Health

Walking, Bicycling, Driving, and Cost-Effectiveness

Recently, it was announced that a grocery store is opening within two miles of my home. This is actually pretty good news for me as, prior to that announcement, the only grocery store anywhere nearby was more than 10 miles away. I would simply have to drive to a different town for groceries. This means …

13 Ways to Save Money and Protect the Planet at the Same Time

With Earth Day 2015 almost upon us, it’s a good time to think about how our actions impact the planet and, more importantly, what we can do to reduce our carbon footprint and improve our environment. Because, let’s face it, this is our home. And right now, it’s the only place we’ve got. 13 Ways …

How Much Are Your Habits Costing You?

Making a Starbucks run on your way to work probably doesn’t seem like that big of a deal. Your soy caramel latte costs, what, $4? That isn’t enough money to make or break your budget, so you probably didn’t give it a second thought. But what happens when it becomes a habit? What happens when …

Exercise Your Right to Negotiate at the Gym

One item on your list of New Year’s resolutions remains unchecked: Get in shape. The excuses for not following through on this vary, depending on where you live; for example, it’s too cold/icy to jog outside, or it’s too expensive to join a club in the city where I live. Then there’s the excuse that …

Health Care for Buster: All About Pet Insurance

Our pets are many things — companions, protectors, and servants. They are warm and fuzzy. They bring smiles to our faces and joy to our hearts. Our pets are good for our emotional well-being as well as our physical health. Our pets are members of the family that are woven into many of our fondest …

Categories: Family, Health, Insurance

Do You Believe in Health Care Sharing Ministries?

Since Jan. 1, my family has been without traditional health insurance for the first time in our lives. Sounds scary, but it wasn’t a decision we took lightly, or one we made voluntarily. Due to the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, the Anthem plan we had last year was …

Categories: Health, Insurance

Four Surprisingly Simple Ways to Reduce Stress

Five years ago, I was introduced to the concept of good and bad stress, or eustress and distress. This transformed my outlook on stress. As a busy mom and entrepreneur, I’m well aware of the negative consequences of stress. At one point, I was so overwhelmed that I thought it was completely normal to remain …

Categories: Health, Home and Life

How to Start a Home-Based Medical Billing Service

There’s a reason your mother said that if you can’t be a doctor, marry one — because there’s lots of money to be made in health care. But if you missed the bus to medical school and you haven’t married a doctor, there’s still lots of money to be made from being a health care professional, …

Can You Save Money by Becoming Vegetarian?

Beef prices hit record highs last summer and prices for beef, pork, and eggs are expected to climb throughout 2015. Meanwhile, a growing body of research indicates that eating meat and animal products can contribute to a host of health issues, including diabetes and cancer. A recent study published in the journal Cell Metabolism revealed that middle-aged people who …

Investment from the Inside Out

When we talk about investments on a personal finance site, we’re usually discussing things that you can buy for a certain amount of money that will, in theory, provide a return on that money. Stocks, bonds, real estate, porkbelly futures – you get the idea. Such investments are a valuable thing to know about, of …

Will 2015 Bring Lower Health Care Costs?

When it comes to health care, the most common question is: Will my costs go up in 2015? The answer is a resounding… absolutely maybe! There are multiple answers. The cost of health care services will be going up in 2015. That means doctors and hospitals will increase their fees. The same is true for lab …

Categories: Health, Insurance

Is Your Insurance Ready for Retirement?

Retirement is probably the most anticipated and planned-for milestone of our lives. When it finally arrives, it does so silently like an overnight snowfall that, even though it was expected, renders a once-familiar landscape alien. Retirement planning lends itself to metaphors that reference nest eggs and shedding the chains of responsibility. When it comes to insurance …

Four Tips for Using FSA Money Before New Year’s

At the end of the year, we can all get a little scatterbrained. Between work deadlines, gift shopping, baking treats for the kids’ holiday parties, making travel arrangements, and stressing over what to write in the greeting card, there’s just not enough time to get everything done. So we forget stuff — important stuff like our flexible …

Best Health Insurance Companies in 2015

The Affordable Care Act (ACA), Obamacare, the individual health-care mandate, health savings accounts, high deductibles — how in the world are you supposed to find the best health insurance companies? Unfortunately, picking a top health insurance company isn’t as straightforward as finding a low rate on car insurance, for instance. The best company and plan …

What a Deal: Groupon for Essentials

It’s easy to dismiss Groupon as a service aimed at getting you to waste your hard-earned cash on frivolous splurges and bargains of questionable value. After all, some of the most popular Groupon deals are for things like buy-one-get-one-free restaurant meals, spa treatments, and vacation bundles. In other words, stuff you don’t need. An article in The Atlantic echoed …

How to Find Affordable Health Insurance in 2015

Whether you’re self-employed, unemployed, or covered under an employer’s health-care plan, finding affordable health insurance can be a frustrating, time-consuming process. Throw in controversy around the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and finding accurate, reliable information can be a nightmare. Sure, cheap health insurance exists, but qualifying can be tricky, and you’ll want to be sure …

The Emotional Effects of Debt

Whether it’s considered “good debt” or “bad debt,” the truth is, any debt can cause serious emotional effects. Studies show what many of us already know: Debt is about much more than money. Being in debt can lead to a number of other emotional and psychological issues. The average American has $15,950 in credit card debt, and 39% …

How to Curb the Rising Costs of Parenting

Parenting is the most difficult yet rewarding job I’ve ever had in my life. It definitely hasn’t been easy on my pockets, either. And apparently, I’m not alone in my experiences. According to a recent report released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the average cost to raise a child born in 2013 will be $245,300. That’s the …

Separating Obamacare Facts From Fiction

Chances are you already have a strong opinion about Obamacare — and you’re not alone. The one consistent factor since Obamacare was passed and signed into law is that most people find the law confusing. Much of that confusion is driven by misinformation and misunderstanding. We’ve gathered some of the most common ones here. I’ll …

Categories: Health, Insurance

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