Increase The Life of Your Water Heater by Replacing the Anode Rod

Prevent Your Water Heater From Rusting OutYour water heater is one of the most neglected appliances in your home. It sits hidden away in the basement, attic, or closet somewhere where no one pays a single second of attention to it as long as there is hot water when you turn on the faucet. That is until one day when it springs a leak and it turns into a major event.

Most water heaters are made of steel with glass or porcelain-lined tanks. When you combine water with metal, it will form rust. To protect your water heater from corrosion, a long metal rod called a sacrificial anode rod is used. The idea is the anode rod corrodes first, sacrificing itself to protect the steel tank. By replacing your anode rod, you can significantly extend the life of your water heater and also save a bunch of money.

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Why A Roth IRA Makes Sense For Millennials (and Everyone Else)

Advantages of Saving With A Roth IRAIt has been said that there are two things certain in life: death and taxes. The first thing I can’t help you with. But for the second, I can with a type of retirement account called a Roth IRA. With this particular type of account, your account’s balance that you see is what you get. Uncle Sam doesn’t get a cent of it.

In addition to the tax advantages, here are six other reasons why you should have a Roth IRA.

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Hybrid Cars May Not Save You Money

Hybrid vs Gas CarsSo you or someone you know is thinking of buying a hybrid car. Before you spend the money for the new wheels, make you sure you are doing it for the right reason.

Say you are buying a hybrid to save the environment and the polar bears. Or do it because you can zip down the HOV lane while the rest of the plebeians sit in traffic sucking in exhaust fumes. Or maybe so you can give the middle finger to Big Oil.

But don’t buy a hybrid car because it’s going to save you money.

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Computers, Accessories, and Electronics With A Lifetime Warranty

Apple iMac ComputerWe’ve all been there. You buy a new electronic product and it comes with a warranty, whether it is one year, three years, or five or more years. It works great and you are happy. Then the day after the warranty ends, the product breaks and you are plumb out of luck. You now have to go buy a new one and repeat the whole cycle again. That’s just how the cookie crumbles. Nothing lasts forever… unless you buy something with a lifetime warranty.

If deciding between two products, it might make sense to buy the one with a lifetime warranty if the price and quality is similar. When the product eventually dies or breaks, you can send it back in for a repair, replacement, or maybe even a refund.

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All Credit Freezes Now Free For Everyone

Snow Covered MountaintopRemember last year when the Equifax data breach exposed the personal information of almost 148 million Americans? Thanks to that hack, Congress passed a new federal law in May to help prevent identity theft. Starting today September 21, 2018, that new legislation goes into effect and you’ll now be able to freeze your credit report for free at all three of the major credit reporting agencies.

Read about the new changes and how you can freeze your credit today.

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How To Make A Will For Free and Why You Really Need A Will

Will Smith Men in BlackWhen I say “will”, I’m not talking about Will Smith even though he has protected Earth from being destroyed by aliens multiple times. I’m talking about the kind of will that protects our assets.

Estate planning and wills are one topic not many of us think about in personal finance. After all, no one expects to suddenly pass away if we are young and perfectly healthy. We’ve got tons of other things on our minds such as paying off student loans or saving money. But everyone should think about getting a will made.

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Thinking About Buying A Gas Station? Read This First

Purchasing A Gas Station BusinessThinking about buying a gas station or convenience store? In the last year alone, three new gas stations have popped up in my part of town. This would seem like a good business to get into considering there are estimated to be over 263 million cars on the road in the United States and almost every single one of them needs to buy gas.

Before you plunk down your life savings to become a gas station owner, here are some things you should consider first.

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What’s The Difference Between Frugal and Cheap?

Don't Be A Cheap-AssIt has been said there is a fine line between being frugal and being cheap. Frugalness is perceived as an admirable quality. Cheapness is not. Tell your friends you saved a bunch of money on car insurance by switching to Geico and they’ll all be patting you on your back. Tell your friends you are saving a bunch of money on car insurance because you decided to cancel your policy and everyone will consider you a cheap-ass. Don’t be a cheap-ass.

What is the difference between frugal and cheap and how do you toe the thin line between the two without crossing over to the cheap side?

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