Saving money in clever ways turns out to be something of a theme in this issue. With great heart and not a little humility, John B. Kachuba delivers a charming essay on the vicissitudes of new home ownership. After jumping enthusiastically into a home renovation project in North Avondale last year, he and his wife quickly discovered that removing lead paint and patching holes in a leaky roof was not very fun at all. When it came time to tackle the blasted heath that passed for their yard, they called in the cavalry: the DIY network show Desperate Landscapes. As John writes, all the sweat equity turned out to be worth it, even if it did ultimately cost him a finger.
Continuing on in the cost-cutting vein, Matt Cunningham pays a visit to a garage in Blue Ash where a local company has built and is marketing what they think might be the answer to our auto industry problems: the AMP Sky electric car. And finally, Associate Editor Aiesha D. Little walks us through the confounding tale of Christopher Avery and Andrew Butler, two local college students who in 2007 stole roughly $140,000 from the Valley Central Savings Bank in Reading to pay their college tuition. With all the other great tips throughout the issue on how to save money, we thought it made sense to warn folks who are feeling particularly desperate with this cautionary tale. Times may be tough, but do yourself a favor and think before you decide to rob that bank.