How-To

Healthy Spending Habits to Avoid Holiday Stress

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Whether you feel obligated to buy for every distant family member, or you can’t resist the pull of once-a-year-only sales, overspending is not uncommon during the holidays. The sights, smells, and overall jolliness come together in a chorus of, “Tis the season to splurge!” According to results from a 2017 poll by American Consumer Credit Counseling, 63 percent of people reported feeling “a lot” or “some” financial strain over holiday shopping.

This year, follow these tips to help curb the urge to overspend and instead enjoy the season without the stress. 

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10 Simple and Inexpensive Ways to Reduce Stress

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Work, family, budgets — they’re enough to stress out anyone. Add to that the impending holiday season, and you may find your anxiety level rising even more.

Even though the holidays can be magical, they’re also a source of tension and worry. According to a 2017 Yelp survey, 7 in 10 Americans feel stress during the holidays. In fact, 6 in 10 Americans can’t wait for the holiday season to be over.

Stepping away from the chaos, even for a short time, can help alleviate stress and make the holidays — or any day of the year— more enjoyable. Here are 10 inexpensive ways to de-stress.

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How to Shop for Sheets and Bedding for the Best Night’s Sleep

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The right amount of sleep has been linked to lower obesity rates and improved memory, reduced risk of heart disease and stroke, lower incidence of depression, and improved immune function. In other words, sleep is perhaps one of the single best things we can do for our overall health. One great way to ensure you get enough Z’s? Create a soothing, comfortable sleep environment. And that begins with good sheets and bedding.

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How to Make a DIY Wall Garden for Under $20

Indoor Wall Herb Garden

For apartment dwellers or homeowners without reasonable yard space, an indoor garden is an easy way to get your green-thumb fix. Even better, there are a number of plants that can be grown inside year-round, regardless of the temperature outside.

Whether you fill the containers with herbs, an assortment of indoor plants, or drought-friendly succulents, this modern hanging garden will add a beautiful, fresh touch of green to any wall. Best of all, it costs less than $20 to make. Read Story

3 Easy Ways to Make an Ice Cream Sundae

Ah, ice cream. It’s one of summer’s most delicious treats. The only way to improve it? Make it into a sundae!

Whether you prefer the decadent flavors of chocolate and peanut butter or the refreshing taste of fruit sherbet, we have three easy recipes for making this family-friendly treat.

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Score! How to Throw a DIY Soccer-Watching Party on a Budget

Soccer-watching party decor

There’s soccer madness. And then there’s soccer madness — the kind that takes over every four years for four weeks straight, giving you all the soccer thrills you can handle (and some you can’t).

Throwing a game-watching party — or two or three — during this time is essential, even for the most casual of fans. Lucky for you, we can help with the party planning. From soccer ball snack skewers to easy soccer ball cookies, here are a few of our favorite ideas to help you score the honor of best DIY party host.

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