Modern Life

Published on December 15, 2018 - Page 11
Saving for retirement is a good idea. But if you time things right and do your homework, some of your nest egg could also do double duty as a tax...
Published on December 14, 2018 - Page 10
The holiday season often means houseguests. What does it mean to be a good host — or a good houseguest? “Remember the spirit of the holidays. It’s...
Published on December 13, 2018 - Page 5
Amid a seasonal sea of red and green or silver and blue, there’s an alternative palette in holiday decor. Think of fresh fruits and delectable...
Published on December 12, 2018 - Page 7
Hotel loyalty benefits — such as access to room upgrades, late checkout and other amenities — aren’t reserved only for the most faithful, highest-...
Published on December 12, 2018 - Page 12
TUALATIN, Ore. (AP) —Rosa Villarreal’s three young sons jumped and ran around the field of Christmas trees like jackrabbits, their excitement...
Published on December 11, 2018 - Page 7
The wallet-emptying experience of raising kids understandably fuels a lot of interest in the child tax credit. Thanks to some recent big changes, the...
Published on December 9, 2018 - Page 7
NEW YORK — This holiday season is going to be different for 16-year-old Jordan Rae O’Reilly. The high school junior identifies as genderqueer,...
Published on December 9, 2018 - Page 29
Each holiday season, we throw away miles and miles of wrapping paper, much of which can’t be recycled because of inks, coatings or other additives....
Published on December 9, 2018 - Page 29
For kids growing up in today’s cashless society, the piggy bank is going virtual. Father of two Roland Hall turned to a British startup’s digital...
Published on December 9, 2018 - Page 29
The holidays are a huge deal — and every year, the expenses threatened to gallop out of control. Keeping the holiday joyous and less stressful means...
Published on December 9, 2018 - Page 32
I take a four-pronged approach to keeping my vegetable and flower gardens free of weed problems, and suggest you try it. First, keep dormant weed...
Published on December 8, 2018 - Page 5
Around this time of year, many taxpayers begin the annual ritual of pondering: Do I take the standard deduction or spend time hunting for receipts...
Published on December 4, 2018 - Page 1
DARIEN, Conn. — One mother shed tears when she read the superintendent’s announcement. Another said it felt like a body blow. After struggling with...
Published on December 2, 2018 - Page 29
Only about half of Americans give any holiday tips, according to a recent Consumer Reports survey. Those who do tip often give less than the amounts...
Published on December 2, 2018 - Page 29
Booths at this year’s gift and decor trade fairs featured lots of deer and reindeer motifs — some specifically for the holidays and others to leave...
Published on December 2, 2018 - Page 29
NEW YORK — This holiday, all gifts seem to be in animal prints. Zebra, leopard, giraffe, cheetah, tiger: Pick your print, type of item and price...
Published on December 2, 2018 - Page 32
Consider a hedge if you’re in need of a fence. When managed properly, hedges cost less, outlast wooden fences, are more attractive than most walls,...
Published on December 1, 2018 - Page 7
NEW YORK — Advent calendars are hitting the bottle. The cardboard calendars, typically filled with chocolates, are now being stuffed with cans of...
Published on December 1, 2018 - Page 10
NEW YORK — Mercedes or Mustang? John Deere or Jeep? Electric ride-ons for kids are busting out all over this holiday season. Target will add nearly...
Published on December 1, 2018 - Page 20
International air travel has become remarkably safe in recent years, with deadly accidents like last month’s Lion Air crash in Indonesia becoming...
Published on November 28, 2018 - Page 20
As your social circle expands, so does your holiday shopping list. But what if you can’t really afford to buy gifts for everyone? One option: Cut...
Published on November 25, 2018 - Page 29
Cast iron, once a common material for pots and pans, recently tended to be used most visibly by either pro chefs or campers. Now it’s trending again...
Published on November 25, 2018 - Page 29
Americans on average spend more on health care than they do on groceries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest Consumer Expenditure...
Published on November 25, 2018 - Page 29
TAMARAC, Fla. — Waterbeds still elicit a wink, wink, nudge, nudge whenever they come up. But two pioneers of the industry in the United States are...
Published on November 24, 2018 - Page 22
Some maples are to love (sugar maples) and others not (Norway maples, because they’re an invasive species). But there’s more to maples than those two...
