Standing Fast amid Financial Storms

Dicey economic times call for being proactive about investments, discretionary spending, and living expenses. Here, battling a property tax spike

A while back, I wrote about my family's decision to remodel our 50-year-old split-level house. Well, the job went nicely—on time and on budget—and we were very pleased with the bright, beautiful new kitchen, the expanded dining/entertaining area, and our new deck with the natural-gas barbecue hookup. The 20% addition to square footage made the house much more comfortable for the three of us—and visiting family and friends.

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