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7 Signs That the Home You Want to Buy or Rent Has a Pest Problem

So you think you found the home of your dreams? Well, that potential dream home could easily turn out to be a nightmare if you don’t pay attention during the house hunting process. After all, it’s easy to overlook pest problems; many new...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Dec 16, 2016

More Holiday Gift Ideas Under $25

Last year I presented a list of holiday gifts for under $25. If you’re still at odds with your decisiveness on what to get some people on your holiday gift list, then consider this collection of even more ideal ideas for a wide range of ages, p...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Dec 14, 2016

4 Presumptuous Gifts that Can Strain the Recipient’s Budget

I remember the worst gift I ever received. It was a vacation to the Bahamas that an old girlfriend of mine gave to me. It was one of those too-good-to-be-true ultra-low-cost package “deals” that was exactly that — too good to be tru...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Dec 12, 2016

6 Tips for Stretching Your Casino Gaming Budget

“The house always wins” is a famous saying in gambling; anyone who’s ever been around the casino world knows this to be true. And although the casino does indeed always win in the end — after all, they’d just go out of b...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Dec 9, 2016

A List of the Best Selling Christmas Toys Since 1983

If you’re old enough, you probably remember the Cabbage Patch Doll. The strange-looking dolls were an instant hit, and by 1985 they had scored more than $600 million in sales. Of course, most of those sales occurred during Christmas. In fact, m...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Dec 7, 2016

The $100,000 Salary Benchmark Is Woefully Overrated

In 2004 my gross annual income crossed the magical $100,000 benchmark for the first time. Reaching that milestone became a personal goal after graduating with an electrical engineering degree in 1988 and taking my first job at a salary of $31,000. At...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Dec 5, 2016

Growing Your Own Vegetables Can Help You Save Money And Lead An Eco-Friendly Life

There are many benefits with regards to leading an eco-friendly life, the most important of which is the fact that it can help you reduce your carbon footprint and protect the environment. In addition, many steps that you can take towards being eco-f...
by My Green Living Ideas on Sep 1, 2016

Which Birth Dates Are Most (and Least) Common?

According to Wikipedia, more people are born during the months of September and October than any other time of the year. Anecdotal evidence seems to back up Wikipedia’s claim — at least when it comes to my experience. For example, October...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Aug 31, 2016

9 Common Wedding-Plan Mistakes That Will Drain Your Bank Account

Getting married is one of the important milestones of your life — until you get the bill. Last year, the average cost of a wedding in the U.S. reached a whopping $32,641 — which is why one-third of couples go into debt to afford their big...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Aug 23, 2016

How to Use a Ledger to Teach Your Kids Money Management Skills

Before my kids, Matthew and Nina, became teenagers I conducted a little experiment in order to ascertain their sophistication level regarding money by conducting a loan interview with the Bank of Dad. Not surprisingly, I learned that my kids were roo...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Aug 22, 2016

8 Ways to Keep a Family Business From Tearing the Family Apart

Thinking about going into business with a family member? Tread lightly. One disagreement could rip that relationship to threads, but you’ll give yourself the best chance of success with these tips on how to keep a family business from tearing t...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Aug 16, 2016

Why You Need a Household Strategic Plan — and How to Create It

“Always have a plan.” That’s one of the most important pieces of advice I’ve ever received, if only because it applies to so many things in life — and it’s especially true with our personal finances. The household...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Aug 15, 2016

6 Big Home Seller Mistakes That Turn Off Potential Homebuyers

When a potential buyer walks through your front door, what do they see? First impressions are really important, and many buyers will know within seconds whether the place is right for them. However, there are certain things that’ll put buyers o...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Aug 3, 2016

Why I Run My Household Like a Business (and You Should Too)

Before I started up my blog, I spent my free time as a dedicated volunteer for Little League baseball. And although I rose through the ranks over the years to eventually become a league president, looking back, my fondest Little League memories still...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Aug 1, 2016

My Son’s “Free” Car: What We’ve Got Here Is a Failure to Communicate

My teenage son, Matthew, turned 14-years-old last month, so I probably shouldn’t have been surprised when he recently broached the topic of getting a driver’s license on his 16th birthday while I was driving us to the golf course to play...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Jul 25, 2016

My Son’s “Free” Car: What We’ve Got Here Is a Failure to Communicate

My teenage son, Matthew, turned 14-years-old last month, so I probably shouldn’t have been surprised when he recently broached the topic of getting a driver’s license on his 16th birthday while I was driving us to the golf course to play...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Jul 25, 2016

The 13 Most Important Items Everyone Should Keep in a Fireproof Safe

For some people, it’s tough letting go. Of anything. Take my wife, for instance; she saves everything. The other day the Honeybee showed me her baseball ticket from our very first date way back on September 24, 1995. And if I ever feel oddly co...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Jul 18, 2016

How to Stop FOMO from Creating a Gaping Hole in Your Monthly Budget

FOMO — the fear of missing out — is a powerful feeling. It’s defined as an anxiety that something exciting is happening somewhere that you’re not. It may sound like a benign and harmless feeling, but FOMO controls us more than...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Jul 13, 2016

3 Ways Smart Singles Plan and Budget Their Weekly Meals

Whether your kids have moved out of the house, or you’ve just left a relationship, being single doesn’t have to mean lonely nights of greasy take-out or microwaved frozen meals. There is a way to support a tight budget, eat healthy, and n...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Jul 7, 2016

9 Ways to Save Money on Your Expensive Cable Bill

Having trouble “cutting the cord”? If so, you can ease the cost of cable with these savvy ways to shave money off your bill while still enjoying your favorite shows: Optimize Your Internet Speed If you enjoy cable the old-school way ̵...
by Len Penzo dot Com on Jul 5, 2016


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