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Massachusetts Man Pays Off Mortgage with Pennies

A Massachusetts man who long ago pledged to make his last mortgage payment with pennies has fulfilled that promise, dropping off 800 pounds of them for the final payment on the Milford home he and his wife bought in 1977.

Guess Whose New Machine Could Kill Starbucks

When the new Verismo coffeemaker shows up later this year, java buffs will be able to make Starbucks-quality espresso, cappuccino and latte beverages at home. But will the fancy European coffee drinks it'll crank out really be as good as Starbucks? Starbucks probably hopes so.

Savings Experiment: Snow Removal

Snow is beautiful to look at, but not fun to keep off your driveway. In the event of major snowflake accumulation, what will help you do the trick for the least amount of money and effort?

Savings Experiment: Ovens

To toast or not to toast? Chances are you probably don't weigh the costs of using the microwave, toaster oven, or conventional full-size oven, but you should. You can save money by factoring in the costs of energy when you cook or reheat food.

The (Extended) Family Home: Why Millions Are Moving In

Multigenerational households in this country are growing fast. At the end of 2009, 51.4 million Americans lived in a home with three or more generations under one roof, up nearly 5 million from 2007. So what's driving this trend, and how can you move in relatives without drowning in drama?

How to Save on Buying a Refrigerator

Your refrigerator might be on its last legs. Or maybe you just want to turn in that '70s-era relic for a 21st century model. In either case, how can you find a good refrigerator that won't send a chill through your bank account? DailyFinance's Savings Experiment has zeroed in on what you need to know.

Home Sellers Still Fighting the Need to Reduce Prices

Sales of previously owned homes hit a six-month low in May, and overpriced inventory is a key factor. Though we all watched the real estate market crater, most sellers are still overpricing their homes, and the worst price optimists are the ones who bought after the housing bubble burst.

Unemployed and Seeking Shelter from the Storm

The housing crisis continues unabated, and millions of unemployed Americans remain at risk of ending up homeless. But additional government help is arriving from the Obama administration, and nonprofit agencies are making a difference in the efforts of some families to get help from their lenders.

How to Make Extra Money With Your Home

The economy may be looking up, but for many of us, budgets are still tight. But if you're a homeowner wishing for a way to pump up your finances, you may be overlooking your greatest asset -- your home. There are plenty of ways to make money by renting out a portion of your property.

Three Key Rules for Today's Housing Market

Some recent reports on the real estate market show home prices starting to stabilize in many areas. Other data suggests the housing market has further to fall. But whichever direction the national numbers are heading, there are few tenets that smart buyers and sellers should always follow.