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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


7 Reasons to Go to a Dollar Store before Christmas

For careful shoppers, there are bargains to be found all year long at the dollar store. But with the huge expense of the holiday season, point out Kiplinger’s consumer editors, there are more reasons than ever to shop these bargain meccas. ...


Tips for Better Air Quality in a Winter-Tight House

(TNS)—I just replaced the furnace filter—every six months, as directed by the professional who visits to fine-tune it periodically. ...


Signs That Your Home May be Less Insulated than You Think

Keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter is something every homeowner strives to do. The good news is you don’t need a Ph.D. to create a comfortable living space. What you need is a ...


Temperature Wars Are Heating Up the Workplace

The weather outside may be frightfully bizarre this winter, but the temperatures inside can be just as difficult for many to adjust to. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 23 percent of employees say their office is too cold, while 25 percent are ...


10 Tips to Save Energy over the Holidays

With all the company, cooking and extra lighting this time of year, energy use skyrockets and so do utility bills. As we continue to shop for the holidays, most of us are looking for any way to save. ...


4 Major Perks of Adding a Skylight to Your Home

If you’re looking for a way to add style and value to your home, skylights might be the perfect solution. It will take some planning, but a well-designed skylight comes with a multitude of benefits — not just beauty and value, but possibly ...


6 Easy Ways to Rejuvenate Your Kitchen

From installing new cabinet doors to renovating old furnishings, there are many ways to modernize and brighten your kitchen without committing to a complete renovation. Painting, changing cabinet doors and drawer pulls, or adding a kitchen island are all options that you can ...


Which Mortgage Is for You?

(TNS)—Know these three loan types before you go mortgage shopping. ...


Outdated Computer Systems Play Havoc with the Bottom Line

One of the greatest characteristics of computer technology also can be problematic. ...


Your Place: Ways to Hold Down Winter Energy Costs

(TNS)—Where does the time go? ...


The Good, the Bad and the Tacky: Holiday Decorating Don’ts

One of my favorite parts of the holiday season is gawking at tawdry, awkward and straight up weird holiday decorations. I can't help it. There's so much fun to be had rubbernecking at tacky decorations! I blame my strange fascination on this guy: ...


How To Use Your Landscape to Deck the Halls

(TNS)--Plants that were just there through the year suddenly get important in December. That’s when we look to our landscape for ways to make the house look festive. ...


5 On-the-Money, Out-of-the-Box Holiday Gifts

(TNS)—Stuffing cash in an envelope — or tucking it in a box of chocolates like my Dad used to do — can be a pretty great gift in many households. Unfortunately, some people do view cash as a tad impersonal. ...


8 Easy Ways to Cut Your Taxes Now

(TNS)—Right now you’re probably thinking more about Santa Claus than Uncle Sam. ...


Getting a Mortgage? How Credit Unions Stack up against Banks

(TNS)—You already have your dream house in mind, but have you considered whom you’d like as your lender? ...


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