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Pay Off Your Mortgage Years Earlier

Pay Off Your Mortgage Years Earlier

If you have a mortgage, you might have PMI. PMI, or "private mortgage insurance" protects the bank if something hfappens and you can't pay. Certain types of loans require this and set different sets of rules. My FHA mortgage, for example, said I had to have it for at...

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Canning 101: How to Preserve the Harvest (safely!)

Canning 101: How to Preserve the Harvest (safely!)

Canning 101: Preserve the Harvest & Your Wallet Canning's not just for grandmothers anymore. It's cool. Whether you’re working on self-reliance or you’re a foodie in tears because it's the end of blueberry season, canning is the solution. Canning and food...

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Get Rid of That Mouse Now!

Get Rid of That Mouse Now!

The mouse was my friend. He was a cute little critter that showed up at 4AM. At first, I didn't notice him. I thought I had a speck of dust on my glasses. I cleaned it off and drank more coffee. Then, I thought, "I think it's a mouse." We argued for a few weeks, my...

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HOW TO SAVE $5K ON PMI WITH ONE PHONE CALL…

HOW TO SAVE $5K ON PMI WITH ONE PHONE CALL…

Every month I overpay my mortgage. Only a fraction goes to reduce the debt--most goes to taxes, escrow, and PMI.  An extra payment here, ten dollars there. It all adds up in the end. I'm not close to paying it off yet but I'm hoping to be close to the time when I...

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The Devil’s Lettuce: How to have Fresh Greens in Winter

The Devil’s Lettuce: How to have Fresh Greens in Winter

I wanted to grow lettuce, but I didn't have any light... So I went to the indoor gardening store looking for lettuce lights. This was a while ago before the Poser Homestead became a thing. I had an entire basement room to dedicate to winter crops. If I set out some...

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Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit

Beans, Beans, the Magical Fruit

Beans, beans the magical fruit… Actually, they’re not a fruit, they’re a legume, but who cares? They taste good. You could buy beans for a buck or two a can, but they’d taste like the aluminum they’re canned in. You can do better. Make these fresh! Quick soak method:...

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Help! I’m Buried in Zucchini!

Who says there’s no such thing as a free lunch? There is–if you’re in zucchini season. Zucchini is one of the world’s least appreciated foods, which is unfortunate. It's nearly impossible to kill zucchini, and if the world ended, there'd be only one food left on the...

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