ARE YOU PAYING TOO MUCH IN PROPERTY TAXES ON YOUR HOME?
You may well be, simply because your house was valued too high by the tax assessor. Yet at the same time, you could mistakenly believe your home carries too low a valuation. Sound impossible? Here's how it works.Read Article
HOW CAN YOU MAKE THE BEST MORTGAGE DEAL?
The larger your down payment, the less your mortgage cost over the years. Suppose you get a 5½ per cent, 20-year loan for $15,000. In 20 years, you'd pay back $24,763-- or $9,763 in interest. If instead you pay down $5,000, reducing the loan to $10,000, it would cost you $16,500 in 20 years-- or $3,263 less interest than the $15,000 loan.Read Article
HOW CAN YOUR TEEN-AGER GET A GOOD SUMMER JOB?
That's not easy this year, with more young people than ever before entering the labor market. But it's still possible if he goes about it the right way. (Community action is one new major source of help; for details, see page 31).Read Article
WHICH RETIREMENT ANNUITY IS BEST FOR YOU?
Basically, you have your choice of three types of annuity programs. One guarantees a life income only to you. The second guarantees a life income to you and your wife. The third, while providing a life income to you as "annuitant," also guarantees to return a specified amount of money over a specified period even if you are not alive to collect it.Read Article
GOOD NEWS FOR MEN!
Here's a completely new approach to lawn-and-garden care and snow removal.Read Article
HOW TO CHOOSE THE GARDEN TOOLS YOU NEED
Buying garden tools in a hit-or-miss fashion results in a hodgepodge of unnecessary tools as well as a storage problem. Here are 18 hand tools which should be the backbone of a good gardener's collection.Read Article
FLATIRONS AND BOOTJACKS
Editors' Note: This article is the first of a series on what the author, John Mebane, calls "contemporary collectibles." These are old items that, in the technical sense, are not antiques. Rather, they're items that have historical interest and artistic or decorative value. In most cases, these items are inexpensive enough that collectors of modest means can acquire them-- and they're easy to locate.Read Article
FOUND! SUMMER JOBS FOR TEEN-AGERS
It isn't easy for young people to find summer jobs-- and the problem gets tougher all the time. This summer an avalanche of teen-agers will be unleashed on the job market. Youth, energy, ambition they have in abundance. What they lack, obviously, is experience. It's the old dilemma: "If you don't have experience, you can't get a job-- and if you can't get a job, you can't get experience."Read Article
HOW TO CHOOSE WOOD PANELING AND FLOORING
At first glance, two different kinds of paneling may seem almost identical in looks and quality though their price tags are leagues apart. Why the difference? Which of the two kinds is the best for you?Read Article
THE SMART, NEW LOOK IN OUTDOOR FURNITURE
The selection of new summer furniture is a far cry from the rustic-or-nothing look of not many years ago. In fact, today's outdoor styles will serve handsomely indoors as well.Read Article
MORE FOR YOUR TRAVEL DOLLAR!
This summer, take a change-of-pace vacation. Instead of visiting the same spot, head out in a new direction-- whether it's to the ocean, the mountains, or a new fishing lake. Below you'll find a vacation-idea sampler, which we've assembled with the help of the travel industry. For more details, see the coupon and check the ideas that interest you most. Clip and send to: Better Homes & Gardens, Travel Bureau M, Des Moines, Iowa.Read Article
HOW IMPORTANT IS LOW MILEAGE WHEN YOU CHOOSE A USED CAR?
The average car is driven about 9,000 miles a year. It might seem safe to assume, then, that a two-year-old car with only 9,000 miles on it will be a good buy. Usually it will be, but a car of the same age with twice the mileage might very well be the better car for you.Read Article
AN UP-TO-DATE REPORT ON THE INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SYSTEM
Imagine driving from coast to coast, or Canada to Florida without a stop sign, traffic light, or intersection. The interstate system will make this possible by 1972.Read Article
WOOD: WHAT THE NEW FLOORING PANELING AND FURNITURE CAN DO FOR A ROOM!
In the fast-changing world of home furnishings, nothing is newer-- or more exciting-- than one of the oldest of man's building materials: wood. All its age-old attributes-- mellow beauty, workability and durability-- have been improved upon by today's technology. Look what's being done in:Read Article
GOOD THINGS ARE HAPPENING TO PREFAB HOUSES
Yes, this is a prefab house, and we present it here to demonstrate that the trend to better design is one of the many good things happening to manufactured houses in 1965. This one, the Manufactured Home of the Year, was built by the Home Manufacturers Association to show just how great a house of this type can be-- and how well high quality and good design adapt to houses built in a factory.Read Article
SPECTACULAR COLOR THIS SUMMER!
