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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


Living Smart: Spring Cleaning for Your Home Exterior

(MCT)—Don’t let dirty windows obscure your view of nature in full spring glory. Whether you do the job yourself or hire an experienced pro, few home investments are as immediately satisfying as clean, sparkling windows. ...


The Mortgage Professor: Do You Have a Simple Interest Mortgage?

(MCT)—QUESTION: I recently discovered that the second mortgage I have had for nine years was simple interest, which explains why I have made barely a dent in paying down the balance. ...


The Thrifty Traveler: Certain Travel Luxuries are Worth the Splurge

(MCT)—It’s a rare traveler who doesn’t strive to save money, but choosing certain expenditures in place of others can sometimes mean the difference between the vacation memory of a lifetime and an afternoon of complete and total aggravation. Waiting in line to ...


Can Cyber Insurance Pay Off for Your Business?

Cyber insurance shouldn't be foreign to small business owners, and it can potentially keep your homefront secure. ...


5 Signs That You’re Ready to Buy a First Home

(MCT)—Buying your first home takes stamina, desire and commitment not only to navigate the complicated and time-consuming purchase process, but also to learn the ropes of being a responsible homeowner. ...


Getting Started: The Key to Building Wealth? Start Slowly, Author Says

(MCT)—What’s the best way for young investors to build wealth for retirement? Ignore your human instincts, says a new e-book targeted at 20- and 30-somethings. ...


Decorating 101: Where to Splurge, Scrimp

(MCT)—When it comes to decorating our homes, our choices are many. ...


5 Legal Tips If You’re Fighting over an Estate

Even if there's a will in place, families may still end up fighting over an estate after a loved one passes. ...


Balancing Act: The Secret Weapon behind Work-Life Balance

(MCT)—We all struggle for work life balance, but most of us don’t realize that sometimes the path toward achieving might be something so simple. ...


Living Smart: Moving

(MCT)—If there’s a move in your future and you want to hire help with all or part of it, here are suggestions to unpack and stow away, offered by highly rated movers and satisfied customers: ...


Real Estate Q&A: Condo Rules Will Dictate Profit Division from Sale

(MCT)--Question: A family member of mine lives in an eight-unit condominium. A developer has offered to buy the building, and it was our expectation that the owners would split the money evenly because all the units are the same size. But some ...


How to Run a Business with Your Spouse

(MCT)—According to the Wall Street Journal, about a third of family businesses are operated by husband-and-wife teams. North Dakota State University researcher Glenn Muske dubs these couples “copreneurs” and believes those numbers are rising. ...


Costs Can Vary Widely for Home Repairs

(MCT)—Many homeowners are perplexed when they see defects in their homes. If there is a water spot on the ceiling, does it mean a few shingles on the roof need to be replaced? Or does an entirely new roof need to be ...


Diggin’ In: How to Grow a Terrarium

(MCT)—If only the rest of life were as simple as growing succulents in an open terrarium. ...


Your Office Coach: Turn Tables on Talkative Co-Worker

(MCT)—QUESTION: I’m having difficulty with the person who was recently assigned to be my mentor. “Mark” is supposed to help me learn procedures in the research lab where I work as a graduate assistant. Although we get along well, he tends to ...


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