Making the choice between weathering and finishing a deck
(BPT) - A backyard refresh or upgrade can bring comfort, energy, fun and relaxation into the space for the family to enjoy. But before you start work or purchase materials, you need to consider the maintenance and upkeep of the project for years down the road. Sure, you will enjoy the project tremendously the first year ...
Helping moms get finances on track for now and the future
(BPT) - Being a mom is a full-time job. No matter how old the children are, a mom is on call at all hours of the day and night, responding to injuries and broken hearts, handling homework questions, setting household rules, and establishing consequences if said rules are broken. But moms often have other jobs as well, ju...
Easy ways to add digital fun to your outdoor living space
(BPT) - It’s always been possible to watch the big game or your favorite movie from your deck or patio. But until the arrival of wireless technology, you would have needed a really long extension cord and a super-long cable connection (or rabbit ears) to do it. And rain would have ruined your fun in more ways than one. N...
Shattering stereotypes: Study shows women manage credit better than men
The stereotype of women being big spenders, and men being the fiscally conservative gender has inspired plenty of jokes in our society. However, the reality is slightly different from the centuries-long running stereotype: women actually handle certain aspects of their finances (like credit) better than men. That’s the c...
Five tax advantages of life insurance
(BPT) - With another tax season behind us, it’s a good time to consider something that can offer a long-term tax benefit to you and your family: life insurance. If you are fortunate enough to receive some money from a refund this year, rather than buying that big flat screen TV, consider a purchase that can make a real difference over the long-term. Most people think about life insurance as a way to supplement income or pay for final expenses. However, in addition to death benefit protection,...
The 24-hour challenge: Tackle your home to-do list
(BPT) - We all have home improvement projects on our to-do lists. However, often the hustle and bustle of life keeps us from getting them done. But what if you devoted a full day – 24 hours – to accomplishing these DIY projects? Imagine how accomplished you’d feel and how great your home would look. Krylon, the nation’s ...
Navigating the home refinancing process
(BPT) - With interest rates near historic lows, now is a good time to consider refinancing your home. Refinancing a mortgage can potentially save you money over the life of a loan. Here are a few tips to help you navigate the refinancing process: * Choose a reliable and trustworthy mortgage banker. A mortgage banker is s...
Take steps to protect your home and family during severe summer weather
(BPT) - The warm summer brings about plenty of fun in the sun with picnics, camping and backyard parties. However, these months can produce severe weather, from tornadoes to hurricanes. In addition to planning fun outdoor activities to enjoy in the summer heat, Americans should also prepare their homes for the worst that...
Four ways men can slash high blood pressure
What you don’t know can’t hurt you, right? Not necessarily, especially when it comes to high blood pressure (hypertension). This often asymptomatic condition may not lead to physical problems right away, but over time it can damage and harden the arteries, causing buildup of scar tissue. Gradually, that scar tissue can a...
Know your A.G.E. stats [Infographic]
In an effort to educate the public about "AGEs," or Advanced Glycation End-products, the A.G.E. Foundation is unveiling its U.S. survey focused on eating habits and the impact of cooking methods on aging. AGEs are harmful compounds that develop in the body or are ingested through certain foods. When too many AGEs are consumed, they build up in the body tissues and accelerate the aging process from the inside out. AGEs are linked to many of the top health concerns people face today. Slowing th...
Are your food and cooking choices accelerating the aging process?
(BPT) - When it comes to health, many people are aware of the major do’s and don’ts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and diet. However, people often focus on their cholesterol, blood pressure, and body mass index (BMI), and overlook another key medical marker: Advanced Glycation Endproducts (AGEs). AGEs are harmful com...
How to find free money for college: The scholarship hunt
(BPT) - While college can be one of the best experiences of your life, it can also be one of the most expensive. The average cost per year for a four-year degree at a state-sponsored school currently runs $22,261 for in-state students and $35,321 for out-of-state students, according to a 2012 College Board report. With a...
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May 24, 2010