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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


Ask the Expert: How Can I Prevent Holiday Home Electrical Hazards?

Today's “Ask the Expert” column features Jay Gregg, Director of Marketing with Pillar To Post. ...


5 Excuses Business Owners Make (and Why They’re Holding You Back)

Small business owners, can you relate to these scenarios? ...


Getting a Mortgage May Get Tougher Under New Rules

(MCT)—Some shoppers planning to buy a new home in 2014 will get more scrutiny — and likely less money. ...


Don’t Let the Holidays Ruin Your Credit Score: 5 Tips for Success

The holidays are upon us, and they may affect your credit scores. ...


Your Place: Appliance Problems Merit an Electrical Checkup

(MCT)—Q: In March 2011, I had my kitchen gutted and redone with new floor, cabinets, “green” furnace and water system, counters—the works. I installed a new Samsung French-door refrigerator, an over-the-stove microwave, and, for the first time, a dishwasher. The washer ...


Diane Stafford: Home-Based Work Isn’t for Everyone

(MCT)—It’s a time of year when some workers are giving thanks for their cozy home-based jobs. Others, not so much. ...


Top 10 Holiday Travel Legal Tips

Traveling for the holidays? If so, the last thing you'll want to deal with is trouble with the law. ...


Real estate Q&A: Can My Condo Board Enforce Speed Limit?

(MCT)—QUESTION: My homeowner’s association recently announced that our private security guards are going to start giving traffic tickets within the community. The board will sit in judgment over the $50-$100 fines. Is this legal and enforceable? ...


Your Place: Options on a Fireplace Sleeve

(MCT)—Q: Our house was built in 1898. I am told we cannot use our fireplace unless we install a sleeve that would cost $3,000 to $6,000. ...


Black Friday Shopping Safety Tips

(MCT)—Black Friday is all about being smart with your money and scoring great deals, but there’s one thing you shouldn’t check off your list: safety. ...


5 Legal Do’s and Don’ts for Your Holiday Party

Office holiday parties can be a blast for you and your workers. But employers shouldn't end up on a lawyer's "naughty" list by throwing them without considering some potential legal consequences first. ...


Thanksgiving and Hanukkah: Rare Convergence of 2 Holidays Has Families Buzzing with Celebration

(MCT)--This year, Paula Lynn is putting her traditional Hanukkah vacation on hold. ...


After a Tornado, 10 Tips for Insurance Claims

After more than 80 tornadoes ravaged the Midwest and killed eight people on Sunday, homeowners will soon file insurance claims to begin the long process of piecing their lives back together. ...


Curb Appeal Means Elbow Grease, Real Estate Agents Say

(MCT)—Back in May, Cindy Schneider and her husband, Vince, thought they’d achieved curb appeal. That’s the look — clean and green — that helps sell a house. ...


Living Smart: Stained, Faded Carpet: Clean, Replace or Dye

(MCT)—Cleaning and replacement are common options for stained or outdated carpet. But what about dyeing? ...