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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


‘Tis the Season – With Spring Comes a New Savings Plan

RISMEDIA, March 23, 2009-(MCT)-The Government has calculated the savings rate within America as being close to zero for a number of years, but as we find ourselves in the throes of a recession, most Americans are taking a step back ...


Getaways- Bargains Abound – Deals May Be Best during Recession

RISMEDIA, March 20, 2009-(MCT)-Your household budget screams, "No, no, no," but the alluring deals gently whisper, "Yes, yes, yes." While the current economy has most Americans working harder than ever, the word ‘vacation' has become a concept that to most is ...


Social Networks and Blogs Popular Online Activities

RISMEDIA, March 19, 2009-Now visited by over two-thirds (67%) of the global* online population, "member communities," which include both social networks and blogs, have become the fourth most popular online category - ahead of personal email. Member communities are growing ...


Now’s the Time to Grow Your Own

RISMEDIA, March 18, 2009-(MCT)-2009 might turn out to be the year that more of us get back to the good Earth. At a time when your grocery store receipt may leave you breathless, many are taking matters into their own ...


Make Time for Shared Reading during National Reading Month

RISMEDIA, March 17, 2009-Nearly all parents (98%) polled in a LeapFrog Enterprises, Inc- commissioned Harris Interactive survey agree that reading to children from a young age is very important, although the priority may get lost in the shuffle as parents ...


’Tis the Season- Prepare for Spring with Old-Fashioned Spring Cleaning

RISMEDIA, March 16, 2009-(MCT)-With the arrival of Spring comes the arrival of the dreaded words ‘Spring cleaning,' and with Spring being less than a week away, there is no doubt that these words have crossed your mind as thoughts of ...


Getaways – The Luck O’ the Irish

RISMEDIA, March 13, 2009-(MCT)-For you intrepid travelers who, looking ahead to St. Patrick's Day, might have a trip to Ireland in your future, I have a trivia question for you. What do the Duke of Wellington and the Guinness family ...


Man’s Best Friend Deserves Nothing but the Best

RISMEDIA, March 12, 2009-(MCT)-No one wants to cut back on spending for their pet- and only one out of seven of us does, according to an Associated Press survey conducted in December. But a recent Consumer Reports article suggests that expensive ...


Casual Cleaning? Bring It

RISMEDIA, March 11, 2009-(MCT)-You think nobody sees those dust bunnies under that bed? You think you can just huff and puff and blow the dust off those mini-blinds? Trust me, you're not fooling anybody with those scented candles. Cinnamon spice, ...


Swap to Shop – A Solution to the Credit Crunch

RISMEDIA, March 10, 2009-(MCT)-It really is the oldest profession in the world-swapping stuff you have for stuff you want. But with credit crunch and tight economic times, bartering is gaining a new, higher profile.From individuals trading with one another to ...


Perish the Thought of Outdated Food

RISMEDIA, March 9, 2009-(MCT)-When you stop and think about all the food stored in your kitchen, it's hard not to get a little panicky. The news is full of food safety horror stories. To make matters worse, just about every ...


Getaways – Don’t Let the Savings on Last-minute Deals Blind You from What You Need to Know

RISMEDIA, March 6, 2009-(MCT)-Aboard the Mariner of the Seas off the coast of Ecuador-I'm sorry, did you say something? Oh, right. You want to know about what it's like to take a last-minute cruise. ...


Facebook Is Mom’s New BFF

RISMEDIA, March 5, 2009-(MCT)-Facebook is the most significant thing to happen to motherhood since the third-party telephone line. Originally the domain of college students, Facebook sucked millions of Gen Ys into the habit of routinely posting online their darkest secrets ...


Where Cut-Rate Meets Couture

RISMEDIA, March 4, 2009-(MCT)-When the going gets tough, the tough go shopping. It's a jest, but it's true, at least in this sense: When the economic going gets tough, the tough go shopping-at thrift stores. ...


Ideas for Making Your Home a Refuge from the Hard Times Outside

RISMEDIA, March 3, 2009-(MCT)-We are living, you might say, in the Age of the Slash. Everywhere we turn, it's all about slashing. Slash jobs. Slash profits. Slash budgets. So much slashing we're starting to shake. ...