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Aja McClanahan

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It seems as though going into debt is part of living the American dream (or should I say nightmare?). This is especially true if you want to pursue a higher education.

How Much Value Does A Pergola Add?

Published 08/24/2017 by Aja McClanahan

Creating a backyard getaway is at the top of the wish list for many homeowners. And with good reason. Who wouldn’t want their very own backyard oasis to quietly relax in during the day and entertain guests at night? Installing a pergola is part of creating that perfect backyard getaway. But what is a pergola’s return on investment? Will a pergola add value to my home?

Knowing how much it costs to install a pergola will help you decide whether it’s a worthwhile home improvement. After all, if the cost to build a pergola doesn’t match the value you’ll get from it, it wouldn’t make sense to purchase or install one. This guide provides details on pergola average cost by material, type, and installation method. Click here for an in-depth guide on how to finance a pergola.

How Much Does It Cost to Lease a Solar Power System?

Published 08/23/2017 by Aja McClanahan

Installing an at-home solar system can provide multiple benefits for homeowners. Not only are you supporting the renewable energy movement, but you may also be able to save some money. The average cost to lease solar panels ranges from about $50-$250 per month. A solar energy system is something many homeowners can buy or lease to generate energy savings and decrease the energy bill in your home.

5 Ways to Finance an Outdoor Fireplace

Published 07/24/2017 by Aja McClanahan

Going outdoors is all about bringing the creature comforts of a home outside. According to CNN Money, the outdoor living market is a growing $5+ billion industry. Warming outdoor spaces with lighting products, fire pits, and fireplaces are growing right along with the outdoor living trend.

As we all know, student loan debt has become one of the fastest growing types of debt in America today. At this point, there are many people who simply want to get rid of their student loans or, at the very least, get some relief. If you fall within either of those categories, you’ve come to the right place. An income-drive repayment plan can lower student loan payments.

12 Ways You Can Lower Your Student Loan Payments Today

Published 07/13/2017 by Aja McClanahan

There’s over $1.3 trillion in student loan debt in the U.S. as of the end of 2016, according to a report by the Federal Reserve (source). The same report adds that high levels of student debt are stunting the financial growth of millions, causing them to delay home ownership, marriage, and even having kids.

Solar Loans: 4 Ways to Finance Solar Panels

Published 06/14/2017 by Aja McClanahan

There’s a reason the solar energy industry is growing 17 times faster than the U.S. economy as a whole. Solar-powered energy is becoming more common among American homeowners than ever. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), solar installations have been growing at an annual compound rate of 60% since 2006.