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Check off your goals with a techie to-do

Check off your goals with a techie to-do

Some see them as passé. Others avoid them at all costs. Many don’t stay with them long enough to appreciate their virtues.

September 28, 2014 3:04 pm
They don't call it 'Speed' for nothing: Bentley Continental GT one of the quickest luxury cars on the market

They don't call it 'Speed' for nothing: Bentley Continental GT one of the quickest luxury cars on the market

We don’t usually get the chance to review cars that cost as much as a three-bedroom house in many parts of the country. However, when duty calls – in the form of a Bentley Continental GT Speed dropped off in our driveway for evaluation – we’re obligated to take the challenge if nothing else …

September 24, 2014 1:53 pm

Readers share money-saving travel tips

Fall is officially upon us, and it's hard to believe that summer vacation season has come to an end. That doesn't mean you have to stop your travel dreams though. Many of my readers have been sending in their own tips for saving on travel:

September 23, 2014 4:59 pm
Credit where credit is due: New consumer-friendly changes to the FICO formula could bump your credit score, make it easier to obtain mortgage financing

Credit where credit is due: New consumer-friendly changes to the FICO formula could bump your credit score, make it easier to obtain mortgage financing

Smart borrowers know that a higher credit score can help them qualify for more desirable loans and lower interest rates. Now, the credit score most valued and used by lenders – your FICO score – is due to be recalibrated, making it easier for more Americans to obtain financing, including mor…

September 21, 2014 4:22 pm
Express To Impress

Express To Impress

Job interviews are variable enough that it’s rare to see specific advice on what candidates should say to impress and get closer to an offer.

September 21, 2014 3:04 pm

Don't steal newspapers to get coupons

A recent column about newspapers being stolen by coupon-seekers generated a lot of interest from readers. Newspaper theft is an ongoing problem. Why avid couponers simply don't purchase additional newspapers is beyond me — paying a few dollars for another copy of the paper to gain potentiall…

September 21, 2014 12:00 am
Horse Play: The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang ponies up with fresh styling and added sophistication

Horse Play: The all-new 2015 Ford Mustang ponies up with fresh styling and added sophistication

Arguably the most anticipated car for the 2015 model year is a radically redesigned version of the venerable Ford Mustang, being released this fall to coincide with the original pony car's 50th anniversary.

September 16, 2014 1:53 pm

Reader's take on saving money not so fun

A few weeks ago, I asked readers to share their best savings tips. Oh, did you deliver. My inbox has been overflowing with ideas. One reader, Dana, sent such a lengthy list that I had to edit it to share in this week's column! Here are some of Dana's tips:

September 14, 2014 12:00 am
Tipping Points

Tipping Points

Why might a waitress in Indiana be more miffed by a bad tip than a waitress in California?

September 13, 2014 5:29 pm
Teens cars found lacking in safety

Teens cars found lacking in safety

Getting a license and driving one’s first car remains an important rite of passage. Even if a teen driver chooses a more rational model over, say, a racy sport coupe, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety in Arlington, Va., suggests many teens are driving models that don't offer suffici…

September 10, 2014 11:12 am
Finding Your Niche: How to look into a potential neighborhood to make sure it's the right fit for you

Finding Your Niche: How to look into a potential neighborhood to make sure it's the right fit for you

Nothing replaces walking the streets of a prospective neighborhood, and chatting up anyone who appears willing to dish.

September 07, 2014 12:52 pm
It's great to delegate

It's great to delegate

Ben Franklin said it best: By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. At least that's the case if you go to meetings unprepared.

September 07, 2014 12:00 am

Readers want to know: How frugal am I?

If you've been reading my column for any length of time, I'd imagine you have a pretty accurate mental picture of who I am. I shop with coupons, I watch what I spend and I'm frugal. (With a family of five, I have to be!) Yet, a question has been on the minds of several of my readers lately: …

September 04, 2014 5:39 pm
‘Real World’ MPG Tests Proposed

‘Real World’ MPG Tests Proposed

A version of the boilerplate phrase, “Your mileage may vary,” is typically embedded in new-car ads whenever fuel economy is cited, and with good reason. With gas prices continuing to take a significant bite out of a family’s budget, a common complaint among disgruntled consumers is that thei…

September 03, 2014 11:17 am

How low should your price go?

The goal of every home sale is to sell high, but when a house lingers on the market for longer than anticipated, the sellers may need to consider a price reduction.

September 02, 2014 3:00 am
How low should your price go?

How low should your price go?

The goal of every home sale is to sell high, but when a house lingers on the market for longer than anticipated, the sellers may need to consider a price reduction.

