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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


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. ...


Uncovering Top Financial Worries

Scary costumes and haunted houses can be fun one night of the year, but dealing with real-life financial fears on a daily basis is no treat. However, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® Financial Literacy Survey revealed that 71 percent of respondents ...


Living Smart: What to Know before You Have a Plumbing Emergency

(MCT)—Plumbing has always been one of the most frequently searched categories on Angie’s List. Naturally, if the sink is stopped up or the commode’s kaput, you want it fixed, and fast. ...


The Cheapest Day to Buy Airline Tickets? It’s Sunday, not Tuesday

(MCT)—A company that handles airline ticket sales for travel agencies has come out with study of airline ticket purchases, and found some interesting factoids: ...


Your Place: Tips to Reduce the Risk of House Fires

(MCT)—October is Fire Prevention Month, so as a public service designed to reduce the number of calls for electrical fires, “Your Place” offers the following tips from Leviton, manufacturer of electrical devices and lighting controls (dimmers, switches): ...


Don’t Overlook an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage

(MCT)—Let me start out by saying that I have a bias in favor of fixed mortgages, especially in this time of historically low rates. The logic is this: Why wouldn’t you lock in now and enjoy the certainty of a nice low rate ...


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