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Make Fall Fun with 4 Inexpensive Family Activities


Fall offers many inexpensive indoor and outdoor activities that your family can do together. Here are four ways to enjoy the season when you’re on a budget.



Craft with Your Kids


Spend some time with your children on arts and crafts. Dollar stores and other inexpensive shops often have a variety of materials for making costumes or decorations for Halloween. Pumpkin painting and leaf crafts, like these 25 ideas from CountryLiving.com offer hours of enjoyment.



Pick Apples at a Local Orchard


Apple picking is another favorite Autumn pastime. Find a well-rated apple orchard and make a family day out of it. Not only does the trip give you a chance to do a healthy outdoor activity, once you have apples, you can make all kinds of great dishes or use them to play Fall games in your backyard, like the classic bobbing for apples.



Have Fun at Pumpkin Farm


Nothing quite says fall like a trip to the local pumpkin patch. Many rural communities or farms provide the opportunity for your whole family to pick pumpkins and learn more about them. They also typically host harvest festivals, haunted hayrides, children’s games and corn mazes. Research some of the farms near you to find out more about their pumpkin patch and the fun activities they offer. After finding the perfect pumpkins you can pick a night to make jack ‘o lanterns.


Prepare Fall Meals


We’ve highlighted apples and pumpkins as a delicious source for your favorite Fall dinners and desserts. The internet is full of great food sites with recipes you might not have thought of that capture the spirit and color of the Fall season. Here are 100 fall recipes to try from Delish.com.



Happiness for Your Heart's Sake


For years now, researchers have been finding connections between happiness and health. People who find ways to manage their stress and live happier lives tend to live longer and encounter fewer health problems. That’s certainly true when it comes to folks with heart conditions, according to practitioners of a new field called cardiac psychology. They contend that managing your emotional well-being can help maintain a healthy heart in many ways. For example, stress can actually reduce the amount of oxygen going to your heart. Anger can cause irregular heartbeats that could be dangerous for some people. Anxiety and depression also correlate with heart attacks. It’s crucial for anyone with heart conditions, or at high risk of developing one, to seek professional help for stress, anxiety, depression, excessive worry or bouts of anger that overwhelm your life. Physical exercise and relaxation techniques also help, experts say. The bottom line: emotional well-being is a matter of the head and the heart – and it impacts them both.


Read more from Harvard Medical School.




Foods That Make You Healthy and Wealthy


You know that some foods are better for you than others: fruits and vegetables, whole grains, fish and lean meats. But which of these nutritious wonders are also among the least expensive foods in your supermarket? Knowing the answer can help steer your grocery shopping toward healthy foods that give you the most bang for your buck.


Brown rice, for example, costs only 18 cents a serving and is simple to cook. The rich-in-vitamins whole grain is among the healthiest starches one can eat. And carrots, with their legendarily high levels of Vitamin A, cost only 25 cents per serving. There are many more examples. So start including menu planning as part of your financial planning, for the sake of your body and your wallet.


For more, see AARP.



Men And Women Agree: The Key To A Happy Retirement Is To Keep Doing What You Love


Men and women agree that the best path to happiness in retirement is to be actively engaged in meaningful activities. The key is to stay busy doing things that you find joyful or rewarding. But when it comes to how they want to spend their time, men and women have different priorities, according to a major new survey from TIAA-CREF. For example, women are far more likely to want to connect with and spend time with family, while men are more likely to want to pursue favorite sports and continue working. What does this mean for a retired couple’s financial planning? Only that married couples who are both retired should make sure their retirement income is sufficient to pay for both spouses’ favored activities – which one shouldn’t assume are identical. Retirement savings can help, but ensuring guaranteed income for life may require a new retirement plan that includes financial products like annuities. Talk to your financial professional to learn more.


Read more at Next Avenue.


Supporting Adult Children? A College Degree May Be The Key To Financial Freedom... Yours And Theirs!


An important piece of the financial planning puzzle may require some help from your kids... by completing that college degree! More than 30% of Americans 18 to 34 live with their parents, and it stands to reason that adult children without solid incomes are more likely to live with their parents or require financial support. If you weren't already convinced by the slew of evidence that having a college degree makes a huge difference when trying to land a good-paying job, here's the latest confirmation: of college students in the class of 2016 who already have landed a job, 72% said the new job requires a college degree in their field of study. While it’s natural to want to help your children no matter how old they are, providing financial support well into your child’s adulthood could impact your own retirement savings. Encouraging your kids to graduate from college is a key component of financial planning for yourself and for them.


Read more at Money.



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