What's your home's price tag now?
(BPT) - As the housing market bounces back in many parts of the country, you may be wondering: What's my home worth now? There's actually more than one answer, according to Scott Halliwell, a certified financial planner at USAA . He says your home has three potentially very different price tags based on its: 1. Market value 2. Replacement value 3. Property tax value “Since different values can be used for different reasons, it's important to understand when each applies,” Halliwell says, addi...
Long-term care: Are you ready? [Infographic]
About 70 percent of people turning 65 can expect to need some kind of long-term care service as they age. Yet, only about 1/3 of us are planning or saving for it. Many don’t realize that several types of long-term care are not covered by health insurance, including Medicare. If you’re 40 plus, www.longtermcare.gov is a good place to start thinking through a strategy that works for you and your family.
Know how to keep young athletes playing safe and strong
(BPT) - Playing sports is great for kids. It teaches them the importance of teamwork, helps them stay physically active and creates positive habits that last a lifetime. An injury, however, can sideline young athletes for the season – or longer. A recent study by Safe Kids Worldwide identified measures that athletes, coa...
Tips to get the most out of your car this Labor Day and beyond
(BPT) - As the sun begins to set on the last stretch of summer, it’s time to start prepping for the final road trip of the season. Millions of drivers hit the road during the summer months, but the weekend leading up to the start of September marks the last hurrah of vacation season, one of the busiest weekends of the year for motorists across the country. According to AAA, North America’s largest motoring and leisure travel organization, more than 34.1 million Americans will take to the stre...
Trendy fall fashions fit for you
Fall isn’t just about cool, crisp evenings, back-to-school and sporting fun ... it’s also about reinventing your wardrobe, too. This season, transitioning your closet is easier than ever with fun trends that give you permission to show off your colorful character and express the many sides of your personality. Taking i...
Life after stroke: Advice for physical and emotional recovery
(BPT) - Did you know a stroke occurs every 40 seconds on average? About 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year, according to the American Stroke Association . If you or a loved one has survived a stroke, recovery depends largely on the severity of the brain damage. With love, support and patience, t...
What she thinks about his look: Three men's hairstyles women prefer
Your haircut says a lot about you. In fact, according to new research, it says more than anyone might think, especially in the eyes of women. To help guys figure out which haircut works best, Wahl Clipper and Opinion Research Corporation conducted a study on the styles women prefer and what those looks say about the guys...
Capture the spirit of the American Southwest on a Grand Canyon tour
There are some travel destinations where sights, people and activities add up to much more than the sum of their parts. You know when you’re in one of those special locations because you’re doing more than just seeing – you’re experiencing the spirit of the place. In the United States, there are few places more imbued wi...
Thwarting the safety threats that can lurk in kids' lunch boxes
(BPT) - When it comes to back-to-school safety, you cover the basics vigilantly, such as teaching kids to avoid strangers, buckling them in the car and providing appropriate safety gear when they play sports. But have you considered taking as much care when it comes to packing lunch boxes ? An improperly packed school lu...
Winning tips for capturing memorable back-to-school photos
(BPT) - As children across the country gear up with their new backpack, school supplies, clothes and haircuts, parents are reaching for their cameras, ready to capture another milestone: the annual back-to-school photo. This year, capture that memorable shot like a professional with a few expert tips and tricks. Lights, ...
Tech tips and tricks for foodies and cooking enthusiasts
(BPT) - There’s nothing quite like sharing a meal to keep you connected to friends and family. Between busy schedules and long distances, even a quick meal can be tough to coordinate. Since so much of our lives are managed online these days, a few tech tips and tricks can help keep your life gourmet. Cook with friends ac...
Energize your home's exterior with vibrant colors
(BPT) - Chances are you’ve thought about adding a splash of color to the exterior of your home, and you’re not the only one. Many people have the same idea, but they don't act because they’re worried they will choose poorly. Selecting the wrong color for your home’s exterior isn’t only costly, it’s embarrassing as well. ...