Leisure & Lifestyle

Wed
08
Jul

Get them together and on the road — on a budget

Get them all together this summer — with a plan and on budget. (StatePoint)
Get them all together this summer — with a plan and on budget. (StatePoint)

You hear about everyone else's "destination vacations" with three — sometime four — generations. Considering the cost of taking a group anywhere, how do they do it?

And how can you?

Tue
07
Jul

Retiring at 65 ­— can you do it? Should you?

Financial Professionals Association
A retirement plan with a solid, well-thought-out income strategy serves as vital protection against the many risks that threaten a person’s income during retirement, risks such as outliving one’s assets, losing a sizable portion of a retirement nest egg in a financial or real estate market downturn, getting ambushed by a health crisis or long-term care need, and seeing assets erode faster than anticipated due to rising inflation.

Wed
03
Jun

What’s the max-out monthly Social Security payment?

Your Social Security
Rhonda Whitenack and Jim Czechowicz
 
Q: I’m planning my retirement. What is the maximum Social Security benefit I might receive?

Mon
01
Jun

Back-and-brakers risk broken boats

This guy’s doing it right. Insurance companies get claims from the backers-and-brakers who don’t want to get out of the car to untrailer their boats — after the hull hits the cement. (submitted photo)
This guy’s doing it right. Insurance companies get claims from the backers-and-brakers who don’t want to get out of the car to untrailer their boats — after the hull hits the cement. (submitted photo)

Make sure that as you take the boat out, whether it's just loaded with you and your fishing gear or the family and grandkids, that you're all safe.

Tue
26
May

How to find help with a home landscape

Homeowners often ask the University of Minnesota Extension how to find a student, a Master Gardener, or an industry professional to help them with a home landscaping project or garden design.

Sun
24
May

What’s your dream kitchen look like­—outdoors?

A place for everything -- and the summer breeze too. But it can be adapted to budget taste. Start by asking yourself a few questions to find out how to expand your entertaining outside.(submitted photo)
A place for everything -- and the summer breeze too. But it can be adapted to budget taste. Start by asking yourself a few questions to find out how to expand your entertaining outside.(submitted photo)

It often starts as a blank spot on the patio, usually somewhere just outside the back door. Then come the “things” to fill the spot. There’s so much to consider that it gets difficult to make a decision.

Sun
24
May

Are you a do-it-yourselfer? Or a hirer?

Does this look like fun? Or does it make you want to move to a well-furnished hotel? You may have the DIY gene, but what about your family? The quiz below may help save someone’s sanity as well as a supporting wall. (submitted photo)
Does this look like fun? Or does it make you want to move to a well-furnished hotel? You may have the DIY gene, but what about your family? The quiz below may help save someone’s sanity as well as a supporting wall. (submitted photo)

Should you save money by doing the job yourself?

Tue
12
May

Getting set to sell: which home upgrades matter most?

Changing out your bathroom faucets is a small upgrade that can increase your home’s value and leave a lasting impression on potential buyers. (submitted photo)
Changing out your bathroom faucets is a small upgrade that can increase your home’s value and leave a lasting impression on potential buyers. (submitted photo)

Whether you're preparing to sell, or just looking to increase your home's value, it's important to think about strategic upgrades — and not just how; but where to remodel.

Tue
12
May

Smart ways to spruce up a small space

With a little imagination, you can create eye-catching, functional rooms throughout your house. (submitted photo)
With a little imagination, you can create eye-catching, functional rooms throughout your house. (submitted photo)

Giving a design facelift to small spaces may seem challenging. But you can make more of every square inch with creative solutions.

Sun
10
May

Pick it up, pot it, and sit back and enjoy

The flexibility and easy care of containers makes them today’s go-to for adding a touch of color outdoors. (submitted photos)
The flexibility and easy care of containers makes them today’s go-to for adding a touch of color outdoors. (submitted photos)

Why are more and more garden centers stocking specific types and small sizes of “container plants” as compared to in-the-ground varieties?
It’s probably the three Ms.

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