February 19, 2009
Posted: 12:12 PM ET
Note: The entire Duggar family (all 20 of them) will be on LKL tonight!! This is a LKL Blog Exclusive commentary by them:
Raising a family today can be very expensive. Given the fact that our family is five times the size of a family of four, we are constantly looking for creative ways to save money. Here are some tips we have learned along life's way to help trim household expenses.
1. Our family motto is "buy used and save the difference!" We shop at thrift stores, pawn shops, auctions and garage sales for items such as clothing, furniture, appliances and vehicles at wholesale prices. For example, we bought a 21 passenger shuttle bus for $2100 on a sealed bid auction and have used it for several years to transport the family. We have never bought a new vehicle.
2. We always negotiate to get the best buy on large ticket items or items we buy in large quantities. The key is to ask a decision maker (like a manager), since they have the authority to make the deals. We also try not to use credit, since cash buyers get a better price!
3. We buy food by the case at stores that don't have the frills, but offer the same quality at a lower price.
4. Our daughters have learned how to cut and style hair for family savings.
5. We make our own homemade baby wipes with the following recipe:
•Cut a whole roll of Bounty paper towels into thirds (we've found that Bounty is the only brand that works. Use an electric knife for best results).
•Place one of the halved rolls vertically into an empty and thoroughly cleaned one-gallon ice cream bucket. In a large measuring pitcher, mix two cups water, two tablespoons baby oil, and one tablespoon rubbing alcohol (some families also like to add a tablespoon of baby bath).
•Pour the liquid over the halved roll of paper towels in the ice cream bucket, and soak for 30 minutes. Remove the cardboard center. Feed the top corner of the paper towels through an X-shaped slit you've cut in the lid of the ice-cream bucket so you can pull out and tear off one "wipe" at a time.
Posted: 10:33 AM ET
NOTE: Ann Coulter will be our guest tonight on LKL! What do you want to ask her? Let us know!
By Ann Coulter
Being gracious winners, this week, liberals howled with delight at George Bush for coming in seventh-to-last in a historians' ranking of the presidents from best to worst.
This was pretty shocking. Most liberals can't even name seven U.S. presidents.
Being ranked one of the worst presidents by "historians" is like being called "anti-American" by the Nation magazine. And by "historian," I mean a former member of the Weather Underground, who is subsidized by the taxpayer to engage in left-wing political activism in a cushy university job.
So congratulations, George Bush! Whenever history professors rank you as one of the "worst" presidents, it's a good bet you were one of America's greatest.
Six months after America's all-time greatest president left office in 1989, historians ranked him as only a middling president. (I would rank George Washington as America's greatest president, but he only had to defeat what was then the world's greatest military power with a ragtag group of irregulars and some squirrel guns, whereas Ronald Reagan had to defeat liberals.)
Posted: 09:25 AM ET
Oscar nominee Mickey Rourke's beloved Chihuahua has died just days before the actor hopes to crown his own professional resurrection at Sunday's Academy Awards ceremony.
Loki, 18, who accompanied "The Wrestler" star to the Venice Film Festival in September, died on Monday night, Rourke's representative confirmed to E! news.
Rourke, 56, famously thanked his dogs - past and present - in an emotional speech at the Golden Globes in January when he won the best actor award for his comeback role in "The Wrestler" after years in the acting wilderness.
Filed under: Mickey Rouke
Posted: 08:10 AM ET
The California home where Nadya Suleman plans to raise her 14 children is at risk of foreclosure, CNN affiliate KTLA reported Wednesday.
Los Angeles County property records show a notice of mortgage default was filed Feb. 9 against the home of Suleman's mother, Angela Suleman, the station reported.
Angela Suleman is $23,225 behind in her mortgage payments and the three-bedroom house could be sold at an auction beginning May 5, documents say.
Suleman has said that she was raising her six children in her mother's home and planned to raise her newborn octuplets there.
Filed under: Octuplets
February 18, 2009
Posted: 06:05 PM ET
**Here's a profile, albeit, a couple of years old, of Stacey Honowitz who will be on Larry King Live tonight to discuss the latest in the Caylee Anthony case. We thought you'd enjoy getting to know a little bit more about her...
By Bob Norman
It was the mouth that struck a chord. Everything else about her, the rouge on her cheeks, the long brown hair, the dark-tanned skin, was common enough, especially in South Florida. But the mouth? That was special. Giant and audacious. Glorious and monstrous. A mere instrument, a maestro, a mauve-lipsticked Chopin that seemed to hold all the answers to all the questions in the universe. Just a glimpse of that glistening smacker told me I was in the presence of a star.
