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January 28th, 2016
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Tips On Staying Healthy This Flu Season

You may have gotten through the holidays flu-free, but you should still be taking precautions to keep yourself healthy.  Besides your physical health, keeping yourself healthy financially is important too.  Having the flu cost Americans with no paid sick leave nearly $7 billion in lost wages, and somewhere between $250 and $1000 to get treated.  We have some suggestions for you to keep healthy this blustery winter.  Besides washing your hands often and getting vaccinated, eating healthy can boost your immunity. Here are foods that boost the immune system that should be part of your healthy diet.    1.

by Anne Middleton

January 27th, 2016
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What Does The Fed Rate Hike Mean For Me?

It’s been a decade since the fed has raised interest rates and investors, and even everyday folks, are having to refresh their memories on how a fed interest rate hike effects them.  Many see the rate hike as further indication that the economy continues to improve after the Great Recession. Here are a few ways the rate hike might impact you: 1.  There will be better rates for savings over time as rates increase, which can help retirees.  2. Credit card interest rates will go up as the interest rate goes up.  On average, 11.07%  was the average credit card interest consumers paid.  Introductory offers will be shorter and less generous.

by Anne Middleton

January 26th, 2016
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How To Throw The Perfect Star Wars Movie Night

Unlike the Star Wars premiere held in Hollywood last December, you may not have five thousand guests coming to watch the movie, but you still might find yourself hosting a Star Wars viewing party this year.  We have some ways to channel the force into your party planning and get the most bang for your buck too.  You may have missed your chance to do a Star Wars marathon this winter, but new installments of the saga are scheduled to be released in 2017 and 2019.

by Anne Middleton

January 25th, 2016
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Most Popular NFL Franchises

Move over New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks—Los Angeles is America’s new, up and coming football mecca.  The Rams have made their relocation to the City of Angels official, and it seems that other clubs are also considering the move.  The Chargers and the Raiders may not be far behind the Rams, allured by what will become the NFL’s largest stadium, in Inglewood, CA.  Prior to the announcement, Los Angeles hadn’t had an NFL team since 1994.  St. Louis fans are crushed by the news, of course.

by Anne Middleton

January 22nd, 2016
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8 Easy Ways To Conserve Water (And Money)

During the winter months, when rain is pouring down all over the city and saturating the ground, it is puzzling as to why conserving water is so important. Unfortunately, no matter where you reside, the supply of water is not limitless. Fresh, clean water is a limited resource. The truth is that less than 1% of all the water on Earth can be used by people. The rest is salt water or is permanently frozen and we can't drink it, wash with it or use it to water plants. It is a simple (perhaps morbid) fact that water equals life. Conserving water now assures future generations will have enough clean water to live a healthy existence.

by Anne Middleton

January 21st, 2016

Keep Warm And Stay Stylish

Just because you’re bundling up to insulate yourself from the cold doesn’t mean you can’t look hot.  There may be a pile of ugly sweaters hiding in the recesses of your closet, but with a little flair and a peek into winter fashion trends at top fashion houses, you can get outfitted for winter in style.  Here’s some winter fashion tips and tidbits to keep you warm and looking hot all winter long. 1. Belt that coat.  Belting your coat will give you a waist under that chunky coat. It will also revamp the look of that tired old coat.  The right belt can tie together your outfit.  Use a Banana Republic coupon to save on a belt you’ll love.

by Anne Middleton

January 20th, 2016

How To Throw A Super Bowl Party On A Budget

Last year, the 2015 Super Bowl attracted 114.4 million viewers per minute, becoming the most watched event in American television history.  The popularity of the National Football League continues to increase and this year’s Super Bowl is projected to exceed those numbers. Instead of heading out to a noisy bar and dishing out hundreds of dollars for food and drink, home-based Super Bowl parties have become enormously popular.  The game day bash has become much more than watching the four-quarter spectacle and judging the commercials.

by Anne Middleton

January 19th, 2016

Decorating Your Home With Art - Tips & Ideas

If you are like me, you love a well decorated home, but have a deep-seated fear of how to get started in creating a comfortable atmosphere with knickknacks and artwork.  The objective appears simple enough: to achieve a feeling of making a house a cozy, blissful home.  But home decorating ideas are tough, especially if you don’t have a budget to hire a professional decorator. Personally, I believe the kitchen is the key area to decorate in any home. Everyone seems to naturally gather where the food is created.

by Anne Middleton

January 19th, 2016

Make Your Bathroom A Retreat

If you’re tired of jaunting to overpriced spas, invest a little time in making your very own spa at home.  You don’t even have to remodel to bring a little luxury to bath time.  Here are a few ideas to make your bathroom a retreat and will make you not want to retreat from it! Say Bye to Plastic Accessories You don’t have to live in a mansion to have great bath accessories.  Trade in those cheap plastic trays and soap holders for something classier.  We have Bed Bath and Beyond coupons to help you afford great bath accoutrements like the Montecito Marble Tray.

by Anne Middleton

January 15th, 2016

No Gym Required

New Year’s resolutions are insanely difficult to keep. In fact, the Washington Post revealed data that showed “25% of us don't stick with it for seven measly days.” Last year, Americans made weight loss their number one resolution for the New Year and it is sure to top the list again this year.  Common sense tells us that any successful weight loss program requires you get off the couch and out of your cubicle and move your body. Many rely on gym membership for exercise.

by Anne Middleton