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  • 22 million strong: 4 ways to make VA loans work for you

    If you’re a veteran, active military member or reservist, you’ve likely heard about all the benefits offered with VA home loans. Since 1944, some 22 million vets have taken advantage of the powerful U.S. program enabling affordable low-interest mortgages that require no down payments, no mortgage...

  • Women in agriculture are challenging stereotypes

    Women in agriculture are challenging stereotypes

    About a third of the nation’s farmers are women, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. And most of these women are working family farms, since 99 percent of all American farms are family-owned and operated. Just under 1 million women farmers contribute $12.9 billion to the nation’s economy...

  • 5 tips to savor, not splurge during the holidays

    5 tips to savor, not splurge during the holidays

    What do we say about the holiday season? It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Amidst the wonder of the season that includes plenty of shopping and celebrating, spending can get out of control. Before we know it, bills come due and suddenly things really aren’t so wonderful anymore. So this...

  • Inspired last-minute gifts for everyone on your list

    Inspired last-minute gifts for everyone on your list

    The holiday season is a time of year when you want to show how much you care with your generosity and thoughtfulness. But as expected, searching for holiday gifts can bring the longest shopping sprees (and lines) of the year. Not only do you have to find the right gift for the right person, you...

  • Avoid a #HolidayFail this Season (Infographic)

    Tired of burning holiday cookies? Working in the kitchen while your guests enjoy the party? The holidays are here and so are common mishaps. With tips from Cook Beautiful author Athena Calderone and interior designer Nate Berkus, have a #HolidayFail Proof season!

  • 'Tis the season: Holiday gifting and budgeting strategies (Infographic)

    The Coinstar Holiday Survey, conducted among 2,000 U.S. adults, reports that the majority (65 percent) will set a budget this holiday season. The holiday infographic showcases results including budgeting and shopping strategies, creative gift giving, the “Scrooge” effect as well as ways to recover...

  • When to introduce tech to children

    When to introduce tech to children

    If you're a parent with a smartphone or tablet, it didn’t take long before your little one first reached for your shiny device. If only their fingers weren't covered in slobber at the time, you may have been more willing to hand it over. The good news is that saliva is easy to wipe off! S’mores?...

  • Growing need for ag expertise: Not all high-paid careers are on the farm

    Growing need for ag expertise: Not all high-paid careers are on the farm

    (BPT) – As the farming industry faces growing consolidation in the U.S., one might get the impression fewer jobs are now available in agriculture. In fact, just the opposite is true. Today, one in three people worldwide — more than a billion employees — work in an ag-related industry. Industry growth...

  • 5 simple steps to make your own gourmet gift basket for less

    5 simple steps to make your own gourmet gift basket for less

    Birthday, anniversary, holiday or "just because" — gift baskets are the perfect way to show you care. Filled with gourmet goodies, they are customizable delights no matter the person's age or personality. This great gift idea does have one downfall: They can be expensive. Fortunately, it's simple...

  • It's a Good Day for Quality (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. There’s no place like home, especially when it comes to manufacturing the products that keep you comfortable. That’s why YORK(R) is eager to introduce homeowners to the people behind the residential heating and cooling systems that are designed,...

  • The Organic Label is the Gold Standard (Infographic)

    A new USDA study affirms that the organic label is the most comprehensive, most transparent and most tightly regulated food certification in the world, and points to the flaws in single label claims causing consumer confusion. With the proliferation of label claims over the past three decades,...

  • Reducing carbon emissions in California starts with simple changes

    Reducing carbon emissions in California starts with simple changes

    California has a goal. Some might call it an ambitious goal, but for Californians committed to energy efficiency and reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, there is another word to describe it: attainable. The Golden State has long been recognized as a leader in environmental protection, and now...

  • 6 home cleaning tips for pet owners

    6 home cleaning tips for pet owners

    Having a pet may seem like the beginning of a never-ending mess, but the key to living with furry friends is preparation. Whether combating odor, keeping surfaces free of dirt and fur or removing pesky stains, taking preventative measures and using the right products can turn any mess into a simple...

