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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


While Emailing, Make it Snappy

(MCT)—When it comes to email, Ben Carpenter wishes more people would follow Shakespeare’s advice that brevity is the soul of wit. Carpenter, an author with a long career in finance, doesn’t see much of it — brevity, that is — these days. ...


Many Factors Impact Retirement-Savings Risk Decisions

(MCT)—A basic tenet of retirement planning instructs investors to tilt their sails to more conservative shores as their retirement beachhead nears. ...


Living Smart: Tips to Weigh Before Closing in on a Fence

(MCT)—Top-rated fencing pros tell our team that, based on the average price for material type, and a typical fence length of 200 linear feet, here’s what you could spend: ...


The Power to Admit Your Workplace Goofs

(MCT)—Hillary Clinton recently told Diane Sawyer of ABC News that when she and her husband left the White House in 2001, they were “dead broke.” ...


15 Ways to Cut Costs (and Add Joy) to Your Summer Trip

The expensive vacations your family typically takes rarely leave you feeling as happy as you’d hoped, and they put a terrible squeeze on your bank account. For the sake of your fulfillment and your finances, you’re willing to try to cut expenses ...


Getting Started: Reasons to Consider a Roth while Young

(MCT)—Saving for retirement when you’re young is a prudent financial step. ...


The Truth Behind College Cost Myths

(MCT)—Whenever we write about how much it costs to go to college, we hear from a lot of readers. ...


Home Theaters Are Growing in Popularity

(MCT)—Joe “J.C.” Ganote celebrated Father’s Day with his son and grandchildren at his home in Lee’s Summit, Mo. But if the younger Ganotes hadn’t made the cross-country trip from San Diego, you can bet that grandpa would have logged on to Skype ...


Your Place: What Recourse for Rain Damage in Basement?

(MCT)--Question: My son and daughter-in-law purchased a twin ranch home with a finished basement in the Northeast in September. ...


How to Organize Your Move in 6 Steps

It doesn’t matter whether you’re moving near or far—it’s important to stay organized during your move. And that doesn’t just mean making a schedule and sticking to it. You’ll need to figure out a system for organizing, packing and storing your belongings. ...


Casey Kasem’s Ordeal Offers 5 Estate-Planning Lessons

Beloved radio personality Casey Kasem passed away last Sunday, leaving behind a media legacy and some eye-opening lessons regarding end-of-life/estate planning. ...


Recognize Your Strengths, Weaknesses to Better Develop Skills

(MCT)—Q: I keep hearing advice that I should build on my strengths, but it makes more sense to me to fix my weaknesses. What am I missing? ...


Living Smart: Consumer Gag Orders

(MCT)—Online sites that allow consumers to describe or rate their experiences with contractors and other service providers are a fact of modern life. ...


Email Etiquette for Generation Text

Most likely, you already understand that you’ll need to structure your professional emails differently than you would a text or a tweet. But unless you had the good fortune to take an “Email Etiquette 101” course in college, you might be unsure ...


Your Place: Make Preparations Now in Case Storms Strike

(MCT)—We’ve barely gotten over winter’s misery and already are being reminded about hurricane preparedness. Yet the season officially started June 1, so perhaps a few tips from the American Bankers Association are in order: ...


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