Holiday tips on lightening your environmental footprint
Americans generate about 25 percent more waste than usual - an extra million tons - between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. That's a lot of garbage. If you typically strive to tread lightly on the Earth, you don't necessarily have to abandon your green lifestyle to ...
Behind the numbers of Black Friday [Infographic]
Black Friday is well known for having some of the lowest priced deals of the year, and the most discounts available for any given period of time during the holiday shopping season. In 2011, more than 17,000 deals were publicly advertised by more than 90 of the top retailers. Black Friday Deal Finder on FatWallet.com is expected to publish more than 20,000 deals in 2012, and will feature additional sale items for early holiday, Thanksgiving Day and Cyber Monday. The Black Friday Deals in...
Avoiding money decisions you'll regret later
"I'm going to regret this in the morning." Whether it was capping a high-calorie meal with a decadent dessert or agreeing to read just one more pre-bedtime book to an overtired toddler, nearly everyone has had reason to utter those words at some point in their lives. When it comes to money decisions, however, the last th...
Tips for a safe and stress-free holiday shopping season
It may be the season of joy, but for many Americans, the holidays can also be a time of great stress - particularly when it comes to gift-giving and shopping. If you're among the millions of Americans who want to experience a safer, less stressful holiday season, consider these tips.
Tips to enhance holiday meals with flavor
Thanksgiving and Christmas meals often incorporate a lot of traditional foods and flavors, which as a host, may become a bit boring. But when you have friends and family visiting for several days, there are plenty of opportunities to shine with new flavors and interesting meals.
How you can own a vacation home without the hassles that come with it
For many, the allure of a private getaway is strong, but concerns about maintenance and costs have made it seem out of reach in the past. If owning a vacation property has long been a dream of yours, now might be the time to make it a reality. The current economy fostered a buyer's market, in which vacation homes with incredible amenities and in exclusive communities are available for better values than ever before.
The conversation on giving: What is your family passionate about?
How many times has your child come home with news of a new penny drive or fundraiser happening at school or a place of worship? Often, children are eager to get involved with these fundraising efforts because there are reward incentives at the end, but parents can take this opportunity to discuss with children the real v...
Innovation is key to America's breadbasket
The holiday season is a good time to recognize the important contribution of America's farmers to our quality of life. Agriculture is a tough business. Yet according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, America's 2 million farms are the world's most productive, not only feeding our nation, but providing crucial grains ...
Four fast fixes for a fabulous shower
For many people, the shower is an escape from reality ... perhaps the only "me time" in an otherwise hectic day. But if your current shower isn't living up to your relaxing expectations, it may be time for a facelift. Don't think you have the time or money? Don't throw in the towel just yet - an improved shower is withi...