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Beware the Fix-up: Your Dream Home May be a Money Pit

Published: February 28, 2014

Even though TV shows frequently feature "fixer-uppers" that are magically transformed into dream homes, many people don't realize just what's involved in the transformation. Not, that is, until they're the proud owner of what has turned out to be a money pit.

Score a Deal with This Savvy Shopping Guide

Published: February 25, 2014

Shopping for a vacuum? Need new sheets? There are better times than others to purchase certain items. Be a savvy shopper with this seasonal buying guide, courtesy of and other websites.

Your Ride Goes Green But Style Still Sells

Published: February 20, 2014

"Green" has taken on a new meaning in the auto industry, and even Corvettes and pickup trucks are getting into the act. Take Ford's F-150. Many of its gaskets and seals now contain 25 percent recycled tires and 17 percent bio-renewable content from soy, according to Ford.

Law May Stymie Your Carry-Back Mortgage Plans

Published: February 15, 2014

It's not good news for a seller when your buyer can't qualify for a mortgage from a bank. In this situation, the seller has two alternatives: He or she can start looking for another buyer, or act as the bank for the buyer and carry the mortgage him or herself. To both the seller and the buyer, this may sound like an ideal plan, but thanks to a rule implemented in 2010, this option may not be the best choice for either of you.

Beijinhos (Little Kisses)

Beijinhos (Little Kisses)

This Brazilian specialty is a light treat just right for Valentine's Day. Makes about two dozen kisses.
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 ounces desiccated coconut, lightly toasted
  • About 2 dozen seedless green grapes, washed and dried