News Unplugged

See that 10 cent stamp? That’s how much it cost to mail a letter or bill in 1974. A dime. Starting Sunday, it’ll cost you 49 cents! Yep, the price of...

I usually don’t need to hold a finger up to the wind to feel which direction the housing market is blowing. Or read the latest stat sheets to see if homes...

A new ABC sitcom premieres tonight. “The Neighbors” is about a family that moves into a neighborhood of aliens, without realizing it right away. Kristin and I recently went out to...

Last weekend I got a call from my sister-in-law in California. She had just returned from a party supply store, and she was a little upset. Her daughter’s 8th birthday was...

Mortgage rates have dropped again to record lows on both 30-year and 15-year fixed rates. Freddie Mac reports the average rate for a 30-year mortgage dropped to 3.56%.  That’s down from...

My itinerary says my flight should be leaving tomorrow for San Francisco.  I love The City. The cable cars. Embarcadero. Alcatraz. Fisherman’s Wharf. Golden Gate Bridge. Lombard Street. San Francisco is...

I’m tired of changing light bulbs, especially in those hard to reach spots.  Know what I mean? Even ones that claim to last a long time… really don’t. So this claim...

You’ve just finished eating out at the restaurant. The bill comes. You look at it. Shock. “How did I spend that much?” Many of you will be going out to eat...

Grumbling about gas prices?  They keep climbing, and the peak travel season is still ahead of us. But we live in the part of the country… the central U.S. …. that...

No, I’m not running for office. But I do want your vote (see below). I need your help. In return, it may help you, if you wear glasses, and you’re tired...

Relief is on the way from those annoying robocalls. The federal government is cracking down on the automated sales pitches that interrupt your family dinner. I’ve written about my experiences with...

If you’re looking to buy a new car, what are you concerned with most? Price, most likely. But the real cost of owning a vehicle is more than the price you...