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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


Keys to Improving Team Spirit at Work

(TNS)—Q: I’m trying to build more camaraderie among my team at work. We’ve got people of all ages and backgrounds and, while people seem well intentioned, the group isn’t jelling as quickly as I’d like. What can I do to help us come ...


Spending on Happiness

(TNS)—Giving money to people you love probably makes you happy. Spending money on others also probably makes you happier than spending it on yourself, just as spending money on experiences makes you happier than spending money on things. So does that mean you ...


9 Spring Cleaning Tips for Allergy Sufferers

(TNS)—Dust the baseboards. Check! Tackle the pantry. Check! And the bookshelves, and the—achoo! Spring cleaning stirring up allergens? ...


Finding a Paint to Bust Ghost Shadows on Ceiling

(TNS)—Q: The ceiling in my house is showing shadow or ghost lines that correspond to the longitudinal beams of the roof structure. ...


3 Steps to an Emergency Fund

(TNS)—If you lose your job tomorrow, do you have enough money to pay your rent next month? Bad things can happen. Start an emergency fund in three simple steps to cushion you in times of trouble. ...


Developing a Well-Rounded Management Team

(TNS)—Q: I’d like to help the managers on my team become more effective with their direct reports. They tend to have different approaches—one is highly organized with a “command and control” approach, one has a more empathic approach, and so on. How can ...


Tech Q&A: How Spam Emailers Hide Their Identities

(TNS)—Q: Lately I’ve been receiving spam (unwanted junk) emails that come from invalid email addresses. As a result, my security software won’t let me add the addresses to its spam list for future blocking. What are the spammers trying to pull ...


Ways to Lower your Taxes in Retirement

(TNS)—Retirees who file their taxes quarterly may feel like every season is tax season, but preparing for the April tax deadline is a good time to seek out new deductions and plan some strategies for the year ahead. ...


11 Tax Deductions for Homeowners

For most people, owning a home is like moving a step up the American-dream ladder. It is indeed wise of you to buy a home instead of continuing to pay hefty rent. Your home is an excellent investment in the long run because ...


Is Your Shed Not Pouring You Enough Beer? Convert It into a Pub Shed!

Fret not, gentle readers: summer is right around the corner. Sure, spring will peek its head out first, but let’s keep our eye on the prize here. If you are one of the lucky few homeowners to own a shed, you have just become part of a super elite ninja-style ...


Junk in the Trunk: What Do Agents Carry in Their Car?

Being a REALTOR® often means you're on the go. From meeting with clients to showing listings, the car can feel like the second office – and many treat it as such. We checked in with several top agents to find out what ...


Living Smart: Mulch Madness and Basic Buying Tips

(TNS)—Nothing signals the return of spring like a smelly pile of mulch. Aside from its questionable stench, mulch plays an essential role in landscaping, from boosting curb appeal to retaining moisture and suffocating weeds. But before you hire a landscaper or get out ...


How Changing Habits Can Change Your Happiness

Our habits, says Gretchen Rubin, are our destiny. Which isn’t to say they’re predetermined. ...


Financial Experts Share Tips on Saving

(TNS)—There are thousands of ways to save money and make more of it, but chasing after every single tip will likely just make you overwhelmed rather than rich. That’s why it’s helpful to find out ...


Selling or Staying: Home Renovation Projects Require Careful Attention


Investing in home improvement projects can have a huge return—whether to create a more enjoyable living space or to put the home on the market. ...


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