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New Benefits and Insurance Options You Can Expect in 2018
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(StatePoint) Ever wondered whether your insurance policy was actually working for you? You may be in luck, as your insurance plan may start to follow the same trends being adopted in other industries: simpler, more convenient and personalized products – all supported by the latest mobile technology.

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5 Easy Ways to Update Your Home Office for Greater Productivity
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(StatePoint) If you work from home, you likely spend a lot of time in your home office, which makes its design just as important as the rest of your home. If it’s not up to par, it’s time to bring new life to the space.

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3 Simple Ways to Give Back This Season
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(StatePoint) Want to give back to your community during the holidays, but it’s just not in the budget? With total holiday sales forecasted to hit over $1 trillion this season, it’s good to know that there are plenty of ways to give back without spending another dime.

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5 Winter Getaway Tips
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(StatePoint) Winter is an ideal time to travel, whether your motivation is to escape the cold weather or to frolic in it. Here are five travel tips for better winter vacations.

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Ready for a New Phone? How to Tell if it’s Time to Switch Your Wireless Provider
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(StatePoint) When you’re buying a new phone, it’s only natural to wonder if it’s time to break up with your current wireless provider and move on. Doing so might save you money and offer you more convenience and better service.

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3 Reasons to Consider Refinancing Your Auto Loan
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(StatePoint) Most people know they can refinance their mortgage, but less than half are aware that they can also refinance their auto loan, according to a study by Harris Poll for Ally Financial. It’s a simple task that could reduce your car payments by about $1,300 a year.

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Fun Holiday Gift Ideas for Kids Exploring Math, Science, Art and More
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(StatePoint) When shopping for children this holiday season, remember that the best gifts will pull double-duty and be not only fun, but educational too.

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Education Tools to Help Kids Succeed at School in 2018
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(StatePoint) In today’s tech-driven world, the classroom is evolving rapidly. Students equipped with the right tools will get a leg up on their studies and long-term success.

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Smart Home Savvy: 6 Ways to Add Technology to Your Living Spaces
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(StatePoint) A smart, connected home is what’s in style. In fact, since 2014, research shows smart technology has increased in priority during renovations, especially for first-time home buyers.

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What are ‘STEAM’ Subjects and Why Do They Matter?
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(StatePoint) If you’ve heard your child’s educators talking about “STEAM” subjects, they are referring to Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math. And these subjects are growing in importance, as more industries require a strong mastery of the concepts and skills involved.

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Ways to Turn Your Weight Loss Resolution into a Reality
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(StatePoint) If you have a lot of weight to lose in the New Year, it may feel like an insurmountable challenge, especially if you have struggled with weight loss before. Here are a few ways to turn your resolution into a reality.

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How to Be More Creative in the New Year
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 (StatePoint) Those with creative or artistic aspirations know that consistently staying motivated and inspired is easier said than done.

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Resolve to Better Organize Your Medical Information in the New Year
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(StatePoint) A fresh new year presents a great opportunity to reorganize your medical information and files as part of a greater effort to prioritize your health and wellness in the coming year.

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Tips to Refresh Yourself in the New Year
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(StatePoint) Planning some New Year’s resolutions? Instead of simply resolving to lose weight or drop a clothing size, consider placing a more positive spin on your objectives. Whether your stated goal is to try new sports and hobbies or to get in touch with nature, you can better refresh yourself this new year with resolutions that help you get in shape while appreciating your surroundings and having fun.

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How to Get More out of Your Smartphone
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(StatePoint) You could have the swankiest smartphone with all the latest features, but without some strategizing, it could feel like you’re carrying around a very expensive brick.

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Your House is More Attractive Than You Realize!
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(StatePoint) Beyond keeping your refrigerator art in place, you may not think about magnets all that often, but, magnets are the driving force behind many products you use every day.

