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Automobiles, Home & Family

Car Dealer Spills the Beans on Treating Leather Interiors

Do you know what I love? Learning insider secrets. I’m not talking tabloid headlines or conspiracy theories, which I work

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Home & Family

Where There’s a Will it May Be Worthless

While I, along with so many fans, mourned the recent death of Aretha Franklin—a giant in the world of music—I

Home & Family

14 Things You’d Be Smart to Buy at the Dollar Store

At least a couple of times a week, someone will ask me what I miss most about living in Southern

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Home & Family

How to Deep Clean a Garbage Disposal and Why You Need To – PHOTO TUTORIAL

Germs—bacteria and viruses—are pretty much everywhere. Most of them are harmless, but one percent of all those germs can actually

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Home & Family

How to Leave a Fragrance, Not an Odor

I have something really fun to share with you today about fragrance, but first a story. About my friend, Herta.

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Home & Family

5 Homemade Cleaners that Perform Even Better than Expensive Brands

Why bother? Why go to the trouble of homemade cleaners when buying commercial products is so much easier?

That was

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Home & Family

Highly Useful Accessories are the Secret of Instant Pot Rockstars!

Everyone, it seems, is talking about Instant Pot—the revolutionary electric pressure cooker that for all the hype, promises to turn

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Home & Family

Stinky Laundry, Smelly Machine: How Nasty Germs Survive in Your Washer and What To Do About It

If you assume the inside of your washer is the cleanest place in your home because you put detergent through

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Home & Family

25 Remarkable Ways to Use Blue Dawn Outside the Kitchen

Take a look under the sink where you keep your cleaning products. See a bottle of Blue Dawn Dishwashing

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Dear Mary, Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Mouse in the House | Sheets on the Bed | Interest on Credit-Card Debt

I will admit to having an extreme aversion to mice. They give me the creeps and just knowing one is

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Dear Mary, Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Vinyl Floor Care | Healthy 5-Min Bread | Stubborn Water Spots

If you’ve ever dealt with vinyl flooring—especially in an older home where the flooring has not been well-cared for, you

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Home & Family

19 Insanely Clever Ways to Use Bread Bags

As you know—and only because I write about it so much—I may as well be president of the 

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Home & Family

How to Repair Your Credit and Improve Your Credit Score

Your credit score is a 3-digit number between 300 and 850, generated by a mathematical algorithm (a mostly secret formula)

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Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Cheap Tickets | Bank vs Credit Union | Medical Records and More

Faithful readers know by now that I love to open my mail to find your thoughtful, interesting questions. And when a

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Home & Family

Six 15-Minute Projects to Get Utility Bills to Rockbottom

Here’s some good news: At least 120 utilities companies have lowered electric, gas, or water rates due

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Home & Family

Getting Organized will Put Money in Your Pocket and a Smile on Your Face

Has this ever happened to you—while searching for the Valentine’s centerpiece you stumble across the Christmas wrap you bought at

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Home & Family

How to Stop Hating Your Carpet

If you hate your carpet because it’s old, stained and bordering on disgusting, I have great news. There are steps

Gift Guides, Home & Family

These 9 Pocket Tools and Gadgets Make Fabulous Gifts

I’ve been doing some early Christmas shopping, specifically for unique but useful gadgets—stocking stuffers for the adults in my family, some

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Home & Family

You Need an Allowance

It used to be that when I felt broke, I used my bevy of credit cards to chase away the

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Home & Family

Ask Me Anything: Insolvent Parents | Clean ‘n Feed Grimy Cabinets | FREE411

The bumper sticker is pretty funny the first time you see it: Get Even: Live Long Enough to Become a