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I saw the funniest sign, but it wasn’t funny for long because I started to think about it. Suddenly, the humor melted away. The sign read: “Ev…

If you assume the inside of your washer is the cleanest place in your home because you put detergent through it with every load of laundry, jo…

Fundraisers and requests from charities used to bother me. So did the collection plate at church. I felt guilty because no matter how much mon…

Dear Mary: Does anyone make a decent, simple, reliable pop-up toaster? I don’t need it to do anything but make evenly toasted toast! — Bev

While most retail stores are hanging on by a thread due to COVID-19’s assault on the U.S. economy, thrift stores, specifically consignment sto…

If you’re in debt, you have to get out. The best way to do that is to put together a plan — but remember a plan is only as good as your abilit…

Just when I think I’ve heard every possible way to save time and money, here comes the mail to teach me something new. “Everyday Cheapskate” r…

What do Pat Benatar, George Foreman and I, your humble columnist, have in common? We were all born on the same day: Jan. 10! I only know this …

Contrary to popular belief, you can put silver in the dishwasher without causing harm, provided you are careful to follow a simple set of rules.

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When Gordon Gekko, the main antagonist in the 1987 film “Wall Street,” declared in no uncertain terms that “Greed is good!” people flocked to …

I was way off base when I guessed “egg-gathering basket.” Leslie Hindman, host of the TV show “Appraisal Fair,” held up this round cage contra…

Over the years, I’ve noticed a growing trend in my mailbox: readers in search of financial planners or advisers — or assistants. When taken in…

Years ago, I was a guest on “The Maury Povich Show,” something I’ve never been that proud of. Back then, the show was kind of raunchy, and I j…

The year is 1953. Rocket Chemical, a struggling company in San Diego, sets out to create a rust-preventive solvent that can displace water. On…

When it comes to compulsive tendencies, there’s no question I received more than the standard allotment.

Borax, a combination of sodium, boron and oxygen, is a natural substance mined from the earth in its crude form, found in abundance in the des…

No doubt, you’ve noticed that some food products come with dates and codes printed on them. And who isn’t noticing this more now as food costs…

Wellness. Health care. Both are on everyone’s mind these days, and for good reason. Between the soaring cost of health insurance premiums, inc…

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