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5 Things I’ve Learned as a Caregiver

Posted on 07/29/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingI recently had the great pleasure of returning to Indiana, the state of my birth, to speak at three local AARP Indiana Caregiver Connect forums in Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis and Merrillville. It was a bittersweet experience. My parents were with me on my last visit to Indiana, where they both were born and raised. But now travel would be very difficult for them, so most likely they won’t return to Indiana until they are gone from this earth. As a …

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 …

Cheap and Easy Gardening Tips

Posted on 05/2/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Home & Family | Money & SavingsCheck out this week’s episode of my weekly AARP web show on YouTube for some money-saving gardening tips and a chance to win a $50 gift card. Be sure to subscribe to the show (it’s FREE and easy – just click on the ”subscribe” icon and follow the prompts), that way you’ll be eligible for a shot at the prizes if you leave me your tips.   Also of Interest Spring Into Gardening Season: 5 Frugal Ways to Get Your Plants and Garden Ready 9 …

Prepare your Facebook Security Settings for New Search

Posted on 01/16/2013 by | AARP Social Media Strategy/Trainer | Comments

TechnologyFacebook announced this week it will make it a lot easier to search your personal page along with all of your friends. It’s called the Facebook Graph Search. While this announcement does not change your privacy settings on Facebook, it means if you’ve ignored your privacy settings, now is a really good time to check it out. (Facebook wrote up more details about how privacy works with the new search.) Facebook says the graph search will take already existing information …

Ready…Set…Volunteer! Veteran Runner Shares Event Secrets

Posted on 10/18/2012 by | Volunteering | Comments

VolunteeringEvery week in America, thousands of people line up to compete in one of the hundreds of running races that happen across the country. One such event happens in the southwest corner of Minnesota, in the town of Worthington, called the Turkey Day 10K. Set around one of the state’s scenic 10,000 lakes, Lake Okabena has been the backdrop of this race for over 30 years. The TD10K got its start back in 1980 when Jerry Fiola, a Worthington native, and …

5 Frugal Tips for the February Gardener

Posted on 02/15/2012 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsAs the last full month of winter, February always reminds me of a houseguest who has officially overstayed his welcome. I’m ready for springtime, and more than ready to get outside in my garden and exercise my atrophying green thumbs. But over the years I’ve learned that even in February, in many parts of the country, there are some yard and garden chores you can already get cracking on. Best of all, by getting an early start you can save …