3 Easy Ways to Save Money Dining Out

Freda A. Nix

Going out to eat is fun, and is a real treat, but many times the cost is much more than what you could make the same meal for at home. True, you have someone else to do the preparation and the emenu restaurant dishes, but the tradeoff is money, sometimes lots of it. I understand that restaurants are in the business to make money, they have costs, etc., but when you need to watch your outflow of money, here are some things to keep in mind.

Just by rough calculation, a dinner of grilled fish, rice and steamed vegetables that costs you $14.95 at a restaurant can be made at home for about one-third to one-fourth the price. That means that same grilled fish dinner costs you about $2-$3 at home. Multiply that price by the number of people at your table, and you will see that the savings add … Read More

Delve into Fort Worth’s 4 top antique stores

Freda A. Nix
<p>Photo: JunkerVals Antiques & Vintage/<span>Yelp</span></p>

Photo: JunkerVals Antiques & Vintage/Yelp

Shopping for antiques?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the most noteworthy antique destinations in Fort Worth, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of where to venture next time you’re in the market for vintage goods.

Fort Worth-area shoppers tend to spend more in March at retail and wholesale businesses than most other months of the year, according to data on local business transactions from Womply, a software provider that helps small businesses get more reviews. Daily spending at Fort Worth-area retail and wholesale businesses rose to $1,115 per business in March of last year, second only to December with an average of $1,239, and 6% higher than the average for the rest of the year.

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Home Edition’ Designer Critiques Late-Night Hosts’ Decor

Freda A. Nix

The “stay-at-home” orders enacted across the U.S. in recent weeks to slow the spread of the coronavirus have taken away Americans’ abilities to do many things. But one new pastime they’ve given us is analyzing the home decor of late-night hosts now broadcasting their shows from their respective homes.

TheWrap had HGTV “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” designer Breegan Jane critique the broadcasted homes of Stephen Colbert, James Corden, Trevor Noah, Jimmy Fallon, Seth Meyers, Jimmy Kimmel and Conan O’Brien. She was impressed by a few — and not so much by others. Jane preferred the spaces that have clearly been “dressed” for TV.

“It’s OK to set the stage a little bit,” she said. “I like the ‘A’ for effort.”

Also Read: Alec Baldwin Asks Which ‘Tonight Show: At Home Edition’ Guest Has Been ‘Most at Their Wits’ End’ (Video)

Stephen Colbert
Office: “There’s this beautiful warm wood credenza that’s

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The Best Coffee Tables for a Chic & Functional Living Room

Freda A. Nix

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Today’s families really live in every space of their homes, and every piece of furniture must be a functional item that does more than just look good. One prime example: The humble, hardworking coffee table. Usually placed prominently in a family room (yep, we’re talking smack dab in front of the couch), the coffee table is often the spot where kids do homework, families play board games and do jigsaw puzzles, and parents serve up popcorn and snacks for family movie night. In other words, a coffee table has got to be durable enough to handle everything from to food to propped-up feet, but attractive enough to earn its spot as the focal point in the room where your family collectively spends the most time — and where you’re likely also entertaining guests, friends and your in-laws.

If your current model could

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