  • Gaming Tips & Tricks For Getting the Edge (Infographic)

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  • 5 tips to get in front of the pet hair in your home

    5 tips to get in front of the pet hair in your home

    From their loyal ways to their silly antics, pets bring so much joy to homes. While you wouldn’t trade any of the cuddles and welcome-home slobbers, one thing most pet owners don’t find quite as lovable is all the pet hair! When you live with a furry friend, it’s inevitable that there will be pet...

  • Devices to help get the most out of your smart assistant

    This holiday season, approximately 12 million Americans plan to purchase voice assistants as gifts, according to research from the Consumer Technology Association. People see the value these products offer, and everyone needs their own personal assistant, right? However, what many shoppers may not...

  • 5 tips for working adults returning to college

    5 tips for working adults returning to college

    Most working professionals want to advance their skills, land that promotion and get a raise. However, some 36 million adults face a significant barrier to achieving their goals and aspirations: They still need to complete a significant amount of coursework in order to earn a college degree. While...

  • Save energy and money this holiday season

    Save energy and money this holiday season

    The holidays are a wonderful time of year to gather and celebrate with family and friends. This time of year is also when expenses can soar, especially your utility bills. Thankfully, Chip Wade, HGTV(R) expert, has some advice on how you can save energy, and, ultimately, money, this holiday season:...

  • 5 ways digital natives are giving our lives a mobile makeover

    Their heads may be buried in their smartphones, but don’t be fooled; the youngest generation is changing the world as we know it, one emoji at a time. According to recent findings from the Bank of America Trends in Consumer Mobility Report, Generation Z — the youngest generation — and millennials...

  • What is the home energy rating system (HERS)? (Infographic)

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  • 5 ways to get in the howl-iday spirit with your dog

    5 ways to get in the howl-iday spirit with your dog

    ‘Tis the season to get ready for the holidays! This time of year is known for spending quality time with loved ones, so don’t forget to include your furriest family members in all of the festivities. Whether you’re decorating for the season or celebrating with some of your favorite traditions,...

  • Thoughtful Gifts For Colleagues: 4 Easy Steps to Create Delight

    Thoughtful Gifts For Colleagues: 4 Easy Steps to Create Delight

    It’s that time of year when employees are seeking meaningful and appropriate holiday gifts for their coworkers and clients. While the process should be fun, because such gifts can inadvertently send unspoken messages to their recipients, making the right choice at the right time can be surprisingly...

  • 3 essential tips for traveling with a pet during the holidays

    3 essential tips for traveling with a pet during the holidays

    The holidays mean different things to different people. Every family seems to have its own set of traditions, but one thing seems to be common among Americans during this time of year, and that’s traveling. Like Santa Claus making that long journey from the North Pole, it’s estimated that more than...

  • Buckle up for the new passenger economy

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. A hundred years ago, few thought that the clunky automobile that broke down so often would ever replace a horse. In the 1970s, people wondered if the personal computer that a few eccentrics were using would have any use beyond storing recipes....

  • 4 great gifts for your green-living friend

    4 great gifts for your green-living friend

    Here’s a stat for you: More than 145 million Americans report being alarmed or concerned about climate change, according to the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Yes, over 145 million. That’s more than a third of the nation’s total population. Are you one of them? Whether you are...

  • Beyond the diploma: Helping teens forge their futures

    What’s the key to optimism? From a career standpoint, it’s having a vision where you see yourself climbing and thriving, and you know there will be a place in the world for your skills and knowledge. Unfortunately, there are many teens and young people who have a much bleaker vision of their futures....

  • 5 hacks to save time and money during the holidays

    The holidays are a wonderful time of year to spend with family and friends, and to reconnect with those you may not often see. However, the festive season can also be a busy and expensive time. By January, many are left feeling exhausted physically, emotionally and financially. But don’t let the...

  • The New Year's resolution you can keep: A more eco-friendly home

    Nearly 42 percent of all New Year’s resolutions are broken by February, according to Statisticbrain. It’s easy to understand why — resolutions are difficult to keep all year long. Instead of risking disappointment in 2018, why not make a resolution that takes short-term effort but yields long-term...

