Here’s how much you need to earn to rent a 2-bedroom apartment in 15 of America’s biggest cities

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One-third of Americans overpay for housing, and renters have it the worst .In fact, almost half spend over 30% of their incomes on rent, exceeding the standard measure of affordability, according to the 2017 State of the Nation’s Housing report, published by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.

In addition to transportation and food, housing is one of the biggest expenses Americans have. Cutting back on these things could mean more savings in the bank and even a ticket to early retirement.

In its latest report , SmartAsset calculated the income needed to afford rent in 15 major US cities. That is, the salary a household must earn to spend a comfortable 28% of its income on rent for a two-bedroom apartment. Rent prices were pulled from RENTCafe ‘s January 2017 report.

Below, check out how much you need to earn to pay rent in San Francisco, New York, Boston, and 12 more of America’s major metro areas.


Here’s How One DIY Pro Built His Own Backyard Hobbit Hole

Tucked away in Bedford, England is a hobbit hole with a very modern twist. While no real hobbits reside there, the house is exceptionally made.

After a tree died in his backyard, Ashley Yeates decided to repurpose the space into this brilliant storage space. Keep in mind Yeates isn’t your ordinary DIYer. He’s a design and construction expert, and the project took him and his pal, Alec, a year to complete.

It started off with a hole big enough to fit a sturdy wooden frame. If you’re curious on how such a structure would take on unpredictable weather, Yeates made sure to cover all his bases early on and incorporated “plenty of waterproof layers.”

Next up was creating the actual structure, once again keeping moisture control in mind. He also made sure the surface of the hobbit hole would eventually be mow-able.

After competing the outside, the duo took on the interior, which turned out equally impressive. They built a mini staircase, created a workstation, and even equipped the space with electricity. And that’s not all:

With a built in kitchenette and planned gaming/cinema system, this hobbit hole is turning out to be a pretty decent place to hang-out. Especially with the dimming lights and air-cooling system.

Plus, check out the ample storage areas.

For more photos of this homemade hobbit hole and the details on how to build your own,check out Yeates’ blog.

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Here’s the Easiest Way to Grow Tomato Seedlings

With spring finally here, it’s time to start a new DIY gardening project at home. Tomatoes are the perfect vegetables (or fruit if you want to be technical) to plant yourself, and there’s a super simple way to do it. All you need is another tomato and you’re ready to go.

As demonstrated by YouTube vlogger The Wanna Be Homesteader, grab a medium-sized plastic potter and potting soil. Fill the potter about 3/4 of the way full with soil. Cut your tomato into 1/4 inch thick slices, and place on top of the soil. Toss another handful of soil and lightly cover the tomato slices completely. Keep in a warm place with sunlight and water. In about seven to 14 days, little seedlings should start to appear. This should yield over 50 seedlings.

Once you have your seedlings, transfer a few to another pot where they will have more space to grow. You don’t want the seedlings to be overcrowded in the pot because they will not get the adequate amount of nutrients it needs to grow.

You have all spring and summer to watch your seedlings grow into tomato plants. If you take good care of ’em, you may actually be able to harvest a few tomatoes, which, of course, means more delicious salads.

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