ThinkstockWhen it comes to vitamin D, a new report says that you need more than you used to, but less than you think you do.
Taking into account more than 1,000 health studies, a report released by the Institute of Medicine today recommended higher dietary intake levels for vitamin D, but also concluded that people living in North America get enough calcium and vitamin D from their diet. Megadoses of vitamin D-thought by some to combat health problems including depression, cancer, asthma, and even autism-may not do much good after all. A panel of experts insists that the only thing vitamin D and calcium have been proven to help with is avoiding rickets and maintaining strong bones.
"For bone health, those numbers stand up very well and will cover the vast majority of the populations," Dr. Steven Clinton of Ohio University, one of the experts involved in the Institute of Medicine study, said in a press conference today. "Because we don't have good data for vitamin D or calcium for the other
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ThinkstockWhen it comes to vitamin D, a new report says that you need more than you used to, but less than you think you do.Read More »from Vitamin D: More may not be better for you
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Holiday Moments – Wed, Nov 24, 2010 3:48 AM EST
There's plenty of advice available for dealing with turkey troubles -- this post in the Shine food section is great -- but how do you handle a ham? Can you put butter in the mashed potatoes if your guests are keeping Kosher? And what about that impossible pie crust?
Here are a few holiday hotlines to help with some of the other things on your Thanksgiving table:
BakingRead More »from Beyond the bird: Who to call for help with the rest of the meal
Now in it's second year, the Crisco Holiday Hotline offers help with all things pie -- baking help, storage hints, time-saving tips, and the option to talk to a live "pie pro." Call 1-877-367-7438 or visit them online at crisco.com. The staff at the Land O'Lakes Holiday Bakeline is ready to help if you're not sure whether you can substitute salted butter for unsalted, or if you're a new candy maker in a tough spot with the toffee. Call 1-800-782-9606 from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. CST, seven days a week, until Christmas Eve, or go to landolakes.com. And the folks at Fleischmann's Yeast Bakers Help Line can handle
Even with the economy starting to rally (or so we're told), it can't hurt to find ways to earn a little more money. But who has time for a second (or third) job? Here are five ways you can make a little cash without searching the want ads or adding to your commute:Read More »from 5 ways to make extra money
Getty Images1. Cull through your books, DVD, CD, and video game collections. Half.com is part of the vast online flea market that is eBay, but it's much, much easier to navigate. There are no listing fees, for one thing, and while you do pay a small percentage of the profit once your item has sold, it's really quite reasonable. Your listings are limited to media (books, audiobooks, video games, music, movies), but Half.com reimburses most of your shipping costs, collects the money from buyers for you, and pays out twice a month directly to your checking account. Cash4Books.net offers a decent price for newer hardcover books and textbooks (they even pay for shipping). If there's a used book store in your town, see if they'll give you
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Thu, May 6, 2010 5:48 AM EDT
Getty ImagesYou want to save money for a rainy day. Your spouse would rather make hay while the sun shines. When a saver is married to a spender, how do you find common financial ground without going broke or ending up divorced?Read More »from You save, he spends: How to find financial common ground
"Our attitudes toward money are so deeply embedded that we tend to believe we are right and our partner is wrong," Diane McCurdy, author of How Much Is Enough? Balancing Today's Needs With Tomorrow's Retirement Goals, told Forbes.com. "Typical responses are: 'I'm a responsible adult and you're a spoiled child,' or 'I like to have some fun and you're a miserly killjoy.' If more couples understood how their partner feels about money, fewer would end up in divorce court."
Experts agree that the best way to find common ground is to start by developing a budget -- together. In it, be sure to discuss "wants" vs. "needs" and to earmark funds for the spender to spend as well as a (much-larger) amount for the saver to save. But before you sit down to dissect your finances, it's
Getty ImagesUsing a credit card when you're travel for business is convenient -- much more so than carrying cash or dealing with travelers checks. You automatically get an itemized statement for your expense account, they're widely accepted, and you can even use it at an ATM in a pinch. But business travelers, beware: It's easy for identity thieves and scam artists to take advantage of you (or your company, if it's a corporate account). Here are a 10 tips to keep in mind when you use a credit card while you're on a trip -- whether you're traveling for business or pleasure.Read More »from Credit card safety for business travelers
1. Know how to contact the card company. Before you leave, write down your card issuer's contact information. Take a copy with you (don't keep it in your wallet), and leave a copy at home. If your card gets lost, stolen, or eaten by an ATM, you'll be able to report the incident quickly -- and keep your liability to a minimum.
