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Those hitting the road to visit friends or family need to take the proper precautions to ensure their vehicles are up to the task
Sometimes for the holidays, you just want everything to sparkle. These homemade crafts dress up your home
Know how to choose a trendy, high-quality or classic piece that your loved one can cherish for seasons to come
Daphne Oz, co-host of ABC’s food and talk show ‘The Chew’ has come out with her second lifestyle cookbook, where she explains how to host fun, stress-free parties at the holidays – or any time of year
Q: I’ve never leased a car, and am considering doing so. I’d like some information on several matters, including what kind of penalties there are if you go over the agreed-upon mileage when the car is turned in.
Manufacturer coupons are the engines that drive the couponing train. Most coupons you find online or in the newspaper inserts are of this variety, and the companies that issue these coupons reimburse the retailers at which the coupons are used. Very few of them have restrictions requiring th…
After the price haggling and before closing, home inspections are an essential part of the homebuying process. Here are the top 5 misconceptions
California markets rank among the most expensive in the U.S.; Ohio and the Midwest are the most affordable
Always a crowd-pleaser, the modern cheesecake knows no bounds. Find out why it’s one of the hottest desserts for 2013 and try a few new twists on a classic
Buying from local merchants isn’t just the feel-good story of your shopping year. It’s a great way to make gifts more special while supporting the people and businesses that help make your town great
Fresh, Festive Florals: Update those tired poinsettias and try some new botanicals for the holiday season
Whether the goal is to completely deck the halls or just impress your guests, floral arrangements are a festive way to celebrate the holiday season. While the traditional reds of poinsettias and greens of holly leaves are timeless, try turning up holiday florals with new colors, textures and…
What to get for the man – and woman – who have everything? Holiday shopping for parents can be a real mind-bender, especially once the well of typical mom and dad fare is exhausted
Far too many parents are becoming neglectful when it comes to properly securing infants and children before hitting the road
Q: I was researching the 2013 Highlander because we might buy one, and saw that it was recalled because of a labeling issue. Cars are being recalled now because they’re mislabeled? Seriously?
Innovation. Building skills. Out-of-the-box thinking. This year, toys trends are more about stretching the mind than providing temporary entertainment – or finding new ways to do both.
If your companion is glued to chef shows on television, a cooking implement, especially if it’s used in the program, may be the perfect holiday gift.
Last week, a reader asked why larger-sized clothing costs a few dollars more than standard sizes. I explained that it isn’t due to the extra fabric used to make the garment – the extra cost covers the price of the scrap fabric left over when the garment’s pieces were cut from the cloth, as t…
As if restoring a home after a disaster isn’t a big enough headache, sellers need to be extra careful when preparing a disaster-struck home for the market
Food allergies and dietary restrictions do not mean that everyone cannot enjoy the beloved holiday classics. Try these takes of some old – and soon-to-be favorites
Can you find the bed underneath all that clutter? Organizing experts give tips on how to reclaim your guest rooms
Whether your personal style is funky, classic, rustic or luxurious, sometimes you just want something different to show your guests for the holidays. These tips will either dress up or tone down your décor vibes without losing a sense of festivity
Meet the freshman class of cars and trucks that are newly arriving for the 2014 model year
Guests will jam your home during the holiday season, many of them staying for a week or longer. You don't want your furnace to conk out.
The matter of roundabouts continues to generate passion. I recently shared some of the positive comments about roundabouts that came after a column in which I expressed skepticism that the proliferation of roundabouts would accomplish every traffic-control miracle promised by the “experts.” …
Feeding yourself and your family is a cinch. Cooking for a large group? That’s another story. Whether you’re hosting a formal dinner party or having a backyard get-together, it can be tricky to figure out how much to buy and make. “You want to make sure no one leaves hungry, but you don’t en…
How do you know if a party is going well or horribly wrong? Entertaining expert Susan Spungen tells you how to right a sinking ship and how to stop worrying and enjoy your fiesta.
