(BPT) - The winter months mean celebrating the holidays, reconnecting with family and friends and planning your resolutions for the New Year. They can also mean a sharp increase to your monthly heating bill in order to stay warm and comfortable. If you’re interested in controlling your energy expenses while maintaining comfort, the tips below will help you make sure more of your money is put towards presents than power.
(BPT) - For most places, winter undoubtedly means chilly temperatures, less sunlight and – inevitably – dry, tight or flaky skin. This season, follow these easy tips to break the cycle of dull winter skin by revamping beauty routines that will ensure radiant skin is always in the forecast.
(NewsUSA) - Looking to stretch your dollars this holiday shopping season?
(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.
(BPT) - This year’s holiday season is taking on a decidedly modern twist, with an emphasis on recycling and repurposing old decorations, utilizing sustainable decor, and adding sparkle to complete the look.
(NewsUSA) - With Black Friday behind us and the December gift-giving season at its height, shopping gets pretty extreme in these parts. Whether you're fixated on fashion or seek bargains and basics, you'll find it all in Valley Forge and Montgomery County, Pa.
(BPT) - When the holiday season arrives, so too does the enigma of holiday tipping. What’s supposed to be a sign of gratitude for great service, can quickly turn into stress as you try to decide if and how much you should tip the handyman, mail carrier, babysitter and many more.
(BPT) - Finding the perfect gift for a loved one can be difficult at any time of year, but no time places more stress on finding a great gift than Christmas. It goes beyond finding the “perfect” gift for special days and holidays to giving something that reflects your affection or appreciation for the gifts you’ve received over time from that individual.
(BPT) - Some New Year’s resolutions can be difficult to keep, such as exercising more and eating less junk food. But resolutions that involve improving home safety can be just as worthwhile as those that deal with self-improvement – and often they’re much easier to keep.
(BPT) - Every year, office or classroom gift exchanges, thank you tokens for service providers, and last-minute items for acquaintances that drop in unannounced leave many Americans wrestling with a burning question: What can you give for $25 (the ubiquitous price point for this type of gifting)?
(BPT) - The holidays are just around the corner and with the big holiday season comes big spending. Americans spend an average of $737 on holiday gifts, decor, food and more, according to the National Retail Federation.
(BPT) - You’re all too familiar with that one, dreaded moment when the festivities end. It hits you every year like a bad hangover. You promise yourself that once the last sip of eggnog has been guzzled and the cookie jar has been emptied, you’ll get healthy.
(BPT) - 'Tis the season for glitzing up a sparkling holiday look. From office parties and family gatherings to community events and charity galas, now is the time to look and feel your best. It may be a hectic time of year, but with a little preparation and creativity you can dazzle all season long. Try these quick and easy tips from beauty and style expert Jennifer Walsh for a stellar head-to-toe holiday look:
(NewsUSA) - If you're reading this story, that probably means you're a concerned parent who wouldn't dream of buying your 8-year-old the new "Battlefield 4" video game for the holidays, no matter how many hissy fits are thrown. But let's face it, you've also got a zillion other things on your mind right now -- how's that work deadline coming? -- and not every title is so obviously age-inappropriate.
(NewsUSA) - With the holiday season upon us, the latest cell phones and tablets are sure to be at the top of most kids' gift lists. Let's face it: they'll use these gifts to keep up and connect with their friends on sites like Instagram, Twitter and SnapChat.
(BPT) - Let the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season begin. Sales in November and December are expected to increase 3.9 percent over last year to $602.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. However, with holiday purchases comes the risk of theft.
(BPT) - Freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall are in store for much of the country this winter, according to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, and that means homeowners need to start taking immediate steps to ensure that their loved ones and property stay safe and warm through the long, cold months ahead.
(BPT) - Creating lists, checking them twice – it’s a tradition for many families across the country this time of year as they plan and shop for gifts for friends and family. Even with the economy starting to recover, many people will set a budget before tackling their holiday shopping, but two-thirds of those that set a budget will likely go over, according to a recent survey.
(BPT) - Americans will spend more than $6 billion this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. How much of that will be overspending or outright wasted money? It’s possible to control holiday spending and make smart money decisions this holiday season, if you keep in mind the “three P’s”: plan, purchase and protect.
(BPT) - Excited about hosting a holiday party; but dreading the decorating? You don’t have to spend a great deal of money or invest a lot of time to get your home holiday ready. There are a number of quick, easy and inexpensive projects you can complete to update your decor before the first guest rings the doorbell.
(BPT) - The holiday season is a time when people are looking to give back. Sometimes this giving back encompasses spending time with others in the community, and other times it is showing support for programs that give back across the world.
(BPT) - Whether the goodies are for gifts, for parties, or for the family to enjoy, crisp fall and chilly winter days are the perfect time to have the oven on and the house smelling great.
(BPT) - Holiday season guests will soon come knocking at your front door. What’s the first impression your home’s entryway creates? Is it a warm, friendly welcome, or is the cold hard truth that your home’s entryway could use some improvement?
(BPT) - Between the growing trends of boutique restaurants, creative home cooking and entire television networks dedicated to food, you probably know a few people who consider themselves “foodies.” Whether they love craft beer, decadent chocolate treats or gourmet cheeses, you can find many great gift ideas for people passionate about food and drink.
(NewsUSA) - Feeling like you haven't had this much trouble making a decision since Leno and Letterman first went head-to-head?
(NewsUSA) - When you think of holiday dinners, it's likely that the first image that comes to mind is a golden, roasted turkey. While the bird may take center stage, for many it's the hearty sides -- creamy gravy, silken mashed potatoes -- and delicious desserts -- fruit pies and sweet puddings -- whose rich flavors and textures make the holiday feast.
