- Last-minute gifts you can buy at the grocery store
- 25 best life hacks of 2012
- 11 ways to spend your FSA money by year's end
- Our favorite Etsy finds of the year
- DIY painted coasters make for festive cocktail fun
- What does your 2013 financial horoscope hold?
- How to deal with even the most awkward holiday gifting situations
- Now is the time to do a simple act of kindness
Take today to start planning your outfits so you have one less thing to worry about when the special occasion hits. Chances are you can put a look together based on what's already in your closet, but with some foresight, you'll know what's clean and pressed for Christmas Day and if you need to pick up any extra accessories, like tights or a statement necklace, to ring in the New Year.
If you were to stop and go through the quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies weighing down your purse or cluttering up your car cup holder, how much do you think you'd collect? $10? $25? Well, according to the experts at Coinstar, the average amount cashed in for eCertificates and/or gift cards at their coin kiosks is a whopping $56 — twice as much as people think they have. Talk about a nice, unexpected chunk of change as we head into the holiday season (especially since so many of us go over budget on holiday shopping!).
Our advice to you: make every coin count! Take a few minutes to grab all the spare change "jingle-belling" in your purses, pockets, car, and desk drawers, then hit your local Coinstar kiosk, where you can turn the contents of your coin jar into cash or no-fee eCertificates from popular brands, including Amazon, iTunes, Gap, and Starbucks. Click here to find the Coinstar kiosk closest to you.
Now that you know there might be more change lying around than you think, what would you do with those extra pennies this holiday?
We're just days away from Christmas, and it's time to get giving! We've got you covered with our collection of 2012 gift guides, including incredible ideas on what to pick up for the girlie-girl, your beauty-obsessed pal, and the yoga lover in your life.
We'll help you cross off the names on your gift list from now through the end of the year, so make sure to check back for the best picks across the network. Also, see all of our holiday planning, tips, tricks, and inspiration as we gear up for the most festive month of the year!
Whether you browse Etsy for products or for inspiration, there's no denying that the marketplace is a major source of great finds. On a given day, we'll stumble upon everything from ideas for what to do with old t-shirts (dog toys, anyone?) to affordable, beautiful wedding card holders, and this incredibly wide selection is why we love the site. Read on for some of the best that Etsy had to offer in 2012.
If you're flying this holiday, it's never too early to have a game plan in case something unexpected happens, whether it's a canceled flight or a completely shut down airport. I asked Heather Dickson, acting publisher of the Lonely Planet guidebooks, for advice on what to do if you find yourself in these situations happen to you.
On what you should do if your flight's been canceled: "Stay calm, check your ticket contract and get in touch with your airline. All airlines have plans if flights are canceled, but policies can differ from carrier to carrier. Knowing what your ticket contract says can help you obtain the best result for your canceled flight."
On what to do if your airport has shut down: "When airports close, flights are either canceled or diverted to a nearby airport. If you are diverted then it's generally carrier policy to ensure flight connection to your final destination. In either case it's important for travelers to build more time into their journey, have a back-up plan and continue to check in with the airline. Many airlines offer mobile notification services, which give you early notice on the status of your flight and airport closures. Signing up for this service can save you time at the airport."