Money advice for expectant and new parents
(BPT) - Have you ever heard the saying that “babies don’t come with owner’s manuals”? It’s true that no matter how many books you read, classes you take, or experienced parents you talk to, you can never be completely prepared for the challenges and joys of parenthood. You can, however, prepare yourself for the costs of...
How classroom technology can benefit your child's education
(BPT) - Historically, the term “digital divide” has referred to the gap in technology levels between developing and first world countries; however, it’s truly the divide between the more affluent and the underprivileged. While the divide has a worldwide reach, it’s important to remember that the gap is growing in Americ...
Don't let these myths rain on your retirement party
(BPT) - Do you dream of the day you can retire, but aren't sure how to get there? You're not alone. Many people find it easier to avoid reality when it comes to planning for retirement. "That can lead to big mistakes in their retirement income planning ," says Zachary Gipson, vice president of retirement and wealth planning at USAA. Here's a look at five common myths that could derail your expectations for income when you retire. Myth 1: You won't be around long enough to go through your...
Easy Asian recipes for everyday and entertaining
(BPT) - Preparing a meal that will please everyone at the table is something that every host strives for. The vibrant flavors of Asian food are surprisingly easy to create at home – particularly when you have the right ingredients – and so versatile that they can be dressed up or down to fit any occasion. “There’s a pe...
Grow your tax refund with savings bonds
(BPT) - Expecting a tax refund this tax season? If so, you may be interested in a convenient savings option offered by the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Taxpayers may buy paper Series I Savings Bonds, in amounts ranging from $50 to $5,000, with their annual tax refund by completing the “Allocation of Refund (Includin...
Secrets for making the perfect pizza on game day
(BPT) - When it comes to game-day entertaining, pizza served with a full-flavored craft beer is sure to score big with your guests. Delicious and easy, guests can quickly grab a slice and a brew during the break in the action and get back to the game with a well-balanced pairing in hand. To kick it up a notch for your n...
Simple tips to declutter your digital life
(BPT) - Owning multiple gadgets is no longer the domain of tech geeks – it’s the new normal for just about everyone. Between multiple computers, phones, tablets, readers and music players, and the files that fill them up, people have a lot on their digital hands. Because that can be both costly and cumbersome, people ar...
TV tip-overs a hazard for young children
(BPT) - Many homes have new TVs decorating the living room, bedroom, den and even the kitchen. These TVs often feature the latest wide, flat screens, which give viewers great definition and clarity. But while they provide a beautiful viewing experience, flat screen TVs are top-heavy on a narrow base, and they can easily...
Your new TV features a geat picture and a tipping hazard [Infographic]
Your new flat-screen TV may feature a great picture and incredible sound, but it also comes with something you might not know: a big tipping hazard. The average weight of a flat-screen TV is 50 pounds, which is the equivalent of three bowling balls falling on you or your family members. The statistics are scary, with young children being particularly prone to TV-related injuries. Remember, the best place for your TV is safely mounted on the wall.
Add some New Orleans flavor to your game day recipes
(BPT) - When it comes to planning for the big football game in New Orleans this year, instead of turning to grease-heavy and heartburn-inducing foods, why not consider some tasty and healthier options that will have everyone giving you a high score for food options? New Orleans-based executive chef Tory McPhail, of the...
Think beyond the allowance to teach kids lasting money skills
(BPT) - One of the most exciting parts of parenthood is watching your children learn as they grow. Of course, life’s lessons can be tough just as often as they can be pleasant. And as you want to protect kids from falling off their bike or scraping a knee, you also want to set them up for a successful financial future, ...