Category: Miscellaneous

Mother’s Day Shopping Tips

Great guest post for Mother’s Day shoppers! Seasonality doesn’t just affect the weather; prices across a wide range of products can change on a month-to-month basis as demand fluctuates. Considering millions of consumers will shop for Mother’s Day gifts this week, being aware of these best and worst buys can help you make smarter purchasing decisions that delight Mom and keep your budget intact. Take a look at these worst buys and consider gifting a best buy for Mom. WORST Sadly, many go-to gifts for Mom represent the worst buys of…

The Surprising Health Benefits of Chocolate

Thank you for this guest post just in time for Mother’s Day Shopping! The other day my daughter was looking for a snack and asked “is there any chocolate in this house?” I smiled and replied “you are so my daughter.”  I’ve been a chocolate lover for as long as I could remember. And now both of my girls are fans of the rich, sweet treat as well. Yes, chocolate is full of calories and sugar. But, some chocolate, when eaten in moderation, can also deliver big health benefits. Chocolate Supports Weight Loss. Studies have found that…

The Broke Grad’s Guide to Thriving in the Real World

Email this guest post to your new grad. Graduating college is an exciting moment, right? Maybe not. Total student debt has topped $1 trillion this year and the average college graduate owes more than $33,000 in outstanding payments upon commencement. So, it’s understandable why young adults are filled with more fear than joy about earning their diploma and entering the real world. While finding a good job is paramount, learning how to budget and discovering ways to save on everyday expenses offers the best chance to surviving life after college. If you or a recent grad in…

National Consumer Protection Week 2015–March 1-7

With all the hacking and scams, the Frugal Diva says information is the best protection. Use the resources below to find out about buying a used car, making investments, and much more. March 1-7, 2015 is National Consumer Protection Week (NCPW), an opportunity for organizations around the country to show their commitment to consumer protection by teaching people about their consumer rights. More than 80 Nonprofit groups, businesses and federal, state and local government agencies are partners in NCPW and hundreds of other agencies and organizations host events for the week (and beyond) throughout the country. NCPW partners share…

New Research Finds Volunteering Improves Health and Happiness

If you have 2-3 hours to spare each week, you might want to consider volunteering, particularly if you’re 50 or older. Not only can the experience be incredibly fulfilling, new research finds that it might just make you healthier, happier, and more physically fit. The group of researchers led by the Rotman Research Institute at Baycrest Health Sciences analyzed data from 73 studies involving people aged 50-plus who were in formal volunteering roles. The results were published in August 2014 online in Psychological Bulletin. Here are some of their key findings: Volunteering is associated with reductions in…

Tips for Surviving Holiday Parties without Weight Gain

When you’re watching your weight, or just trying to be healthy, holiday parties can be a challenge. And, they seem to multiply every year. There’s your office party, your neighbors’ parties, your kids’ parties at school, and of course, your own family gatherings. If visions of yule log cakes, cookies, and cheese balls have you panicked, take heart. You don’t have to forgo healthy eating this season. And you don’t have to skip out on all the merriment. Here are some tips to help you stay on track and avoid weight gain from all those holiday…

The Ultimate Black Friday Guide

Thanks to the folks at GOBankingRates.com for this comprehensive list of store openings, best buys, and shopping tips for Black Friday. They sure know when to hold em and when to fold them. Check them out to find the hottest deals, why some items are better priced after Black Friday, and how Black Friday came into existence. And most importantly, don’t just wait for Friday. Many stores and websites are starting their deals early. With GOBankingRates.com doing all the work, the Frugal Diva gets to sleep late, take in the free FIDM museum downtown, grab a…