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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


5 Legal Changes That Could Affect Your Tax Filing

(MCT)—As taxpayers sit down to work on their income tax returns, they will face the impact of several law changes in 2013. ...


Living Smart: Remodeling Trends

(MCT)—Remodeling’s on the upswing, with homeowners investing in projects that enhance efficiency and comfort. Among the trends for 2014, according to highly rated remodelers and interior designers: ...


Spending Smart: Self-control, Smells and Spending

(MCT)—Being disorganized can lead to impulse spending, as can buying lottery tickets. Meanwhile, loneliness can cause materialism, and just thinking of how something smells can induce you to buy more. ...


Your Place: Best Times to Paint Home Interiors

(MCT)—A reader asks: “What is the best month to have interior rooms painted?” ...


After Buying a House, It Can Be Wise to Delay Big Projects

(MCT)—Although many buyers these days avoid properties that require major renovation, that doesn’t mean they’re shunning first-year projects designed primarily to make the houses they do purchase their own. ...


5 Business Tips from a Top-Grossing Franchisee

(MCT)—Chris Souk’s road to entrepreneurship took him from the U.S. Army to carpet cleaning. ...


The Home Economist: Enjoying More by Buying Less

(MCT)—In Miami for a 100-city book tour, author and blogger Joshua Millburn explained to an audience at The Book Store how he found the road to happiness: by moving out of his way much of the store-bought stuff for which he paid ...


Backyard Beekeeping Picking up Buzz

(MCT)—When Max Wong first “outed” herself to her neighbors, she wondered when the police would be knocking on her door. Until then, she had kept her passion a secret. ...


Living Smart: Buying a House

(MCT)—Home may be where the heart is, but the house-buying process can easily become a headache. ...


Your Place: Relative Humidity Indoors Determines Likelihood of Mold

(MCT)—A few weeks back, a reader contacted me with a concern that the portable humidifier his daughter was running in a bedroom could contribute to a mold problem, although he had seen no evidence of one yet. ...


What to Consider when Upgrading your Technology

(BPT)—The holidays are over and if you're left looking at a fruit cake and a room full of white elephant gifts, you're probably thinking it is time to find the perfect present for yourself. ...


Meditative Focus Improves Both Health and Business Intuition

Sitting down with the intention of stilling one’s mind and body is no longer the sole province of hippies and Eastern medicine aficionados, says leadership expert Dr. Stephen Josephs. ...


‘Dumb Starbucks’: Smart Parody or Infringement?

The appearance of a "Dumb Starbucks" store in Los Angeles has drawn the ire of the real Starbucks corporation, demanding its "dumb" counterpart stop using its name. ...


Flu Season Likely to Continue through March

(MCT)—We are at the peak of the flu season — and, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, high flu activity is likely to continue for several weeks. So what can you do to minimize the damage of ...


The 7 Features Your New Car Won’t Have

(MCT)—The next time you test drive a new car, you might be in for a shock. ...