  • Hurricanes harm birds, too: What you can do to help your backyard birds

    Americans in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico suffered through devastating hurricanes this year, and they weren’t alone in their desolation — Hurricanes Irma, Harvey and Maria also caused unparalleled upheaval for wildlife, including bird populations. Many nature experts are worried about the long-term...

  • 10 tips to find the best smartphone for you

    There are so many choices when shopping for a smartphone these days, and the differences can be very subtle. Here are some of the key things you’ll want to look at to make sure you find the one that works best for your needs. Operating System (OS): There are two different operating systems to choose...

  • 3 things you should know about BPA this holiday season (Infographic)

    Before you make your holiday preparations, here are three facts you may not know about bisphenol-A (BPA), a common chemical used in many of the popular products we use during the holiday season.

  • 'Tis the season to give

    It’s that time of year again! Lights are being strung, mistletoe is being hung and your favorite holiday jingle can likely be found on nearly every radio station. The holiday season has officially arrived and — between spending time with friends and families and taking time to give back — this...

  • Shortage of truck diesel technicians and truck drivers is countrywide

    As the transportation industry continues to grow and baby boomers continue to retire, the need for trained diesel mechanics and truck drivers has never been greater. Job openings span the U.S., and many sit open while businesses feel the stress of a massive talent shortage. For people seeking job...

  • Cats savor more than just flavor

    Because cats become so ingrained in people’s lives, it’s often easy to forget they are animals with specific needs that could be outside of what owners may think is best. According to research from Mintel, cat owners consider taste as the most important factor when buying food for their cats, but...

  • 5 tips for entrepreneurs to keep customers engaged

    Entrepreneurs, it’s time to stop and give yourself a pat on the back. Small business owners know it’s a life that can be high stress and sometimes even uncertain. But here’s one encouraging fact: Small businesses are doing a lot to keep Americans employed and the economy humming. According to the...

  • A cup of tea can be the best solution for everyday wellness

    Before medicine and pharmaceuticals filled our remedy box, food and food ingredients were considered healing agents. Hippocrates was wise in his understanding of the special powers of food, beyond satisfying our appetites: “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” There are many cultures...

  • FICO Score: Why it matters and what you can do to change it

    For anyone who has tried to borrow money to purchase a car, buy a home or open a revolving line of credit, you may be familiar with the term FICO Score. The vast majority of lenders use this scoring model, which essentially determines a person’s creditworthiness. "The FICO Score may seem like a...

  • Top 5 features millennials look for in a home

    For generations, homeownership has been part of the American dream. For most Americans, it’s the largest, most significant investment they’ll make, and because homeownership is the best way to grow their wealth, the most important investment as well. As the youngest generation of new homeowners,...

  • Confessions of a Serious Watcher (Infographic)

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  • Yule tools: 5 tips for dodging a holiday credit hangover

    All the glitz, glamour, gatherings and good tidings over the holidays can easily make you forget your disposable income has limits. Who wants to think about overspending when the jingle bells are rocking, the mistletoe is beckoning, peace and goodwill to men abound and the gifts are flowing like...

  • Stress-busting speed-cleaning tips for the holidays

    It’s no secret the holiday season can be one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year. What is one of the biggest sources of stress? It’s cleaning on a deadline, especially while guests are on their way. But with the right plan in place, even last-minute pre-entertainment cleaning can...

  • In the spirit of holiday giving, national food donation partnership feeds needy, not landfills

    With the holiday season upon us, Americans are gathering for traditional celebrations and family meals. Even after leftovers have been devoured for days, the amount of uneaten food and overall food waste is overwhelming. According to the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), during the 2016...

  • 5 tips for scoring the best Black Friday electronics

    If you’re already looking forward to scouting out the best Black Friday deals, you’re clearly far from alone. Each year, many Americans look forward to the thrill of the hunt when it comes to securing the best bargains retailers can offer. That’s especially true when it comes to the newest, most...

