Honey, I Shrunk Your Sweater
Dear Mary: Thank you for your many helpful articles. In a past column you wrote about how to un-shrink a wool sweater. All I can remember is that it involved baby shampoo. Could you print the instructions again? Thanks! --Linda L., IL
Dear Linda: Sure, here it is: Mix a solution of 1... Read More
LOOK-BACK PERIOD DOESN'T APPLY TO SIMPLE GIFT-GIVING
DEAR BRUCE: I have a question about the look-back period. When you talk about giving someone $14,000 tax-free a year, is this money they would look to recover if the look-back period has not been met? If I gave a granddaughter this money, let's say for a car or whatever, would they be able to come back to her for... Read More
BEAUTY PRODUCTS YOU'RE PROBABLY USING THE WRONG WAY
Do you end up with manicure-wrecking bubbles in your nail polish? Does your hair go right to Frizzville after you blow-dry it? According to ShopSmart, the shopping magazine from the publisher of Consumer Reports, odds are you're not using your hair and beauty products the right way.
ShopSmart offers these tips:... Read More
Cut Flowers 101
Whether your cut flowers come through the back door (from your garden) or the front (supermarket, Costco, florist-delivered), you want them to last as long as possible. With just a modicum of effort, as opposed to just sticking them into a vase of water, you can double the time you can enjoy your flowers.... Read More
When Not to File an Insurance Claim
Insurance is a funny thing. You pay a small fortune to get it and keep it. Then, if you have the blatant audacity to actually file a claim, the company either increases your premiums or cancels you altogether.
While the world of insurance can at times be so confusing as to be... Read More
CUT IN PENSION CAUSES HARDSHIP
DEAR BRUCE: My husband worked at a steel company for 37 years and retired in 2000. He was receiving a pension of approximately $1,800 a month. About two or three years ago he was sent a letter saying that they had overpaid him and were cutting his pension to $1,104.30 a month. Can this be done?
He went to see our... Read More
FISH DISHES TO ROCK YOUR WORLD
A good cookbook is like a perfect record album: "cool cover shots, nice lyrics, the perfect length and no fillers." At least that's the wisdom of Swedish chefs Par-Anders Bergqvist and Anders Engvall in "Seafood: Spectacular Recipes for Every Season." It comes complete with listening recommendations: Primal... Read More