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Think Like a Designer to Update Your Home Like a Pro
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(StatePoint) Inspiration is everywhere. From a field of yellow sunflowers to unique geometric patterns in the tile of a train station, the littlest things can spark the innovation behind some of the world’s most iconic products and designs.

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Students and Teachers: Tips for Beating the Mid-Year Slump
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(StatePoint) Whether you’re a teacher or a student, staying motivated for the rest of the school year can be a challenge. But, what happens in the classroom counts long after the school year is new.

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5 Hacks for Living with Diabetes
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(StatePoint) According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), approximately 30.3 million Americans are living with diabetes, which affects people of all ages.

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5 Overlooked Items for Your Family’s Emergency Supply Kit
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(StatePoint) If you prepped an emergency supply kit for your family, you most likely have the basics covered: batteries, first aid and non-perishable foods. Here are five often overlooked items that can help keep your family safe, comfortable and informed should the unexpected occur.

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Easy Ways to Stay Healthy Through the Holidays
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(StatePoint) Between all those holiday festivities and extra seasonal chores, it can be difficult to always stay on top of your health. Here are some easy ways to prioritize wellness this time of year.

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Tips to Repay Student Loans as Quickly and Affordably as Possible
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(StatePoint) College students who borrow to pay for school typically don’t have to start repaying their student loans until six months after leaving school. But when it does come time to start making loan payments, you may find yourself stressing out about the additional monthly expense.

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Gift and Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Those with Active Hobbies
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(StatePoint) It’s the gift-giving season and rather than give generic presents to everyone you love, consider thoughtful items that will make their lives easier and hobbies more fulfilling.

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Tablets and Kids: What to Know
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(StatePoint) If you’ve handed over your tablet to your children more than once, it may be time to consider getting them their own device. There are a lot of great children’s tablets that offer so much more than passive games and videos.

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How Digital Technology is Helping Patients Manage Chronic Pain
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(StatePoint) Digital apps have long existed to help people lose weight or track exercise, and now, developers are providing new high-tech ways for those living with chronic pain to track key measures of their conditions -- providing a solution to one of the biggest challenges patients face.

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5 Reasons to Consider a Home Theater System Now
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(StatePoint) When it comes to entertaining ourselves at home, there are more options than ever before. Whether you are looking to upgrade your family’s existing movie night experience or you are just getting started in assembling a home theater system, here are five reasons to consider doing so now.

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How to Save on Mobile Devices this Holiday Season
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(StatePoint) Holiday spending is expected to rise this year over last, according to the National Retail Federation. While you may be budgeting for a more expensive season in some ways, keep in mind that when upgrading mobile devices for yourself or loved ones, you don’t necessarily need to go brand new and pay a premium.

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Holiday Budgeting Tips for Savvy Consumers
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(StatePoint) Sticking to one’s budget is important all year long, but doing so during the holiday season can be especially tricky, when expenses run high and festive cheer makes it difficult to put the brakes on over-spending.

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Tips to Safely Enjoy the Great Outdoors in Cooler Months
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(StatePoint) It may be chilly, but that’s no reason to stay indoors. Some of the best opportunities for outdoor exploration can only take place during the coldest months of the year; it just requires special preparation.

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Fun Holiday Tech Gift Ideas for Kids
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(StatePoint) Looking for some kid-friendly tech gear this holiday season? Here are some on-trend gift ideas, featuring engaging content for kids.

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Alternative Ways to Make College More Affordable
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(StatePoint) A college education is one of the largest expenses you’re likely to have in your lifetime, second only to buying a home. Unfortunately, the cost has increased dramatically in recent years.

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Great Holiday Gift Ideas for Foodies
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(StatePoint) The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to outfit foodies with all the tools they need to make cooking more efficient and delicious. Not sure where to start? Here are a few smart ideas.

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Tips to Make Your Holiday Decorating Very Merry
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(StatePoint) Nearly 70 percent of Americans say their favorite part about the holidays is spending time with family and friends, according to the Pew Research Center. So, during the hectic holiday crunch, you may be looking for ways to simplify the many tasks on your to-do list.