  • Debunking the Myths Behind the Real vs. Artificial Christmas Tree Debate (Infographic)

    Here comes Santa Claus … and a sleigh full of confusion about Christmas trees. Popular myths are that real trees are bad for the environment, artificial trees make smarter financial sense and real trees are a hassle, but read on for the truth and visit Facebook.com/ItsChristmasKeepItReal to learn...

  • 5 ways the '90s are back and bigger than ever

    - The '90s were the years of dial-up internet connections and transparent phones, grunge music and boy bands, Biggie and Tupac, overalls and high-top sneakers, guys with frosted hair and girls with “The Rachel” cut. We could go on and on — and whether you raised your own virtual pet or wish you were...

  • The perfect gift for animal lovers: Becoming a wildlife hero

    As people come together to celebrate the holidays and share their hopes for the future, the environment often comes up in conversation. Threats to animals and the planet have never been greater; more than 25 percent of the world’s mammals — such as elephants, polar bears and lemurs — are at risk...

  • Smarten up your holiday wish list with these must-have gadgets

    With the hectic pace of today's busy lifestyles, is it really all that surprising that people everywhere are craving new smart technologies? After all, life basically demands that you save time and money wherever you can, and smart technologies utilized in your home deliver both. It's easy, right?...

  • How to avoid cold weather woes

    As sweater season knocks on the door, it’s time to prepare for the brisk temperatures ahead. This winter, keep your home, health and well-being top of mind with these simple tips to avoid cold weather woes. Winterize your porch Install plexiglass panels to keep the cold weather out, allowing you...

  • 10 tips for entrepreneurial success from women, for women

    More women than ever are entrepreneurs. However, while women continue to make strides in business ownership, the path to success is still significantly more difficult for women than men. A recent study reports that female entrepreneurs receive only about 2 percent of all funding, despite owning...

  • 4 questions to ask your financial advisor right away

    Let’s face it: Finances can be complicated. Whether opening a new investment account, saving for your child’s college fund or rolling over a 401(k), sometimes you need professional financial help. But who to turn to? A financial advisor can be a great resource for professional guidance so that you’re...

  • Winterize your home now for comfort all throughout winter

    While temperatures across the country are still mild, major snow fall in some parts of the country has given some Americans a bitter taste of what to expect this winter. Depending on where you live, winter may mean cooler, rainy days or lake-effect snow with four feet of the white stuff at your...

  • Celebrate fall with healthy new routines for you and your dog

    The fall season, with its crisp, cool air and beautiful foliage, is the perfect time to create a fresh start and establish healthy new routines for both you and your dog. To help you make this fall your happiest and healthiest season, Beneful has tapped Dr. Kurt Venator, chief veterinary officer...

  • Time-saving tricks that save hours each week

    When you look at your to-do list, does it seem a mile long? From running errands, returning emails and making hurried trips to the ATM, modern life has never been busier for Americans. You can reclaim your day by using a few simple time-saving methods. By simplifying common tasks, you can open up...

  • Small businesses have struggled to find funding: Not anymore

    In business, dreams are easy. Finding the money to make them happen, however, can be difficult. Even established, successful businesses can get turned away for loans at banks. This was the case for Sole Bicycles, a popular maker of stylish, high-performance bikes based in Venice Beach, California....

  • 5 ways gift cards can come to your rescue this holiday season

    We all have hard-to-buy-for people on our shopping list — from a friend who has everything, to long-distance relatives and those who seem tough to please. So, what’s the best gift to get them this holiday season? For the 11th consecutive year, the National Retail Federation has named gift cards...

  • The benefits of interactive technology for your child and you

    Interacting with your children is one of the best parts of being a parent and it’s no surprise that many people report looking for toys this holiday season that incorporate interactive technology. Are you one of them? If you are, then you know you’re looking for the kind of technology that involves...

  • 4 tips to make the most of basketball season

    The basketball season has tipped off! While this is an exciting time for fans everywhere, the non-stop action can be a lot for even league experts to follow, and it can be tough to know where to look for the content you want. Unexpected trades, free agency pickups or other player news can break...

