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The Real Costs of Back Pain – Treatment & Prevention

By Laura Williams

back painIf you’re a back pain sufferer, you know exactly how costly your pain can be. Beyond the missed work days, doctors visits, and the expense of ongoing care and treatment, back pain can stop your life in its tracks. Try taking a walk, sitting at a desk, laughing, or even carrying on a conversation during an acute bout of back pain – it can feel almost impossible.

If you’re a chronic pain sufferer, you know your pain never leaves you – you consider your movements every time you stand up or sit down, while you sleep, and when choosing which activities to engage in.

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7 Ways to Get Discount Designer Clothes for Less

By Jacqueline Curtis

fashionWhen it comes to fashion, having Prada tastes on a Gap budget can leave you wistfully flipping through the pages of “Vogue” feeling green with envy. Designer fashion definitely doesn’t come cheap, especially when looking at big-ticket items such as coats, shoes, and handbags.

But just because your budget doesn’t allow for Gucci doesn’t mean you can’t have any designer brands in your closet. In fact, with some resourceful tips, you can still nab some of your favorite designer brands – just without paying the ultra-high prices.

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Simple Tips to Save Money at Halloween – Decorations, Food, Costumes & Trick-or-Treating

By Jacqueline Curtis

halloweenThough the holiday season in December is generally the costliest time of the year for many families, the expenses of Halloween can be surprisingly immense. Buying Halloween costumes, candy, special accessories, decorations, and treats for school events can seriously bust your bank account.

The biggest problem is that many people don’t budget for Halloween as they would for Christmas or Easter. Instead, Halloween purchases are often unexpected and made at the last minute.

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What Is the Sharing Economy – Example Companies, Definition, Pros & Cons

By Brian Martucci

shared economyAn emerging, highly flexible economic network known as the sharing economy allows people to share resources – such as equipment, services, and skills – with one another, often at significantly lower cost than traditional retail or employment arrangements. You can now get a loan directly from your peers, share the same office space with dozens of different companies, and stay at a stranger’s house instead of a hotel when you’re traveling out of town.

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Car2Go Review & Promo Code – Flexible Self-Serve Carsharing

By Brian Martucci

Limited Time Offer: Click here and sign up for Car2Go using promo code BKLYN to get FREE sign-up and 30 minutes of drive time.

car2go logoThe rise of ridesharing and carsharing has greatly expanded the options available to urbanites who find car ownership to be costly and cumbersome.

Ridesharing and carsharing are like two sides of the same coin, as both make it possible for you to use your car less – or even ditch it altogether. Ridesharing is similar to using a taxi, but more flexible: You log into an app and hail a nearby driver, who picks you up in his or her own vehicle and drives you to your destination. Carsharing is more like renting a car: You reserve (or, in Car2Go’s case, find) a vehicle and drive it yourself, paying for the time you use.

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Is Zipcar Worth It? – Review, Membership-Based City Car Share Program

By Brian Martucci

Limited Time Offer: Click here and sign up for Zipcar to get a FREE $25 driving credit.

zipcar logoZipcar offers city-dwellers a viable alternative to traditional car ownership. Its hundreds of hubs around the globe make it one of the world’s largest carsharing companies, and once you have a membership you can use its vehicles anywhere – including Europe. Like fellow carsharing service Car2Go, and the locally based nonprofits it competes with, Zipcar is great for folks who don’t drive frequently. It’s also useful for travelers who want the peace of mind that comes with having on-demand access to a personal vehicle, but who don’t want to pay for – and park – a rental car.

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Sidecar Review & Promo Code – Get $5 Off Your First Ride

By Brian Martucci

Limited Time Offer: Click here and sign up for Sidecar using promo code GYUTAE1 and get $5 off your first ride.

sidecar logoSidecar is a ridesharing app that lets you hail point-to-point rides from your phone. Though not as popular or widely available as its two main rivals, Uber and Lyft, it is available in Seattle, the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Long Beach, San Diego, Chicago, Charlotte, Boston, and Washington, D.C. as of fall 2014 – though more markets are in the works.

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Lyft Review – How the Ride Sharing App Stacks Up to Uber

By Brian Martucci

Limited Time Offer: Click here and sign up for Lyft using promo code GYUTAE358731 and get $15 off your first ride.

lyft logoLyft is a popular ridesharing app – also known as a transportation network company, or TNC – that’s available in several dozen American cities. Like Uber’s similar app, Lyft lets you electronically hail cars driven by independent contractors. In practice, it functions a lot like a taxi service, although it’s far more technologically sophisticated, tends to have shorter wait times, and doesn’t directly employ any drivers (its drivers are independent contractors).

