BrittanyEJ's Profile

Display Name: BrittanyEJ
Member Since: 3/11/13

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My husband and I are in the process of closing on a home. Between interest payments on our mortgage and taxes/insurance, we are essentially paying the same as we would be paying in rent. However, the pros of buying a home far outweigh the cons for us - a sense of ownership and responsibility, having more privacy, not having to deal with annual increases in rent, having a nice place while also having pets (and no pesky landlord pet restrictions), having modern appliances such as dishwasher/washer/dryer, being able to paint, being able to remodel as we please, etc. I also see the home we're buying as an investment - it is an early 20th century home with many 70's updates. Once we make our mark (bring the home back to it's time), I am confident we will be able to make a tidy profit (even after accounting for fees associated with selling)!

Is Home Ownership Still Part of The American Dream?
7/9/14 11:48 AM

I think she lives in Lawrence, Kansas (also my current area). Summers here are far from pleasant, but everyone is different in their tolerance to heat. :)

Real Life on a Budget: Regina's Summertime Money Saving Tips & Ideas
5/29/14 12:47 PM

I sent this one to my husband - his recently deceased grandfather always had a blue heeler on his cattle farm in rural Kansas (they were all named Blue - haha!). Beautiful, cozy, warm home. Thanks for sharing.

Scott and Jacqui's Artistic Homestead House Tour
5/20/14 12:48 PM

I hate living in Kansas City! I received an incredible job opportunity in KC straight out of college, but now that I have a few years of job experience under my belt, I am anxiously waiting for my apt lease to run out so I can get the heck out of here. Yes, it is incredibly cheap to live in KC - but only so because nobody WANTS to live here. What do I dislike about KC? Huge urban sprawl, awful crime rates, inability to walk anywhere due to points 1 and 2, lack of culture or a sense of community togetherness, rude people, small dingy airport that is 20 miles north of the city (with no direct flights anywhere), conservative politics, hot sweaty summers AND bone chilling winters, lack of appreciation for local business (case in point: Kansas City-ians LOVE the Country Club Plaza - the only nice shopping area in the city that is chalk full of high end, big name stores). Sure, there's great barbeque, but that's the only plus going for it. If you have to live in the area, may I suggest Lawrence, Kansas? I escape to Lawrence on my weekends to achieve a feeling of sanity, only to lose my marbles as I head back east. Aaahhh! I would highly discourage cultured, intelligent people from moving to KC. Unless you have a love affair for huge parking lots and driving 30 miles to get anywhere.

What Does It Really Cost to Live in

1/29/14 06:15 PM

I have been wanting this since I've spotted it in a Crate & Barrel catalog, but I see that it's made in Thailand. I'm weird about only buying USA or Europe-made products to prevent possible leaching of lead or other chemicals into my food.

Dansk Kobenstyle Butter Warmer
3/11/13 11:07 AM