According to reports, the number of people owning tablets and eBook readers nearly doubled in the weeks from mid-December to early January 2012. According to Pew Internet Project, ownership of these devices jumped from 10 percent to 19 percent. If you are one of the millions who unwrapped an eBook device for Christmas or you already own one, these free eBooks will build up your digital library.
As we wrap up the first month of 2012, it’s time to evaluate your New Year’s resolutions. While they’re simple to make, they’re even easier to break. But with these five sure-fire ways to stick with your resolutions beyond January you can become one of the few who achieve the goals you started out with in 2012.
Tax Day 2012 is rapidly approaching. Although not nearly as fun as the countdown to Christmas, it’s a holiday that requires much preparation. This year personal income taxes must be filed by April 17. According to the IRS, they’ll receive more than 144 million individual tax returns this year. If you prefer to save a little cash and complete your taxes on your own, here are some do-it-yourself tax prep deals.
Watch out Twitter, MySpace and Google Plus+. There’s a new social networking craze catching on. Pinterest is a visual bookmarking site and experts say it recently ranked as the 60th most visited site in the US. According to ComScore, Pinterest experienced a 270% increase in unique visitors between November and December. While using the site is a great way to be inspired in the areas of home décor, fashion and photography, there are also ways Pinterest can help you boost your income.
The nominations are in for the 84th annual Academy Awards. Martin Scorsese’s film “Hugo” received the most Oscar nods, accepting 11 nominations including one for best picture. Eight other films will compete for the title of 2011’s best film including “The Artist,” “The Descendants,” and “The Help.” Not only does an Oscar nomination help Hollywood A-listers’ egos, but it can also boost their income potential.
The political stage is thinning out and heating up. Soon the race for the 2012 White House will be down to just two candidates. If you want to make your voice heard or try to influence other people’s positions at the polls, check out these political freebies.
If we had the choice we’d probably want to be both: health and wealthy. But we wanted to know what you would choose if you could only select one option. In our latest Twitter and Facebook poll we delve into the philosophical question of whether it’s better to be in good physical or financial shape.
Hovering at the top of most lists of New Year’s resolutions is the goal to lose weight and get in shape. A new survey from FITNESS Magazine and Yahoo! Shine found that 57% of women feel they look fat naked and roughly four in five adults have a body part they hate. One way to stick to your weight loss resolution is by looking good at the gym. These affordable workout gear options should help.
You may have ushered in 2012 weeks ago, but the Chinese New Year is still approaching. On January 23, much of the world will celebrate Chinese New Year. Welcome in the Year of the Dragon saying “Xin Nian Kuai Le!” (Happy New Year!) to friends and family with these budget-friendly ideas.
Did you resolve to read more in 2012? Or set a goal to get your finances in order? Then this list is for you. Here are five great financial books to add to your 2012 reading plan. These books won’t bore you or bog you down. Instead they’ll entertain and inspire you to be better with your biggest assets: your money and your time.
Wouldn’t it be great if you never had to worry about what to make for dinner and how much it’s going to cost to feed your family? Meal planning services are here to help. Think of them as the place where a personal chef meets a home economist for budget-conscious families.
The biggest kick off of the year happens on February 5 in Indianapolis. While tickets to the game start at about $2,200, there are still ways to experience one of the biggest athletic events of the year on a budget. You can bet it will be chilly there in Indiana, but if that’s not enough to deter you then here are some last minute tips for experiencing Super Bowl XLVI without spending a fortune.
This January 16, 2012 is a day set aside to celebrate Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It may be a federal holiday, which for many marks a day away from work, but it’s also time that can be used to honor his legacy through serving others. Unlike other holidays, this one doesn’t require your pocketbook. You only need time and compassion to celebrate MLK Day.
It may not get as much press as Thanksgiving or Christmas, but National Cut Your Energy Costs day is a holiday that we should all be celebrating. It falls on January 10 and was created as a way to encourage us all to reduce our carbon footprint. The more serious you are about celebrating, the more money and energy you can save.
Weight loss is basically a numbers game where the calories you burn need to come out ahead of the calories you consume. Tracking those digits has never been easier with a smorgasbord of free resources that will help you count calories and get healthy.
