Wish you had more storage space?
"Common Sense Storage" can help you find it.
The book is filled with ideas for stashing your stuff. Some require remodeling, others can be more easily incorporated into a home. They range from simple solutions such as storing bath supplies toward the front of linen-closet shelves so they won't get lost, to more involved suggestions such as replacing your standard TV with a front-projection unit and a retractable screen.
The book also offers decluttering pointers and guidance on building or installing features.
"Common Sense Storage: Clever Solutions for an Organized Life" is published by Creative Publishing International and sells for $24.99 in softcover.
Try out paint colors with sample boards
Small Wall paint-sample boards make it easier to try out paint colors on your walls.
You just paint the board with the color you're considering and hang it on the wall using the adhesive strip on the back. The board can be repositioned so you can move it around the room to see what the color looks like in various places and under different lighting.
The board's nonporous surface doesn't absorb the paint, giving you a true representation of the color.
The paint-sample boards are sold at Sherwin-Williams stores, but under the name Contractor Series Faux Technique Sample Board instead of Small Wall. They're expected to be available as the Small Wall brand through Ace Hardware retailers later this year.
The suggested retail price is $7.99 for a package of two 12-inch-square boards.
Beware of e-mails asking for passwords
The FBI is warning the public to be careful about responding to e-mails purportedly from their banks. The e-mails include links that ask consumers to confirm account numbers, passwords and other information that scammers can then use to drain their bank accounts, the FBI said.
"This type of criminal activity is unfortunately very common and targets a wide variety of financial institutions," said Mary Galligan, special agent in charge of the FBI's New York office.
Premature children may qualify for SSI
Q: I was told Social Security will pay Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits to children who were born prematurely. Is this true?
A: SSI is for people with low income and resources and in most cases the income and resources of the parent(s) would be considered for a child. For children who meet the income and resource requirements, Social Security does provide SSI disability benefits to certain low birth weight infants, whether or not they are premature.
Children who weigh less than 1,200 grams (about 2 pounds, 10 ounces) at birth can qualify for SSI on the basis of low birth weight.
Children who weigh between 1,200 and 2,000 grams at birth (about 4 pounds 6 ounces) and who are considered small for their gestational age also may qualify.
Even if children who were born prematurely do not fall into one of the low birth weight categories, they still may qualify for SSI if the evidence in their record shows that they meet the definition of disability for children for another reason. For more, visit www.socialsecurity.gov/applyfordisability/child.htm.
-- Standard-Examiner wire services
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