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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


No Heat? What Are Your Legal Options?

With a major winter storm lashing parts of the Midwest and Northeast, those stuck with no heat in their homes may be wondering if they have any legal options to fight the cold. ...


Real Estate Q&A: Unit Owner May Have to Get Rid of Pooch

(MCT)—QUESTION: Several years ago, my building changed the rules and stopped allowing pets. Because I had my dog back then, I was grandfathered in and allowed to keep it. After it died, I got a new puppy to help me deal with ...


Hey, Boss: Will You Relocate Me and My Job?

Human resources executives of global companies, take note: if you want to bring smiles to the faces of your relocating employees, tell them you have a job relocation for them in New York City or somewhere in Europe. ...


Legal How-To: Collecting Money Owed to You

Have you ever loaned out money to a friend or loved one and they just never quite got around to paying you back? It's certainly an awkward situation, but there are ways to "mean business" and possibly get your money back. ...


Real Estate Q&A: Neighbor’s Camera Causes Concern

(MCT)—QUESTION: Our new next-door neighbor has installed several video cameras that are pointing into our yard and house. So video is being taken of our family in the yard and pool and through the windows into our house. While we can understand ...


10 Money Moves to Make before New Year’s

(MCT)-Amid the hectic holiday season, who but Scrooge wants to dwell on taxes, stock losses, IRAs and 401(k)s? But it might pay off to take a few moments, given that some financial deadlines are fast approaching. To give you enough time before ...


How to Shop on Christmas Eve

(MCT)—‘Twas the night before Christmas, at the house of the host. In the fridge were the pies and the salads and roast. The presents were wrapped ’neath the tree with great flair — except for Aunt Ida’s, who soon would be there. ...


Living Smart: What to Do about That Neighbor’s Pesky Tree

(MCT)—If roots or branches of a neighbor’s tree pose problems for you, it’s likely you have the right to take action, even if the neighbor won’t. ...


Your Place: Hardwood Floors Can Be Refinished 1-2 Times

(MCT)—Q: Is there any way to redo engineered floors? They are 12 years old and are showing wear, with pitting and scratches. ...


Balancing Act: Gift-Giving at Work Can be Awkward All Around

(MCT)—One day in the company lunchroom, Jason Ibarra and his co-workers had a conversation about what they were going to buy their boss for the holidays. As the agency director at Exults Internet Marketing, Ibarra considered aloud how much to spend and ...


Hiding Christmas Presents Is a Gift

(MCT)—I have perfected the art of hiding Christmas gifts. I can hide them so well that not even I can find them. ...


Living Smart: Handyman vs. Contractor

(MCT)—Whom should you hire: handyman or general contractor? ...


Five Tips for Surviving the Holiday Office Party

As the holidays approach, unpleasant memories of last year’s office holiday party may still linger in many of our minds. Who can forget when Julian from accounting told the vice president of finance that he was bored with accounting, hated everyone in ...


Is It Legal to Drive with Dealer Plates?

Whether it's your neighbor or a complete stranger, you may have spotted a car or two on the road with dealer plates. ...


Builders Share Trends Homeowners Require to Create Personal Oasis

Building a custom home today involves much more than specialized floor plans. Homeowners have endless options for special features and unique touches that can turn a home into a personal oasis. ...