Top things homeowners forget when prepping their home for winter

In the winter, keeping the cold out and the heat in is everything. For many busy homeowners, it can be easy to overlook a few simple preventive maintenance tasks before cold weather sets in. Doing so can reduce the risk of home damage and help maximize energy efficiency. So before frigid temperatures are here for good, you can use this list to make sure your house is shipshape. Check for exterior gaps and cracks Take a walk around the exterior of your home. Get up close and inspect the windows,…

BrandpointContent – Small-business retirement accounts 101

If you’re a small-business owner — whether your business consists of just you and your spouse or a handful of employees — and you’re emerging from the pandemic into your new normal, it may be time for you to think about setting up retirement accounts, not just for your employees, but for yourself, too. That may be a surprising statement, considering many small-business owners do not currently offer retirement benefits to their employees, let alone take the time to set up an account for themselves. There are myriad reasons why…

5 tips for budget-savvy gift shopping

Are you ready for the holidays? Searching for the perfect gifts for friends and family can be fun and exciting, but it can also be stressful. Especially when money is tight, it’s a challenge to shop for just the right gifts for your loved ones and BFFs. But with a bit of planning, holiday shopping can be just as fun as ever — without clearing out your bank account or piling on credit card debt. Smart holiday shopping starts with a clear strategy — so get out your tablet or…

Safety first: Tips for pet-proofing your home

Welcoming a four-legged friend into your family is an exciting time for everyone, but puppies, kittens, dogs and cats can easily find themselves in serious trouble while exploring their new surroundings. It is important to remember that pets are naturally curious and explore their worlds with their mouths, so they will want to interact with or consume anything left out at their level. Because of this, your home is filled with potential risks, some obvious and others you might not expect. The good news is there are simple steps you…

How to be ready for the next power outage

Chances are, you’ve been through it — when severe weather hits, there’s nearby construction or just out of the blue, your power suddenly goes out. And you don’t know how long it will last — minutes, hours or days. It’s not just an inconvenience for your family, especially since everyone is spending more time working and schooling from home these days, but it can actually be unsafe. You may need to heat or cool your home so it’s livable, someone in your family may rely on home medical equipment, and…

Tax season 2020 will look different: Here’s how to prepare

It’s no secret that 2020 has been a tumultuous year. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans found themselves out of work — at least temporarily — and received unemployment benefits. Others may have experienced employment changes, like working from home or taking on multiple jobs. All of these factors will have even more of an impact come time to file income taxes on tax day, April 15, 2021. “For many, the 2020 tax season will likely look different,” says Mark Steber, Chief Tax Information Officer at Jackson Hewitt Tax…

Cool gift ideas that save energy (and do a world of good)

When checking your holiday list, you’re searching for gifts that inspire joy and delight, and electronic items often fit that description. But what if that gift also happens to have a positive impact on the recipient’s life and the world at large? In these difficult times, many of us have a greater appreciation for the things that protect the health of the planet for everyone. Whether you’re shopping for a shiny new appliance or gadgets to make someone’s life easier during quarantine, here’s how your gift can do a world…

Redefining Life to Tackle Heart Failure

Tammy, a mother and grandmother, who always led an active lifestyle — going to the gym several times a week — never thought she would be at risk for heart failure. Tammy began experiencing what she thought were common cold symptoms, including a persistent cough, shortness of breath and fatigue, but they worsened over time. “I went from leading group exercise classes, to being completely exhausted just from walking to my car from my door,” Tammy recalls. When Tammy woke up one morning, she noticed that her abdomen was bloated…

5 expert tips to save money at the grocery store

Parents are struggling to provide for their families during these uncertain and challenging times. A recent survey conducted by the Brookings Institution finds 1 in 5 young children in the U.S. are not getting enough food during this pandemic, and food insecurity is rising at an unprecedented rate. Financial expert and author Tonya Rapley has a few savvy tips to help families tweak their grocery-store routine to reduce spending: 1. Cut out convenience costs When shopping for foods such as meat, fruits and vegetables, you pay a premium for pre-cut…

Keep Calm and Clean On: Why You Shouldn’t Ease Up on Cleaning Practices this Winter

When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic first hit the United States, Americans showed up by not showing up. Since March 2020, residents of more than 40 states have experienced some type of a stay-at-home order (CDC). Major life events like graduations, weddings, birthday parties and funerals have been cancelled or postponed. Schools have grappled with online learning. Companies have sent employees to work remotely and families have stayed at home. To help protect themselves, their families and their homes from the spread of COVID-19, Americans also turned to cleaning. A recent…