The True Cost of Owning A Pet

Owning a pet can be a rewarding experience, but it comes with a financial responsibility that should not be taken lightly. It costs about $1,520 a year to own a dog and $1,158 for a cat. On a national level, Americans spent a staggering $53 billion on their pets in 2012, according to the American Pet Products Association.

Check out our infographic containing annual pet costs, pet insurance costs and more to find out the true cost of owning a pet.

Save for Retirement Infographic

When it comes to retirement do you have a date in mind? More importantly, do you know if you’re on the right track to reach your retirement goals? Planning for retirement isn’t easy, because a lot of factors go into planning the right retirement for you.

12 Must-Have Winter Emergency Car Kit Items

A snow-covered landscape may be a beautiful sight, but icy roads, strong winds and snowdrifts can make winter driving treacherous. It’s wise to have an emergency kit in your car in case it gets stuck or breaks down. Here are some items it should contain:

Winter Sports Showdown

From the hair-raising thrill of ski jumping to the fast-paced action of snowmobile racing, winter sports are all about speed. It’s exhilarating to watch new Olympics favorites such as Mikaela Shiffrin ski down the slopes or experienced veterans like Shaun White snowboard his way to a gold medal, but how fast are they really traveling? If these athletes were to race your car down a snowy highway, who would win? Would your car be outpaced by a speed skater? Find out in the infographic below.

Fun Indoor Activities to Beat Winter Boredom

Are the brutal sub-zero temperatures, blizzards and short days keeping your little ones cooped up indoors? Cure cabin fever with these fun winter activities for kids:

8 Helpful Safety Tips for Driving in a Snowstorm

The first winter storm of the year brought heavy snow, strong winds and record-low temperatures to much of the country. Icy roads were blamed for several deaths and numerous car accidents. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) estimates 168,300 crashes a year occur on snowy or icy pavement. If you absolutely must drive, follow these tips for driving in the snow.

4 Savvy Tips for Preventing Identity Theft

Protect your information from scammers and thieves. Identity fraud affected over 5% of consumers in 2012, ringing up a total cost of $20.9 billion, according to the Javelin Strategy and Research Center. Many seemingly harmless behaviors can make you vulnerable … Continued

8 Quick Fixes to Warm Up Your Home

After a day out in the cold winds and freezing temperatures of winter, there’s nothing better than returning home to hunker down and escape the chill. But if you are dealing with cold drafts in your home, your warmth might … Continued

The 10 “Hottest” Vehicles for Auto Theft

Owning a popular vehicle is a good thing – unless it’s popular with thieves. Find out which cars are most likely to get stolen. Many Americans would like to have a “hot” car. But, then again, there are certain instances … Continued

Take Proactive Steps to Avoid Car Theft

How common are car thefts? Actually, they happen every 44 seconds in the U.S. There were more than 721,000 in 2012, up 1.3% over the prior year, according to the most recently available statistics from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports. … Continued

How to Reduce Your Auto Insurance Costs

When it comes to buying auto insurance, you can literally drive your way to huge savings – by the hundreds. Like mostly everything else that’s sold, insurance is available in different packages and prices. And, even better, you can bring … Continued

Make Yourself at Home – On Vacation

How to arrange a successful house exchange For your next trip, are you looking to ditch the title of “tourist” and explore a new city or country like a native? Then a home exchange might be the perfect option for … Continued

Baby-Proofing 2.0

5 new safety hazards every parent needs to know about.

How to Improve a Bad Credit Rating

We all carry dozens of numbers in our heads: birthdates, ages, phone numbers, bank accounts and more. But there’s one crucial number that a whopping 37% of American adults do not know: their credit score. Your credit score is a … Continued