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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


Knob and Tube Wiring in Older Homes

Homes built prior to 1950 may still have a knob and tube wiring system. Though the technology is old, it is still capable of carrying electricity throughout the home. There are additional factors, however, that homeowners should know about when buying ...


Beware Hot Air! Debunking Heating Myths to Stay Warm, Save Money

(TNS)—Advice about saving money on home heating costs abounds this time of year, but some of it is oversimplified, marketing hype or just plain wrong, while some long-standing myths persist about keeping warm on the cheap. ...


The Best Money Mindset

(TNS)—Do you want to more easily change your overspending behavior? According to some new research, maybe all you need is to count your life’s blessings. A mindset of gratitude gives people the patience to handle money better. ...


Women: 5 Tactics to Defy the Impossible in Business

In terms of growth in business ownership, women have been soaring past men, averaging increases 1.5 times the national average, according to the 2014 State of Women-Owned Businesses Report by American Express Open. ...


What’s Under There? The Pros and Cons of Building on a Slab

In a recent report, Louisville area REALTOR® Samantha George dug into her practical list of things potential buyers should take into consideration when house hunting. George says being proactive now can help save you lots of time and money in the long run. ...


Do You Know How Much Money Burns up in a Dirty Furnace?

With all the buttoning up many homeowners are doing as temperatures drop and winter approaches, I went looking for some basic tips to help that won't break the bank. ...


Person to Person: Small Pleasures Often Have the Biggest Rewards

(MCT)—Have you been pushing all of your needs into the background? Maybe you’ve put off going to the dentist. Or has it been three years since you’ve taken the time to read a book? ...


6 Seemingly Smart Moves That May Ruin Your Remodel

You are dying to get an updated home, and you are very excited for the remodeling process to begin. But you aren’t naive. You have heard the horror stories about renovations, and you intend to make yours go smoothly. So you have done ...


Employee Wellness Programs: 5 Legal Reminders

Measuring and ensuring employee wellness is a great way to ground a holistic approach to getting the most out of your workforce. But like any employer initiative, business owners should be careful that their good intentions don't become oppressive or illegal. ...


Winterizing Your Home Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank

With all the buttoning up many homeowners are doing as temperatures drop in many areas of the country, I went looking for some basic tips to help that won't break the bank. Luckily, our partners at Better Business Bureau say that winterizing your ...


Why Don’t Men Talk Openly about Work-Life Balance?

(MCT)—I’m quite good at balancing things. Plates on my head, scoops of ice cream on a cone, a child in one arm and several bags of groceries in the other while trying to open a door. ...


Consumers Not Letting Ebola or Other Fears Hurt Outlook

(MCT)--The scary stuff is out there — shaky days a few weeks ago on Wall Street, Ebola, sticker shock in the dairy aisle, you name it. But consumers posted their most optimistic outlook since before the start of ...


Use a Reverse Mortgage to Buy a Home?

(MCT)—Over the years, celebrities such as Robert Wagner, Alex Trebek and Fred Thompson have touted reverse mortgages as a way to supplement a senior’s fixed income by tapping equity that has accrued in their home. But here’s another, less common ...


Your Place: To Prepare for Winter, Put Pipes First

(MCT)—Someone suggested that I write the annual getting-ready-for-winter column early this year because the last time I did, we had a mild one. ...


Three Tips on Selling Your ‘Haunted’ Residence

Looking to unload a ‘haunted home’? Below are three tips for selling that spooky spot. ...


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