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August 2012
Dollar Sense

Renting a Car for Your Summer Travel? Tips for Saving $$ and Avoiding Problems

Don’t assume you will be told about all available discounts. Ask. And while you are asking, be sure you are made aware of all restrictions. For example, it may be cheaper to rent for a week than for two or three days. Ask!

Eat Right Now

Sweet, Beautiful Corn Fills Summer’s Corn-ucopia

The average ear of corn has 800 kernels, arranged in 16 rows with one piece of silk for each kernel. One bushel contains about 27,000 kernels. Each tassel on a corn plant releases as many as 5 million grains of pollen.

Deal Me In

The Three Payout Terraces of Roulette

What you want to search out, Cheryl, is a single zero roulette wheel. With only 37 numbers (0-36), instead of 38 (0, 00, 1-36), and payoffs being the same as on a double-zero wheel, the house edge is reduced to 2.7 percent.

April 2012
Age-Full Living

Simple Tools Can Be a Big Help with Change

Let me share a very simple tool that has been the biggest help to me with initiating changes in my own life. Best part: it's something most of you likely have in your home right now.


The Power of a Smile

Smile, because it is a facelift that costs you nothing and gives the world everything.  If you wear a smile often enough everyone will think you are good looking. The person who smiles as a constant habit has a beauty that can be found in no other way.

Ernie's World

FREE Lunch!

Some museums let you take photos of stuff so old even the staff of the “Antiques Roadshow” doesn't know what it's worth, while other museums make you leave your camera at the entrance so they are absolutely sure you can never fully explain what you saw to your friends and family.


What? No Spare Tire!

Today many vehicles, especially smaller and sportier models, are no longer fitted with spare tires, not even those small, donut spare tires that will get you to a repair shop at reduced speed. In some cases you can still order a full size spare, but in most vehicles there is no place to store one.

Deal Me In

Shopping List for the Right Blackjack Setup

Play in a casino that offers the following combination of rules: fewest decks possible; surrender, both early and late; double down allowed on any two cards; double down allowed after splitting pairs; multiple pair splitting allowed, plus re-splitting aces; dealer stands on a soft 17; deep deck penetration; and, of course, 3:2 for a blackjack.

Deal Me In

Keepers and Weeper Partial-pay Machines

I want to make sure you understand the difference between a full-pay and a partial-pay 9/6 machine. The full pay 9/6 machines (9 for a full house 6 for a flush) compensate you the maximum for each winning hand; the partials do not.


Preparing for a 55-plus Community Visit

Be sure and ask if this 55-plus community plans to one day turn into a 45-plus. Remember, these homes were originally built for the "active" adult. But one day, we must all mature into those golden years. (Sorry, had to say it!) And the baby boomers will do the same.


Internet Caution – Keep Your Computer and Yourself Safe

Forums, pornographic sites, web sites offering free software from an unknown source, and social networking sites are where con men get precious data and plant spy programs. Never respond to emails promising profits that are too good to be true.

July 2012
Dollar Sense

Clean Out Your Closets and Make a Few Bucks: Eight Ways to Sell Your Stuff

Why not try turning some of that stuff into extra cash? Instead of just wondering how, take action. Once you’ve dug into your closets and garage and have items to sell, here are some ideas.

Legal Ease

Updating Your Estate Plans When Changes Happen

When preparing your amendments or new documents, you should think about naming one or two backups to the fiduciary you name so that you have people in place to act if that person is unable to act for you at the time he or she is needed to act.

Timeless Tips

Cosmetic-Counter Junkie

This was not the first time I had scanned endless shelves overflowing with lotions, potions, and, most of all, promise. Every elixir sang out: “Buy me! Try me!” And, of course, I did just that.

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