Multi-generational homes, reviews of the Kindle Fire, and surviving your relatives
Renting may be the latest fashion, but it still feels like something you do right out of college or if you can’t afford to buy. For an aspirational society like ours, it’s decidedly not upwardly mobile when you have to call your landlord if you want to change your showerhead. Or grow herbs. Or get a dog.
Or have your in-laws move in. The latest trend in homebuilding? A second master bedroom suite. With more and more multi-generational families expected as boomers age and unemployed college graduates move back home, BloombergBusinessWeek gives the details.
And at the other end of the multi-generational living spectrum, new college grads are more and more frequently moving back in with Mom and Dad which is slowing down the recovery.
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What’s inside the new Kindle Fire? Lots of great parts. Reviews are coming in and they range from generally positive: Mashable, Consumer Reports, Mossberg to less enamored: Pogue, WaPo, Wired. And now rumors of a Kindle phone? Hmm…
MSN Money has 18 tips to save on holiday shopping: start early, look for deals and coupons, gift cards are ok, and don’t buy for yourself, you greedy so and so!
AAA reports that millions of people will travel between Thanksgiving and the end of the year, most of them visiting family. That means there are a lot of beleaguered holiday hosts as well as holiday guests out there. Here’s how to survive. Hint: leave the emotional baggage at the door. Good luck on that one…
Life Magazine was known for the quality of its images. But after 75 years there were bound to be a few clunker covers.
Homeownership is still part of the American Dream
A poll to be released next week shows support for homeownership remains across all political lines. Charlie Cook, writing in the National Journal, says the survey, conducted on behalf of the NAHB, found that 75 percent of voters believe “that owning a home is the best long-term investment they can make and is worth the risk of ups and downs in the housing market.”
Fred Mann of the Wichita Eagle give advice about safety procedures during a tornado. Basic guideline include stay away from all windows, move to the lowest level or a center hallway, stay in your car with your seatbelt on if you are on the road and much more.
If you’ve traveled in Europe in the last few years, you might have noticed your credit card doesn’t always work. Europe (and most of the rest of the world) have moved to a ‘chip and PIN‘ system for credit cards while the US still relies on that magnetic strip on the back. NPR reports on how this aging technology is resulting in rising credit card fraud.
Travel + Leisure reveals the best cities for burgers. While I’m happy Chicago made the list (at #6), even mentioning the Billy Goat Tavern in a list of the “ultimate American comfort food” should be a crime.