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STEAM Books Make Great Gifts for Kids This Holiday Season
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(StatePoint) Add joy to the holiday season with exciting books for kids. Think about choices focusing on STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) that encourage the pursuit for knowledge and offer opportunities for immersive, learning experiences.

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Give Yourself the Gift of a Smart Home this Holiday Season
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(StatePoint) You can make this holiday season a bit merrier by giving your family the gift of a smart home. A gift that keeps on giving, connected devices can add security and convenience to your home easily. Start with a few basic smart home products and add to or change your tech over time as needed.

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Tips to Reduce Holiday Spending, Without Cutting Back on Cheer
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(StatePoint) Amid the merriment of the holiday season is a hard reality -- nearly six in 10 Americans don’t have enough savings to afford an unexpected expense like a $500 car repair or $1000 emergency room bill, according to a Bank survey conducted by Princeton Survey Research Associations International.

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Will You Be Able to Afford an Unexpected Health Crisis?
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(StatePoint) Young people may not give much thought to the cost of an unexpected crisis, particularly when it comes to serious accidents or illnesses. Should an emergency occur, you don’t want to be caught off guard and have to cut back on other essentials or miss out on those special experiences that bring a smile to your face.

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3 Things Everyone Living with Arthritis Should Know
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(StatePoint) Arthritis includes more than 100 rheumatic diseases and conditions that affect joints. If you are living with arthritis, here are a few things you should consider.

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Steps to Save Energy in Your Home
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(StatePoint) Reducing your energy use at home is a win-win for your wallet and the planet. Not only can it save you money on your bills now, but it could also improve your home’s resale value, if you know which steps to take.

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How to Incorporate Learning into Your Child's Daily Routine
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(StatePoint) Young children don’t need to be in a classroom to learn important skills. And the earlier you get started, the better. Here are some great ways to incorporate fun learning experiences into your child’s day.

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Tips to Throw the Best Movie Night Ever
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1. Know your audience. Will it be a family-friendly night? Will the movies screened have a theme -- such as all being by one director or set in the same city? Know who your audience is and select movies that best fit the bill.

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How Libraries Are Changing in Communities Nationwide
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(StatePoint) As we become increasingly reliant on digital content available on-demand, what happens to our repositories for printed material? The answer may be simpler than you think: Libraries aren’t just about books any more. Most have shifted focus from their collections to the communities they serve, and adjusted their designs to match.

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Children’s Gifts that Combine Fun and Learning
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(StatePoint) Shopping for a toddler? Whatever the occasion, the best ways to maximize fun are with gifts that inspire the imagination and help kids learn.

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Yesterday's Factories Could Be Tomorrow's Offices and Homes
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(StatePoint) To counter generic new construction projects, many cities and towns are converting older structures into vibrant tech offices, loft-style residences and even art institutions -- a process known as “adaptive reuse.”

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Tips to Get Your Family Moving and Boost Fitness
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(StatePoint) Regular exercise is an important part of helping to keep your family healthy and strong. Indeed, physical activity can help you live longer, improve your mood, reduce your risk for life-threatening diseases and strengthen bones and muscles, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Thoughtful Holiday Gift Ideas for Babies and Toddlers
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(StatePoint) When planning your holiday gifts for babies and toddlers, why not consider toys and experiences that will encourage them to meet their developmental milestones in the coming years?

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Wireless Tips for Boomers
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(StatePoint) There are currently more than 93 million Americans in the U.S. over age 55, according to Census data, and the vast majority (74 percent) of them have a smartphone. And that number keeps growing.

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How Smart Home Technology Can Eliminate Stress for Parents
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(StatePoint) Many parents have worries about kids who are home alone in the afternoon or in the morning before catching the bus.