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Uber Review – The World’s Most Popular Ride Sharing App

By Brian Martucci

Limited Time Offer: Click here and sign up for Uber using promo code uberMoneyCrashers and get $20 off your first ride.

uber logoWith a presence in more than 40 countries and hundreds of cities, Uber is the world’s most popular ridesharing app. Like the Lyft app, it lets riders hail drivers electronically and compensate them for their services by credit card. Unlike Lyft, the Uber app offers access to several different levels of service, from a cut-rate option (UberX) that competes with Lyft and other ridesharing apps, to a luxury service (Uber Lux) that competes with limousine firms.

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5 Fitness Exercises You Can Do With a Soccer Ball

By Laura Williams

soccerAccording to a 2007 survey by the Federation Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), more than 265 million people worldwide actively compete in soccer each year, solidifying the sport’s position as the most popular sport in the world. But even if you’re not part of the global 4% who partake in the sport, you can still enjoy a good workout using nothing but a soccer ball. Pick up a standard-sized soccer ball for about $20 from any sporting goods store and get to work in your own backyard.

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Driving for Ride Sharing Apps Like Uber & Lyft – How It Works, Benefits & Drawbacks

By Brian Martucci

rideshareMaybe your personal budget isn’t as generous as you’d like it to be. Perhaps you’re getting tired of your nine-to-five grind. Or maybe you just want to earn some extra spending money. There are plenty of side hustles for folks in your shoes, from legitimate ways to make money from home, to part-time and seasonal jobs that put cash in your pocket. Now that ridesharing apps – also known as transportation network companies, or “TNCs” – such as Uber and Lyft are available in most major U.S. cities, you can add hiring yourself out as a personal driver to that list.

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Costs, Pros & Cons of Obstacle Course Races Like Spartan Race & Tough Mudder

By Laura Williams

ocrThe Wall Street Journal claims obstacle course racing (OCR) “may be the fastest-growing participatory sport in American history.” As of 2008, the sport was virtually unheard of, consisting mainly of small, local races and events, but as of 2012, more than 2 million participants flooded the booming industry, with as many as 4 million expected to take part in 2014.

As a fitness professional, I’m always excited when races and events draw crowds. Anything that gets people up and moving is generally considered a good thing. But there are risks that arise when sports go from zero to 60 in a matter of months – an exponentially exploding industry opens up itself, and its participants, to problems.

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Is High-End Designer Makeup Worth It? – 7 Things to Consider

By Jacqueline Curtis

makeupAccording to Statista, the cosmetics industry in the United States is expected to have close to a whopping $59 billion in revenue in 2014. From mascara to nail polish, lip gloss to eyeshadow, there’s no shortage of products to spend your hard-earned money on. And temptation is everywhere. Whether you’re buying a pair of shoes at the department store or picking up a prescription at the drugstore, you’re bound to be faced with racks and racks of cosmetics offerings.

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5 Financial Lessons From “The Real Housewives” Franchise

By Jacqueline Curtis

the real housewivesDon’t say that reality TV never taught you anything. Like much of television-obsessed America, I’ve watched the trial of Joe and Teresa Giudice with great interest. “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” stars were accused of an entire slew of financial crimes, from mortgage fraud to tax fraud. Unfortunately, these are not even the first legal woes to befall “The Real Housewives” families.

A closer look reveals a pattern to their financial demise. And, while it’s certainly not the main reason viewers tune into the shows, they can learn a thing or two about money by watching the financial train wrecks that have occurred in New York, Orange County, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New Jersey.

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Understanding Lymphoma in Dogs – Types, Treatments & How to Make Tough Decisions

By Laura Williams

dogs“I’m sorry, but your dog has lymphoma. We need to talk treatment options.”

It’s the news no pet owner wants to hear. Your heart suddenly drops, and you experience a flashback to all the memories you’ve accumulated with your pup over the years. You can’t believe those memories might be coming to a close. I know the feeling – I’ve been there twice.

According to The National Canine Cancer Foundation, canine lymphomas are one of the most common malignancies diagnosed in dogs, and there is no cure. And while treatment options are available, including chemotherapy, even the longest estimated lifespan post-diagnosis is only about two years. If you choose not to treat the cancer with an expensive and potent drug therapy, you’re looking at an average lifespan of just four to eight weeks.

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