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John F. O'Hara

John F. O'Hara
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Ready to Decorate? Give Your Leftover Latex Paint New Life

February 1, 2016 1:33 am

Are you sitting on a stash of leftover latex paint? Did you realize you've got yourself a gold mine when it comes to home decorating?

With a little imagination and creative flair, you can use paint leftovers to give your home extra appeal, and have lots of fun in the process. To get you started, here's a few great ideas, courtesy of the Paint Quality Institute on how forgotten paint can infuse new life into your home interior:

Make kitchen items kitschy. Dab a little leftover paint on canisters, coasters, or the handles of wooden spoons and spatulas with bright, fun color that can make cooking more joyful.

Colorize some flowerpots—the more, the merrier. Paint them one solid color, or embellish them with pattern for more panache!

Have an old dresser that’s tired-looking? Use different colors on different parts for added visual interest.  Do the same with an old stool, table, or cabinet.

Add pizzazz to painted walls with a handcrafted patterned border. Fashion a “stamp” out of an old sponge in the pattern of your choice, then dip it in the leftover paint and dab new color onto the walls.  Voila!  Custom design.

Express your home’s individuality by adding accent color to a door, doorway, or an entire wall.  The unexpected color will make your interior something special.

Embellish built-in bookcases, cabinets, or a mantelpiece with leftover paint to create striking elements in your decor.

Using a homemade or commercial stencil, apply paint to just about anything—a piece of furniture, a wall, or even the floor.  It can render the ordinary, extraordinary.

Frame your artwork.  Repaint the frames on your prints, paintings, and drawings to give them a fresh appearance.  Or, paint a simulated “frame” right on the wall to draw attention to favorite objects or sculpture.

Most of these projects take just a small amount of paint, but they can make a big difference in your home decor.

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5 Money-Wise Tips for Your Tax Refund

January 29, 2016 1:21 am

Tax refunds present an opportunity to better your financial health. Unfortunately, many refund recipients don’t take advantage of it.

“A tax refund often feels like ‘free’ money, and many people use the funds to splurge on expensive items they wouldn’t otherwise purchase,” says Mike Sullivan, chief education officer for Take Charge America, a national non-profit credit counseling agency. “However, a refund presents a unique opportunity to use the money to improve your family’s financial wellbeing now and in the long term.”

If you receive a refund this year, consider using it in one (or all!) of the following ways:

1. Pay Off Debt – When you receive your refund, resist the urge to spend it on a shopping spree, fancy dinner or pricey vacation. Instead, use your refund to pay down credit card balances, student loans, auto loans or other debt.

2. Pay Down Your Mortgage – Direct your refund toward your mortgage principal. Even one extra payment each year can shave noticeable interest off your mortgage.

3. Boost Your Savings – If you’re debt-free, put your money toward your emergency savings fund, retirement plan or college savings account.

4. Adjust Your Withholding – File a new W4 to increase your allowances and pay the appropriate amount of taxes throughout the year. Use the IRS withholding calculator and aim for the number of allowances that satisfies 100 to 110 percent of last year’s tax payment.

5. Use Direct Deposit – Set up an automatic deposit to direct the money you would have spent on excess taxes into an interest-bearing savings account. You won’t notice the difference in your paycheck— it’s money that would have been withheld for taxes—but your contributions will quickly add up.

“While it’s fun to receive a wind-fall of cash, it’s important for consumers to understand the IRS isn’t giving away money—they’re returning money they borrowed, interest-free, all year long,” adds Sullivan. “It’s a good idea to adjust your withholdings to break even and make your money work for you—not just the government—throughout the year.”

Source: Take Charge America

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