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Today’s Home Spun Wisdom Archive


Tips for First-Time Homebuyers

With the summer real estate season upon us, many Americans are following the seasonal real estate trend and considering purchasing a home over the next few months. The total mortgage originations market is estimated to be around $1 trillion in 2014. With ...


Savvy Storage Solutions for Long-Term Road Trips

(MCT)---Long-term road trips can require more gear and supplies than short-term excursions, particularly if you are traveling with a family, intend to coordinate your own meal preparations, or wish to pack specialty items for activities like kayaking and mountain biking. Factor in ...


5 Things to Do after an Employee Resigns or Quits

When an employee leaves your company there may be some significant "housekeeping" to do before the position can be filled again. And none of that includes telling the ex-employee not to let his or her rear end hit the door on the ...


Getting Rid of the Clutter Helps Increase Inner Peace

(MCT)—Window-opening weather is upon us, and perhaps with it, the temptation to clean out closets and winnow what once seemed so necessary. ...


BBB Issues Advisory about ‘House Flipping’ Workshops

I have long preached the 'if it's too good to be true...' mantra. According to a recent report from Kelsey Owen at BBB, folks that may be attracted to the idea of getting in the high velocity and potentially lucrative business of ...


Your Place: Hire Someone Else to Fix Leaning Garage

(MCT)—Question: I have a 75-year-old, one-car, detached wooden garage that has started to lean. What do I need to do to straighten it up? I am really handy and would like to do it myself if I could, but I have nowhere ...


Living Smart: Unglamorous Home Projects

(MCT)—It’s almost painful to shell out hard-earned money for some home projects. Unlike adding a new deck or remodeling the kitchen, replacing a sump pump is hardly cause for a party. ...


Microchips in Our Passports and Credit Cards: Are they Safe?

(MCT)—U.S. passports have them. And these days, many more U.S. credit cards are starting to carry them, too. ...


7 Fun Tenets of Business that You Can Apply to Life

Within the first five years of a small-business venture, about half do not survive, according to the government’s Small Business Administration. And after 10 years, only a third are still around. ...


Nine Ways Air Travel Is Better Than It’s Ever Been

(MCT)—If I read one more article about how awful air travel is today compared to the “golden days of air travel” my head is going to explode. I’m as nostalgic as the next guy, and would pay anything to take one last ...


Is a Franchise Right for You? Ask Yourself These Questions

(MCT)—The word of the day was “fit.” ...


Living Smart: Creating a Home Maintenance and Project Fund

Saving for a rainy day takes on new meaning if your roof springs a leak during a storm. ...


6 Takeaways for Stay-at-Home CEOs

Being young and inexperienced can be intimidating for stay-at-home entrepreneurs, but it doesn’t mean you’re making mistakes, says veteran businesswoman Renae Christine. ...


8 Things to Know about Working with Movers

It’s summer, which means many people are moving. Doing it yourself is physically tough and can be expensive. Using movers often makes a lot of sense. But how do you make sure you’re using a good one? ...


Goats Serving as Eco-Friendly Landscapers

(MCT)—Have you herd?  Goats will soon be munching their way through spring lawns, as property owners trade machinery and labor crews for hungry, four-legged landscapers ready to decimate any vegetation in their way. ...


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