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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


Why Don’t Men Talk Openly about Work-Life Balance?

(MCT)—I’m quite good at balancing things. Plates on my head, scoops of ice cream on a cone, a child in one arm and several bags of groceries in the other while trying to open a door. ...


Consumers Not Letting Ebola or Other Fears Hurt Outlook

(MCT)--The scary stuff is out there — shaky days a few weeks ago on Wall Street, Ebola, sticker shock in the dairy aisle, you name it. But consumers posted their most optimistic outlook since before the start of ...


Use a Reverse Mortgage to Buy a Home?

(MCT)—Over the years, celebrities such as Robert Wagner, Alex Trebek and Fred Thompson have touted reverse mortgages as a way to supplement a senior’s fixed income by tapping equity that has accrued in their home. But here’s another, less common ...


Your Place: To Prepare for Winter, Put Pipes First

(MCT)—Someone suggested that I write the annual getting-ready-for-winter column early this year because the last time I did, we had a mild one. ...


Three Tips on Selling Your ‘Haunted’ Residence

Looking to unload a ‘haunted home’? Below are three tips for selling that spooky spot. ...


Uncovering Top Financial Worries

Scary costumes and haunted houses can be fun one night of the year, but dealing with real-life financial fears on a daily basis is no treat. However, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling® Financial Literacy Survey revealed that 71 percent of respondents ...


Living Smart: What to Know before You Have a Plumbing Emergency

(MCT)—Plumbing has always been one of the most frequently searched categories on Angie’s List. Naturally, if the sink is stopped up or the commode’s kaput, you want it fixed, and fast. ...


The Cheapest Day to Buy Airline Tickets? It’s Sunday, not Tuesday

(MCT)—A company that handles airline ticket sales for travel agencies has come out with study of airline ticket purchases, and found some interesting factoids: ...


Your Place: Tips to Reduce the Risk of House Fires

(MCT)—October is Fire Prevention Month, so as a public service designed to reduce the number of calls for electrical fires, “Your Place” offers the following tips from Leviton, manufacturer of electrical devices and lighting controls (dimmers, switches): ...


Don’t Overlook an Adjustable-Rate Mortgage

(MCT)—Let me start out by saying that I have a bias in favor of fixed mortgages, especially in this time of historically low rates. The logic is this: Why wouldn’t you lock in now and enjoy the certainty of a nice low rate ...


Is Your Front Door a Gateway to Energy Loss?

October is Energy Awareness Month, so I went looking for specific ways homeowners could reduce soaring energy bills. The experts at Therma-Tru (thermatru.com) reached out with their perspective, advising homeowners to evaluate their exterior doors, which could provide a major gateway ...


Getting Started: Common Mistakes That Could Hurt a Credit Score

(MCT)—You may already know some of the basics of maintaining a healthy credit score: pay your bills on time, don’t charge the maximum allowed on your credit card and start building a credit history early. ...


Eight Things My Family Learned by Giving Up Processed Foods

(MCT)—A few years ago I had the wakeup call of my life when I realized many of the foods I thought were healthy (by Food Industry standards) were actually highly processed. So in an effort ...


Seven Must-Dos for First-Time Homebuyers

(MCT)—Buying your first home can be nerve-wracking. As a first-time homebuyer, you will navigate a process that might include uncertainty, excitement, confusion and frustration. ...


Your Place: Multiple-glazed Windows Help Fight Condensation

(MCT)—I know I’ll be getting this question at least once as cooler weather sets in, so here’s an explanation of window condensation, courtesy of Tom Herron of the National Fenestration Rating Council. ...


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