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  • Having tax regrets? Here are 5 ways to pay less and save more on your taxes

    Having tax regrets? Here are 5 ways to pay less and save more on your taxes

    Most of us know the feeling: Tax season can be a frustrating and stressful time. You have to gather lots of documents, remember all the changes in your life over the past year that might affect your return, and file the required paperwork before tax day rolls around. And while you do all of that,...

  • Healthcare hints: 5 savings tips for budget-conscious consumers

    Healthcare hints: 5 savings tips for budget-conscious consumers

    As Americans work hard to meet all the obligations that come with work, family and everyday life, many are challenged to find time to manage all the financial elements affecting their healthcare. If you're among them you're far from alone, since the multiple details associated with healthcare insurance...

  • 5 tips to create a personalized shed

    5 tips to create a personalized shed

    The backyard. It’s your oasis. Your happy place. Your second living room. It’s the place to go not only for “me” time — but quality time with friends and family. This National Barbecue Month, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association wants to help you make your backyard the best backyard it can...

  • 5 ways smart cities provide a healthier, safer, richer life for residents

    5 ways smart cities provide a healthier, safer, richer life for residents

    It’s exciting to live in a time when technology is making everything smarter. Smartphones, smart homes, smart cars and now the talk is all about smart cities. Advances in automation and artificial intelligence (AI) are not only mind-boggling innovations, but contribute to greener urban environments,...

  • 3 ways to make your home more eco-friendly with smart home technology

    3 ways to make your home more eco-friendly with smart home technology

    More and more Americans are shifting to a greener lifestyle, and if you’re one of them, you're always looking for ways to reduce your impact on the environment. Cutting your energy usage is a big part of that, and the benefits of doing so are twofold: First, of course, is being more environmentally...

  • Simple ways to save on your pet's medical costs

    Simple ways to save on your pet's medical costs

    Pet parents know that there's nothing like the love of furry family members. Keeping your pets healthy is a priority because you want them to live as long as possible. However, health care costs for pets are expensive, and if you are dealing with additional expenses such as prescriptions for chronic...

  • 5 ways everyone can fight climate change

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. What can I do to combat climate change? Concerned with their impact on the environment and wanting to do something to reduce their personal carbon footprint, many people find themselves asking this question. What habits can I curb, where can...

  • 5 Tips for Today's Freelance Entrepreneur

    5 Tips for Today's Freelance Entrepreneur

    From millennials who have been grinding away in the workplace for a few years to Gen Xers looking to move out of their cube, many have been intrigued by the possibility of freelancing. It means the freedom to set your own hours, to work closely with clients, to be your own boss and have greater...

  • Now that the taxes are filed, give your small business a checkup

    Now that the taxes are filed, give your small business a checkup

    A challenge for any entrepreneur is getting access to capital. If you’re like many, you’re constantly looking for ways to reduce expenses and free up cash flow so you can be ready for anything, whether it’s a slow season or an opportunity to expand. When tax season rolls around, you’re already...

  • Taking Green to the Grave

    As Americans become increasingly dedicated to reducing their carbon footprint, people are exploring ways to be green in life, as well as after death. Last year, the National Funeral Directors Association (NFDA) reported in its Consumer Preferences and Awareness Study that more than 50 percent of...

  • Hard water proves hard on your wallet

    Hard water proves hard on your wallet

    Hard water, which contains high levels of calcium and magnesium, can be found in nearly 90 percent of American homes. These minerals cause scaling, a buildup that clogs waterlines and plumbing forcing appliances to work harder and operate less efficiently. The scale may also harbor bacteria. The...

  • Biodiesel is making a difference

    Biodiesel is making a difference

    Soybean farmers in Minnesota have been at the forefront of developing a homegrown renewable fuel that has resulted in a dramatic improvement of the air quality in the state. Biodiesel has become an important part of the energy landscape in Minnesota and across the country. In just over 15 years,...

