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Avoid Weight Gain, Sickness, and More: The Ultimate Holiday Survival Guide

Posted on 12/14/2011 by |General News | Comments

Personal HealthThis is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. Don’t be like Santa this holiday season. Seriously, that guy is a health nightmare, between all the extra cookies he eats to his habit of overexerting himself (at least on one night in particular). Instead, make small, healthy changes to your usual holiday festivities to avoid packing on extra pounds or getting sick. To start with, don’t stress out. Breathe. And remember, if you’ve been …

A Caregiver’s Christmas Wish List

Posted on 12/9/2011 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingWondering what to give your favorite family caregiver this year? Here is my Christmas Wish List that I shared two years ago. It still holds true so I thought I’d share it with you again this year. It’s a short list – only 5 items…the intangibles that are most meaningful to caregivers. Surely Santa can help with these! All I want for Christmas is: 1. An empathic ear. Caregiving is intense, and new challenges arise every single day. Even if they …

Kindle Fire: Hot Product

Posted on 12/8/2011 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

TechnologyThe following is a guest blog from Steve Morgenstern, who frequently contributes technology content to AARP. You can read more from Steve here, and catch all his guest blogs here. After all the buzz about the iPad over the past two years, it’s still tough for many of us to justify buying a $500 keyboard-free product that doesn’t really substitute for a full-fledged laptop computer.  Knock the price down to $200, though, as Amazon has done with its new Kindle …

Not Another Fruitcake Story

Posted on 12/6/2011 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsThe article I wrote earlier this week about holiday tipping left me with a craving for fruitcake.  Even though it’s become sport to make fun of fruitcake, I love the stuff.  But that wasn’t always the case. In fact, my passion for fruitcake is a direct result of a holiday tipping story of my own. As I recall, winter came extra early to northwest Ohio in 1967. It was the week before Christmas, and we already had a solid foot …

Holiday Tipping: Show Your Gratitude Without Breaking the Bank

Posted on 12/5/2011 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsI’ve written before about “cheapskate etiquette,” how to pinch pennies and still be polite and respectful of others at the same time. Since it’s tradition this time of year to remember and thank the people who make our lives a little easier and better – from newspaper and mail carriers to the kid’s teacher and babysitter – I was glad to find this definitive article from the The Emily Post Institute about the subject of holiday tipping. Having interviewed representatives of …

Holiday Wine Shopping: 4 Thrifty Tips

Posted on 11/9/2011 by |The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsWith the holiday season approaching, many folks are in the market for a bottle or two of special wine to give as gifts or to use in their own celebrations. The good news is, it’s possible to uncork some real bargains on wines this time of year, if you know where to look. Here are some shopping tips for those in the mood to tipple: The Timing Is Right: According to Mark Di Vincenzo, author of Buy Ketchup in May …