  • Winter is coming: 3 reasons why you need to install winter tires

    Winter brings unpredictable and dangerous road conditions, yet changing out all-season tires for winter tires isn't high on our priority list. No matter the type of vehicle you drive, tires are the only connection between a vehicle and the road. Improper tires put drivers at a higher risk of mishandling,...

  • Lose yourself in one of the 10 best books of the year

    When you open the covers of a book, you enter another world — a world of thought and experience. If the narrative engages your mind and emotions, making the time fly, reading a great book can change you and your outlook on the world, even if just a little. If you’re looking to add more of these...

  • 3 reasons to consider a group legal plan

    Being a parent is a balancing act. You are constantly being pulled in different directions and it can be challenging to manage all the things you need to get done. Your company’s open enrollment period is a chance to take stock of benefits that can help you manage some of the issues you face. One...

  • 5 Tips for Teaching Kids to Embrace Risk Taking

    Every child learns best when they have the courage to explore, to ask, “what if…?” and to take small risks. By creating and testing their ideas without fear, by constantly remaking and remodeling, they are paving the way for a breakthrough moment. It is important for parents and teachers to embrace...

  • Savvy season's greetings: 5 steps toward smart holiday spending

    If you’re already thinking practically about funding your gift giving and other expenses this holiday season, you’re not alone. Sixty-five percent of U.S. adults say they’re establishing budgets in preparation, according to a recent Coinstar survey. That said, the majority own up to overspending...

  • Focus on fun: 5 easy tips for a relaxed Thanksgiving

    While Thanksgiving is supposed to be a heartwarming time for appreciating family and friends, it’s no secret the traditionally food-filled holiday can be less than relaxing for those making the preparations. In fact, studies show 71 percent of Americans feel stressed rather than overjoyed at some...

  • 5 ways businesses can collaborate with the education sector to close the skills gap

    With U.S. graduation rates being at an all-time high, one might expect employers to have a wealth of qualified candidates to hire. Instead, many employers are finding that these recent graduates are unprepared to succeed in the workforce. While many are graduating with technical skills, their “soft...

  • How do you know if a school is right for your child?

    Public, private, charter, virtual and more — deciding what school is best for your children can feel overwhelming. You want them to have an education that prepares them for a challenging world while fitting their unique learning styles. How do you know the best option to ensure they thrive? "The...

  • Step-by-step game plan to save the most on Black Friday

    Pretty much every American knows that Black Friday and Cyber Monday are big days for sales. But for many, Black Friday is more than just a chance to save big; it’s a tradition in its own right. And this isn’t a trend that’s going away anytime soon. In fact, the age group that is into Black Friday...

  • Restore your own collagen and elastin for younger-looking skin

    Did you ever look in the mirror and the face reflecting back at you doesn’t match how you think you look? As collagen and elastin break down, the skin becomes less resilient and reveals telltale signs of time. A lowered eyebrow line, loose skin on the neck, sagging under the chin and lines or wrinkles...

  • Care and Control of Pet Diabetes: Spike the Dog's Point of View (with Help from His Friend Sugar the Cat)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Hi, I’m Spike, and recently, something scary happened to me. I started to be thirsty all the time and kept begging to go outside to use the bathroom. I even had a couple of “accidents” in the house. I also felt really tired — so tired that...

  • Tips to help your pet have a happy and healthy holiday

    The holidays are upon us, and so is the chillier weather. As you bundle up and get cozy with your cocoa, Dr. Jeff Werber, Emmy award-winning celebrity veterinarian, has some tips and tricks on how to ensure your pet has a healthy and happy holiday season. Baby, it’s cold outside: Keeping warm is...

  • Real vs artificial? Some facts to counter 3 Christmas tree myths

    Here comes Santa Claus … and a sleigh full of confusion about Christmas trees. Better to buy real or better to buy artificial? Popular myths are that real trees are bad for the environment, artificial trees make more financial sense and real trees are just a hassle, but read on for some facts that...

  • Insulation can help protect homes from flooding

    Hurricane season is in full swing, and thousands of homeowners across the southern U.S. and Puerto Rico have been hit by mammoth hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. The cost of damages that occur in hurricanes or intense tropical storms making landfall in the U.S. each year numbers in the billions....

