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Everyday Cheapskate: 7 Simple Things I Do to Keep My Inner Hoarder in Timeout

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

I don't know why some of us have such a strong propensity to accumulate, collect and otherwise hold on to stuff beyond a reasonable limit. Maybe we're born that way. Or, more likely, we've picked up an understandable yet unfounded fear of not having enough of what we might need someday. Whatever the reason, what starts as clutter can quickly ...Read more

Art of Design: New Trend: Japandi Style

Consumer / Art of Design /

It seems only yesterday the word espresso went from ordering a coffee to the must-have color for everything concerning home decor. For nearly a decade, everyone everywhere wanted an espresso finish on their kitchen and bathroom cabinetry as well as on all case goods for their decor. As with all things, the trend pendulum went the other way, ...Read more

Hot Property: Producer Joel Silver eyes a record-breaking sale in Brentwood

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

LOS ANGELES -- Blockbuster film producer Joel Silver is looking for his second major home release in two years. After selling his Malibu estate last year for $38 million, Silver has listed his Brentwood home for sale at $77.5 million.

The bright-colored and striking Mexican modernist residence was designed by architect Ricardo Legorreta.

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Real estate Q&A: Can seller remove fixtures from house we're buying?

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

Q: We are getting ready to close on our new house and discovered that the seller removed several things we thought we were buying, including the bathroom mirrors and a chandelier. Can they do this? --Anonymous

A: Property is divided into two main categories. "Real property" refers to land and everything permanently attached to it, such as your ...Read more

Carla Fried: Getting your home ready for an older you

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

A desire to stay put is a strong retiree wish. AARP reports that nearly eight in 10 adults at least 50 years old want to stay in their home once they retire.

If you hope to age-in-place, or are an adult child of someone who does, there are small and big projects to make a home safe and cozy for aging residents.

Even if you're decades from ...Read more

Westwood is once again California's priciest spot for renters, study finds

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

LOS ANGELES -- For the second straight year, Westwood -- a Los Angeles neighborhood filled with students -- is California's most expensive place to rent an apartment.

In the posh Westside neighborhood's 90024 ZIP Code, renters pay an average of $4,944 a month, according to a new study from RentCafe, a listing service for apartments and homes. ...Read more

Here's How: Install New Baseboards for a Fresh Look

Consumer / Here's How /

Dear James: I am redecorating my living room, and I think new decorative baseboards would help. My neighbor tried installing them himself, and it looked pretty bad. Do you have any tips for installing baseboards? -- Dennis E.

Dear Dennis: Baseboards are generally not the first place someone looks when they enter a home, but they can impact the ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Washing Dishes By Hand Versus Using the Dishwasher: Which Is More Effective?

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

It's an interesting question and one that comes up every time I write about how to use and maintain a dishwasher. For many readers, hand-washing dishes just feels better and is hard to let go of, especially for those who don't use enough dishes to fill the dishwasher more than a couple of times a week.

But isn't low-tech hand-washing just as ...Read more

Own your own small town: California hamlet up for sale

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

SAN DIEGO -- Campo isn't a ghost town, but it is pretty close.

The rural hamlet, an example of California's Old West, is a more than an hour drive from downtown in far eastern San Diego County. The lion's share of its buildings were built in the 1940s. And it hasn't changed much since then.

Most of Campo has been owned by a Las Vegas investor ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: How to Make Breakfast a Required Subject

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

Back to school for most kids means new shoes, a cool backpack and an unspoiled 64-pack of crayons. It also means getting back to a morning routine. This year, make breakfast a requirement in your house. All you need is 15 minutes, plus these quick and easy breakfast ideas, tips, tricks and hurry-up secrets.


Start with the basic ...Read more

Why hospitals are getting into the housing business

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

DENVER -- One patient at Denver Health, the city's largest safety net hospital, occupied a bed for more than four years -- a hospital record of 1,558 days.

Another admitted for a hard-to-treat bacterial infection needed eight weeks of at-home IV antibiotics, but had no home.

A third, with dementia, came to the hospital after being released ...Read more

For Jersey Shore homeowners, hurricane and flood threats are worth the risk

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

When Hurricane Sandy's floodwaters ravaged the first floor of Frank Cattie's Ocean City, N.J., home, he assessed the damage, filed a flood insurance claim, and braced for the financial impact. But he was certain of one thing: He would not give up his slice of Shore heaven.

Cattie and his wife, Susan, who live in Jenkintown, bought a condo in ...Read more

California will limit rent increases under bill signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Millions of Californians will for the first time have new safeguards against large rent increases after Gov. Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Tuesday capping annual rent hikes for the next decade. The new protections come as major metropolitan regions across the state have seen double-digit increases in their homeless ...Read more

Deals & Steals: Free grocery delivery from Walmart in October

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

Walmart is offering free grocery delivery this month.

Try out the free delivery service with a $50 grocery purchase at or on the free Walmart app and use code HOMEFREE at checkout through Oct. 31.

After completing your order, select delivery, pick a time, and then enter the promo ...Read more

Carla Fried: Let's not panic; Social Security isn't going bankrupt

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

America lacks faith in the Social Security retirement system.

Transamerica Center for Research Studies recently asked nearly 6,000 workers across all age bands if they're concerned that "Social Security will not be there for me." Nearly eight in 10 said yes.

That pessimism is in some ways understandable. The words "insolvency" and "bankrupt" ...Read more

Carla Fried: Youth plus the miracle of compounding — how to fund your kid's Roth IRA

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

There is no better -- and yet seemingly ridiculous -- time to save for retirement than in your late teens and early 20s.

Saving that early maximizes the power of compound growth. But suggesting to a teen with a summer job or after-school gig to focus on a goal 50 years away is a bit much. And even once your kids have launched into adulthood, ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: 7 Shopping Triggers We All Fall for

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

I blame my suspicious nature on my neighborhood grocery store. The store used to be a logically arranged market with bright lights and clean floors -- a basic, friendly, functional place to shop. Then the bulldozers morphed it into a big, fancy-schmancy supermarket complete with shopping triggers like mood lighting, Starbucks, Panda Express and ...Read more

Carla Fried: Retirement savings options for the self-employed

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

Whether you are an entrepreneurial mogul in the making or a just-getting-going gig worker, you have the extra job of having to run your own personal HR department. That means you're in charge of your retirement savings plan.

There are special retirement accounts for the self-employed. What's best is a function of where you are in your career, ...Read more

Carla Fried: Want another $100,000 or more for retirement? Follow this Social Security strategy

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

It's the rare household nearing retirement that doesn't have a few pangs of "will we be OK?" stress. Yet fewer than one in 10 retirees takes advantage of a Social Security strategy that locks in a big boost in lifetime retirement income.

A 55-year-old woman making $100,000 today who decides to wait until age 70 to start would collect a monthly ...Read more

Landlords say state rent caps may force them to raise rents more frequently

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

LOS ANGELES -- Prominent landlord attorney Dennis Block stood before a crowd of more than 200 at an apartment owners trade show in Pasadena and, to laughs, boasted of having evicted "more tenants than anybody else on the planet Earth."

Block said he was proud to enforce what he said America was built on: property rights. He then talked about ...Read more