There’s no place like home kitchens for the holidays.
I like to save money on clothes just as much as anyone else does, so let’s talk clothing prices. Specifically, reader Blake would like to know why larger clothing sizes cost a few dollars more than the standard sizes.
With housing inventories low, many listing agents are offering extra perks to attract clients
Here’s one more thing astute owners of minivans, SUVs and crossovers might want to worry about when they park their vehicles: their third-row seats.
Q: I’ve recently moved to a condominium with internal parking. There are several hybrid cars in the garage. In preparation for the next generation of plug-ins/electric cars, I’ve been trying to compile a list of current and proposed plug-ins to present to the board of directors. The object i…
Front or rear drive? Four-wheel or all-wheel drive? Here’s how to choose a car or truck that’s built to tackle the toughest winter conditions
We couponers are a passionate bunch of money-saving enthusiasts, and while most of my columns discuss couponing in one form or another, you might be surprised by how many readers don’t shop with coupons. I’ve been receiving a lot of email lately from non-couponers who enjoy reading about sav…
Some housing indicators show that the market’s bouncing back, but others do not. Time to recalibrate this housing recovery
I seem to have driven a pickaxe into a nerve: My recent rant about the profound degradation in skill, concentration and good sense among the driving public prompted a flood of email. Turns out many people agree that something really disturbing is happening.
While diesel-powered autos remain far more popular in other parts of the world, they’re finally beginning catching on here in the U.S., fueled by several new models debuting for 2014 from automakers including Chevrolet, Jeep, Ram, Mazda, Audi and BMW.
The topic of product “shrink” – when manufacturers reduce the size of a product while keeping the selling price the same – continues to be a hot one. I’m irked by this trend, but I had no idea how incensed my readers had become with smaller sizes. You guys have been busy reading packages, co…
‘Zombie’ and ‘vampire’ foreclosures might haunt the housing market, but there are other reasons for the recent recovery cool-down
State Car Costs, Compared: The difference from one state to another can average more than $2,000 annually
While a recent CNBC.com report cites Hawaii, Alaska, Connecticut, New York and New Jersey as having the highest costs of living in the nation, those states are not even in the top 10 when it comes to car ownership expenses.
Q: Our 23-year-old son is close to buying a car, and he stunned us by telling us he’s probably going to get a 72-month loan. Six years?! Who permits such a thing? Anyhow, what’s your feeling about financing a car for such a long time?
A recent analysis by real estate website Redfin.com shows that homes located in above average school districts have higher value. That’s no surprise; with the cost of education skyrocketing, it stands to reason that parents are willing to pay a steep premium for their children to enroll in t…
There’s no such thing as a “stripped down” new car any more. Even some of the smallest and least expensive rides on the road come equipped with a modicum of features including air conditioning, an audio system and power windows and locks. What’s more, top-shelf items like a heated steering w…
Q: The cars we’ve been test-driving, including the Honda CR-Z and the Toyota RAV4, have this little button called the “Eco” button. It purportedly shifts the car into some sort of fuel-conserving green mode. What’s the deal with these things? Do they do anything?
Don’t shy away from cold weather; listing your home during the fall or winter can bring unexpected advantages
A consumer may take months to winnow down his or her car-buying choices to a reasonably few models, having read reviews, researched prices, and perhaps even attending a regional auto show to “kick the tires,” only to make a final buying decision based upon a too-hasty test drive with a chatt…
Q: I’m a dog walker at the animal shelter, and they’ve recently posted signs everywhere saying, “Don’t let dogs urinate on tires.” When I asked why, the answer was, “There were complaints.” I agree that letting a dog pee on someone’s tire is rude, and it probably means you’re not paying enou…
This could be the tipping point.
If you’re looking to move where the drivers are more cautious than the norm, better consider a small town. That’s the conclusion one could glean from this year’s rankings of the nation’s safest driving cities as compiled by the Allstate Insurance Company in Northbrook, Ill.
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