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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


7 Efficient Tips for Downsizers

Retirement goals have shifted for many since the recession, with one major asset hanging in the balance—housing. Though a burgeoning segment of boomers plan to “age in place” in their current homes, more than ...


5 Simple Steps to Childproofing Your Home

Whether you’ve got a litter of kids or baby’s on the way, childproofing your home is a preventative measure no family should go without. The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends a number of safeguards to make your home an environment free from ...


Interior House Painting Tips for Newbies

Anyone would agree that a fresh coat of paint is the easiest, most cost-effective way to give your home a clean, new look for spring—and even you’ve never wielded a paintbrush before, a few simple tips will help you get ...


5 Essential Spring-Cleaning Chores

(TNS)—Ah, spring cleaning. All the tasks you pushed aside earlier in the year now await you—a seemingly never-ending list of chores. ...


Who Gets to Be a Millionaire? 6 Factors

People who buy lottery tickets hope to become millionaires. But some people, ticket-buyers or not, are more apt to reach millionaire status than others. A study by Fidelity Investments revealed the six most common wealth-building factors the most successful wanna-be millionaires have on ...


How to Speak Up When the Group Disagrees

(TNS)—Have you ever sat in a meeting, squirming because you disagreed but were afraid to say so? ...


The Answers to Your 10 Biggest Questions about Tax Audits

(TNS)—The very mention of a tax audit can conjure dread in the heart of even the most diligent, honest taxpayer. The perception is that, without warning, a knock at the front door of your home or office could bring with it a team ...


What’s Hot in Hollywood: A Peek inside Celebrity Real Estate

Regardless of the ever-changing market, there is one kind of buyer who is always on the prowl for new toys and the latest and greatest status symbols; one who is ready to go with copious cash in hand and a hunger to expand ...


9 Smart Things to Do with Your Tax Refund

Roughly seven out of 10 U.S. filers will receive a tax refund, with the average amount reaching around $2,800, according to the most recent IRS data. That’s a significant amount of money that can be put toward a variety of financial goals. If ...


Keys to Improving Team Spirit at Work

(TNS)—Q: I’m trying to build more camaraderie among my team at work. We’ve got people of all ages and backgrounds and, while people seem well intentioned, the group isn’t jelling as quickly as I’d like. What can I do to help us come ...


Spending on Happiness

(TNS)—Giving money to people you love probably makes you happy. Spending money on others also probably makes you happier than spending it on yourself, just as spending money on experiences makes you happier than spending money on things. So does that mean you ...


9 Spring Cleaning Tips for Allergy Sufferers

(TNS)—Dust the baseboards. Check! Tackle the pantry. Check! And the bookshelves, and the—achoo! Spring cleaning stirring up allergens? ...


Finding a Paint to Bust Ghost Shadows on Ceiling

(TNS)—Q: The ceiling in my house is showing shadow or ghost lines that correspond to the longitudinal beams of the roof structure. ...


3 Steps to an Emergency Fund

(TNS)—If you lose your job tomorrow, do you have enough money to pay your rent next month? Bad things can happen. Start an emergency fund in three simple steps to cushion you in times of trouble. ...


Developing a Well-Rounded Management Team

(TNS)—Q: I’d like to help the managers on my team become more effective with their direct reports. They tend to have different approaches—one is highly organized with a “command and control” approach, one has a more empathic approach, and so on. How can ...


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