The average commute to work for Americans is 25.1 minutes and while walking to work may take extra time there are plenty of benefits to it. The first Friday in April is National Walk to Work Day. The American Podiatric Medical Association supports the initiative and here are five reasons why you should too.
Green thumb or not gardening can be a relaxing and fruitful activity. But a trip to the local gardening super center can be a costly venture. Whether you’re whipping your yard into shape or starting a veggie garden, here are tips to help you save money on spring planting.
The National Retail Federation expects consumers to spend 11% more on Easter candy, clothes and merchandise this year, pushing sales to $16.8 billion. That doesn’t even take into consideration what people will pay to fill up their tanks as they hop out of town for the upcoming holiday weekend. If you’re walking on egg shells wondering how much damage your holiday travel plans will do to your budget, consider these ways to save money at the pump.
Foolishness is fair game on April 1 thanks to April Fools’ Day. Enlist the help of your Smartphone to pull off some seriously funny pranks. And don’t worry—these are all done with the help of free iPhone apps.
Spring and cleaning go together like Faith Hill and Tim McGraw. Instead of trashing that uncovered clutter, head to one of the web’s most popular destinations for buying and selling everything from cars to kids clothing. According to Alexa traffic rankings, Craigslist is the 10th most popular website in the entire United States. If you want to use it to line your pockets with extra cash here are tips for making more money with the help of Craigslist.
Schools across the country are facing shrinking budgets and expanding enrollment. In many cases they’re forced to do more with less. Most of us can’t write big fat checks to help, but there are easy ways you can raise money for your favorite school without altering your budget.
Do you spend much time down the frozen food aisle of your grocery store? You may want to give it a second look if you’re trying to reduce your grocery budget. March is National Frozen Food Month which is a great time to try out these freezer friendly meals that also happen to be very budget friendly, too.
Whip your home into shape with the help of your Smartphone. Now that spring is here, it’s time to start thinking about tackling spring cleaning. Thankfully there are now apps to help you get the job done. You won’t be able to put away the mop and bucket, but at least you can be more high tech in your approach.
Gas is like liquid gold right now and experts say your trip to the pump is only going to get pricier. It’s time to start getting creative about how to avoid the pain at the pump. Check out these unique ways to earn free fuel.
If your trips to the pump seem to be getting more painful by the day you’re not alone. According to AAA, the current national average for a gallon of Regular Unleaded gas is $3.82. That’s about $.30 higher than a month ago and $.27 higher than a year ago. As summer approaches some experts are predicting prices could go even higher, possibly surpassing the high of $4.11 set in July of 2008. We wanted to know how rising gas prices are impacting the rest of your life. Here’s what you told us through Facebook and Twitter.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is hoping you “get your plate in shape” during March, which is National Nutrition Month. The campaign focuses on the importance of making informed food choices and developing good eating habits, which doesn’t have to mean a higher grocery bill. Check out these ten ways to be more nutritious on a budget.
Jumping gas prices may prompt some spring break travelers to plan a staycation rather than an adventurous getaway. But spring break can be fun whether you’re in an exotic location or exploring your own community. Here are the top ways to enjoy spring break at home.
More than 45 million Americans claim Irish heritage, making it the second largest ethnic group in the country. If you’re of Irish descent now is the time to celebrate your roots with some low cost St. Patrick’s Day fun.
For those who expect a tax refund, you may think you can’t get that windfall in your bank account fast enough. That’s why some people turn to Refund Anticipation Loans. It’s a quick, short-term personal loan that uses a person’s IRS tax refund as collateral so that the borrower can get the cash even before Uncle Sam cuts their check. Some say it’s helpful, others say it’s a scam. Here’s a look at both sides.
For Apple fans, the anticipation of the iPad 3’s arrival is palpable. According to PCWorld.com you can earn around $300 for your iPad 2 using trade-in services like Nextworth, BuyMyTronics and eBay. That’s a good chunk of change to put towards your new iPad 3 when it becomes available to the general public.