  • Freelancers: Are you grabbing the best possible tax relief?

    If you earn all or part of your income these days from freelance or contract work, you’re far from alone. A CNN report this year estimates some 34 percent of the U.S. workforce is now part of the so-called gig economy, a segment expected to reach 43 percent — representing some 7.7 million workers...

  • Follow the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree on its way to D.C. (Infographic)

    When Santa was looking for a sleigh worthy of hauling one of his most special Christmas trees, years of being on his “Nice List” paid off for Whitewood Transport of Billings, Montana. The company was selected to transport the 2017 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree due to its excellent reputation in Montana’s...

  • Changing careers and learning the law: Stories of pursuing passions and personal transformation

    A professional could have many reasons to choose to make the switch into law later in their career — a personal passion, a current skill set that can transfer to a legal position, or simply a new way to earn a living and provide for family. Whatever the reason, making a major life change can seem...

  • The savvy homeowner's 5-point outdoor winterization checklist

    As temperatures drop, you're reminded that Old Man Winter will soon rear his ugly head. Before the first flurries fly, it's important to take some winterization steps to ensure your home is ready for whatever the season brings. This five-point checklist will help safeguard your home against winter's...

  • What to expect if your child needs ear tube surgery

    Ear tube surgery is one of the most common pediatric procedures in the United States, with more than half a million surgeries performed each year. In fact, by age 3, approximately 1 in 15 children will have had ear tubes. Dr. Robert Bridge, Chief of Otolaryngology at HonorHealth in Phoenix, Arizona,...

  • Must-read tips for parents with busy kids

    Whoever said "kids are lazy these days" clearly doesn’t have kids. As countless parents will attest, it seems like kids have fuller schedules than ever before. In addition to learning the fundamentals of algebra, reading and geography, most have a busy after-school schedule as well. By the time...

  • 5 tips for harnessing your November facial hair

    November is widely recognized as the month when men join in facial-haired camaraderie — all in an effort to raise awareness and funds to promote men’s health initiatives. Men’s grooming leader Wahl encourages guys to sport their scruff all year long, but for those who are growing for a cause the...

  • 5 steps to making annual enrollment the most wonderful time of the year

    It’s that time of year again. But before you plan your Thanksgiving menu or check off your gift list, it’s time to think about employee benefits. VSP Vision Care surveyed employees about their attitudes around that special time of year when they must choose a benefits package and found that annual...

  • Veterans Day: More than just a day

    Each of us, as citizens of the United States of America, wake up each day and go about our lives and schedules. Not one person here is the same, and none of us live the same life as the person next to us. What each and every one of us do share are our fundamental rights and freedoms. Not only that,...

  • How you and your behavior affect your car insurance rates

    The average American driver pays more than $1,300 per year for car insurance, but some pay a third of that average while others pay nearly 30 times that amount, according to research by The Zebra, an auto insurance search engine. High prices, wide disparity in rates and a number of misunderstandings...

  • 5 auto insurance myths you've been wrong about all along

    Most drivers “know” for certain just two things about car insurance: they’re required by law to have it, and it’s expensive. Beyond that, there’s a lot of confusion and a lot of misconceptions, according to a recent survey by The Zebra, an online auto insurance search engine that recently introduced...

  • Creative arts help veterans reclaim their voice

    For Angela Walker, music was her first love, her passion and her whole identity. "Once a singer, always a singer," she often says. That was true even after she joined the U.S. Navy in 1985. But what happened next forever changed Walker's perspective on what it means to have a voice. When she was...

  • 5 myths keeping millennials in their parents' basements

    Millennials are often called “perennial renters,” yet studies show they are not only planning to own a home one day, but they expect to own multiple throughout their lifetimes. Many people incorrectly assume these “boomerang kids” are moving home due to laziness when they’re actually doing it to...

  • Arts and crafts go online

    While it is hard for some to imagine a day without social media, smartphones and Wi-Fi, these were not available a mere 20 years ago. Technology has revolutionized the way we order food, purchase clothes and read books. “Technology used to be considered a separate entity from arts and crafts,” said...

