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Everyday Cheapskate: The Best Way to Store Salad Greens

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

Has this ever happened to you? You open the refrigerator to pull out greens to make a big salad only to discover a wilted, slimy mess. That romaine, iceberg or even prewashed salad mix can't be more than a few days old, but there it is -- and into the garbage it goes.

Don't we hate when that happens?

Here's the deal: There are ways to make ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: My Secret Battle With Procrastination

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

One of the toughest things I battle in my life is procrastination. My natural response is "I'll do it later." There's a part of me that despises that procrastinator and wages a daily war to defeat it. That's how I've come to rely on the power of habits and routines. If I can avoid having to make a decision, I lose the choice to put it off until ...Read more

Do ESG investments outperform? One investor says 'no way'

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

For a different take on environmental, social, and governance-based investing, or ESG, we spoke with Vanguard investor Dan Wiener, who publishes a monthly newsletter on all things Vanguard.

Wiener takes a dim view of ESG. That's largely due to under-performance over a long period of time, he said.

"Over time, ESG and SRI (socially responsible ...Read more

Susan Tompor: How to get a credit card when you've never had one

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

The Uber Visa, launched last fall, may target on-the-go millennials with amazing rewards, such as 4 percent for eating out and 3 percent on airfare.

But the odd thing, as with many high-reward credit cards, is that getting approved for one of these Barclays Uber cards isn't a slam dunk for some Generation Y consumers.

Many millennials might ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: Can This Microwave Oven Be Saved?

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

It's one of the worst odors a home can experience: that lingering, worsening, putrid smell of burnt rice or popcorn coming from the microwave oven.

It happens, and not because we're ignorant or irresponsible. Well, maybe a little of the latter, but still, burning stuff happens from time to time. And when it's popcorn and the instructions say ...Read more

House Calls: Title Insurance or Opinion

Consumer / Edith Lank /

Dear Edith: What do you think of title insurance versus title opinion? I own half of 200 acres of property with a house, and I am buying the other half with cash. I have an abstract of title that goes back to 1861. My family has owned it since the 1940s.

Is it a good idea to get title insurance, and what will that do for me? Or does title ...Read more

Architecture tours lead the way in bringing visitors to increasingly crowded Chicago River

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

CHICAGO -- New Jersey resident Bob Sickles took Wendella's nighttime architecture boat tour down the Chicago River with his wife last year to see the work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, among other architects, tower above the green water.

They came back on a muggy Thursday afternoon this summer for a refresher. "Every year there are new, ...Read more

Why the tax overhaul could lead to lower settlements for sexual harassment victims

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

The tax overhaul law, written last year near the height of the #MeToo movement, could place a bigger financial burden on victims of workplace sexual harassment and make such cases more difficult and expensive to settle.

Companies have long been able to write off the settlement money they pay out to former employees, as well as related attorney'...Read more

Hot Property: Goal post is moved to Trousdale area of Beverly Hills

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

LOS ANGELES -- New York Giants chairman and Hollywood producer Steve Tisch has touched down in the Trousdale area of Beverly Hills, buying a Midcentury home for $10.05 million. The seller was the estate of late music manager Jordan Feldstein.

Set behind fences and gates, the Robert Skinner-designed home is an example of the International style....Read more

CFPB shifts gears on policing Zillow's co-marketing schemes

Consumer / The Nation's Housing /

WASHINGTON -- In a move with potentially significant implications for consumers, realty agents and lenders, the Trump administration has decided not to take legal action against online realty giant Zillow for alleged violations of federal anti-kickback and deceptive-practices rules.

The decision represents a departure from the direction the ...Read more

Here's How: A Rotten Mudsill

Consumer / Here's How /

Dear James: There were some drainage problems around my home (has siding) and the mudsill on top of the foundation is rotting. How can I repair the bad lumber so my house remains stable? -- Jodi A.

Dear Jodi: It sounds as though you have correctly identified the cause of the rotting mudsill. By far, the majority of these problems are created by...Read more

The Mortgage Professor: Home ownership is not for everyone

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

The homeownership rate has been increasing recently following more than 10 years of decline. According to the U.S. Census, the rate peaked in the first quarter of 2005 at 69.1 percent and then declined to a low of 62.9 percent in the second quarter of 2016. It has been creeping up since then, reaching 64.2 percent in the first quarter of this ...Read more

The Mortgage Professor: Home ownership is not for everyone

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

The homeownership rate has been increasing recently following more than 10 years of decline. According to the U.S. Census, the rate peaked in the first quarter of 2005 at 69.1 percent and then declined to a low of 62.9 percent in the second quarter of 2016. It has been creeping up since then, reaching 64.2 percent in the first quarter of this ...Read more

Real estate Q&A: Looking for your dream house? Here's help

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

Q: We have been having trouble finding our dream home. The few homes we have seen have been snatched up before we could even make up our mind, or the seller has shot us down. We want the perfect home for our family but don't know what to do! -- Amelia and Kelly

A: We are in the middle of a hot seller's market, and this can make it more ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: How to Get Yellow-Stained Bed Pillows White Again

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

Our favorite bed pillows get a lot of use every night. We keep clean pillowcases on them and don't think much about the pillow inside until it's time to change the bed linens. Have you looked recently?

Yikes! The pristine white pillows have turned blotchy with disgusting yellowish-to-brownish stains. What on Earth? The most common response is ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: The Clean Kitchen Challenge

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

I've got kitchen cleaning and reorganization on my mind. That's because at this moment, I do not have a kitchen.

As I write, my husband is in remodel mode. Two months ago, everything that was in the pantry, drawers and cupboards was hastily thrown into boxes and moved out of the way of his wrecking ball. With precious little notice, I did a ...Read more

Building up, instead of tearing down, in Tijuana

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

TIJUANA, Mexico -- Tijuana has been in a building rush for several years with more than a dozen condo towers built on vacant lots, or in the place of demolished aging structures.

In the quickly transforming skyline of the city, it is rare that destruction of an old building gets much opposition. This is a stark contrast to San Diego where ...Read more

Everyday Cheapskate: How to Remove Icky, Sticky Stuff, Home Chef Feedback and Best Inexpensive Steam Iron

Consumer / Everyday Cheapskate /

I harbor a little-known secret. I only know a lot of the stuff I know because I've learn it from my kind and sharing readers. And the longer I do this thing I do, the more I learn.

The wealth of knowledge I have gained from you over nearly three decades of this relationship is awesome! And it seems that just about every day, I learn something ...Read more

Small Spaces: Fireplace Accent Color

Consumer / Small Spaces /

Most people stick with white in a small house. I don't know if it is fear that drives them or insecurity. It has always been a bit of a chore to convince people that if they paint the entire room in a color, they will like the results. Paint is at once the simplest vehicle for interior improvements and one of the scariest when it comes to tiny ...Read more

Facebook creates three Bay Area job hubs of three million square feet

Consumer / Home and Consumer News /

FREMONT, Calif. -- Facebook has created three Bay Area work hubs that each total at least one million square feet, following big leases with two legendary developers that widen its Silicon Valley footprint.

The tech titan could employ as many as 19,000 in the expansion sites, located in Fremont, Sunnyvale and Menlo Park.

The social networking ...Read more