• Source: A Healthier, Happier You: 21 Vices to Drop For Lent - or Anytime!

    If you couldn't decided which vice to give up for Lent, it's not too late to start. Although many of the bad habits people drop are generally health-related, there are plenty of bad money, career, and life behaviors you can choose to give up. Here are a couple suggestions.

    Things to consider giving up for your budget

    • Eating out or not setting a food budget.
    • Store-bought coffee.
    • Using your credit and debit card. Studies have shown that people tend to spend more when using plastic.
    • Shopping for unnecessary things.
    • Paying full price.
    • Delaing working on your taxes.

    Things you should stop doing for your career

    • Relying on your memory. Instead, start scheduling tasks.
    • Working late at the office.
    • Pressing the snooze button.
    • Procrastinating tasks. But first, you need to learn more about procrastination.
    • Being late to work.
    • Saying "yes" to everyone and overcommitting. Focus on
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  • Illustration by Gustave Doré for John Milton's Paradise Lost,1866.Illustration by Gustave Doré for John Milton's Paradise Lost,1866.By Andrew Pyper

    Do ghosts, demons, spirits-the things that do the bumping in the mythical night-really exist? This is the second most frequently asked question put to me by readers ("Do you ever scare yourself?" is the first, and my reply is "Yes").

    In a fundamental way, my answer doesn't matter much. They're novels, after all. Narratives seeking to render a coherent world unto themselves, a new corner of mythology that might be claimed for itself. What I believe is as relevant as what I had for lunch.

    But one's relationship to the paranormal is perhaps a special case. To write about the supernatural requires, I think, at least an admission to its possibility on the part of the author, if not outright belief. Otherwise it would be like a sociopath writing about love.

    Illustration by John Martin for Paradise Lost, 1833.Illustration by John Martin for Paradise Lost, 1833.

    So let me say that while I've read a great deal about others' experiences of the supernatural, I've had virtually no experience of it myself (the "virtually" being key here). Yet so many intelligent,

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    Be especially careful today, because you are laboring under the Law of Unintended Consequences. Think that potion of yours will turn your adversary into a toad? Expect to do a bit of croaking before the sun sets. In other words, be crystal clear about how everything works, or don't do anything at all!

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Destiny Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    Someone is being overly talkative today and you'd be smart to listen closely rather than block them out. They'll drop a few seeds that could bloom into quite profitable ventures, so keep your ears and mind open!

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Priority Shuffle Tarot Reading

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    Some days you can let yourself get all anxious about nothing, but today is not one of them. That feeling that you're being wound tighter and tighter and tighter? It's for real this time. Something is overdue, or an important bill has
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  • Make sure you double-check what Netflix account you are signing into.Make sure you double-check what Netflix account you are signing into.

    Warning: For those with a Netflix account, there is a phishing website made to resemble Netflix that is attempting to steal personal data off of your computer. The website, www.netflix.afta3.com, was made to resemble the login page of Netflix.

    Related: Keep Your Info Safe and Avoid Scams

    When you "sign in" with your Netflix credentials, it not only steals them, but also produces a message saying your account has been suspended, referencing an 800 number you can call for support. This is NOT the official hotline of Netflix, and if you call them they will try to convince you to download "Netflix support software." With this software, they can then remotely access your PC and, while trying to convince you that hackers have infiltrated your computer, upload all files on your computer that look promising or important. This phishing attempt was first discovered by Jérôme Segura of Malwarebytes Unpacked, February 28th.

    - By Arne Bostrom, Good Housekeeping Research Institute


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  • How Observing Lent Can Help Fatten Your WalletHow Observing Lent Can Help Fatten Your WalletLent is the 40-day-period before Easter that Catholics (and other Christian denominations) observe to get their spirits ready for Easter. It's meant to be a time for prayer and sacrifice.

    Many people give up something during Lent as a way to ground themselves in their faith. Even though I'm not a Catholic, I am definitely interested in month-long challenges, and since Lent is just over six weeks, it's a great time to give up something for a short time. Also, Lent can be good for your wallet, too! Let's talk about why and how.

    We Give Up Vices During Lent

    Chocolate, soda, caffeine, and alcohol are common responses to the "What are you giving up for Lent?" question. Catholics choose not to consume those during this period, which means they're not spending money in one particular category for six weeks. Vices are expensive. Even a casual drinker could save $100 going six weeks without a beer or a glass of wine.

