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4 ways to declutter your home with paint

Does your house seem cluttered even though you’ve followed all of Marie Kondo’s advice and gotten rid of the things that don’t bring you joy anymore? Do you look around and notice that even though most of the junk is gone, the space still feels a bit claustrophobic? Perhaps it’s time to bring out …

Home Decorating

7 Common House-Maintenance Mistakes You Could Be Making

Designer Chip Wade shares how a little planning can reduce unnecessary costs at home<p>A house is a lot like a living thing: It’s great when the systems are firing on all cylinders, but when something isn’t right, it lets you know. According to a recent survey commissioned by Liberty Mutual Insurance, …

IRS Forms 1099 Are Critical, And Due Early In 2017

IRS Form 1099 season is almost here. No form is more critical to your tax return. Each Form 1099 is matched to your Social Security number, so the IRS can easily spew out a tax bill if you fail to report one. You are almost guaranteed an audit or tax notice if you fail to report a Form 1099. …

How to Change a Tire Safely & Quickly

A flat tire never happens when it's convenient. Even if you already know how, here's a refresher with some helpful tips to make it less of an ordeal.<p>A flat tire never happens when it's convenient. You'll be all dressed up and on the way to an important event when you run over that errant nail. …

How to Adjust Your Headlights

Need to adjust your beams? Here's out quick-and-dirty guide to ensuring your headlights are aligned to shine on the road rather than in the eyes of oncoming drivers.<p><b>If you're on vacation and the back of the car</b> is loaded with hunting and fishing gear, maybe even a large catch, plus other "road …

What You Need to Know When Buying New Tires

Replacing your car's tires is usually an unwanted expense and often an intimidating buying experience. But here's what you need to know to make the new tire buying process much less painful.<p><b>Buying new tires ranks pretty far down</b> on the list of things most people want to do with their time and …

10 Quick Fuel Efficiency Tips to Beat the Gas Crunch

The summer season of highway hell has officially arrived—and $4/gallon prices at the pump certainly aren't making life on the road any easier. As the next generation of hypermilers develops new ways to hack your car's fuel economy, our guest MPG geek breaks down the vehicle mods, driving habits and …

10 Useful Tools You Can Make From Recycled Parts

Don't just toss out broken saw blades, busted mirrors, and scrap wood. The trash lying around your house and your shop has uses you may never have imagined.<p>Don't just toss out broken saw blades, busted mirrors, and scrap wood. The trash lying around your house and your shop has uses you may never …

How to Tow a Trailer

Don't confuse towing a trailer with driving a car—they only look the same. If you're preparing to haul a trailer, it's time to brush up on the basics.<p>The trailer is doing a lazy samba behind your SUV as you drive down the highway, swaying side to side far enough to intrude into the neighboring …

How to Make Your Data Last Forever

Protecting your data and keeping it around for years or decades to come takes more than backing up your hard drive. You need to choose the right file formats, protecting your physical drives, and making sure you have flesh-and-blood backup: friends and family who can access your data in case you're …

Own the Night: 10 Tips for Driving After Dark

Night driving isn't just annoying, it's dangerous. Here are 10 of our favorite tips to make your nocturnal migrations safer and better.<p>Night driving isn't just annoying, it's dangerous. Here are 10 of our favorite tips to make your nocturnal migrations safer and better.

The 20 Greatest Driving Roads in the World

If you're gonna hit the road, hit some of the best roads on Earth.<p>A great road challenges everyday notions, replacing the familiar–the dull grind of everyday commuting–with the epic: turns, terrain and landscape that adjust our perception of the world. But most of all, it elicits a thrill. These 20 …

How to Restore Your Data After a Hard Drive Crash

So you remember to back up your data before a hard drive crash. Congratulation. But now it'd time to get down to the hard work of restoring your data. Here's how.<p><b>When my computer wouldn't boot for the</b> second time in one week, I knew the end was coming for the 4-year-old PC. It was hard to diagnose …

Car-Buying Terms Glossary

Making sense of dealer-speak.<p>The spread of English as a global language has made international travel increasingly easy for Americans, but walk into any car dealership in the U.S. and you might swear the salespeople are speaking a foreign tongue. The volume of unfamiliar terminology is one of the …

