The brain is pretty amazing and while you may have been to the gym recently, when was the last time you gave your brain a workout? The average brain represents just 2 percent of your body weight, but uses one-fifth of your body's total oxygen and blood, according to the National Academy of Sciences of the US. In honor of Brain Awareness Week which runs from March 10-16, here are five free ways to keep your brain fit.
If you typically pay a pro to help you with your W-2s and 1099s you may have to pay more this year. According to NY1.com tax prep fees are up about six percent compared to last year. A simple return can cost as much as $152 which is a good reason to take advantage of these 2014 tax prep freebies.
College basketball is about to take over televisions and commandeer office chatter across the country. March Madness tournaments begin next week. If you're turning this into an excuse for a party (and why not?!) here are some slam dunk frugal ideas for your March Madness party.
We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but when it comes to kids breakfast could impact the rest of their lives. That's because when kids eat a great breakfast studies show they'll perform better in class and on tests, having a lasting impact on their educational success. In honor or National School Breakfast Week which runs from March 2-9, here are some easy, affordable and healthy breakfast ideas.
Snow days are great until they start to invade spring break. In Philadelphia the school district shortened spring break, announcing students would have to attend class April 15, 16 and 17 to make up for snow days. School officials in Charlotte, North Carolina are considering a similar move. And in New Jersey spring break became a casualty of winter storms. For families having to shift their spring break plans here are some ideas for having fun at home.
Need an excuse to pull the covers back up and get more quality time with your pillow? The first week in March is National Sleep Awareness Week. We all know that ideally we should be getting seven to nine hours of shut eye a night. Not happening? Maybe these low cost fixes will help make your bedroom more conducive to rest.
Mardi Gras in New Orleans can be very adult-oriented. After all, we know what ladies have to do to get a string of beads. But that doesn't mean kids should be excluded from this traditional celebration. Here are five affordable ways to make Mardi Gras fun for kids.
This weekend the celebrities take the red carpet for the 86th annual Academy Awards. Whether Captain Phillips sales away with the Best Picture or Gravity star Sandra Bullock celebrates an out of this world win, you can soak it all in with a 2014 Oscar party. Bring Hollywood to your home with these freebies.
Spring fashion is great-- except for the price tag hanging on those pretty clothes. Thankfully there is a way to be fashion forward and frugal. We found five budget-friendly ways to update your look for spring 2014.
When you're shopping online you have several payment options at checkout. Often sites allow you to use PayPal to complete your transaction. PayPal is a service that allows you to pay online (and even in some checkout lanes these days) using money in your PayPal account, bank account or a linked credit card. If you've never selected this payment option here are five reasons to consider using PayPal for online shopping.
There are cars to replace, college educations to fund and retirements to plan for. How in the heck can you prepare for it all? Consider these tips for prioritizing your savings goals and it might not feel so daunting.
An inbox full of junk mail and advertisements isn't fun, but sometimes signing up for those e-newsletters comes with a reward. New members receive an instant discount that can be applied to your next purchase. Often these coupon codes for newbies can be combined with other sales or free shipping offers so it's a great way to save money. Here are ten companies offering instant discounts on everything from shoes to steaks.
Marketers and advertisers can be very tricky. They can make you think you're getting a bargain when in fact you're not saving that much money at all. Be a savvy shopper and keep an eye out for these five sneaky sales that don't offer much savings.
Getting off the couch a couple of nights a week to take on a second job is a great way to earn extra cash. But not every field lends itself to nighttime employment. If you decide working nights is the avenue you want to take to meet your financial goals check out these jobs for earning extra cash in the evenings.
Prepare for sticker shock. Paying for four years at a top college or university will now cost you more than $200,000. For many families it's an impossible dream without the help of financial aid. It's time to tackle the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA, if you want the best chance at getting cash for college.
Politicians often bill themselves as average Joes, guys who know what it's like to put in a hard day's work, get their hands dirty and struggle to make ends meet. But the truth is many of America's leaders could be considered elite for their wealth. In fact here are some of the wealthiest Presidents throughout history.
Procrastinators can be romantic. It may be Valentine's Day and while the stash at your local Hallmark or grocery store card aisle is probably pretty picked over there's a good selection of freebies online. Prove your love by printing out one of these free Valentine's gifts or cards.
Need an extra incentive to sock money away in your savings account? A savings account lottery may help. Prize-linked savings accounts are becoming more popular, where making a deposit into your savings account enters you into a lottery. Instead of blowing a buck on the Powerball, consider trying your luck with the savings account lottery.
When you think of 'date night' you probably think of taking in a movie, enjoying a romantic meal or seeing a show. While you may have not taken a date to the mall since you were in middle school, it can actually be a great place to conger up some romance without spending much cash.
Money can't buy you love, which is a good thing for us frugal types. But being frugal doesn't mean you can't be romantic. This Valentine's Day get creative without spending much money by saying 'I love you' in a grand way.
Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. The American Heart Association is using that shocking statistic to encourage women to go red on National Wear Red Day, February 7, 2014. For the tenth year in a row women everywhere will be wearing red and supporting the American Heart Association through ways like these.
It may be chilly, but love is warming things up in February. It's National Wedding Month making this the perfect time for brides-to-be to buckle down and start planning the wedding of their dreams. These free and low-cost apps may put a few wedding planners out of a job.
You may have considered buying a used car, used coffee table or a used treadmill, but the thought of buying a wedding dress that's been previously worn may seem a bit extreme. If you're planning on saying 'I do' any time soon here are five reasons to consider walking down the aisle wearing a dress that's taken the trip before.
Every year more than half a million people receive medical treatment for burn injuries in the US and Canada. About half of those injuries are scalds and it's children that are among the most vulnerable. Celebrate Burn Awareness Week, which runs the first week in February, by utilizing these free and low-cost resources for keeping kids safe.
Even if you had enough money for a plane ticket to Sochi for the 2014 Olympic games, security concerns have been enough to keep some people home. Instead, go for the gold and celebrate the opening ceremonies in style and on budget with these fun ideas for a winter Olympics party.
In addition to prepping the hot wings and nacho platter before Super Bowl Sunday you may also want to get your Smartphone ready. Since most people watch TV with their phones in hand you'll want to download these free apps before the big game.
Did you sleep in on Black Friday instead of buying a new TV? Let go of the regret because many experts say now is actually the best time to invest in a TV. Just before the Seahawks and Broncos go head to head in the biggest sporting event of the year, many retailers will be slashing the prices of big screens in order to win your business. If you want to score big consider these TV buying tips.
The Super Bowl is usually the most expensive sporting event ticket around and 2014 is no different. According to the ibtimes.com, the average seat is selling for $2,600. If you're looking for something a little more budget friendly to show your Super Bowl spirit, check out these more affordable options. Since they're all under $30 you'll have plenty of money left over for game day pizza and wings.
Weddings are a big investment of time and money. So why not take advantage of free resources when you can? Thankfully there are lots of incredible free tools that will help you plan your perfect dream wedding.
Are your drawers getting hard to close? Are you running out of room to stash belongings? It may be time to sift through your stuff and figure out what you should save and what you should sell. Determining whether something is worth holding on to can be a difficult decision. Here are five questions that will help you make the call.
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