  • 4 tips for festive flourishing flowers, vibrant plants and hardy herbs

    4 tips for festive flourishing flowers, vibrant plants and hardy herbs

    Spring is in full bloom, but are your plants keeping pace? If the answer is anything but a resounding yes, don’t worry. There’s still plenty of time to get into the spirit of the season and grow your most beautiful bed of flowers. “There’s nothing like the start of the season,” says Emily Murphy...

  • Retailers find purpose and share it with customers

    Retailers find purpose and share it with customers

    Ninety-six percent of Americans are now shopping online, according to a recent study from CPC Strategy. Building meaningful connections with local communities is one way to captivate today's consumer, says Etienne Veber, president of Field Trip Factory, a firm that helps design, schedule and promote...

  • Time to Vaccinate: Addressing barriers to vaccination

    Time to Vaccinate provides farmers with information and shared experiences about vaccination as a preventive tool. Learn more at www.TimeToVaccinate.com. -

  • The new tax law: What you need to know now

    The new tax law: What you need to know now

    With the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 having been signed into law, here are some of the things you should be thinking about as tax season approaches, according to Robert Fishbein, vice president and corporate counsel, Prudential Financial Inc. 2017 tax returns The new tax law is generally effective...

  • Tax help for each kind of procrastinator (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Millions of Americans have yet to file their taxes. In fact, one in three taxpayers who file before the deadline wait until April to file. What causes people to procrastinate has long been examined, but when it comes to taxes, the stakes are...

  • The Search for Extraordinary Women of Worth During National Volunteer Month

    The Search for Extraordinary Women of Worth During National Volunteer Month

    Throughout the month of April — National Volunteer Month — L’Oréal Paris is calling on men and women throughout the country to nominate extraordinary women who find beauty and strength in giving back to their communities. Women like Shandra Woworuntu, a survivor of human trafficking, who founded...

  • Call 811 before digging for home improvement projects and landscaping this spring

    Call 811 before digging for home improvement projects and landscaping this spring

    With spring having officially begun, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country will roll up their sleeves and reach for their shovels to start projects that require digging this season. During the transition into “digging season,” Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the organization...

  • How to handle rising interest rates in 2018

    How to handle rising interest rates in 2018

    The nation’s central bank — the Federal Reserve — just raised interest rates by a quarter point. The Fed is expected to raise rates at least two more times this year by the same amount. That’s going to affect a lot of your finances, including your credit card bill, car payment and home equity line...

  • Business travel on the rise for women: Road warrior gives 5 tips for traveling like a boss

    Business travel on the rise for women: Road warrior gives 5 tips for traveling like a boss

    When it comes to business travel, more women are taking to the road and sky to get to their destinations. In fact, women account for 47 percent of all business travel worldwide, reports the Global Business Travel Association. With female business travel on the rise, many brands are taking note...

  • Farm to freezer: Farmers and manufacturers working together to bring fresh, delicious food to the freezer section (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. The U.S. frozen food and beverage supply chain is a $56 billion industry providing more than 670,000 jobs. Here’s how farmers and manufacturers are working together to create both tasty, nutrient-rich food and impactful jobs for Americans....

  • Credit tips for buying an investment property

    Credit tips for buying an investment property

    If you love the idea of being a landlord, and don’t mind being on duty around the clock, buying an investment property may be the wealth-building option for you. Property values have enjoyed a steady increase over the decades. That’s why real estate has earned its reputation as a sound investment...

  • Travel insurance tips for a worry-free vacation

    Travel insurance tips for a worry-free vacation

    Vacation may be a time to relax, but things can take a serious downturn if you lose your passport or if there is disastrous weather at your destination — or worse, you need an emergency medical evacuation. Though travel insurance can seem like just one more expense, without it, an emergency evacuation...

  • Spring lawn care is easier than ever

    Spring lawn care is easier than ever

    The snow has melted, flowers are beginning to bloom, and you wake to the sound of birds chirping: all signs that spring is here. Spring means time to give your lawn the TLC it needs, but most of us dread the thought of weekends spent occupied by yard work. Luckily, in 2018, getting that perfectly...

