Tips for a bigger tax refund
(BPT) - If you typically dread income tax time, remember this: Three out of four taxpayers receive a federal refund, and the average direct-deposited refund last year was $2,923. You have almost as many tax savings opportunities as last year, thanks to the fiscal cliff-averting tax changes passed in early January. In add...
Tips for avoiding costly errors on your tax return
(BPT) - Making mistakes is one of Americans’ biggest fears at tax time. A single error can delay the processing of your return or even cause it to be rejected by the IRS. If that happens and you’re entitled to a refund, get ready to wait. Today’s sophisticated tax preparation products make doing your own taxes perfect th...
Shrug off that winter chill with smart home improvement projects
(BPT) - Spring is drawing nearer and, for homeowners, now is the time to shrug off the winter chill and think about home improvement plans. Building industry experts say that it’s an ideal time to carefully consider and prioritize your plans – both cosmetic and structural. Understanding what is an essential home improvem...
Ever wondered how much data the world uses in one minute? [Infographic]
Every 60 seconds, our networks have to process 240 million emails, 1.3 million videos watched on YouTube and 100,000 people sending a Tweet – and in 2013 these numbers will be even higher. By 2015, the number of network devices is expected to double the world’s population, making our demand for network bandwidth even larger. Companies like Intel are creating solutions for network providers that will boost performance to handle the increasing network traffic.
Eye-opening facts and myths about eye health [Infographic]
If you live long enough, you will get a cataract. Cataracts can limit the ability to see bright colors, read and, most frighteningly, drive a car – especially at night. Although more than 20 million Americans 40 years and older have a cataract in one or both eyes, there is a surprising lack of knowledge about the condition among U.S. adults. In fact, a recent survey found that 22 percent of Americans did not think that they were at risk for developing cataracts in their lifetime, when in real...
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 perc...
Learn how to be healthy, active and live well with diabetes
(BPT) - Whether you are at risk for, have been recently diagnosed with, or are living with diabetes, it is essential to make sure you have the information necessary to manage your disease. It can also be overwhelming caring for someone with diabetes. The American Diabetes Association strives to make it easier and the org...
Five must-haves for your new truck
(BPT) - With a brand new truck decorating your driveway, you’ve probably got plenty of ideas of how you’re going to use it for towing a boat, transporting large and heavy loads and conquering rugged terrain. Or maybe you just want to feel powerful while driving it down the road. But before you get too comfortable, think ...
Score big with a game-day snacking strategy
(BPT) - Upwards of 100 million viewers will tune in to watch a professional sporting event this winter and spring season. As the fans wait for those historic moments of triumph and dramatic play-by-play recaps, they also partake in a celebration of food and feasting at halftime, and throughout the game. Wings, onion ring...
Tips for hosting last-minute big game gatherings
For sports fans, the months of February and March are busy – filled with catching football and basketball championship games happening in the professional and collegiate leagues. Then before we know it, spring sports season is upon us. There’s a good chance you’ll be hosting a couple of game-watching events at your house...