Stacey Honowitz, cable TV prosecutor.
You've seen her, whether you realize it or not. Honowitz has chatted it up on the small screen with everyone from Sean Hannity to Dr. Phil, from Geraldo Rivera to Bill O'Reilly. Lately she's been a regular on Larry King Live. Name a court case that has supposedly gripped America, and you can bet she's opined on it. Want to know about Michael Jackson or O.J. Simpson? Debra Lafave or Natalee Holloway? She'll tell you all about them, whether she really knows anything about the cases or not.
And that's what a real TV talker needs: the courage to plow ahead, no matter how thick the air gets with speculation and doubt. Honowitz is a doubt killer. She's second-in-command at the Broward State Attorney's Office sex crimes unit; it's what she does when she's outside the national limelight. She kills juries' doubt.
Filed under: Larry King Live
Posted: 05:14 PM ET
Today, Pres. Obama unveiled a $75-BILLION Home Foreclosure Plan. The president says it will help millions facing foreclosure or struggling to keep up with their mortgage payments, and help stabalize the housing market. Critics say it's not fair to ask those who are current on their mortgages to pay for those who are not. We want to know what YOU have to say! So, our QUESTION OF THE DAY is:
"Do You Agree with the President's $75 Billion Home Foreclosure Plan?"
CLICK HERE to comment and tune-in tonight to Larry's live show at 9 p.m., ET! We just may use your comments on the air!
Posted: 01:35 PM ET
From Producer Eleanor McManus:
My colleague Michael Watts and I are traveling back to DC from Little Rock today. We were at the Clinton Library where Larry interviewed President Clinton for the hour last night.
The interview coincided with the opening of the Peter Max exhibit at the Clinton Library. Peter even gave us a tour of his exhibit which we will put up on the website, so stay tuned!
It's an absolutely beautiful library with very modern architecture. There's a room inside that is a replica of the Oval Office in the White House. It even has pictures of Secretary Hillary Clinton and Chelsea during President Clinton's years at the White House. In fact we found out that when the President comes to Little Rock, he actually stays at the library. There is a private room upstairs for him. They even have a putting green on the roof, and some days visitors can see the President putting some balls!
Larry has interviewed President Clinton many times, but this time it was very special be able to do it at the Clinton Library. Also, this was the first time President Clinton was exactly on time for the interview! Usually when we tape an interview with the former President he's a bit tardy – he has even arrived up to an hour late. Larry was surprised how on-time he was...
The President flew into Little Rock incredibly early Tuesday morning. In fact his staff said that while they were trying to get some sleep on the plane, the President was up explaining the stimulus to his agents!
President Clinton was as gracious as ever. Before he sat down he shook everyone's hand in the room – from the cameramen to the producers on site. He was even the one who rounded up everyone at the end for a group picture!
Larry interviewed him for the full hour, but there was still plenty left to discuss. President Clinton could have talked for hours. He lights up when he talks about his foundation (Clinton Global Initiative) and all the work they do. Something tells me we are going to hear a lot more from President Clinton soon.
Posted: 12:34 PM ET
Posted: 11:14 AM ET
Note: We'll be covering this tonight on LKL!!
President Barack Obama’s plan to confront the housing crisis is even more ambitious than first expected — committing $75 billion in an effort to keep as many as 9 million Americans from losing their homes, the White House said Wednesday morning.
Obama, who unveils the plan later in Pheonix, is targeting the help to two groups — homeowners who own more on their mortgages than their homes are worth, and others who are right on the cusp of foreclosure.
One key to Obama’s plan: giving incentives to lenders to restructure mortgages so that homeowners who are trying to keep up can meet new, lower payments. His plan will use federal dollars for the first time to help lenders make new arrangements designed to prevent people from losing their homes.
Posted: 10:35 AM ET
Investigators examining last week's Continental Connection plane crash have gathered evidence that pilot commands - not a buildup of ice on the wings and tail - likely initiated the fatal dive of the twin-engine Bombardier Q400 into a neighborhood six miles short of the Buffalo, N.Y., airport, according to people familiar with the situation.
The commuter plane slowed to an unsafe speed as it approached the airport, causing an automatic stall warning, these people said. The pilot pulled back sharply on the plane's controls and added power instead of following the proper procedure of pushing forward to lower the plane's nose to regain speed, they said. He held the controls there, locking the airplane into a deadly stall, they added.
The crash on Feb. 12 at about 10:20 p.m. EST killed all 49 aboard and one person on the ground.
Filed under: Larry King Live
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