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Maryland CASH Campaign Offers Money Saving Tax Tips

Marylanders who made less than $52,000 in 2013 may be eligible for free, nonprofit tax preparation services savings millions in unnecessary fees.

Prince Georges County, Maryland.  Millions of tax refund dollars are lost each year by low-income Maryland taxpayers who utilize commercial tax preparers and “rapid refund” or refund anticipation loans, according to data from the Maryland CASH (Creating Assets, Savings and Hope) Campaign. 

 

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Celebrity Stylist Barry Fletcher on Hair Loss, Part II

BNatural Hair Vitamins by Barry FletcherIt was previously mentioned that some drugs do contribute to hair loss. However, the nature of some drugs has been used to promote hair growth by certain researchers. One diuretic that is commonly used for high blood pressure—spironolactone—has been proven to block androgen and in some cases, has been used to treat hair loss caused by androgenic activity. Contrary to popular opinion, hair loss and hair thinning is very common in women.

 

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Celebrity Stylist Barry Fletcher on Living With Your Hair

Women young-to-mid-age, exhibit an overwhelming preoccupation with their hair and, sadly, in their later years with the lack thereof. Everything in our lives affects our hair, for better or worse. Our hair is the single most popular part of our anatomy. It affects our psyche. The way our hair looks, feels, moves and smells, can determine whether our day is heavenly or hellish.

 

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Think Again: Saving Money by Repurposing your Leftovers

There always seem to be lots of jokes about leftovers, but if you think leftovers are the worst thing you can face at the dinner table, think again. When you don't have enough money for food, you consider yourself lucky to have any leftovers to stretch into another meal. An empty plate is far worse. A few years ago I had a holiday meal at a friend's house. Her husband carved the turkey in the kitchen, laying the slices out on a platter along with the legs to be served at the table. Then my friend casually tipped the remainder of the turkey--still with a lot of meat on it--into the trash can, saying she couldn't be bothered to do anything more with it.

 

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Think Again: Schedule It

We've all heard about how important it is to plan your meals for the week, make a shopping list, and stick to it. It's hard to be that organized, though, when you are struggling on so many fronts. I only really learned that lesson later when my son started doing the grocery shopping for me. It turned out that I saved a ton of money because he only bought what was on my list, refusing to be distracted by sales and coupons.  

 

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Fruitful Harvest: Making the most of a limited grocery budget

Our first winter on food stamps was difficult. I wanted to provide fresh fruits and vegetables for my children since we all know that they are the foundation of a healthy diet. However, they are expensive, may require preparation, and spoil if you don’t use them in time. At least I was lucky that the store I could walk to had a good selection. Stores in what have come to be known as “food deserts” often don’t carry fresh fruits and vegetables. 

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