Review: Secret rebates on Black Friday or anytime from hundreds of stores, Rakuten’s Ebates returned $1050 rebates

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I’ve been a loyal user of Ebates.com since April, 2002.  Over the past almost two decades, I’ve received over one thousand dollars in rebates.  I remember when I signed up, I thought it was a scam.  I’ve found out over… Continue Reading

Our journey in Buying a Mitsubishi Hyper Heat Mini Split to replace Jotul F3 Wood Stove as Primary Heat

Mini split air conditioning unit with hand operating remote control

Our mountain cottage We moved to the mountain a half decade ago.  Sounds so long. As I write, it will be our sixth winter.  It’s a small cottage.  About 800 square foot on main floor, with an 800 square foot… Continue Reading

CALCULATOR: Should I pay points to lower my interest rate on a mortgage refinance?

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With historic low interest rates, the rush to refinance mortgages is on again.  At some point during the process, your mortgage broker will likely present a list of rate/point options.  What this means is someone can pay an extra fee… Continue Reading

Review: Best Mechanic in Henderson County NC: Coop’s Mobile Garage

Picture of Coop's Mobile Garage logo on side of truck

UPDATE: As of November 5, 2019, Coop’s is on hiatus and taking a break from business.  Well, we’re on our search for a new mechanic, again… — August 24, 2019 – We live on a mountain in Henderson County, North… Continue Reading

How to tune in Asheville’s WLOS Channel 13 Over-the-Air (OTA)

High VHF Antenna for Channel 13 reception in WNC

How to Tune In Asheville’s WLOS Channel 13 in Western North Carolina Being frustrated with spending enough to pay for an international getaway… every year… on satellite TV, we ‘cut the cord’ awhile back. We now rely on FREE, high… Continue Reading

Review on purchase of first UTV: Polaris Ranger 570 or Kawasaki Mule SX?

2018 Polaris Ranger 570 Midsize Review

We abandoned city life a mile from Downtown Cleveland, Ohio in late 2015, and retreated to quite mountain nob outside Asheville, NC.  Only a few acres, but rugged terrain meant most of our neighbors had some type of 4-wheeler, UTV,… Continue Reading