. But if you prep these five items you won't bemoan your lack of Internets the next time your power drops.
This electronics aficionado will help you save money when you buy cables, pick the right TV for your needs, and avoid new tech pitfalls.