Swimming Pool Prices: Know How Much Before You Dive In

A swimming pool can turn your swimming-pool-pricebackyard into a private oasis; however, before you dream of doing cannonballs into clear blue water, take a moment to truly gauge how much this cool amenity will cost you. Don’t focus just on the installation, either—there’s also maintenance, chemicals, and all the trimmings.

Ready to make a splash? Check out these real-world costs.

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7 Terms to Know Before Buying Auto Insurance

Next to your home and your office,red_car_in_hands your car is probably where you spend the greatest amount of time—and it’s likely one of the things you pour the most money into. Between the costs of routine maintenance, repairs and trips to the pump (is it time to buy an electric car yet?), being a car owner requires an investment—not the least of which is the auto insurance you’re required to buy.

But not all policies are created equal—and, put simply, “Consumers need to understand the terminology of car insurance to shop for and compare policies and coverage,” says Jeff Blyskal, auto insurance expert and senior editor at Consumer Reports.

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How to be the intern everybody wants to hire

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Aiming to turn your summer internship into a full-time job? Good news: your employer wants that, too!

The primary focus of most companies’ internship programs is to convert college students into entry-level employees, according to the National Association of Colleges and Employers’ 2016 Internship & Co-op Survey. But if you intern for a medium or large company, you’ll likely be working alongside a group of interns who are also gunning for a job offer. And unfortunately, there may be a limited number of full-time jobs available at the company.

So to land one of them, you’ll need to bring your A-game. Take these steps to become the all-star intern.

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7 Smart Ways to Cut Your Moving Costs

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June to August is peak moving season, since most families want to relocate when their children are out of school. And for many families, a relocation can be expensive. The average professional move costs a whopping $12,230, according Worldwide ERC, an association that tracks mobility costs. (Moving can also be stressful: One study in Europe of 2,000 adults found that moving triggers more anxiety than even bankruptcy or divorce.)

If you’re relocating for a job, you can ask your employer to foot the bill. But if you need to pay your own way, follow these tips to make moving less painful.

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The Newlyweds’ Guide to Buying a Home

Hey, lovebirds: If you’re newly newlywed-house-advicemarried,you may be thinking of buying a nest together. Indeed, 35% of married Americans purchased their first home together within two years of tying the knot, according to a study by Coldwell Banker. Yet while we hear plenty about the home-buying challenges faced by unmarried couples, that doesn’t mean that marriage makes this process a walk in the park.

“A lot of factors come into play,” says Brandy Wright, a certified financial planner at Cambridge Wealth Counsel in Atlanta. So before you start swooning over Craftsman bungalows or granite countertops where you envision your bright new future, be sure to sit down and ask each other these crucial questions first.

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6 Critical Questions to Ask When Buying New Construction

If you’re in the market for a new-home-constructionbrand-new home, you’ve got a ton of options. Sales of new homes surged to an eight-year high in 2015, according to data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau, and single-family production is estimated to reach 840,000 units in 2016, an 18 percent increase over 2015, according to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB).

Unfortunately for home buyers, new residential construction is coming at a steeper price: Last year the average price of a new home jumped to $351,000, up $100,000 from 2009, reports the NAHB.

Nonetheless, there are still ways you can save when buying a new home. It’s like shopping for a new car: You need the right strategy to nab the best deal. Ask prospective builders these six questions in order to find the right home at the right price.

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Hate Networking? Try This

Does the thought of working Screen Shot 2016-04-18 at 3.18.23 PMa room give you the jitters? Networking functions can turn even successful professionals into tongue-tied teens. Some people have such a visceral reaction that they actually feel physically dirty, a University of Toronto study found.

Yet industry events can also be a great place to rub shoulders with influencers, meet recruiters, pick up new skills, and raise your professional profile. So even if you hate schmoozing and small talk, these tricks can help you thrive at your next networking event.

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