summer

Spring Forward: 4 Myths About Daylight Saving Time

Posted on 03/7/2014 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthLet’s hope you’ve recovered from Groggy Monday, the day after we turn our clocks ahead an hour (and lose an hour of sleep) for that  convoluted practice called daylight saving time. Even though studies show that this fiddling with our sleep schedule is a bad idea — a higher risk of car accidents from sleepy drivers during the Monday morning commute, workplace injuries because of tired workers, a spike in heart attack risk — we’re still somehow wedded to “springing …

Cheap Tips for the Outdoors

Posted on 07/29/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsWith summer nearly half over, your outdoor living areas and accessories probably need some halftime sprucing up. Here are some inexpensive ways to refresh your patio and deck areas so that you can really enjoy the final weeks of summer. Homemade outdoor furniture cleaner: Are your lawn chairs looking a bit begrimed? Plastic and vinyl outdoor furniture can be cleaned by wiping it down with a mixture of ¼ cup dishwashing soap, ½ cup bleach, in one gallon of water, then …

Wave Goodbye to $3 Gasoline

Posted on 07/18/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsFirst the bad news: Gasoline prices are at a summertime high. Now the really bad news: Sometime soon we might look back on these as the good old days. AAA’s Chris Plaushin, testifying on July 16 before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, said prices may never go below $3 a gallon again. The next day, prices inched up to an average of $3.66 a gallon for regular unleaded, according to Michael Green, who tracks prices for AAA. That’s …

Look Cool When It’s Hot: Best Summer Makeup

Posted on 07/9/2013 by | Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Beauty & FashionWhen it comes to makeup, women over 50 often fall into two categories in the summer: 1. Those who continue to wear the same makeup they’ve been putting on their faces all year long, and very possibly, since they were 20. 2. Those who decide it’s too hot, too much trouble, and too annoying to wear anything at all. Everyone needs a little bit of something, so I would like to propose a third category, one in which I put …

Summer’s Bummer: Event Ticket Scams

Posted on 06/27/2013 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsNearly 5 million people a year pay for tickets to concerts, sporting events and theme parks that prove to be fakes. And it’s not just “scalpers” hawking outside at the gate who should be avoided. (They collect more than $4 million per month in such bogus sales.) Increasingly, ticket trickery results when you buy from classified ads on Craigslist, eBay or on ticket-selling websites that appear to be legitimate but are anything but. So let the buyer beware — and …

Beach Report: Best (and Worst) for Clean Water

Posted on 06/26/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthBefore you pack your swimsuit, check out the latest report card on U.S. beaches with the least and most pollution. Last year the nation’s beaches had more than 20,000 closing and advisory days because of polluted water or threatened contamination, according to the annual report from the Natural Resources Defense Council. The environmental-advocacy group analyzed water-quality results from tests conducted by the federal government and state beach coordinators at more than 3,000 locations nationwide. The report, released today, found more …