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Greed? Not Good

When Gordon Gekko, the main antagonist in the 1987 film, Wall Street declared in no uncertain terms that “Greed is

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Never Trust a Dark Restaurant

It’s been years since I learned an important restaurant lesson—one I will not need to learn again. Let’s call this

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Follow Up: Spring Clean Kitchen Challenge

Did you accept the challenge Spring Clean Kitchen Challenge? It’s been six weeks since I wrote about our big kitchen

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My Secret Battle with Procrastination

One of the toughest things I battle in my life is procrastination. My natural response is I’ll do

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Gardening: Good for Body and Soul Plus 6 Favorite Garden Tools

I may be more than a little bit obsessed with gardening and it’s a good thing. This summertime hobby improves both my

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Spring Clean Kitchen Challenge

I’ve got kitchen cleaning and reorganization on my mind. It’s quite easy. That’s because at this moment I do not

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Demo Day and Beyond Starring Instant Pot!

We and I use the term loosely as in the “royal we,” are remodeling our kitchen. Think demo day, a

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My 22-Year Auto Lease Nightmare

It wasn’t our fault that a drunk driver plowed into our parked car in the middle of the night while

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A Stain Treatment Worth Its Salt and More Great Reader Tips!

It was a lovely meal. The conversation was engaging, the entrée delightful—a good time was had by all. The guests

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My Journey Into the Dark Web

I got up very early on Groundhog Day so I could be among the first to know Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction for

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5-Minute Artisan Bread: The Master Recipe, Tools, Resources

The year 2007 was a good one for me for lots of reasons. Here’s one: It’s the year I got good

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Get Financially Confident Starting Now

For a good deal of my life, I lived under a dark cloud of fear that I would end up

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Trick Yourself Into Saving Money

Buying things when they’re on sale is a great way to avoid overspending. But unless you are diligent to

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Incredible Edible Gifts

Even if you still have 5 or 50 teachers, students, neighbors, co-workers, family friends, kids’ friends, classmates, cousins, uncles, aunts,

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Keeping Holiday Party Costs Under Control

Most of us, when we think of the cost of Christmas, think gifts. But there are so many other expenses

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A Lavish Gift Exchange

When our boys were only toddlers, we and our best friends, who have three children just about the same ages

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How to Store Raw, Roasted, and Ground Coffee to Keep it Fresh

Having reached the level of coffee snob some years ago, I don’t think I’m quite to the level of coffee

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Best Inexpensive™ Heated Mattress Pad

Until a couple of years ago, I didn’t know something called a heated mattress pad even existed. Makes sense since

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How I Spent Forty Bucks to Avoid Surgery

It was a total self-inflicted injury. I did a really stupid thing. Early on a Saturday morning, I heard the doorbell

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Put Yourself on an Allowance

It used to be that when I felt broke, I chased away the horrible feeling by turning to my bevy