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Protect your new purchases over the holiday season
(BPT) - Let the hustle and bustle of the holiday shopping season begin. Sales in November and December are expected to increase 3.9 percent over last year to $602.1 billion, according to the National Retail Federation. However, with holiday purchases comes the risk of theft. From 2012 to 2013, consumers reported 10,755 t...
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Don't bust your budget: Tips and tricks to stretch those holiday dollars
(BPT) - Creating lists, checking them twice - it's a tradition for many families across the country this time of year as they plan and shop for gifts for friends and family. Even with the economy starting to recover, many people will set a budget before tackling their holiday shopping, but two-thirds of those that set a ...
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Tips for a keeping your home safe and dry this winter
(BPT) - Freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall are in store for much of the country this winter, according to The Old Farmer's Almanac, and that means homeowners need to start taking immediate steps to ensure that their loved ones and property stay safe and warm through the long, cold months ahead. Last year, winter st...
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Creating a pollinator-friendly habitat in your backyard
(BPT) - Pollinators such as bees, butterflies, hummingbirds, bats and beetles play an important role in producing healthy plants and food for people and wildlife. Without pollinators feeding on nectar and moving pollen from one flower to the next, most plants would not produce fruit or seeds. You can attract pollinators ...
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Shake up snack time with a pop of flavor inspiration
(BPT) - Popcorn is one of the oldest snacks known to mankind. The fluffy kernels were a favorite pastime long before the first motion picture. In fact, it is believed the oldest ear of popping corn was over 5,000 years old. Now that's staying power. Today, Americans eat around 16 billion quarts of popcorn every year maki...
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Gifts for foodies guaranteed to leave taste buds dancing
(BPT) - Between the growing trends of boutique restaurants, creative home cooking and entire television networks dedicated to food, you probably know a few people who consider themselves 'foodies.' Whether they love craft beer, decadent chocolate treats or gourmet cheeses, you can find many great gift ideas for people pa...
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Holiday stains solutions [Infographic]
It's that time of year - for holiday cheer and to deck the halls with boughs of holly, but unwanted stains are not so jolly. We all know that when the merriment kicks into high gear, those wine spills on the carpet or gravy droppings on that vintage tablecloth are inevitable. That's why Whirlpool is arming people with tips to get rid of some of the peskiest stains this holiday season. Instead of stressing, let the hugs and kisses commence and the wine flow, knowing you have the know-how to su...
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Easy cookies for the holidays - or any day
(BPT) - Whether the goodies are for gifts, for parties, or for the family to enjoy, crisp fall and chilly winter days are the perfect time to have the oven on and the house smelling great. 'Cookies are easy, quick, and everyone loves them. With just a few easy basic recipes, you can make so many delicious variations,' sa...
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Shopping with the enemy [Infographic]
As the popularity of online shopping continues to skyrocket, so do the opportunities for hackers to steal personal information. Cyber security expert Bob Bunge, professor in the College of Engineering & Information Sciences at DeVry University, offers insight into these risks and tips for consumers to protect themselves.
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Ways your family can give back to the community, country and world this holiday
(BPT) - The holiday season is a time when people are looking to give back. Sometimes this giving back encompasses spending time with others in the community, and other times it is showing support for programs that give back across the world. Families can get involved in giving back this holiday season in many ways, invol...
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The 'Three P's' to smarter holiday spending
(BPT) - Americans will spend more than $6 billion this holiday season, according to the National Retail Federation. How much of that will be overspending or outright wasted money? It's possible to control holiday spending and make smart money decisions this holiday season, if you keep in mind the 'three P's': plan, purch...
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Romance is in the air: the best holiday gifts for couples
(BPT) - For the love of your life, channeling all of your romantic feelings into a perfect present is a challenge. This year, a surefire way to that person's heart is a gift that celebrates health and wellness and brings the two of you closer. Improving your quality of life as a couple is something that fitness trainer a...
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