The 7 New Rules of Car Buying: How to Shop in Today’s World

There are few truly bad vehicles for sale today, but, when there are more models boasting more whistles and bells than ever before, that doesn’t make car shopping easy. Even if you’re car savvy, you can still make an uninformed choice or get a bad deal. And the wealth of resources for information …

Eight Things You Didn’t Know About the Ferrari 488 Spider

Ferrari Lets Slip Some Scoops on its Newest Spider<p>First was the Ferrari 488 GTB coupe, a powerful, sexy machine built for racing public roadways. Now Ferrari has introduced the 2016 Ferrari 488 Spider, the topless version of the coupe.<p>It roars like a lion and handles mountain roads like a mountain …

Roads

The unintended ways self-driving cars will change our lives

Six years ago, Google raised a lot of eyebrows when it announced it was developing a self-driving car. At the time, very few people took the technology seriously. However, things have been gearing up, and now self-driving cars are about to be part of our everyday life. Just last August, Uber rolled …

Autonomous Cars

A power of good? Smart energy technology explained

Some new energy-efficient technologies are on the verge of delivering real benefits to consumers and companies alike<p>Smart technology allows companies and households to use energy more efficiently, reducing the need to build more power stations, some of which burn polluting fossil fuels such as coal …

Clean Energy

9 Things Science Says Your Home Needs if You Want to Be Happy

Consider this your excuse to treat yourself to fresh flowers on the regular.<p>Just because your home is stylish and clean doesn't mean you're living your happiest life possible. Bummer, I know. But according to science, these are the colors, scents, and accessories you should feature in your home to …

12 Vintage Wedding Traditions That Should Have Never Gone Out Of Style

Please bring these back!<p>Every time a trendy new wedding idea goes viral online (ahem, geode cakes and donut walls), we can't help but feel nostalgic for simpler times. These wedding traditions have slowly been disappearing over the years, but we'd love to bring them all back.

Weddings

3 HR mistakes that ruin tech companies

The bad news: you may not make it unless you excel at HR and people management.<p>HR success is arguably the most important factor for fast-growing, high-tech companies. "It's about the team that grows with the company," writes Ron Miller. "If that's not right, the nascent company probably won't …

5 Ways American Retirement Is Changing

Workers are anticipating a vastly different retirement than the one their parents experienced.<p>Somebody once said, "Retirement can be a great joy if …

Retirement

8 Things To Consider Before Signing Up For A Car Loan

Auto loans are like the modern automobile, a complicated machine with lots of moving parts and hidden components. However, it's likely there are more people who understand the basics of car maintenance than auto finance.<p>Another thing cars and car loans have in common: Many people view them as …

7 Major Skin Care Sins You're Making Every Morning

You don't want to start off your day on the wrong foot in the skin care department, right? Right. So the fact that there are sneaky things that might be sabotaging your complexion—without you even realizing it—is a need-to-know situation. Here's a list of some of the morning mistakes that could be …

The Best Educational Apps for the iPad

The iPad is increasingly being used for education, whether by parents hoping to jumpstart their kid's education with apps aimed at pre-Ks or schools …

Here's How Your Smartphone Light Messes With Your Body

Stop wrecking your sleep.<p>There’s something incredibly powerful about the blue lights that the designers of our smartphone, tablet, and laptop screens …

Sleep

When people can legally drink, they suddenly begin committing way more crime

Another study shows the link between alcohol and crime.<p>When Americans turn 21, they’re — finally! — allowed to buy alcohol. Most people look at this as a great opportunity to party and drink up legally for the first time.<p>But a new study comes with a buzzkill for these would-be partygoers: It turns …

Convert Your Start-Up Costs Into Deductions in 2016

Maintaining your books isn't something you should do solely as a tax savings strategy or to track start-up costs.<p>6 min read<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This article is part of the End of Year Tax Tips Series from tax and legal expert Mark J. Kohler.</i><p>You might be …

Small Business

9 mistakes to avoid with your 401(k)

You've gotten the message and finally invested in your workplace's 401(k) plan. The decision puts you in better shape than the staggering one-third …

11 Signs You're Too Stressed At Work (And How To Fix That)

<i>By Cassie Shortsleeve for</i> GQ.<p>A long time ago, work stress was healthy. Lifesaving, even. When our ancestors went out hunting, their primal fight-or-flight response alerted them if some sneaky saber-tooth tiger was about to pounce. They ran. The adrenaline subsided. They went on with their lives, …