    How much are your vices costing you? And how much could you save if

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  • Julie Miller

    Faysal Ahmed and Barkhad Abdi at the Vanity Fair Oscar party.Faysal Ahmed and Barkhad Abdi at the Vanity Fair Oscar party.This awards season, Hollywood witnessed one particularly inspiring Cinderella story when Barkhad Abdi, a Somali-American limo driver and mobile-phone salesman, earned an Academy Award nomination for his first-ever film role, as a ship hijacker and pirate leader in Captain Phillips, a film based on real events. (He even earned a monologue shout-out from Ellen DeGeneres this past Sunday.) Although the actor's coming-out has been particularly incredible, the New Yorker reports, via a recent profile, that Abdi is still struggling to make ends meet after earning only $65,000 for his nominated supporting role opposite Tom Hanks.

    SEE MORE: Our Favorite Oscar Dates of 2014

    Abdi tells the New Yorker that after wrapping production on the Paul Greengrass film, he returned to his job as a cell phone salesman at a mall in Minneapolis before ultimately deciding to quit on the film's premiere date. "How I thought about it was like, 'When the movie came out, reviews are either

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  • Richard Lawson
    Kourtney and Khloe KardashianKourtney and Khloe Kardashian

    Sometimes keeping up with the Kardashians means you keep on robbing them. Someone keeps stealing from the Kardashians! Sister Khloe recently had about $250,000 in jewelry nicked from her house, and now other sister Kourtney seems to have had $50,000 in cash taken from her home. Yes, TMZ says that Kourtney had the money in her house "following an appearance gig that paid in cash," and that when she finally went to deposit the money in the bank, it was gone. No mention of where in the house she kept the money, but I'm not a paranoid person by nature and even I would put that in some sort of secure safe. It's $50,000 in cash! Also, TMZ adds a little "hmmmm" after that bit about the appearance gig paying in cash, and they're right to. What sort of gig was this? Who is just handing over $50,000 in bills? Was it in a briefcase? Did this exchange happen on the bank of some European river in the middle of the night? Or did someone slide the briefcase across a table in a

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    Being sweet and polite is admirable, but it won't boost your bottom line -- or stop others from helping themselves to what's rightfully yours. You need to put your foot down today, Aries -- in the most agreeable and charming way possible!

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Destiny Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    Money doesn't buy happiness, it's true, but it certainly doesn't take it away either. Your material possessions have you feeling good today and there's no shame in that. Whether it's a new acquisition or just satisfaction in what's already yours, you're tickled pink.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Romantic Compatibility Reading for two

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    You shouldn't trust everything you hear. It's hard to tell the difference between fact and fiction today, which makes it a bad day to act on tips or rumors. Only put your money down if you have proof that your sources are reliable.

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  • Aries (March 21 - April 19)
    Insecurity is eating away at you. You need something of permanence to hang on to -- and money ain't it. What you need has something other than financial value -- love, a circle of friends, a sense of proficiency -- anything but cash!

    Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Priority Shuffle Tarot Reading

    Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
    You're getting in over your head, but it has you feeling good. You love nothing more than a challenge and this definitely qualifies. Dig in, Taurus, because although it's hard to catch your breath, you know you'll be well-positioned once all is said and done.

    Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Chakra Reading

    Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
    You have some catching up to do and today is the perfect day for it. You can cross plenty off your To Do list -- or even your Long Overdue list -- if you take advantage of the opportunity. Make every minute count.

    Today's Gemini Reading: Free Sample

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  • Josh Duboff

    Edgar Martirosyan at the OscarsEdgar Martirosyan at the Oscars

    Ellen DeGeneres had the people everyone's been talking about on her post-Oscars show yesterday: Jared Leto, Lupita Nyong'o . . . and Edgar Martirosyan. Martirosyan-better known (and, likely, forever to be known) as the Guy Who Delivered Pizza to the Oscars-is the co-owner of West Hollywood pizza shop Big Mama's and Papa's Pizzeria. Martirosyan revealed that he had not had any clue that he would be rubbing shoulders with Brad Pitt and Julia Roberts, let alone have his visage transmitted into millions of homes across the world.

    SEE MORE: The Best Moments of the 2014 Oscars

    No, as some had wrongly assumed, the pizza delivery guy was not an actor. Martirosyan said he received a call to deliver 20 pizzas to the Dolby Theatre, and had been told he would be bringing them for the writers of the show. When he arrived, DeGeneres greeted him and asked him to follow her, without giving him any indication of what he would be walking into.

    On her show, DeGeneres handed

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