Home Improvement Tips That Will Increase the Value of Your Home 

Make sure your home stays updated on design trends, home technology and other luxurious features. These small and large improvements will make your home feel more refined and also increase its appeal for potential buyers. The updates should improve the aesthetics and the functionality of your house, whether it’s installation of new fixtures, windows, appliances or an upgrade of materials. Here is a list of home improvement tips that will increase the value of your home:


Your kitchen’s appliances, fixtures and decor contribute greatly toward the style and tone of the room. Make sure you stay up-to-date with your kitchen design, so it doesn’t look unattractively dated. Update the aesthetics of your kitchen countertops, first. Choose a granite or marble counter top, which will lend the room a classic and timeless look. There are more than 20 shades of granite you can choose from, which makes it easy for you to find a shade that plays well off your other kitchen designs. Granite is a hard substance, which can withstand wear and tear and not pick up any scratches or stains. Granite can also handle hot pans or heated items without any damage. When you install new counter tops, use a professional installer for assurance that it is fitted and sealed correctly.

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How Refinancing and Consolidating Your Student Loans Can Make Your Repayment Easier and Cheaper

If you were lucky enough to get into college and stayed on the straight and narrow and graduated with your chosen degree, then you probably only owe about $30,000 or $40,000 in debt. Now, if you chose to switch degree paths or you moved to a different school, then you likely have more like $50,000 or more in debt. In fact, some students graduate with over $100,000 in debt and do not even have a medical degree or lawyer degree! It is insane.

Okay, now that you have been reminded about the debt you owe, there are some options to help make your student loan debt much more affordable. In fact, you have two main options, which include private student loan refinancing and federal student loan consolidation. Let’s delve into them a bit more and find out HOW they make your loan much more affordable and cheaper.

Private Student Loan Refinancing

Student loan refinancing is common and a choice that many students choose to make. The process is similar to consolidation, but is a bit different. Refinancing your student loans aims to help you better afford your loan payments by offering a better interest rate and lowering your payment.

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One of the many things that makes great leaders great, is that they are not afraid to continue learning. The idea of soaking up information is something that should excite all of us. I strongly believe that if we do not continue the learning process through our lives then we are missing out.

One of the most prestigious universities in the United States, Harvard, runs an executive program that helps to empower senior leaders within companies to not only run their companies more efficiently, but also give then new ideas that they can use.

Below you will find a video that explains the power of the Harvard Business School Executive Education.


7 Ways To Put a Few Extra $20’s in Your Wallet

by Yahya Mokhtarzada on July 7, 2016

Wouldn’t it be great to open your wallet and find a few extra twenties in there? Turns out it’s surprisingly easy to manage, and you can do it by improving your life instead of making huge sacrifices.

Here are eight things you can do today to ensure your greenery sticks around.


Put a few extra twenties in your wallet

I know, I know, the title. But I’m not going for sarcasm– carrying cash can save you money!

Sometimes, you’re walking down the street and a burrito mojado just calls out your name. Or maybe it’s the bartender telling you cash only. Well, who wants to buy their cash from a cheap ATM in the corner? $3 and $4 ATM fees add up quick. Keep a twenty or two handy, and save yourself from choosing between the fees and a long hike to your bank’s nearest ATM.

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Do You Want to Write for One Smart Dollar?

by Sean Bryant on July 6, 2016

One Smart Dollar is currently looking to grow the it’s content, which means there is a need for at least one new staff writers. If you have a love for personal finance and lifestyle then you might be the perfect fit.

Writers need to be able to tell a story while still being informative in all areas of personal finance.  If you are interested in joining the team, then please send an email to Sean (at) One Smart Dollar . com. Within your email please include the following:

  • Why you want to become a writer for One Smart Dollar?
  • What areas of personal finance you enjoy the most?
  • What do you want to get paid?
  • What is your favorite vacation destination?

In addition to answers to these questions please submit some of your past work.


Home Investments That Pay for Themselves

July 5, 2016
Home Investments That Pay for Themselves

It’s amazing what value you can add to your home with a little paint and a small landscaping project. These home projects and additions practically pay for themselves. Read on to learn how you can boost your curb appeal and keep money in your pocket. Outside Oasis With a high return on investment, a new […]

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Where is America’s Most Grad-Friendly Job Market?

June 28, 2016

Finals are in the past and graduation was weeks ago. Now comes the real test – where are you going to live? It’s near impossible to start your full-time job search without knowing exactly where you’re going to land your feet. Even if you plan to take the summer off, now is the time to […]

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