  • 10 tips to keep infants safe

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. October is Safe Sleep Awareness Month and the U.S. continues to have a higher infant mortality rate than any of the other 27 wealthy countries, according to a report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The World Health...

  • Don't get hacked! Time to get serious about password safety

    We all know hiding your house key under the doormat is a terrible idea, but we do it anyway because it’s a convenient backup. When it comes to safeguarding passwords, especially in a family setting, people often choose convenience over safety. As families manage their digital information and online...

  • Fall for smart energy habits: Tips to save as the weather cools

    The turn of seasons in California is a smart time to reflect on how to be more environmentally conscious by saving energy. The most efficient way to make the biggest individual impact is to do your thing and save energy at home. “During the fall and winter months, Californians’ energy habits change....

  • 5 myths about solar panels, debunked

    Home solar panels can drastically cut or even eliminate electricity bills, reduce a home’s carbon footprint, increase resale value, and may even help a home sell faster. The cost of rooftop solar systems has fallen dramatically in recent years, and most homeowners have the option of buying the system,...

  • Shedding new light: 8 surprising facts that will have you rethinking your lighting

    You step into a dark room, turn on the light switch and go about your day without giving it another thought. But here's the thing — you should. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the average American home has approximately 50 light sockets, and most of those still contain inefficient...

  • 7 job titles that didn't exist before millennials

    Advertising and marketing agency job titles used to be a lot more concise and straightforward. A marketing assistant was someone who had a supporting role on marketing projects. Didn't matter what type of project it was. If the marketing director needed help, the assistant got pulled in. Today,...

  • Friends and money don't mix: Money cited as a key cause of stress in friendship (Infographic)

    Many consumers admit they would rather talk to their friends about nearly anything — including their love life or family drama — than money. People would rather trip and fall in public than ask a friend to pay them back. One solution? Forty-one percent of millennials say that sending money via...

  • Celebrating Total Boss Moms on National Boss's Day and Beyond (Infographic)

    Oct. 16 is National Boss's Day. A time to celebrate all the bosses out there — and for many, the ultimate boss with some of the most stressful, round-the-clock responsibilities is mom. In addition to managing the day-to-day chaos, making difficult choices to prioritize between family and work duties...

  • Paving the way to college: 4 things parents need to know

    Senior year: It's a time to finish college applications, solidify friendships and look forward to the freedom and the responsibility that come once that final bell rings. A lot of feelings surface during that final year, especially for parents. While your son or daughter might be overjoyed to finally...

  • 5 strategies to embrace a green lifestyle

    Going green: It’s more than an idea — it’s a fundamental change you make to support the environment and reduce your carbon footprint. In making this change, you probably started with the small stuff. You turn the lights off when you’re not in the room, unplug devices that aren’t in use and adjust...

  • Five tips for staying on budget and keeping the holidays jolly

    If you’re one of those savvy consumers already strategizing how to best fund gifts and other expenses this holiday season, you’re not alone. Sixty-five percent of U.S. adults who give holiday presents establish a budget for these purchases, according to a recent Coinstar survey. Yet 85 percent...

  • Don't let stress dull the holiday sparkle

    For many, the pressure of the holiday season can be enough to wear away the glitter and magic. Some 62 percent of American adults define their stress as “very or somewhat” elevated over the holidays, says research cited by Harvard Medical School's Department of Neurobiology. But that old chestnut...

  • A smart thermostat is a smart choice (Infographic)

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  • 'Tis the season: Holiday budgeting and gifting strategies (Infographic)

    The Coinstar Holiday Survey, conducted among 2,000 U.S. adults, reports that the majority (65 percent) will set a budget this holiday season. The holiday infographic showcases results including budgeting and shopping strategies, creative gift giving, the “Scrooge” effect as well as ways to recover...

  • Easy winter weatherproofing: Keep the chill out as temperatures drop

    Households heating with natural gas, which is almost half of U.S. homes, are expected to spend an average of $635 on heating this winter — 22 percent more than last winter, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration — but some easy seasonal maintenance tips can make a big difference....

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