August 31, 2014 5:50 pm

Cashier tales from the checkout

While this column undoubtedly appeals to shoppers (especially those trying to stretch their dollars to the fullest!), it also appeals to retailers and cashiers, too. I enjoy hearing the cashiers’ perspectives on what they’re seeing from the other side of the checkout lanes. Here are two inte…

August 31, 2014 12:00 am
Leaving Gracefully

Leaving Gracefully

Not all is dim in the job market. Compared to five years ago, when more people were being let go, an increasing number of employees are voluntarily moving on.

August 30, 2014 5:41 pm
Harley Davidson unveils electric motorcycle

Harley Davidson unveils electric motorcycle

One of the most recognized brand names in the world, Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson is not exactly known for its leading-edge products.

August 27, 2014 10:22 am

When It Pays to Rent: Deciding whether to rent or buy

For many folks who believe they cannot afford to purchase a home, renting is a logical and fiscally responsible alternative. But today, many renters are quickly learning that leasing isn’t so comparably affordable after all.

August 26, 2014 2:00 am

Making purchase returns can get a little crazy

Last week, I discussed product returns and some of the seemingly strange policies retailers have regarding items for return. My readers continue to share their often-entertaining and sometimes strange tales from the return department:

August 24, 2014 12:00 am
When it Pays to Rent: There's a time for renting and a time for buying

When it Pays to Rent: There's a time for renting and a time for buying

For many folks who believe they cannot afford to purchase a home, renting is a logical and fiscally responsible alternative. But today, many renters are quickly learning that leasing isn't so comparably affordable after all.

August 23, 2014 5:40 pm
Big Place On Campus

Big Place On Campus

Part of the parent orientation program at the college her son would soon enter as a freshman didn’t surprise Mimi Collins.

August 23, 2014 5:36 pm
Big SUVs are back in a big way

Big SUVs are back in a big way

Originally engineered for tradespeople and outdoor enthusiasts, full-size truck-based SUVs became the darlings of driveways across America throughout the 1990s for their rugged go-anywhere personas.

August 20, 2014 1:23 pm

Beyond the Mortgage: Your monthly loan payment is just the start of the expenses that go into homeownership

Homebuying is expensive. And it’s important for consumers to understand that expenses don’t end with the mortgage. In fact that’s where it begins.

August 18, 2014 2:00 am

Coupons, returns and fraud, oh my!

Ever buy something with a coupon and then decide you need to return that item? Typically, one of two things will happen at the customer service counter. The store associate will look at your receipt and refund the actual selling price of the item. Or, the associate will note that you used a …

August 17, 2014 12:00 am
Beyond the Mortgage: Your monthly loan payment is just the start of the expenses that go into homeownership

Beyond the Mortgage: Your monthly loan payment is just the start of the expenses that go into homeownership

Homebuying is expensive. And it’s important for consumers to understand that expenses don’t end with the mortgage. In fact that’s where it begins.

August 16, 2014 2:43 pm
Make Meetings Matter: Everyday necessities are an opportunity to shine

Make Meetings Matter: Everyday necessities are an opportunity to shine

Ben Franklin said it best: By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail. At least that's the case if you go to meetings unprepared.

August 16, 2014 12:00 am
Where Comfort is King: The 2014 Buick LaCrosse sedan delivers amenable all-around performance and treats passengers to a truly quiet and comfortable interior

Where Comfort is King: The 2014 Buick LaCrosse sedan delivers amenable all-around performance and treats passengers to a truly quiet and comfortable interior

Among those who face the most grueling rush hour commutes, we’d bet comfort trumps performance by a large margin, and with good reason. Owning a car that can make a lightning fast leap to 60 mph and careen around the corners like a go-kart is of little consolation while crawling along at a s…

August 15, 2014 12:11 pm
Open Office Space: How wall-less workspaces can help promote productivity and collaboration – and why some experts are critical.

Open Office Space: How wall-less workspaces can help promote productivity and collaboration – and why some experts are critical.

The global real estate firm CBRE’s July report “The Evolving Workplace: How U.S. Office Space is Changing” reinforces what many tech startups seemed to know, ahead of the curve, about employees: They don’t like to be tethered to a workstation.