2. Monitor your account online. Make sure you have a secure connection first, of course, but keeping an
Getty ImagesNot quite ready to trim the annual trip from your budget? Here are 10 ways you can stretch your vacation dollar:
1. Look into other airports. Major metropolitan areas often have multiple airports, and smaller carriers often use airports just outside of the cities they serve. Flying into Manchester, New Hampshire, or Providence, Rhode Island, and then driving the less-than-an-hour into Boston may take a little more time but can save you a lot of cash.
2. Avoid checking your bag. With airlines charging $100 or more for a single checked bag, round trip, it's worth your while to whittle down your stuff and keep your bag with you on board. If you can't cram everything into a single carry-on bag (though it can be done, I swear), consider shipping your luggage to your destination -- FedEx or the US Post Office may charge you less than the airlines do.
3. Buy essentials once you arrive. If there are drug stores at your destination, buy your shampoo and conditioner once you arriveRead More »from 10 ways to save money on your vacation
Getty Images/Budget-trimming tipsWith the economy recovering slowly but steadily -- but mostly slowly -- many people are still trying to figure out ways to tighten their belts a bit more.
Obviously, the first things you need to do are track your household expenses, figure out your budget, and then identify and eliminate the luxuries. But what if you've already stopped eating out, jettisoned the spa membership, and put your credit cards on ice? What's left to trim from your budget -- and how?
We've identified a few key areas, and three ways -- simple, moderate, and drastic -- to trim each.
1. Housing: If your housing payments eat up 25 percent of your budget or more, it's time to find a way to reign them in.
- Simple: If your credit score is good and you're home isn't underwater, consider refinancing while rates are still relatively low. With the economy on the mend, interest rates will be on the rise, but there's still time to lock in a low rate for the next 15 to 30 years.
- Moderate: Consider renting
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Mon, Apr 19, 2010 3:01 AM EDT
Getty ImagesI've always thought I was pretty organized when it came to my finances, but I've recently realized that I'm not. Sure, I've got a couple of metal file cabinets in which I store all of my paperwork -- when I take the time to actually sort and file everything. But as bills get paid they usually get dumped in one of two places: in a pile on my desk or in folder in my work bag. When I have too many pieces of finance-related paper in one place, I transfer the pile to another location. It all gets filed away eventually, but sometimes "eventually" can be a long way away.Read More »from Get Organized: Tricks for keeping track of your household expenses
Getting organized means more than just paying your bills on time and balancing your checkbook. It's a way of life and a way of thinking that can lead to a better way of managing your money.
Regina Leeds, the New York Times best-selling author of "One Year to an Organized Life" recently teamed up with NAPFA-certified financial advisor Russell Wild to write "One Year to an Organized Financial Life," and she tackles money
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, Apr 13, 2010 1:08 PM EDT
Getty ImagesYou've probably heard the horror stories: A new widow doesn't know how to manage her money because her deceased husband always handled all of the bills. A couple divorces and one spouse has poor credit because he never built up enough of a record on his own name. Both spouses pool their money, but then one makes a huge withdrawal.Read More »from Married but separate: The case against merging your money
For many people, marriage means that as two lives merge so must the checking accounts. "When you get married, you become one," advises financial guru David Ramsey. "Money is a key area that helps bring unity. When you handle your money together, you are agreeing on your hopes, dreams and goals."
But many financial experts agree that there some situations where it makes sense for spouses not to co-mingle their money.
A 2005 study of more than 1,200 households by the Raddon Financial Group, an Illinois research and marketing company, found that nearly half of married couples -- 48 percent -- have more than two or more checking accounts, up from 37 percent
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Fri, Apr 9, 2010 5:41 PM EDT
Getty Images/Get ready for next year's taxes now!Ah, spring. It's when an adult's fancies turn to thoughts of... paying her taxes.Read More »from Next up: 2010 taxes (and how to cope if you're audited)
And, possibly, panic over the idea of being audited.
Taxes are due April 15. If you're still staring at a pile of 1040s and W-2s, time to get cracking. If you've already filed them, pat yourself on the back, and then start getting ready for next year. Yes, really. Yes, now. Whether you do your taxes yourself or hire a professional, you can make filing your 2010 returns infinitely easier by doing a few simple things.
1. Get organized, stay organized. Set up a file folder specifically for documents relating to your 2010 taxes. Tuck your receipts and documents into this folder as you receive them. If you want to be uber-organized, set up folders for different categories: personal property taxes paid, interest paid, interest earned, donations made in cash, donations of goods, payments related to your business (if you have one), and one more for those papers that don't seem to fit anywhere else.