  • Tax-time tips in the final stretch of the tax season

    The April 17 tax filing deadline is quickly approaching. While many are excited about the possibility of a tax refund, nearly 1 in 3 taxpayers waits until April to file their return. Whether filing online or meeting with a tax professional, H&R Block shares three tips to help make the final stretch...

  • How far would you walk for clean water?

    You finish a workout and when you’re done, you reach for a bottle of water. Afterward, you shower, the clean water hitting your skin and then, that evening, you use water to prepare dinner for your family. It's a standard day for you, but what if you were one of the millions of people around the...

  • These boots are made for working: 5 epic stories from tradespeople

    They say you can’t know someone until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. Red Wing Shoe Company is taking this to a new level by sharing stories from the tradespeople who quietly build the world around us. After collecting hundreds of stories, the most ‘epic’ are enshrined on a special Wall of...

  • 4 home remedies that will put more money in your pocket

    What do you like to do for fun when you have some free time on your hands? Whether it’s seeing the latest blockbuster, sampling a delicious entree or taking a road trip, chances are your passions cost money. If you’re like many Americans, you may find you don’t have quite as many loose dollars,...

  • 8 simple things you can do at home to improve indoor air quality

    A clean house always looks and feels good. But did you know a clean environment goes a long way toward keeping you and your family healthy? For starters, dust holds dander and pollen, which explains why dust so easily triggers an allergy attack. But common household dust contains other bad stuff...

  • Earth Day 101: 6 impactful ways to teach your kids about food waste

    America needs to address its food waste problem, and a good place to start is taking steps to teach our children to conserve food. Right now, a staggering 40 percent of all food in the U.S. goes to waste when restaurants, supermarkets and consumers throw it away, costing our national economy $1...

  • Mushrooms: Gentle on the Planet, Healthy on the Plate

    Want to start making more earth-friendly food choices in the kitchen? This Earth Month, start with mushrooms, a healthy food that requires minimal natural resources to produce. According to a 2017 study titled "The Mushroom Sustainability Story," mushroom production requires relatively low water,...

  • Beyond Medicare: Managing your health care in retirement

    With people living healthier and longer than ever before, 65 is the new 45. If that milestone birthday is right around the corner for you, odds are you're too busy logging your 10,000 daily steps into your fitness tracker, shopping for organic produce and planning your bucket-list trip to Tuscany...

  • 10 reasons to plant a tree this spring

    Did you know planting a tree is one of the easiest and most powerful things you can do to have a positive impact on the environment? It's true. Trees clean the air, prevent rainwater runoff, help you save energy and even combat global warming. And they're a snap to plant! No horticultural degree...

  • Your invitation to Dream the Future (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. In the groundbreaking new docu-series DREAM THE FUTURE, award-winning actress Sigourney Weaver takes viewers on an expedition to the year 2050 where science fiction has the power to become science reality. DREAM THE FUTURE features global...

  • Simple strategies to stay on trend in your garden

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Life is just better with the perfect accessories, isn't it? A modern space looks amazing with a bright rug and your favorite piece of art. At work, strategically placed plants and family photos breathe life into any cubicle. Accessories enhance...

  • Protecting your pets from pests

    As the weather warms up and pets spend more time outside, our four-legged friends are at risk for potentially harmful insect bites. Terminix has information on three common pests that can cause problems for pets, and tips to keep them happy and healthy all season. Many pet owners are familiar...

  • Expert advice this tax season and pay half what you paid someone else last year (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Tax season happens every year, but many taxpayers still overlook changes that affect their tax situation — especially if they are self-employed. Small-business owners and the self-employed can make tax time easier by following just a few essential...

  • 3 steps to buying a better golf game

    If the spring is golf season to you, then this is the best time of the year. A full season of golf awaits, and you can’t wait to get out and play. Making this your best season yet means starting the year off on the right foot and improving round after round. But to do that, you need more than just...