March is a time set aside to pay tribute to generations of women who have made an invaluable impact on society. Women’s History Month started as a national celebration in 1987 and each year is given a different theme. For 2012, the theme is Women’s Education—Women’s Empowerment. Get educated and be inspired with these affordable ideas.
Many of us covet more quality time with our mattress. And since National Sleep Awareness Week falls from March 5-11 now is the time to focus on the importance of shut eye. We’ll all lose one hour of sleep this weekend with the arrival of Daylight Saving Time so it’s best that we make the most of our rest with these free and cheap ways to sleep better.
While you may dread tax season, getting your refund can be fun. Some people bank it, some people blow it, but judging by our latest Facebook and Twitter poll, many of you plan to do a little bit of both.
Not only is March 2 Dr. Seuss’ birthday, it’s also Read Across America, sponsored by the National Education Association. The purpose of Read Across America is to encourage children in every community to celebrate reading. Thankfully there are lots of free resources to help educators, parents and children put reading on the calendar every day, not just March 2.
The countdown is on—April 17, 2012 will be here before you know it. If the thought of Tax Day makes your stomach churn, then pull out your Smartphone. The key to a less stressful tax season could be just a trip to the app store away with these helpful apps for tax time.
Before you stress out over planning the perfect spring break, turn to your Smartphone for help. There are apps to assist you with every aspect of planning—from managing expenses with friends to finding the most affordable food at your destination.
The GOP race is heating up and narrowing down. On March 6, also known as Super Tuesday, voters in ten states will head to the polls for primaries or caucuses. In addition to finding out where each candidate stands on top issues like the economy, education and national security, many voters are looking at the numbers to investigate how much each candidate is spending, what they pay in taxes and just how generous they really are.
Whether you’re expecting a tax refund or will have to pay out of pocket, it’s going to cost you an average of $258 to get your taxes prepared. According to Forbes.com, about three in five taxpayers now pay CPAs, enrolled agents, H&R Block or other services to prepare their tax returns. Twenty-nine percent of Americans choose to use software like TurboTax. Cost aside, here are some clues that will guide you in deciding whether to do your taxes yourself or hire a professional.
When the stars collide on the red carpet for the Oscars you can expect to see pops of Chanel, glimpses of Gaultier and a round or two of Armani. But we know that celebrities don’t have all the fun so if you’re hunting for an Oscar-worthy look on a non-movie star budget, here are some options.
Every four years we all get an extra day: 24 hours, 1,440 minutes, 86,400 seconds. Some of us will waste it, but if we’re smart we’ll use February 29 to do something productive. Here are some tips for using Leap Day to improve your finances.
Don’t stay home—instead make spring break 2012 one of the hottest weeks of the year. And do it without breaking the bank. Visit one of these popular and affordable spring break destinations.
Someone in Rhode Island is one of the luckiest people on the planet. That person is holding the winning lottery ticket—a slip of paper worth $336.4 million ($210 million after taxes.) So far no one’s stepped forward for the third largest jackpot in history. So we thought it would be fun to dream a little bit—and apparently so did you. We received lots of feedback through Twitter and Facebook when we asked how you would spend the prize.
We honor the first President of the United States, George Washington, in many ways: some of us get the day off from school, some don’t have to work and others score great deals on bedding, home goods and even cars. Presidents’ Day falls on Monday, February 20 this year. Celebrate our country’s leaders by scoring some White House-worthy deals.
It only happens once every four years—February gets a little longer. This year the extra day falls on Wednesday, February 29. Some retailers and businesses are using the additional time to boost business with these leap year deals and savings.
Pull out your purple, green and gold—Mardi Gras is around the corner! Planning a festive bash? Before you blow your bead budget on games and décor, check out these Mardi Gras freebies.
Are you gearing up for college? If so, be sure to check out special pricing for students and teachers at the Apple Store. Both desktop iMacs and powerful MacBook notebooks are up to $200 off with free shipping for qualifying individuals. Pick up a new system today for a fun-filled summer. Offer is ongoing.
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