Published on November 23, 2018 - Page 7
NEW YORK — As temperatures drop and winter looms, homeowners and property managers are sweeping chimneys, insulating pipes and swapping screens for...
Published on November 23, 2018 - Page 11
It may seem too early to start thinking about your tax return, but procrastination could cost you thousands of dollars. Here are a few simple...
Published on November 23, 2018 - Page 13
NEW YORK — Single-use plastic straws are a recent target of environmental activists. Lawmakers are working on bans against them to protect the ocean...
Published on November 22, 2018 - Page 11
LEWISTON, Idaho (AP) —If you’ve ever wanted a pet monkey, you’re in luck. Mike Freedstover, owner of MC’s Exotic Pets, a pet store that opened last...
Published on November 22, 2018 - Page 14
Food, water and shelter are the basic requirements for attracting birds to your yard. But you can boost the number and variety of species that visit...
Published on November 22, 2018 - Page 34
For the foodie on your holiday list — or just people who might appreciate a good tequila or pie pan — we offer a gift guide. It’s got coffee machines...
Published on November 20, 2018 - Page 1
WASHINGTON — Cat lovers know when kitties groom, their tongues are pretty scratchy. Using high-tech scans and some other tricks, scientists are...
Published on November 20, 2018 - Page 5
A four-year journey to decide where to go to college ended for Sofie Adams when a college recruiter approached her after a softball game and asked, “...
Published on November 19, 2018 - Page 5
Thanksgiving is just around the bend, and if you are hosting you might already be thinking about how you might plan things better this year, how to...
Published on November 17, 2018 - Page 7
For gardeners who heat their homes in winter using stoves or fireplaces, good-quality wood ashes can be a soil-amendment bonus. But if applied...
Published on November 16, 2018 - Page 11
A solid 70 percent of Americans plan to shop on Black Friday this year, according to a recent NerdWallet study. But the nature of a day centered...
Published on November 14, 2018 - Page 7
If you have the ears to listen, this tree has a story to tell. Let’s go back to 1765 and travel along with American naturalists John Bartram and his...
Published on November 11, 2018 - Page 33
Winterizing fragile trees and shrubs is a simple and prudent exercise in landscape management. Mulching and watering before the ground freezes up can...
Published on November 11, 2018 - Page 33
For five months, Reagan Baker has spent nights after work hanging curtain rods, assembling chandeliers and installing wood floors. She’s not...
Published on November 11, 2018 - Page 33
Stories about student loan borrowers with six-figure debt loads might appeal to our sense of financial schadenfreude. But borrowers with very high...
Published on November 11, 2018 - Page 36
NEW YORK (AP) — Wedding registries remain popular as the nature of gifting has morphed into a broader range of options, including cash registries, a...
Published on November 10, 2018 - Page 11
If you’re a veteran with student debt, you have repayment rights unique to military service members that can keep you out of default. How veterans...
Published on November 9, 2018 - Page 6
Most financial planners advise never tapping into retirement savings to pay for your kid’s education. Even as college costs climb, there are still...
Published on November 4, 2018 - Page 7
Life insurance provides a financial safety net for families. Decisions over whether and how much to buy can get complicated, and mistakes can be...
Published on November 4, 2018 - Page 29
Many people are intimidated by the idea of The Big Supermarket Shop. They believe it’s too much to grapple with at once. But the payoff can be...
Published on November 4, 2018 - Page 29
Creating an estate plan is a gift to the people you leave behind. By expressing your wishes, you’re trying to guide your loved ones at a difficult,...
Published on November 4, 2018 - Page 29
Eighteen years after Diana Sutera Mow gained an instant family with the arrival of her twins, her Southern California home “became an instant empty...
Published on October 28, 2018 - Page 29
Shopping for Halloween costumes doesn’t have to be scary. Discounters like Walmart and Target are expanding their costume offerings and creating...
Published on October 28, 2018 - Page 29
ORLANDO, Fla. — “Scare-actor” Laura Law once frightened a Universal Orlando Resort’s Halloween Horror Nights patron so badly, the woman peed in her...
Published on October 28, 2018 - Page 29
Earlier this year, total outstanding student loan debt surpassed $1.5 trillion. For those with loans they can’t afford, the news was a large-scale...