Modern Life

Published on January 1, 2019 - Page 5
It’s the lament of first-time homebuyers in just about every housing market: There aren’t enough entry-level homes available that are move-in ready...
Published on December 29, 2018 - Page 5
Decisions about money aren’t always rational. Common tendencies that make us our own worst enemies when investing include: selling winning...
Published on December 28, 2018 - Page 7
When Takiia Anderson graduated from Boston College Law School in 1999, she was a single mom with a 2-year-old child, nearly $100,000 in student loans...
Published on December 27, 2018 - Page 5
Trying to get your first credit card can be frustrating. A credit card is the quickest way to build a good credit history. But without a good credit...
Published on December 26, 2018 - Page 9
LONDON (AP) — Britain has banned third-party sales of puppies and kittens to protect the animals from exploitation. The government says the new law...
Published on December 22, 2018 - Page 5
Have you received a preapproved offer in the mail this holiday season that looks like a check, made out to you and ready to cash? Before you rush to...
Published on December 22, 2018 - Page 10
NEW YORK — Here are the trends we’d like to leave behind come Jan. 1. You’re welcome. Floss no more The arm-flailing, hip-swaying, rapid-fire...
Published on December 21, 2018 - Page 6
WASHINGTON — Christmas at Vice President Mike Pence’s official residence literally jumps out of the pages of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.”...
Published on December 21, 2018 - Page 7
In the story of St. Boniface, a Thunder Oak decorated with lit candles and gilded apples was glowing in the dark forest one Christmas day in 8th...
Published on December 20, 2018 - Page 21
If you paid a lot of state and local taxes in 2018, buckle up this tax season. New laws cap how much of those payments you can deduct on your federal...
Published on December 20, 2018 - Page 21
NEW YORK (AP) — The gifts under the tree haven’t been opened yet, but people are already returning some of their holiday hauls. Delivery company UPS...
Published on December 16, 2018 - Page 33
Amy and Kevin Wilson began giving their three sons matching pajamas at Christmas for a reason: They wanted their little ones to get excited about...
Published on December 16, 2018 - Page 33
There are many ways to entertain, but during the busy holiday season, I gravitate to the open house party. Not a big, sit-down meal. Not a frenetic...
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...