Holiday hangovers happen to the best of us—and not just from hitting the eggnog too hard. Overspending during Christmas can create a sick feeling once January rolls around. But going by our latest Twitter and Facebook poll, many of you did well with your holiday spending. Of course, maybe some are trying to avoid the fact that they busted through that holiday budget.
Most of us have room for improvement when it comes to organization. If you don’t know what’s hiding at the bottom of the junk drawer or you forgot what the surface of your desk looks like then some of these tools will help you have a more organized 2012.
Did you resolve to shed pounds, chisel your abs or run a six minute mile? Don’t let the cost of a gym membership prevent you from achieving your fitness goals for 2012. You can get a great workout without paying a gym membership.
Year after year December 31 usually includes the countdown, a midnight kiss and a champagne toast. But if you’re looking for an alternative that doesn’t involve Dick Clark or Ryan Seacrest we’ve got some great New Year’s Eve celebration alternatives.
Setting goals for the new year? In order to make these resolutions stick why not turn to your Smartphone for some help? Whether you’re hoping to drink more water, lose weight or keep spending in check these apps can help.
With the launch of every new year comes the opportunity to make a fresh start by ditching bad habits and adopting some good ones. Sure, spring cleaning is still down the road, but this could also be a great time to plan and purge so you can start 2012 more organized.
If the trash can is full of crumpled wrapping paper and you can see the Christmas tree skirt again it’s time to take back those unwanted gifts and get what you were really hoping for this holiday season. According to Consumer Reports, one in five people plan to take back a gift, but if you don’t want to end up starring in your own rendition of the Nightmare after Christmas, consider these tips for returning presents painlessly.
If you and your family are celebrating Kwanzaa this year you may be looking for ways to honor African heritage without spending lots of money. The good news is, this holiday doesn’t require big bucks—its’ more about learning and experiencing the culture. Consider these tips for celebrating Kwanzaa on a budget.
There are those who complete their shopping long before the first snowflake makes its appearance and there are those who love the pressure of a last minute buying spree. Procrasti-shoppers are fairly common. The National Retail Federation found that one in ten shoppers plan to purchase their last holiday gift on Christmas Eve. As Christmas begins to close in we wanted to know if you’re a last minute shopper. Here’s what you told us on Facebook and through Twitter.
Whether you think re-gifting is rude or not, it’s still practiced by millions of people. A survey from American Express found that 79 percent of consumers believe re-gifting is socially acceptable during the holidays. The remaining 21 percent say the practice is “never” acceptable. Assuming you’re well-versed in the cardinal rules of re-gifting (i.e. Not giving a present back to the person who gave it to you, giving only new items and updating the gift wrap), you may want to re-gift one of these presents.
No other time of year has such an extensive soundtrack as the Christmas season. Just about every recording artist has created a holiday album, but the good news is you don’t have to spend money to enjoy these lovely songs. Download some free tunes, turn the speakers up and have a holly jolly Christmas.
Try to remember what you got for Christmas in 2006. If you’re like most people you probably can’t recall. And sorry to say but most of the gifts you give, cherished as they may be, wind up becoming a distant memory. Want to give a gift that is truly unforgettable, but affordable at the same time? Here are some suggestions.
The truth is e-cards may never fully replace old fashioned paper ones, but for those who are trying to be more green—or those who don’t want to deal with the post office—there are plenty of great digital options. According to Hallmark, there are nearly 300 million e-cards sent annually, and many of those probably arrive in inboxes this time of year.
This year an estimated $50.84 billion will be spent on pets in the US including $3.65 billion on grooming and boarding. Many pet owners heading out of town for the holidays are forced to find alternative options for their pets. Boarding your cat or dog adds a large expense to already expensive holiday travel plans so you may want to consider these money-saving ideas.
Next to Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Free Shipping Day may be one of the most anticipated events of the holiday season. Created in 2008, Free Shipping Day now offers shoppers thousands of opportunities to save money. Last year Free Shipping Day earned a spot as the third heaviest day of online shopping in history. Even though shoppers are spending billions, you can still save a ton.
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