  • Stemming the leak: 4 ways to encourage STEM in your middle schooler

    Even though many Americans understand the importance of STEM education, children in the U.S. continue to lose interest in science, technology, engineering and math subjects at young ages. Not surprisingly, 44 percent of U.S. adults say they felt more excited about science when they were kids, reports...

  • R&R in the great outdoors: 3 ways to transform your outdoor living space

    As Americans increasingly appreciate the therapeutic benefits of nature, they’re putting more thought and effort into creating beautiful, comfortable and functional living areas outside their own homes. These days, such outdoor havens are considered valuable home extensions rather than underutilized...

  • The best nutrition for your backyard chickens

    Raising backyard chickens has been a growing trend in the United States over the past several years. Consumers crave choice in their family’s diet, which often includes food they have grown or raised themselves. Raising a backyard flock helps consumers have more control over the eggs their family...

  • How to be 'money smart' in a digital world

    Modern digital technology has replaced landlines, television antennas, VCRs, CDs and many other things that were once part of our daily lives — and the next thing to go may well be cash. A few years ago, the idea that we would no longer use cash would have seemed outlandish, but it’s happening...

  • Healthy skin starts with a good night's sleep (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Nothing helps you look and feel your best like a good night's rest. But for many people, the time change can disrupt sleep patterns and throw off bedtime routines. In this video, Dr. Michael Breus, the Sleep Doctor, offers tips to help you...

  • The tale of an abandoned mutt who became an unlikely hero

    They say heroes come in all shapes and sizes. Never has this been more true than the story of Stubby, a stray mutt who went on to become the first dog ever promoted to the rank of sergeant in the U.S. Army, and the subject of a new animated family feature, "Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero," to hit...

  • Cash clever: Be too smart for these tax-time phone scams

    If a smooth-talking phone caller has ever tried to cheat you out of your hard-earned money, you’re far from alone. Further, such scams tend to be rampant at tax time. An estimated one in 10 Americans lost money in phone scams between April 2016 and April 2017, says a recent Harris Poll, parting...

  • Ideas to help you reap big rewards from your garden

    Get active outdoors with a hobby more satisfying than binge-watching another television series. As a pastime, gardening can help you eat delicious, more flavorful food while transforming your patio or yard into a colorful hangout for butterflies and bees. Many people don’t realize how easy it is...

  • How to keep your seafood wild

    Every day, consumers are bombarded with buzzwords when selecting groceries — natural, organic, non-GMO, gluten-free and so on. Coupled with news headlines about the environmental impacts of growing, raising and catching food, it’s no wonder many of us are becoming more confused about which choices...

  • The Merchant Bill of Rights seeks to level the playing field for small businesses

    Consumers who make just a few purchases each day may not think much about the companies that process their credit card. But for a small or mid-sized business, processors who aren’t transparent about the costs they pass on can add up to an expensive headache. Heartland is celebrating 10 years of...

  • The 2018 Small Business Report (Infographic)

    How important is professional advice when it comes to small businesses' tax preparation and marketing? How do owners of thriving small businesses describe their workplace? Check out the 2018 Small Business Report by the numbers, based on a recent Staples study, for more on the current state of...

  • The best way to clean wood floors might surprise you

    Although most people envision their dream home with shiny wood floors, many consumers are unaware of the best way to care for them, according to a 2017 survey conducted by the National Wood Flooring Association. “Not surprisingly, many homeowners are unsure of the best way to effectively and quickly...

  • House hunting? Use this handy checklist before you make the offer

    House hunting can feel like an adventurous new chapter in your life. If you're lucky enough to find the property that checks off all the "must have" boxes — appearance, size, price, location — it’s easy to fall in love. Not so fast. Before making an offer on any property, it’s smart to take a deeper...

  • Poison safety tips to keep your family safe this winter

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are approximately 2 million poisoning incidents per year within the U.S., and more than 90 percent of these occur within the home. This winter, keep your family safe by learning more about the potential for poisoning, how to prevent...