(NewsUSA) - Trying to find that perfect holiday gift for friends or family who have everything can be a daunting task. If they're a techie, the job can be even more difficult.
The holidays are an exciting time of year, but it may seem like you never have enough time to get ready. From preparing meals, buying presents and cleaning your home before friends and family arrive, time seems to always run short. So wouldn’t it be nice if you could save time on even one of those monumental tasks? With the right tools, and a few helpful ideas, you’ll be spending your time celebrating the season instead of fretting about the cleaning.
(BPT) - The holiday season is a time for everyone to indulge in delicious foods but doing so shouldn’t be a guilt-ridden experience. There are several options available to satisfy your taste buds while still staying on track. The following are some snack options that not only embrace the latest food trends but are sure to please your guests as well.
(BPT) - As people fill their holidays with parties, friends, family and celebrations, a bit of added stress and a tremendous amount of decadent food are also thrown into the mix. For many Americans, this may lead to digestive problems, too.
(BPT) - Festive decorations, twinkling lights, seasonal foods and the company of loved ones – everyone has that special something they enjoy most about the holiday season. Avoiding sticker shock when you see your January credit card bill might be one of them. It can be a challenge to keep costs down, however, when you have a lengthy gift list to get through.
(BPT) - The holidays bring plenty of cheer and the arrival of family from all over. It’s the most wonderful time of the year, after all. But with family visits and hearty meals also comes a big share of messes. After hefty helpings of gravy and chocolates, there will be plenty of cleaning required to get your home back in tip top shape for the new year. It’s enough to leave anyone “holidazed,” but with the right tools and tricks on your side, it does not have to.
(BPT) - It doesn't matter if it's the day after Thanksgiving or the night before Christmas, cybercriminals don't take a holiday.
(BPT) - You know the holidays have officially begun when the tinsel and colored lights go up in stores, streets and homes. Thanksgiving Day is now Black Thursday, when consumers – still hungry and primed for the best possible holiday deals – fight the famous tryptophan sluggishness and rush off to the mall not long after the turkey is carved and gobbled.
(NewsUSA) - What can be more meaningful than a gift that will not only wow a special person in your life, but will also encourage positive change?
(BPT) - Cooler temperatures, dwindling daylight that makes you crave a mood boost, and the approach of the holidays – at this time of year, many inspirations prompt people to redecorate. But while you’re breaking out the holiday decorations or looking for just the right shade of yellow to make your kitchen look brighter on short winter days, don’t overlook another powerful decorator’s trick – scent.
(NewsUSA) - 'Tis the season -- time to break out the decorations, don that holiday sweater and dive into the delicious entertaining season.
(BPT) - Guys can be the hardest people to shop for, and finding the perfect gift has become a daunting holiday tradition. Sure, they will appreciate the thought behind another bundle of tube socks – and might even wear them – but there are gifts that bring a wow factor and make even the most stoic guys light up like a little kid.
(NewsUSA) - Okay, here's a quick question for all you holiday shoppers out there: Which do you dread more -- and be honest -- a letter from the IRS or having to choose the "perfect" gift for everyone on your list?
(BPT) - During the holidays, more Americans spend time in the kitchen preparing meals for family and friends. That additional kitchen time also means added risk of home fires. In fact, according to claims data from Liberty Mutual Insurance, three times more fires occur on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day than on any other days of the year, yet many Americans aren’t practicing basic kitchen safety.
(BPT) - The holiday season is all about celebrating with family and friends, which means more merry-making, staying organized and enjoying the time spent shopping for the perfect gifts. A smart shopper is able to access and keep organized great deals and discounts, reduce time with online shopping and check for last-minute opinions if absolutely necessary.
(BPT) - Holiday meals are often the highlights of the season, as nothing beats making memories with friends and family over delicious food and good wine. However, planning the perfect get-together can be difficult and even stressful. Between deciding on the perfect menu, finding complementing beverages, grocery shopping and decorating your house with holiday cheer, it’s difficult to prepare to host a gathering that will be remembered long after the holiday lights are packed away for the year.
(BPT) - The nice thing about cold weather is that it creates the perfect opportunity to enjoy the warmth of family and friends or some quiet time alone. What sounds cozier than starting a fire and curling up in front of the TV with a new movie?
(BPT) - This time of year, there is no shortage of holiday gift guides available to help you find the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Whether it’s your chocolate-loving aunt or fashion-forward sister, there is an art to selecting just the right things to put smiles on their faces. Here are a few tips to get you through the overwhelming gift giving process this holiday season:
(BPT) - The holidays are here again, and so is running – er, driving – around for things. Rushing to parties, picking up family at the airport, preparing dinners, and, of course, shopping. Whether it’s fighting for parking spaces at the mall or traveling over the river and through the woods, don’t overlook the four round pieces of rubber that are responsible for safely getting you from point A to point B – your tires.
(BPT) - With the holiday season quickly approaching, it's officially shopping crunch time. This year, consider some innovative and imaginative gift ideas sure to impress even the hardest to shop for on your list. You may want to gift yourself a holiday treat, too.
(BPT) - The time-honored popularity of holiday cookie baking remains strong even in today’s grab-and-go society.
(BPT) - The adage that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure still rings true – especially for businesses preparing for tax season. If you oversee your company’s filing requirements, knowing what is due and when can save you and your employee’s penalties, time and stress.
(BPT) - Not only is the holiday season time for presenting loved ones with carefully hand-picked gifts, it’s also the season for dressing up and sharing good cheer at office parties, family events and cocktail gatherings.