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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


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Outdated Computer Systems Play Havoc with the Bottom Line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? ...


To Your Health: Quitting Facebook Makes You Happier

(TNC)—Need a pick-me up? Try taking a Facebook break. Researchers at the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen studied the moods of 1,095 regular Facebook users over a week’s time. They divided participants into two groups: those who kept logging onto Facebook per normal, ...


Before Winter, Be Sure to Pest-Proof Your Home

(TNS)—If I’ve learned anything over the last 33 years of homeownership, it’s that animals that exist happily outdoors three seasons of the year will try to find a warm space indoors in winter. ...


Shield Your Home this Season with Winter Maintenance Tips

As the colder winter weather takes hold across the country, it’s important for homeowners to ensure their heating systems are ready to stand up to the frigid temperatures. To help prevent unexpected breakdowns, American Home Shield, is offering five expert tips to maintain ...


How to Reprogram Yourself for Success In 2016

Some people start each day with an early morning jog. Others begin with a cup of coffee and a donut. ...


Four Steps Everyone Should Take Before Holiday Shopping Begins

While millions of shoppers are expected to descend upon shopping centers and malls across the country hoping to cash in on post-Thanksgiving savings, some are deciding to stay home and avoid spending. Half of the respondents to the most recent National Foundation for ...


5 Money-Saving Tips for Holiday Shopping

The holidays are upon us, and retailers know that most of the money spent at shopping malls annually is spent during the weeks leading up to Christmas. As a result, they pull out all the stops to attract as many shoppers as possible ...


How to Organize Your House before the Holidays

(TNS)—’Tis the season for guests, parties, shopping, decorating, wrapping, cooking and entertaining. Keeping your home a peaceful haven during the crush of holiday stress can sometimes seem too big to tackle. Yet taking time to declutter and organize items around the home can ...


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