  • 6 other college costs (and opportunities) to consider when the financial aid letter arrives

    The last year of high school is a whirl of activity, and it’s no different when it comes to the final leg of college selection. Once the acceptance notifications arrive, it will soon be time to sit down with a different stack of mail: financial aid letters. As you undoubtedly know, the cost of...

  • Henry Johnson: The story of an unsung hero

    As you know, February is recognized as Black History Month. This is an opportunity to reflect on all of the brave African-American men and women throughout our country’s history. As the Purple Heart Foundation is a veteran service organization, we wanted to reflect on African-American military...

  • 3 ways Minnesota soybean farmers are helping clear the air

    Soybean farmers in Minnesota wear many different hats: small-business owner, agronomist, equipment expert, accountant and environmentalist. Yes, they are the original stewards of the land, continually evolving their practices to keep natural resources healthy for the next generation. But it doesn’t...

  • 5 simple steps to extend the life of Valentine's Day flowers

    Your day is feeling dreary until the doorbell rings. Who could it be? It's a surprise delivery full of beautiful blooms that instantly brings a smile to your face. Whether for Valentine's Day or any celebration, flowers always make someone feel special. Receiving flowers as a gift is a joy and you...

  • Small-business & self-employed surprises at tax time (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Block Advisors helps small-business owners understand and anticipate tax surprises. Small-business owners may be surprised to learn when filing their tax return for the first time that in addition to income taxes, they owe another 15.3 percent...

  • How retailers can build trust and relevance in their communities

    Over the past decade, technology has reshaped the retail industry in profound ways. Ninety-six percent of Americans are now shopping online, according to a recent study from CPC Strategy. Which means today’s business leaders face increasing pressure to keep retail spaces relevant and engaging for...

  • Survey: Biggest concerns if tax refund is delayed (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Tax season has officially begun, and if you’re worrying about receiving that refund in full or on time, you are not alone! A survey commissioned by H&R Block found that if a tax refund was delayed, one in four respondents would be concerned...

  • 4 tips for protecting your home this season and beyond

    Winter is in full swing and extremely cold temperatures continue to grip much of the U.S.; which mean hats, gloves and high home maintenance bills could be in your future. According to recent data from the Insurance Information Institute, in 2016 severe winter weather cost homeowners more than...

  • New survey finds an overwhelming majority of Americans support animal conservation (Infographic)

    As the Indianapolis Prize announces its 2018 Finalists, a new survey finds that a majority of Americans view animal conservationists as heroes. Learn more about the world’s leading award for animal conservation and the heroes it honors at IndianapolisPrize.org.

  • Warm up with 5 DIY projects to tackle this winter

    For the avid DIYer in you, the winter season may cause a little anxiety while you’re cooped up inside and unable to tackle those outdoor projects you’d love to finish. The good news, however, is that the inside of your home needs just as much DIY attention as the outside — sometimes more — and...

  • A great lawn begins with a great engine

    As the days grow longer and the snow begins to recede, homeowners will once again venture outdoors to get their yards and lawn into tip-top shape for summer fun. But just like your lawn has been hibernating over the long winter, so too has your lawn mower and other small engines. Even if you properly...

  • The beauty of barn doors

    Barn doors moved out of the farmyard and into the house a long time ago. Recently, however, they have become an even more popular and useful feature in residential design. It’s not hard to see why. “Many homeowners hear the term ‘barn door’ and think of reclaimed, rustic wood, which may not be a...

  • A New Year's Resolution for Everyone: Battery Recycling

    Post-holiday time means many of us are enthralled with new gadgets, leaving old devices to collect dust. The good news: the new year means new resolutions, like decluttering your house. This year, add a new resolution to your list that benefits you and the planet: battery recycling. To make your...

  • What to really expect from your first semester in college (Infographic)

    Course Hero compares the expectations of high school seniors to the realities of college freshmen to help students and parents better prepare for the road ahead.

