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Rethinking Your Landscape: Lush Lawns Offer More than Just a Pretty Face

With summer quickly approaching, homeowners and renters alike are doing everything they can to prepare their lawns for family-friendly soccer games, neighborhood cookouts, evenings gathered around the fire pit roasting marshmallows and nights spent sleeping under the stars. ...


Consumer Prices Inch Up for First Time in Four Months

(TNS)--Consumer prices inched up in March for the first time in four months, largely driven by higher gas costs, the Labor Department said Thursday. ...


5 Immediate Steps to Start Planning for Retirement in Your 40s

(TNS)--Did you know that 80 percent of 40-years-olds are behind on their retirement savings? This is according to GOBankingRates.com’s recent retirement savings survey. ...


The Gender Pay Gap: 3 Reasons Women Earn Less than Men

(TNS)--Tuesday was Equal Pay Day, which was invented by an activist group two decades ago to draw attention to the wage divide between men and women. ...


You Have 3 Extra Days This Year to File Your Taxes

(TNS)—If you’ve left your tax return for the last minute, or don’t have the cash just yet to pay Uncle Sam, you may be relieved to know that you can squeeze a few more days out of the calendar ...


DIY Garden Beds the Whole Family Can Help With

What’s a surefire way to get kids to eat their vegetables? Heap their plates with homegrown bounty plucked right from the backyard. Gardening as a family gives children an appreciation for the work behind the food on the table, an understanding of basic ...


5 Things to Know about the New Rules for Retirement Advisors

(TNS)—You might think the people you hired to help arrange your retirement finances have to put your best interests first. That’s not always the case. ...


3 Savings Mistakes Even Smart People Make

(TNS)—Do you always tell yourself that you’ll start saving more money, but you never actually get around to it? If that describes you, you’re probably making these three savings mistakes even smart people make. ...


Home Security Tips for Condo Owners

While living in a condo or apartment building may have certain security advantages over a traditional house, there are still several important home security tips that owners and renters should keep top of mind. ...


Keepin’ It Weird: 8 Bizarre Bathrooms from Around the World

From pop-up toilets in city streets to a bathroom surrounded entirely by an aquarium, these public and private bathrooms are beyond bizarre—and you need to see them! ...


Spring Re-Do: 5 Décor Trends to Try

Spring fever’s hit us here at Housecall, and we’re willing to bet it’s beset most of you at home. If yours is ripe for a re-do, deep-six stale, seasonal décor for these on-trend features and finishes—florals not included. ...


5 Steps to Take If You’re Late on Your Taxes

(TNS)—Everyone misses a deadline every now and then, whether it’s at school or at work. But if you miss the federal tax-filing deadline on April 18, you could be facing more than just a bad grade or a lecture from your boss — ...


How Much Time Do Americans Spend on Yardwork?

Here’s a mind-blowing stat: In 2014, American adults collectively spent more than 2.3 billion minutes on lawn care and gardening. ...


How to Tame Student Loan Debt and Afford a Mortgage

(TNS)--It’s no secret that student loans can make buying a home a challenge. But what exactly is the problem, and how can buyers overcome it? ...


Living Smart: First-time Homebuyers’ Mistakes

(TNS)—The experience of buying your first home often brings up a lot of emotions. With so many new considerations and complicated processes to navigate, it’s easy to get tripped up in details and make costly mistakes. ...


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