- Your Voice
(NAPSI)—For the most enjoyment at the least expense when shopping in stores and online, try these tips:
(BPT) - Experts anticipate the number of cyber threats will increase this holiday season, especially during the popular Cyber Monday shopping holiday, as shoppers head online and in-store in record numbers to purchase gifts. Consumers should be on alert following this year’s high-profile cyber data breaches at national retailers, yet many are not taking sufficient precautions to protect their personal information.
(BPT) - Having a happy holiday shouldn’t mean stretching your finances paper thin. But many Americans already know they’ll likely go over their holiday budgets this year, which can mean financial stress in the new year. Fortunately, a few unexpected tricks and shopping strategies can help make your holiday dollars go further – and you might even have a few bucks leftover for yourself.
(Family Features) This holiday, take some tips from the big man with the jolly red hat. Whether shopping for family and friends young or old, you're sure to find something for everyone on your list with these gifts, specially selected from Santa himself.
(BPT) - Traveling, cooking large meals, planning and surviving holiday office parties, and managing relatives – the holidays are stressful. Add in the time and money demands of holiday shopping, and you may be tempted to keep a therapist on speed dial.
(BPT) - The chaos of the holiday season can leave even the most organized person feeling a little hassled. You have to balance your schedule that’s filling up with holiday activities, your to-do lists of gift shopping and getting ready for guests, and your budget that’s struggling with added seasonal expenses. It all makes these last few weeks of the calendar year feel a bit overwhelming.
(StatePoint) Millions of Americans find themselves focused on planning the perfect party, juggling a packed social schedule and shopping for the best holiday deals.
(NAPSI)—Savvy shoppers know the holiday shopping season begins in earnest on the day after Thanksgiving. According to a recent consumer survey, more than 85 percent of shoppers typically plan to hit the stores on Black Friday.
(NAPSI)—These days, we have “smart” everythings—smart cars, smartphones, smart televisions—but it seems most Americans still don’t feel quite as smart as their electronics when it comes to downloading digital movies. Most of us don’t think twice before downloading a song or even a full album; we’ll download apps until our thumbs are sore, and according to a 2013 study done by the PEW Research Center, nearly 60 percent of Americans think online dating is a great way to meet people—and yet, for some reason, most of us still don’t know how easy it is to purchase movies online. Well, it’s time to change that. Here are the top five reasons to go digital with your film library.
(Family Features) Heather Loenser, DVM, knows first-hand the joys and challenges of traveling with her dog. She and her family recently adopted a year-old Border collie named Calvin.
(NAPSI)—If you’re like many people, you’ve asked yourself: “Who would want to hack me? There are a lot more lucrative targets out there for cyberthieves, right?”
(NAPSI)—There’s good news for students preparing for Advanced Placement (AP) exams. One of the most popular study systems now lets students create their own customized study plans—and get daily assignments delivered right to their mobile device.
(BPT) - Does the prospect of holiday shopping make you dance with joy, or tremble with dread? Americans seem pretty evenly split into both categories, a CBS News poll found last year. Love it or hate it, holiday shopping has to happen – the National Retail Federation says more than 90 percent of Americans celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or Kwanza. So why not take some steps to streamline your holiday shopping, and make it as easy and cost-effective as possible?
(Family Features) For many parents, the back to school season means running from store to store in search of everything the kids need for a successful academic year. Use this special guide, which includes everything from on-trend footwear to portable chargers that power devices, to outfit your star pupils in style.
(BPT) - Contrary to what most people believe about being active, it’s not only about how many times you visit your health club each week or even what you do when you’re there. Instead, you must understand how your body responds to a variety of workout intensities and train your body to be metabolically flexible while using fat and carbohydrates at the right times during exercise. Teaching your body how to use these fuels at the right times during exercise helps get the most out of your exercise program, thus working smarter rather than harder.
(BPT) - When it comes to heath and wellness, nearly 73 percent of Americans are trying to take better care of their health today than just a few years ago, yet 49 percent find that other things take priority, according to The Futures Company. However, experts say the more you customize your wellness plan for your personal needs and style, the more likely you’ll support your fitness and health goals.
(BPT) - Back-to-school shopping with a teenager can be harrowing for both parent and child. Parents must balance the function and fashion of required supplies to make returning to school fun, yet still within budget. With parents of teens spending $133.40 on average for back-to-school supplies per child, according to a recent Staples back-to-school survey, price is very important. With some careful planning, cooperative tactics and a few tips, it’s possible to turn back-to-school shopping excursions into an opportunity for kids to learn smart decision-making and express themselves with designs.
(BPT) - Are you dreaming of a vacation? Whether you’re planning a family trip, a romantic getaway for two, or a solo adventure, technology will likely be by your side. But using technology while away often requires some advance prep to reduce potential disruptions to your personal services, including Web-based email, apps and cloud storage, and to reduce the risk of criminal activity.
(StatePoint) The “connected home” is one of the biggest areas of technical innovation today, with smart appliances, learning thermostats, app-driven lights, and intelligent door locks taking center stage in home improvement stores and magazines. In fact, by 2017, an estimated 36 million homes throughout North America and Europe will be smart.
(BPT) - Between managing careers, navigating the rigors of parenthood, handling the daily to-do list, and finding time to stay in touch with friends, it’s no wonder modern moms and dads are always on the lookout for simple solutions to make life a little less hectic. Luckily, the age of mobile technology brings ultra-convenient apps and Bluetooth-connected devices for everything from shopping to banking and, of course, cooking.
(StatePoint) When it’s time for the kids to head back to school, they’ll often find themselves buried in binders, folders and enough loose-leaf paper to transcribe “War and Peace.” Your son or daughter might be able to keep these supplies neat and tidy for a couple of days, maybe even a week or two, but eventually, organization is going to fall by the wayside.
(BPT) - Many moms say back-to-school season rivals the holidays as the most stressful time of the year. The whirlwind spans from shopping for supplies to scheduling new fall activities. Whether you’re a single mom, a Mr. Mom or a traditional parent, nearly everyone can benefit from reducing stress during this busy time of year.
(BPT) - The cost to send children back to school increased 5.3 percent for elementary and middle school students and 9.5 percent for high-schoolers last year, according to Huntington National Bank's annual Backpack Index. When prices increase that much from year to year, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and look for ways to save.
(NAPSI)—Whether you are a committed clipper or you have a more laid-back relationship with coupons, there’s good news.
(BPT) - Summer is all about spending time outdoors – either at home or away. Whether you’re hitting the road or taking a trip to the local park, it’s time for fun in the sun. And when you’re preparing for fun outside, remember that there are safety concerns to consider as well.