  • Hidden fees add up to unpleasant cellphone bill surprises

    Has this ever happened to you? You sign up for a great deal on wireless service, but when it’s time to pay, the numbers just don’t add up. That $70 service shows up on your bill as $80 or more, leaving you confused about how your costs have gone up without any warning. Extra charges on your bill...

  • 5 ways for parents to create an at-home makerspace

    At one time, you were probably a young child, stuck in a classroom, wishing you were outside playing. If you’re now a parent, you have plenty of experience trying to convince your child that learning is fun, and likely have to bribe them to do their homework. Trying to get children excited to learn...

  • Legendary street artist Ben Eine takes on unconventional canvas with latest creation (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Internationally renowned street artist Ben Eine has partnered with iconic American brand Zippo to create a larger-than-life mural — the most challenging endeavor he’s ever taken on — measuring 188,368 square feet and requiring 753 gallons...

  • Top trends to inspire your outdoor living

    Outdoor living spaces rank first among special function rooms desired by consumers, according to the American Institute for Architects, and so homeowners are expected to be going all-in for the outdoors in 2018. Trex Company, a maker of premium decking and railing, has gleaned insights from contractors,...

  • Make 2018 the year of helping veterans

    For many of us, the new year is the perfect time to make resolutions that improve our own lives. What if, this year, your resolutions included giving back to a community that has sacrificed so much for not only you, but our country? According to the most recent U.S. Census, there are 18.8 million...

  • Keep your home pest free this year

    Now is a great time to establish year-long goals and resolutions, including home improvement goals you’d like to tackle this year. The first step is to create a pest control plan for your home. It’s important to establish good habits early in the year to help prevent potential pest problems. Unchecked,...

  • 5 fun ideas for creating a makerspace in your classroom

    A teacher's ultimate goal is to instill a lifelong love of learning in their students. When kids are passionate about learning, the sky is the limit! Educators can support students' creativity and natural curiosity in numerous ways, and one method getting a lot of attention recently is playful,...

  • How you can improve your FICO Score

    Anyone who has tried to borrow money to purchase a car, buy a home or open a revolving line of credit may be familiar with the term FICO Score. Most lenders use this scoring model, which essentially determines a person’s creditworthiness. "The FICO Score may seem like a big, daunting mystery, especially...

  • 5 tax tips for the self-employed

    Self-employment offers the perks and benefits of not working for someone else, but often means taking on risks and becoming responsible for providing a valuable product or service, generating income and having a steady customer base. With all of this considered, along with the newly enacted tax...

  • 5 house cleaning tips for allergy sufferers

    Many people turn to nasal sprays and antihistamines to combat seasonal nasal allergies or hay fever, but keeping the home clean is just as important in the fight against allergies. Keep the outdoors out While it is hard to control exposure to pollen and other triggers when outside, those with allergies...

  • Tips to save money and energy this winter

    Winter is a time of year when expenses can soar, especially your utility bills. Thankfully, Chip Wade, HGTV expert, has some advice on how you can save energy, and ultimately money, this year: * Lighting: LED bulbs are 90 percent more efficient than incandescent light bulbs. * Prevent heat loss:...

  • What New Year's resolution can you stick to and feel like you're making a difference in the world?

    This time of year, many Americans are setting (or already breaking) New Year’s resolutions focused on getting healthier, saving money, spending more time with friends and family, etc. These are great resolutions, but perhaps this year, you’re thinking about ways you can make a difference. Giving...

  • Growing your business? These 3 financing mistakes can cost you big

    Starting a business can be tough. Growing one can be even harder. Dr. Nacondus Gamble knows this all too well. After her optometry practice, The South Eastern Eye Center, began to establish a reputation for great patient care, Dr. Gamble decided she was ready to expand. So she began looking for...

  • 8 top wow moments of 2017 according to The Red Bulletin

    2017 has been a year filled with twists and turns. But what about those ones beyond the ordinary? The celebrities who admitted their embarrassing moments, the athletes who reached new heights and ordinary folk who pushed boundaries. Here are the top 8 stories from leading magazine The Red Bulletin...