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Top Tips for Staying Connected While In-Flight
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(StatePoint) Over 2.2 million Americans fly every day, according to Airlines for America. Whether they are heading to a Disney-themed family adventure or jetting off for a romantic rendezvous, the most indispensable companion for many of these modern, mobile travelers is their smartphone.

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Gearing Up for Sports and Exercise
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(StatePoint) Outdoor athletes are continually pushing new boundaries and venturing farther than ever. Whether you are hiking a trail or training for a marathon, this great gear can help you before, during and after your next big activity.

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Kindergarten Parents: How to Reinforce Learning at Home
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(StatePoint) Kindergarten is an exciting time for children, but it can also be stressful -- not just for little ones, but for parents, too. Although each child is unique and develops at his or her own pace, most educators and experts agree that four key areas of development are essential for further growth and achievement in school.

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6 Family Activities to be Enjoyed Indoors and Outside
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(StatePoint) If spending more time together is on your family’s to-do list, consider the following tips and ideas to make the most of each experience.

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3 Unexpected Things That Can Help Small Businesses Thrive
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(StatePoint) With most Americans employed by small businesses, the success of these operations is crucial to drive the economy and grow the job market. But there are some obvious and not so obvious factors that can help small business owners and their employees thrive.

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Tips to Save Money and the Planet by Reducing Food Waste
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(StatePoint) Nearly 50 percent of produce in the US is thrown away before it reaches your plate, according to USDA estimates. This waste not only affects the environment, it impacts shoppers’ wallets, as well. The average family of four discards $1,600 of food each year, according to a study published by the International Journal on Food System Dynamics.

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Starting a Band? 5 Things to Think about
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(StatePoint) Starting a band? Way before getting up on stage or into a recording booth, there’s a lot of work to do. Here are five things all bandleaders need to think about as they get their acts together.

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How to Make Practicing Music Fun for Kids
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(StatePoint) While many children enthusiastically elect to study music, not all of them stick with the program. This is because many kids are surprised by the challenges associated with learning to play an instrument.

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Tips to Upgrade Devices on a Student Budget
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(StatePoint) The busy lives of students can often mean a frequent need to upgrade tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices. However, while you’re busy paying for books, student fees and other education-related expenses, these costs don’t have to be a burden.

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Fun Ways to Get Kids to Enjoy Math
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(StatePoint) For some kids, one of the toughest parts of school is math class. You can help ease their concerns by making math a wholly integrated part of their days.

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Top Car Buying Tips for Young Drivers
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(StatePoint) Young people and students on the hunt for what may be their first car should now that there are many factors to consider beyond budget, and experts say this can be a difficult process to navigate.

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New Ways Classrooms are Changing
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(StatePoint) Today’s classroom are in flux. And these changes, rooted in technological innovation, are making it easier for students to become more engaged and collaborative.

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Tips to Improve Your Child’s Math Scores
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(StatePoint) At a time when math is becoming an increasingly important subject for students to master, students are exploring ways to better understand the subject of math and improve their test scores.

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Job Hunting? 5 Reasons to Consider Using a Staffing Agency
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(StatePoint) If you’re an active job seeker or simply looking to expand your career horizons, many experts say that in today’s market, working with a recruiter can give you a substantial leg-up.

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5 Tips for Balancing Family, Work and Education
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(StatePoint) It’s an age-old conundrum. To advance professionally, often one must go back to school. However, earning a degree might seem like an insurmountable challenge because of the demands of a current job.

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New Ways to Save and Enjoy Your Photos
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(StatePoint) People are taking more photos than ever before, of friends, family, vacations and their food. And while they don’t always like to admit it, they are also taking selfies.

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Tips to Make the Most of Your Next Outdoor Adventure
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(StatePoint) Spending time enjoying nature is good for the body and mind, helping to reduce stress, increase focus and provide opportunities for physical activity, say studies. Unfortunately, our busy schedules sometimes don’t allow us to get outside as often as we’d like.

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