Doing your own taxes? Here's what you need to know
(BPT) - More than 43.6 million Americans prepared and e-filed their own income tax returns in 2013, up 4 percent from the year before, according to the IRS. In addition to being more affordable than a storefront or accountant, online and mobile solutions have made doing your own taxes exceptionally easy and fast. 'Consum...
Practical strategies to help you stay on budget this holiday season
(BPT) - Whether you're hosting guests, traveling to family or simply purchasing gifts, the holidays can put household finances to the test. This year, Americans aren't letting short-term stresses like the holidays affect their long-term financial aspirations. According to the latest Merrill Edge Report , many Americans n...
Tips to keep feet happy this holiday season
(BPT) - Holiday shopping, decorating, parties and traveling are all part of our holiday revelries. But while you're making all that merriment, how happy are your feet? You may be doing a lot of walking, dancing, standing and sitting in one position throughout the holiday season. Half of all Americans report experiencing ...
Flu myths vs. flu facts [Infographic]
There are a number of misconceptions about seasonal flu and flu vaccines, but vaccination against the flu is considered one of the most effective ways of preventing mortality, complications and hospitalizations.
Dress to thrill for holidays and beyond
Family gatherings, office parties, New Year's Eve bashes - the holiday social whirl is the most obvious reason for a shopping expedition to bag that special outfit. But special occasions don't end on January first. Here are a few events that may inspire a new look and a few tips to find just the right style for each. 'Th...
How to turn seasonal work into a permanent job
Seasonal jobs come in many shapes and sizes. The unemployment rate hovered at a near constant of 7.3 percent in October 2013, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports. Many of those who are unemployed are seeking temporary holiday work. Large retailers comprise the bulk of the swelled workforce; however, retai...
Carbon fiber likely to be used in your next car
Carbon fiber has received quite a bit of attention lately, primarily due to its extensive use in Boeing's high-tech, lighter weight 787 Dreamliner airplanes. But most Americans likely will experience this modern material in a more down-to-earth vehicle, now that automakers increasingly are turning to carbon fiber when pl...
Guide to new 4-strain flu vaccines [Infographic]
For more than 30 years, scientists have been making trivalent (3-strain) flu vaccines to protect against the three strains of flu expected to circulate during a given flu season. Four strains of the flu virus are currently circulating, and in six of the last 11 flu seasons the three strains in the vaccine did not include one of the more commonly circulating strains. To counter this trend, scientists have developed broader protection with quadrivalent (4-strain) flu vaccines, which are availab...
Top technologies guide for mature drivers
(BPT) - The shiny paint. The new car smell. Many aspects about buying or leasing a new vehicle can excite your senses. Once you are inside your new vehicle, you are probably asking yourself a lot of questions. Where will I put my sunglasses? Is the trunk big enough for my groceries? What does this button do? Chances are ...
Break away from bad online gaming habits
The holiday season is always an exciting time for gamers. This year is particularly interesting with the launch of two new gaming systems - Sony's PlayStation 4 and Microsoft's Xbox One, as well as a long list of titles gamers everywhere are feverishly waiting to play, including 'Watch Dogs,' 'Assassin's Creed IV' and 'B...
Winning ideas for beating winter blues
(BPT) - Nearly 150 days separate the last day of the winter holidays from the first unofficial day of summer - Memorial Day. After holiday decorations get packed away, and winter sets in, it's not uncommon to experience a touch - or more - of winter boredom. Some people may find themselves in a rut during those long 150 ...