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Is it okay to put household utilities in girlfriend's name if I own the home?

I just bought a house. My girlfriend is going to be living with me, but the house is in only my name. To split the expenses, we are planning on her paying all of the utilities. Is there any problem ...
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What to do if my aging father is sustaining a hobby that is losing several thousand dollars every month?

My grandfather owned a large and successful bookstore company. My father became was the manager of this company. Due to political reasons, my father was kicked out this family business. (He was ...
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Nanny taxes and payroll service

We are employing a nanny for our 6 month old. What service do you recommend for managing taxes and payroll? Is it possible to do on our own? If so, where do we start?
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Saving money on the electric bill: What are some worthwhile ways to reduce consumption & costs?

What are some worthwhile ways to reduce household electrical power consumption & costs? Here are some of the actions I've taken so far: AC - turned thermostat to uncomfortable level Electric ...
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How to find cheaper alternatives to a traditional home telephone line?

I cancelled my home phone line last year after many years with POTS (Plain-Old-Telephone-Service), and I replaced my home phone with a VoIP service provider which provides a variety of services ...
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What is a normal amount of money to spend per week on food/entertainment/clothing?

What is a normal amount to budget for: Weekly entertainment and going out. Weekly food budget. Monthly clothing allowance. I have no idea, as I only have my mother's reckless spending (she ...
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Is household disposable income a real or a nominal value?

I downloaded Quintiles/Deciles ordered by household disposable income (Turkey, Urban, Rural)) data from Turkish Statistics Institue. I have looked at the provided data, but it doesn't indicate if the ...
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Hiring a teenager as a household employee

What am I required to do if I hire a 14-year-old for household work? Any generic information is welcome, but I'm in New York State. Here are some things that come to mind: Do I need to have the ...
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Hedging against rising oil and gas prices for private households?

Inspired by this article Hedging Against Rising Heating Oil Prices using Heating Oil Futures, I wonder whether hedging against rising oil and gas prices makes sense for private households, too? If so, ...
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Effect of country default on house prices?

What effect would a sovereign default of a European country (i.e. Italy/Greece) have on house prices of the same country that goes in default? What does the previous literature says about similar ...
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Should I buy a house or am I making silly assumptions that I can afford it?

Having convinced myself that there is no point of paying someone's else mortgage I started looking at ways for buying my own place. I'm 26, non-UK resident. My salary is £50,000 and I don't have to ...
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How much should I tip movers?

Are there any rules of thumb for tipping movers who load truck on one day and deliver on the next day?
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Saving money on electricity: Is a refrigerator more efficient when empty, or full?

To save money on hydro (electricity), I'd like to make optimum use of my refrigerator. For this purpose, is less energy used when the fridge is full? Or when it is empty?
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How much to spend on housing if I don't have transportation expenses?

I was looking at some estimates for housing costs that said that rent should be 25% of your spendable income and total housing cost about 33%. Mine are much higher at 32% and 40% respectively. I was ...
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What should I do with my $10K windfall, given these options?

Let's say you get a $10k windfall. How do you determine what is the best thing to spend it on? We need a new roof. Our mortgage is moderately underwater but not in bad shape and we are content where ...
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How do I budget for heating & cooling?

I'm revisiting my budget and the amount I have slated for electricity was off by roughly 30 dollars or 50 percent. I live in an all electric apartment, no gas or fireplace. Here in Kansas we get cold ...
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Are you better off going with the BIG energy provider in town or a smaller competitor?

I live in Maryland and we have our energy delivered from BGE (Baltimore Gas & Electric). That means they manage and service the power lines and I have no choice in that matter. We do however, ...
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Are solar cell panels and wind mills worth the money?

Besides being more environmentally friendly is it worth the investment in solar cell panels and wind mills for home use? Is it possible to be "off the grid" completely?
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Are heating protection plans (furnace warranty) worth the money?

Is it worth the money to buy a heating protection plan to cover an existing or recently out of warranty furnace? My gas utility company which provides the hot water boiler keeps offering to cover the ...
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Is a fixed-price natural gas or electricity contract likely to save money?

Is a fixed-price natural gas or electricity contract likely to save money? These types of contracts are often marketed to homeowners to save $$ on their utility bills. When would such a contract ...
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What is my % return on investment for various home renovations upon resale of my house?

For instance, I've heard that there is a minimum 75% return-on-investment ("ROI") on bathroom and kitchen renovations - is that an accurate figure? What about the other rooms in my home? Are there ...
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How can I reduce my home's monthly electricity and water expenses?

Are there gadgets I can buy which can help me measure consumption and reduce use? What are some good habits I can get my family into starting to help reduce our costs?