August 10, 2014 3:02 pm

Getting the skinny on double coupons

Coupon doubling, the practice of a store scanning coupons at twice the value, is a popular promotion in some areas. While scanning a 50-cent coupon and receiving a $1 discount is attractive to consumers, it isn’t quite as attractive to retailers. Who pays for the doubled value of that coupon…

August 10, 2014 12:00 am
Freshman Class of 2015: From family-minded crossovers to racy sports cars, say hello to eight brand new auto nameplates debuting for the 2015 model year

Freshman Class of 2015: From family-minded crossovers to racy sports cars, say hello to eight brand new auto nameplates debuting for the 2015 model year

Like parents sending their kids off to college for the first time, automakers ship an array of all-new models to dealers’ showrooms each fall they hope will become successful down the road. Here’s a quick look at eight never-before-seen models premiering for 2015 that are sure to garner atte…

August 07, 2014 4:54 pm
Flexibility? Not Such A Stretch

Flexibility? Not Such A Stretch

Maybe it's working at home one day a week, allowing the opportunity to volunteer at your kid's school. Or maybe it's the chance to attend a meeting via Skype, rather than traveling overnight.

August 03, 2014 1:19 pm

Moving On Up: Today’s rising equity has some owners thinking of cashing out and upgrading their home

The recession that plagued the housing market is fast receding and home prices and values are not just resurfacing. They are shooting up.

August 01, 2014 3:00 am
Moving On Up: Today’s rising equity has some owners thinking of cashing out and upgrading their home

Moving On Up: Today’s rising equity has some owners thinking of cashing out and upgrading their home

The recession that plagued the housing market is fast receding and home prices and values are not just resurfacing. They are shooting up.

July 31, 2014 4:52 pm
The Finishing Touch: Fashionable accessories are the next frontier for outdoor living spaces

The Finishing Touch: Fashionable accessories are the next frontier for outdoor living spaces

Outdoor living spaces are nothing new.

July 31, 2014 4:27 pm Photos

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Super couponing: reader tips for big savings

My readers have been sharing some of their favorite money-saving tips recently, and it’s always fun to see how folks are spending and saving!

July 30, 2014 5:30 pm
Choosing the safest vehicles

Choosing the safest vehicles

Auto safety has long been a hot-button issue among new car shoppers, and for good reason. Advances in auto design and occupant protection (along with tougher traffic laws) are credited with helping reduce the number of highway fatalities dramatically over the past 35 years.

July 30, 2014 1:06 pm

Create a Backyard Refuge: How to get more privacy in your backyard — quietly

Those in temperate climates consider outdoor areas extensions of their homes, lounging and eating alfresco as part of daily life.

July 28, 2014 3:00 am

To Heck with Petunias: Six great backyard plants for garden-to-table use

Back in the day — a Memorial Day, most likely — an ambitious homeowner might set out a sturdy row of marigolds, add a mound of petunias, toss in a few gaudy gladiola bulbs and call it a garden.

July 28, 2014 3:00 am
Create a Backyard Refuge: How to get more privacy in your backyard

Create a Backyard Refuge: How to get more privacy in your backyard

Those in temperate climates consider outdoor areas extensions of their homes, lounging and eating alfresco as part of daily life.

July 27, 2014 6:58 pm Photos

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When on the job, remember to Stop, Drop and Roll

When on the job, remember to Stop, Drop and Roll

School children across the nation learn that this is what they must do when their clothes catch on fire. And the advice for employees caught in a heated situation is no different.

July 27, 2014 6:45 pm
To Heck with Petunias: Six great backyard plants for garden-to-table use

To Heck with Petunias: Six great backyard plants for garden-to-table use

Back in the day, an ambitious homeowner might set out a sturdy row of marigolds, add a mound of petunias, toss in a few gaudy gladiola bulbs and call it a garden.

July 26, 2014 1:25 pm Photos

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Driving a 'greener' car

Driving a 'greener' car

Smaller and taller is apparently the way the auto industry is headed these days.

July 23, 2014 6:00 am
Getting out from underemployed

Getting out from underemployed

Don’t underestimate young waiters and waitresses. Chances are good they have the education to not only do their job well, but to manage the place.

July 20, 2014 1:19 pm
Practically Affordable: Here’s a dozen 2014 cars and crossovers that have it all for families

Practically Affordable: Here’s a dozen 2014 cars and crossovers that have it all for families

Smaller and taller is apparently the way the auto industry is headed these days.

July 15, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Longer openings benefit jobseekers

Longer openings benefit jobseekers

Jobseekers no longer face a formidable mountain of competition, according to some relevant new statistics.

July 12, 2014 5:00 pm
Brains and Brawn: Hot New Pickups

Brains and Brawn: Hot New Pickups

Smaller and taller is apparently the way the auto industry is headed these days.

July 03, 2014 6:00 am
Time to Tow on Vacation: Know your vehicle’s tow limit and proceed with caution for the safest summer adventure possible

Time to Tow on Vacation: Know your vehicle’s tow limit and proceed with caution for the safest summer adventure possible

Smaller and taller is apparently the way the auto industry is headed these days.

June 25, 2014 6:00 am
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