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 


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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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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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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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

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


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

9 Extremely Useful Home Repair Products to Fix Just About Anything

Maintenance and home repair are a never-ending reality for just about everyone—homeowners and renters alike. But it doesn’t have

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17 Ways to Use Baby Wipes That Don’t Require a Baby

Recently, in my never-ending quest to organize my home, I came across the  half-full case of baby wipes I’d purchased


A New Puppy? Woof!

Whether a new puppy makes your dreams of the perfect family dog come true or turns into a

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Redecorating on a Dime

Changing your environment can greatly improve your outlook. And that doesn’t have to cost a fortune.

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The Five Legal Documents Every Adult Must Have

It’s been at least 30 years since my husband and I sat for hours with an attorney who specializes in estate planning.

My Hate-Love Relationship with a Cast Iron Skillet

I really don’t know where I got the thing. It may have been a wedding gift. What I

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Ask Me Anything: Home Security | Wireless Charging Pad | Eufy HomeVac

There’s only one thing I love more than readers asking for my opinion on stuff.  It’s when they act on

Lately, Have You Checked the HVAC Filter?

Everyone agrees that we should change the filter in our home heating ventilation air conditioning (HVAC) systems. Actually doing that


How to Make Even an Elderly Dishwasher Perform Like New

There are many things in my life that I enjoy, but would not be completely devastated if required to give

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Ask Me Anything: Best Inexpensive Printer | Stain Recipe | Insurance Claims | Hair Products

I have a friend who chides me from time to time that I ask too many questions (you know who you

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A Gracious Guide for How to Be a Good House Guest

It was shocking if not surreal. The email message was from a woman I’d never met and whose name I recognized

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Super Useful Gadgets for Home and Kitchen

There’s just nothing like a clogged drain in a tub, sink, or shower to get the day off to a