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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


3 Questions Never to Ask during a Hiring Interview

(MCT)—Business owners are generally pretty savvy about discrimination in hiring. You know you should hire the best person for the job, regardless of gender or race. Most hiring managers wouldn’t deny someone a job offer because of the color of their skin, ...


From Loan Qualification to Divorce, Marriage Brings up Mortgage Issues

(MCT)—When a married couple purchases a house with the help of a mortgage, they become subject to a wide range of legal rules and custom-based practices at every stage of the process. This column will summarize some of the major issues that ...


5 Things to Know about Getting a VA Mortgage

(MCT)—As banks tighten lending standards, demand has increased tremendously in recent years for Veterans Affairs mortgages, known as VA loans. ...


How to Make the Best Choices in the Pet Food Aisle

(MCT)—There are many different choices of food at the pet store, and short of sampling them yourself, you’re going to have to rely on your pet’s feedback to learn whether or not the food is appealing. But because pets can’t fill out ...


Your Place: In Springtime, Our Thoughts Turn to Stain Removal

(MCT)—Now that we’re at least on the same calendar page as spring, it’s time to tackle a reader’s question about removing pine sap from her car. Thanks to all for their suggestions. ...


Making a Business Apology: 3 Legal Tips

As any business owner knows, mistakes happen and lessons are learned. But when is it appropriate to make a business apology? ...


Household Clutter Can Impact Relationships

(MCT)—Would you like to invite friends over to your house, but you’re ashamed of the clutter? ...


Builder’s Rebates Baffle Buyer

(MCT)—Question: I purchased a home from builder XYZ for $320,000, and have a $10,666 REALTOR® rebate coming back to me. The builder had me sign a paper that says the rebate can only be used to pay settlement costs. In addition, if ...


America’s Over-100 Crowd Is Booming

(MCT)—After celebrating his 100th birthday in Sacramento, Calif., with friends and family, Lou Weintraub headed to sea for a 10-day cruise with his wife. ...


Your Place: Carbon Monoxide Poisoning a Threat during Bad Winters

(MCT)—Cabin fever is taking hold across a huge chunk of the country these days. ...


How to Add a Workout at the Workplace

(MCT)—Looking to get more exercise, but held back by a busy work schedule? Below are 51 ways to add more movement to your workday, including taking the stairs, pacing while on the phone and marking walking trails. ...


Balancing Act: Social Media Help Co-Workers Bond

(MCT)—When Brian Goldberg learned on Facebook that he and a co-worker had a mutual love of craft beer, he invited him to lunch at a sports bar where his own favorite brand was on tap. While gobbling burgers and throwing back cold ...


5 Legal Changes That Could Affect Your Tax Filing

(MCT)—As taxpayers sit down to work on their income tax returns, they will face the impact of several law changes in 2013. ...


Living Smart: Remodeling Trends

(MCT)—Remodeling’s on the upswing, with homeowners investing in projects that enhance efficiency and comfort. Among the trends for 2014, according to highly rated remodelers and interior designers: ...


Spending Smart: Self-control, Smells and Spending

(MCT)—Being disorganized can lead to impulse spending, as can buying lottery tickets. Meanwhile, loneliness can cause materialism, and just thinking of how something smells can induce you to buy more. ...


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