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'Tis the season for online shopping traps
(BPT) - It doesn't matter if it's the day after Thanksgiving or the night before Christmas, cybercriminals don't take a holiday. "People are spending with reckless abandon this time of year," says Christopher Elliott, consumer advocate and author of "Scammed: How to Save Your Money and Find Better Service in a World of Schemes, Swindles and Shady Deals." To avoid falling victim to these creative crooks, financial services company USAA advises consumers to watch out for these five common cyber...
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Don't let messes leave you in a 'holidaze': Easy tips for post-holiday clean up
(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 i...
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Car shopping at your local auto show
(BPT) - Auto shows are full of flashy new cars and concept cars that offer an exciting look into the future of technology and design. If you are in the market for a new car, your local auto show can be the perfect place to start shopping. Here are a few simple tips that can narrow down which cars to take on a test drive:...
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How important is the toilet to your health? [Infographic]
You flush the toilet every day without ever realizing just how important a flush toilet is to your quality of life. Across the world more than 3.5 billion people do not have access to a flush toilet and they suffer from disease because of this. Read on to learn more about the effect poor sanitation has on many of the world's people and see how you can help.
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More options than ever for families needing elder care
(BPT) - More Americans than ever before are now older than 65, and in just four more decades, for the first time in history, there will be more seniors in the U.S. than people younger than 18, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Given those numbers, is it any surprise that many families wrestle with decisions for how to...
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How to maintain your deck for outdoor entertaining year-round
(BPT) - Expanding livable space using decks and patios is a top home improvement trend, but today's homeowners aren't satisfied with limiting entertaining outdoors to the warmer months. With a few smart updates, they're creating spaces that make outdoor entertaining possible all year long. Breathe new life into your exis...
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Use your rewards credit card wisely over the holidays to get the most out of your spending
(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 ha...
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Make eye-healthy foods part of your holiday meals and memories this season
As you plan your holiday menu this season, you may not realize that even your favorite traditional recipes can be easily updated to include more nutritious ingredients. And because vision plays such a critical role not only in enjoying your favorite meals but also in making memories with family and loved ones throughout ...
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Scouting out the best Black Friday and holiday shopping deals?
(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...
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Colorblind care: improving health literacy among minority populations
(BPT) - Achieving consistent quality of care regardless of a person's race or ethnicity remains a critical goal for anyone with a stake in America's health care system for improving health literacy - the ability to use and understand health information. 'In the United States, life expectancy and other health status measu...
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Is your coin jar jingling? [Infographic]
As the holiday shopping season draws near, a new survey from Coinstar , a leader in money services, found that Americans may have more money than they think stashed in piggy banks or junk drawers and weighing down purses or backpacks. Survey respondents estimate that they have a little more than $26 in spare change, but according to Coinstar's nationwide kiosk data, the average amount that customers convert to a no-fee eCertificate and/or gift card when they cash in their coins is $56 - more ...
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How to make the most out of Cyber Monday
Cyber Monday has established itself as the biggest online shopping day of the year, partially because Black Friday is now so spread out (starting on Thanksgiving and lasting through the weekend). Because Cyber Monday has become so commonplace with holiday shoppers, and every retailer participates, it offers us an opportu...
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