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The first step toward a comfortable retirement is to stop worrying about whether you will have enough money saved and simply begin saving. While it is true that the earlier you begin saving the more secure your financial future will be, it is never to late to start building a retirement nest egg.   Pay Yourself First Before paying any bills or splurging on restaurants or vacations, take a percentage of every paycheck and put it toward your retirement savings. If you "pay yourself" as if your retirement account is as important as any other bill, you will never miss an opportun... more ...

Dates for Dog Lovers
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If you think your dog is a good judge of character, perhaps you should consider taking him with you on your next date. Who would be better qualified to check out a potential mate than your furry best friend? You may want to introduce your pooch to your date to get a better sense of whether your date will be compatible, or simply to add a dimension of fun to your outing. Observe how your date treats your pet. Is your date allergic to dogs? You may want to move on. Does your date cringe when your wet-nosed pal comes too close? Is he patient when your muddy pup paws his trousers? If you find some... more ...
When the spring sun begins to shine brightly, the dust bunnies under the bed become easier to see. The truth is, while you can spring clean any time of year, an annual spring spruce-up is a tradition. The arrival of the season is a great reminder to sweep out the cobwebs and do the little jobs that never seem to get done.       Dust Up Get the ladder and dust all the ceiling fans, chandeliers and the frames above windows and doors. Use an old cotton sock on your hand and wipe thoroughly. You'll be amazed at how much dust collects above eye-level.   Squeaky Clean ... more ...
Spring has sprung and the buds have bloomed. Cold, dreary weather will soon be nothing but a memory and longer daylight hours will give you plenty of time to poke around the house. The arrival of spring is as reminder to conquer chores that only need to be done once or twice a year.   Filter Switch When the warm breezes blow, let them remind you to change the filters in your heating and air conditioning system. Filters become packed with dust as heat blasts through them during the winter season. At a certain point, the filters become blocked and can no longer do their job. Change your ... more ...

Spring Garden Tips
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The crocuses and buttercups are blooming and it's time to dust off your tools, shake out some seeds and wake up your garden. The way you prep your garden in spring can influence how it looks all through summer. Follow some of these straightforward tips now and your garden will pay you back with a fresh, bountiful look you can enjoy for months.   Sharpen Up If you haven't touched your trowel or clippers since fall, check them for dullness or rust. If you keep them in an outdoor shed, they may be rusty from exposure to damp weather. It's easy to sharpen clippers and shears wi... more ...

Great Outdoor Dates
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Taking your date outdoors automatically makes it seem more adventurous and more relaxed at the same time. Sometimes sitting across the table over a meal can be awkward as you stare eye-to-eye and struggle to find conversation. Being on the move is energizing, making it easier to converse. Sharing an activity in the fresh air takes the pressure off and guarantees you have something in common to talk about. An outdoor date can have a specific destination, be sports-oriented or be as simple as a stroll along the beach. Whatever you choose, being outdoors will breathe fresh air into your next date... more ...
What do you like to do in your spare time? Maybe you dabble in the markets, tinkle the ivories or putter in the garden. Most of us have a hobby that gives us pleasure but favorite pastimes can also bring us income. Don't take your skills and knowledge for granted. Not everyone can do what you can do and there are those who will pay you for your talent. Think about what you like to do and with a little effort, you can turn that spare time into spare cash.     Music No matter what instrument you play, there are markets for your talent. If you are particularly adventurous, pick ... more ...
Whether they are high and mighty or ordinary folk, humans can find it hard to be faithful to one partner for a lifetime. Studies show that many reasons may contribute to why people cheat, including education level, income and religious background. While certain patterns exist, the fact may be that the reasons for infidelity are as varied as relationships themselves.   Animal Instinct Researchers sometimes say that being with a single partner for life may not be a natural condition for humans. Many mammals, after all, have multiple partners throughout life as a way to spread their DNA a... more ...

How To Be A Zoomer
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Are you a Zoomer? A look in the mirror won’t give you the answer. It’s easy to know whether you are a Baby Boomer, a member of that well-defined and much publicized demographic born within the post World War II years of 1946-1964. Now that Boomers are aging, another term has arisen that breaks up the Boomer generation into another category called Zoomer. Being a Zoomer has less to do with the year you were born and everything to do with how you feel and approach life as you age.   How Do You Spell That? While the term Zoomer has been around since at least 1998, when it was... more ...
If you would rather get dressed blindfolded than actually look at the state of your closet, it is time to gather your courage and open your eyes. Closets are rarely overcrowded because they are too small. Usually, we just have too much stuff. Take advantage of the New Year and create a new space for your wardrobe with these 10 easy tips.   Make A Vow Resolve to keep only what you really use. Imagine being able to immediately find what you seek each morning without the confused chaos of layers of clothes and too many options.   Toss the Trash Who hasn’t used their closet t... more ...