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Winter-proof your home finances

Find out how to take the worry out of winter

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January 30th, 2015
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During the first cold snap this fall, like many homeowners across the country, Chris and Matt Fleming discovered their furnace was finished. They had just spent nearly $20,000 on new windows for the whole house. They weren’t prepared to buy a new furnace, but what choice did they have? By October, they had put a $30,000 dent in their savings account and canceled summer vacation.

This example of homeownership shows that it comes with upkeep and expenses that can skyrocket with the weather. One major unexpected expense like a mammoth propane bill or broken furnace can wipe out your travel plans or simply make life a lot more stressful, especially for anyone on a fixed budget.

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