How to Get Rid of Morning Sickness – 25 Natural Home Remedies & Treatment Tips

morning sickness womanWhen I first found out I was pregnant, I was excited and a little nervous (OK, a lot nervous) at the same time. My sister had severe bouts of morning sickness during her pregnancy and I wondered if I would go through the same thing. I got my answer 7 weeks in, when I was overcome with nausea, headaches, and a general feeling of miserableness night and day (whoever came up with the term “morning” sickness has clearly never had it).

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How to Pick Winning Stocks that Gain 138.8% – Joseph Piotroski F-Score Value Investing Model

piotroski stocks upPlaying and investing in the stock market is a gamble. But you can decrease and manage investment risk when you have a strategy that works, like Joseph Piotroski.

The American Association of Individual Investors tracks 63 separate stock picking strategies that include a mix of growth, value, momentum, changes in earnings estimates, and insider buying. By the end of December 2010, the winning strategy for the year was from Joseph Piotroski with a 138.8% stock market gain over 12 months. You can see the rankings for yourself on the AAII scoreboards.

What is his system and how can you pick similar stocks? Read on…

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10 Things You Should Always Buy Used Secondhand

buy antiques secondhandWhen you tighten your budget, you may realize that you’ve been ignoring secondhand stores and the value of buying certain items used.

Thrift shops, garage sales, pawn shops and dollar stores are great sources of savings, because there are some things that you just never need to buy new, not even in good times.

Consider these ten items, which are much cheaper secondhand, and you don’t even have to sacrifice quality – or pride.

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United States Tax History – Federal Income Tax History in America

100 bill united statesIt’s probably safe to say that Americans rarely find taxes fascinating. In fact, “frustrating,” “nerve-wracking,” and “head-scratching” might be more favored terms for describing the requirement to pay a portion of your money to the Federal Government. However, taxes have played a very important and – in all honesty – fascinating role in U.S. history. Most significantly, the process that would eventually lead to the Revolutionary War and America’s independence was instigated in part by the Stamp Act, Sugar Act, and Tea Act (which incited the Boston Tea Party) – all of which were tax and tariff laws placed by England on the colonies to raise revenue.

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Important Quarterly Tax Due Dates & Deadlines – IRS Tax Calendar

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Taxes are a hassle. Dates and deadlines seem to sneak up without warning despite being relatively consistent from year to year. However, getting organized and preparing throughout the year can make the traditional tax season less dreaded and much easier to navigate.

Keep these major 2016 tax dates in mind and mark them on your calendar. And note that if the date falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline moves to the next business day.

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List of the Most Common Federal IRS Tax Forms

irs tax forms pileEach year many of us receive or fill out a lot of tax forms, and each of those forms has a specific purpose. Outlined below are some of the most common. You can find more detailed information by clicking on the form’s name.

Form 1040

The most important of them all, Form 1040 is the basic form on which you file your personal income taxes. There are additional forms and schedules you may need to calculate line items on the main Form 1040, but you can’t file your taxes without it. There are also different versions you may use, depending on your tax situation, such as the 1040EZ, 1040A, and 1040X.

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What is a 1099 IRS Tax Form – 1099-INT, 1099-R, SSA-1099 Variants

In an effort to help make filing taxes easier this year, we are breaking down the various IRS tax forms to help you know if you need them, and how to use them.

1099 tax forms stack computerIRS form 1099 covers many different kinds of income other than wages, salaries, and tips. Since you don’t have to submit copies of 1099s with your 1040 form when you file on paper, you generally only receive one or two drafts of this form.

While there are nearly two dozen variations on form 1099, the most common ones are 1099-INT, 1099-R, and SSA-1099. Another version you’ll see often is the 1099-MISC, which businesses use for payments that don’t fall under the other 1099 categories.

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11 Ways to Reduce and Save Money on Utility Bills

utility bills moneyIt is common for many families to stare dejectedly at $200, $300, $400, and sometimes even $500 in utility bills every month. That can be an especially hard pill to swallow when times are tight – especially with gas prices rising.

This issue hits close to home for me as well. My dad lives in Lousiana, and his monthly bill is an astonishing $430 per month. And, that’s living in the Sunny South!

So what can you do to reduce your utility bill without being forced to move? Well, according to Energy Star, half of all the energy we use in our homes goes toward heating and cooling. A significant amount goes towards water as well.

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IRS Federal Tax Form 1040 – Types, Schedules & Instructions

1040 form pencilThe 1040 tax form was introduced in 1913, and its basic setup has remained essentially the same over the past century. The 1040 conveniently collects all of your income, credits, and deductions in one place. In fact, while there are dozens of other forms and schedules that you can use for additional calculations (such as Form 8863 for education credits or Schedule A for itemized deductions), each final number from all these forms is tallied on your 1040.

1040 Form Types

The 1040 comes in several different varieties:

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  • The regular 1040 is sometimes called the “long form” because, at two pages, it is the most lengthy.

W-4 Withholding Tax Form – Instructions for Claiming Exemptions & Allowances

In an effort to help make filing taxes easier this year, we are breaking down the various IRS tax forms to help you know if you need them, and how to use them.

w-4 tax formEach time you begin a new job, one of the forms you’ll be asked to fill out is a Form W-4. This form helps your employer determine how much to withhold from your paycheck in taxes, based on the number of exemptions you claim on your tax return.

While this method is not very precise, it is fairly flexible, as you can adjust the number of exemptions you put down (i.e. adjust federal income tax withholding allowances).

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