Here are flowers that thrive when the heat is on-- and give you the long-lasting variety of colors you want in your garden. Another point: they're easy to plant, easy to care for, so your gardening chores will be minimal during the dog days. To enjoy sundrenched color all summer long in your garden-- and in your home-- order seeds of annuals, plants of perennials now-- and plant within 6 weeks.Read Article
PLANTS THAT BRIGHTEN THE SHADE
Shady spots in your garden need not be a problem. By "shady" we mean, of course, spots where sunlight is filtered --or where direct sun shines for only a short time, such as on the north side of your house in summer. Some varieties of foliage and flowering plants thrive in shade-- actually prefer it.Read Article
THESE ARE TODAY'S DUTCH MASTERPIECES!
Floral ambassador of good will, Dick Schuyt (top left) has delighted European audiences with his exuberant arrangements for twenty years. And recently, in a whirlwind trip through this country, he enthralled florist audiences with the unique style of his colorful compositions.Read Article
ALL YOU COULD WANT IN A SMALL LAUNDRY CLOSETRead Article
KITCHEN STORAGE--MORE THAN MEETS THE EYERead Article
WHAT'S NEW IN HOME SEWING?
All over the country, interest in home sewing is zooming. Modern know-how has made this once laborious task faster and easier than ever before. Visit an art needlework department or a notions counter soon. See work-saving innovations --from automatic needle threaders to knitting computers.Read Article
DO YOU PLAN TO TAKE YOUR DOG ON YOUR NEXT TRIP?
Although most veterinarians free that your pet is better off at home, more and more families are taking their dogs along ... they travel.Read Article
HOW TO ORDER PLANS FOR HOUSES AND PROJECTS
You can order a complete set of plans for the house shown in "Good things are happening to prefab houses," page 64. This set includes working drawings, a list of materials to help estimate what it will cost to build, an outline of specifications for workmanship and materials, and points for you to include in your builder-homeowner agreement. Just check the box on the coupon below for House Plan 3505-A and send $15.00 for the complete plan package.Read Article
YOUR OWN TOUCH ON SHEETS, PILLOWCASES, AND TOWELSRead Article
HOW TO LEAVE YOUR HOUSE WHEN YOU GO ON A LONG TRIP
Begin by notifying the police. Tell them when you're leaving and when you plan to return. Also let them know who is going to care for the house and grounds while you're away.Read Article
IS THIS ALL THE WORKSHOP YOU NEED?Read Article
WHAT MAKES A GOOD SMALL KITCHEN?Read Article
WHAT THAT MEAT INSPECTION STAMP REALLY MEANS
Little but mighty-- that's the U.S. Department of Agriculture inspection stamp you see on the meat and poultry you buy. It's your guarantee that meat and poultry, or foods that contain meat and poultry, have been inspected by USDA and are clean, wholesome, and accurately labeled as they leave the processing plant.Read Article
Yes! It may be a mouthful to say, especially when it's listed in a recipe along with simple "salt" and "pepper," but monosodium glutamate is also a basic ingredient in good cooking. And its usage goes back to ancient days.Read Article
MORE FROM YOUR MUMS
You can fill your garden with glorious color this fall if you take cuttings from your mums or divide them each spring. For compact, heavy-flowering plants, dig out the matted old clumps and replace with vigorous new growth. Start a few extra plants (a mature clump yields 20 or more new ones) of your favorites for gifts or to trade for varieties not in your collection.Read Article
HOW SHOULD YOU LIST YOUR HOME WHEN YOU SELL IT?
Exclusive listing wins you preferred attention, but with only one Realtor. Your contract with him assures that you won't make deals with other brokers or try to dodge the commission by selling the house yourself. Once he has that assurance, he'll concentrate effort-- and money-- into selling your home. If an outside broker has a buyer for your home, he must deal through your broker. This is common practice; there is generally an equitable split of the commission between brokers, but at no extra cost to you.Read Article
NEW WAYS TO MAKE A VACATION HAPPIER
BACK-SEAT TELEVISION! CORDLESS PHONOGRAPHS! GLOBE-TROTTING RADIOS! AND MUCH, MUCH MORE!Read Article
... much better sound from ... little transistor radio or ... recorder by plugging it ... a moderate-size external speaker. You can buy five- or six-inch speakers already built ... a beautiful little cabinets that will fit nicely in a bookcase on a table top.Read Article
VACATION HIGH SPOTS IN CANADA
Canada-- second largest nation in the world-- offers incredible vacation variety, and the red carpet of welcome is out for visitors all year long. This article describes some Canadian high lights, beginning on the Pacific Coast and including the Rockies, the wilderness lake country, the Thousand Islands, the fascinating cities of Montreal and Quebec, and the maritime province of Nova Scotia.Read Article
SHOPPING BY MAIL
Discover the ease of shopping by mail! Order with complete confidence. Each firm will refund your money if you're not thoroughly pleased.Read Article
THE MAN NEXT DOOR
In my college days, I harbored a secret ambition to someday become a Famous Man. With that fond hope long behind me, I'm consoled by Christine, who reminds me that no Famous Men ever had my opportunity to spend a balmy spring weekend hauling trash to the dump.Read Article