  • Tax Survey: Top 3 Things Americans Would Rather Do (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Starting Jan. 5, with the innovative, new H&R Block Tax Pro GoSM experience, H&R Block clients can do whatever they want while their tax return is completed by a tax professional. H&R Block Tax Pro GoSM clients are matched with a tax pro and...

  • Survey: DIY taxpayers willing to take on stress to save money (Video)

    Sorry, but your browser does not support the video tag. Do-it-yourself taxpayers who want a head start can start filling out their 2017 tax returns now with H&R Block and begin taking advantage of the products’ new features. Like in years past, all DIY online clients can get additional help by...

  • Party on, America! 5 fun facts about New Year's 2018

    For people around the world, New Year’s Eve is a time to celebrate the joys of the past 365 days while looking forward to the fun year ahead! When Roman leader Caesar Augustus designated Jan. 1 as the first calendar day in honor of the two-faced god Janus, who could simultaneously look back into...

  • Options available to help students pay for college

    With student debt increasingly becoming a long-term burden on graduates and families, says Peter Gayle, a vice president for Prudential Advisors, it’s never been more important to minimize the out-of-pocket expenses to put a student through college — and reduce reliance on student loans. To put...

  • 3 documents you need to create your estate plan

    While creating a will and other estate planning documents may not be top of mind, it's a concern you should take seriously. You don’t need celebrity-sized assets to be concerned that a lack of estate planning on your part could cost your beneficiaries dearly. And that’s just one compelling reason...

  • Retirement readiness: Hitting the retirement preparation sweet spot

    A recent study by the Center for Retirement Research (CRR) at Boston College suggests an alarming state of awareness about retirement readiness: Of surveyed households, 33 percent realize they are not well prepared, 19 percent are not well prepared but don't know it, and 24 percent are well prepared...

  • Seeking a smartphone? Here are 10 things to look for

    There are 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...

  • Solving 5 pain points in the homebuying process

    When it comes to buying a home, the beauty of the process is truly in the eye of the beholder. Some people see the opportunity to start a new life, live their dreams and make memories that will, quite literally, last a lifetime. Others get caught up in the problems associated with the home purchasing...

  • Points for holiday hosting (Infographic)

    Ho, Ho, Hosting is an American tradition this time of year. A new survey reveals the majority of Americans (59%) plan to host family during the season. And most holiday get-togethers involve travel: seven in ten Americans (72%) have had friends and family come from out of town — perhaps even some...

  • 3 tips to keep your home cozy all winter

    Every year, homeowners across the country take precautionary steps to winterize their homes to protect against burst water pipes as well as improve their overall comfort throughout the colder months. Winterizing your home goes beyond just ensuring snow and chills stay out. These three tips will...

  • Dog show myths and facts

    Dog shows are an extraordinary opportunity to learn more about the nuanced and wonderful things that make dog breeds unique. But while many of us have an idea of what a dog show is — often from what we have seen depicted on television or in movies — there are a lot of misconceptions when it comes...

  • Get your home holiday-ready (Infographic)

    Home is where the heart is, especially during the holidays. Whether you’re hosting a potluck with friends or pulling out all the stops to make the season special for your grandkids, a clean and welcoming home creates the canvas for holiday memories that last a lifetime. Holiday cleaning doesn’t...

  • 8 clever homemade gifts for everyone on your holiday list

    During the holidays, there’s nothing that conjures the love and coziness of the season quite like a homemade gift. Check out how Ball® Jars can help you pull together thoughtful DIY gifts at home that will delight everyone on your list! 1. DIY Mason jar koozie Here's a charming gift that transforms...

  • 3 technology tips for last-minute gift giving

    The holidays are a favorite time of year for many. We love decorating our homes, baking cookies, donating to our favorite charities, and listening to those classic songs we only get to enjoy a few short weeks each year. There’s all the holiday parties and celebrations. And of course, a big part...

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