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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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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

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

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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

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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

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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

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Worst and Best Ways to Clean Your Eyeglasses

You just paid a small fortune for new eyeglasses. On top of the cost for prescription lenses and fashionable frames,

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How Not to Feel Poor on a Fixed Income

It’s no secret that more and more people—especially seniors on fixed incomes—are sinking deeper into

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How to Get Rid of Stubborn Household Odors—Plus a GIVEAWAY!

From pet odors to the smell of cigarette smoke, rotten food, burned popcorn and all manner of other stinky stuff,

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Plan a Staycation Now!

This summer, a cash shortage need not eliminate the idea of a family vacation. Clever and creative parents can turn

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End-of-Life Preplanning Brings Joy and Peace of Mind

Planning for their parents’ end-of-life expenses is about the last thing most adult children want to deal with. At least not

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16 Ways Car Wax Can Make Your Life Easier

Chances are good that there’s an old can of car wax hanging out in your garage or basement.