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Choosing the right place to live isn’t simple, but “U.S. News & World Report” is trying to make the decision a little easier. The mag has come out with their annual list of the Best Places to Live in the U.S., so if you’re thinking of relocating, you may want to take note.

The mag ranked the 125 largest metropolitan areas based on affordability, job prospects and quality of life, with the ranking determined partly by a public survey of thousands of individuals across the U.S. They also looked at data from the United States Census Bureau, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and more.

Coming out on top for a second year in a row is Austin, Texas, which landed an overall score of 7.7 out of 10 and a 7.1 for both quality of life and value. Coming in at number two this year Colorado Springs, Colorado, which landed an overall score of 7.6.

“U.S. News & World Reports’” Top Ten Places to Live (click here for a complete list)

  1. Austin, TX
  2. Colorado Springs, CO
  3. Denver, CO
  4. Des Moines, IA
  5. Fayetteville, AR
  6. Portland, OR
  7. Huntsville, AL
  8. Washington, DC
  9. Minneapolis, MN
  10. Seattle, WA 

Source: U.S. News & World Report

To say that money never plays a role in a person’s love life is probably naïve, but according to a new poll it is far from the most important thing.

A survey of 2,000 Americans finds that 78% of folks believe finding love is more important than being wealthy, with 33% saying the opposite. In fact, when it comes to traits they are looking for in a partner, while 57% say honesty is important, only 9% say financial security is. 

Once folks are actually in a relationship, money is a whole other issue. The poll finds that 54% of people say money is the biggest stressor in their relationship, a bigger issue than communication (26%), work (7%), in-laws (7%), and children (6%).

While you'd think there may be issues if one spouse is making more than the other, that doesn't seem to be the case.  Overall, 54% of people say they don’t care who brings home the bigger paycheck, but 49% of people say that the person making more money shouldn’t have more say in financial decisions. What’s more, 89% of people believe they need to consult with their partner before any financial decision.

Source: Crossroads Today

Having kids is expensive and a new report from NerdWallet reveals how some parents are helping cut costs -- by lying about their kids’ ages. Yes, some moms and dads are telling little white lies to save on stuff like movie tickets, amusement park admission, and restaurant meals. Only one in three parents admit to doing it, but there could be a lot more shaving years off their kids’ ages to save a few bucks.

NerdWallet surveyed 1,200 parents about their summer spending plans and found moms and dads of kids from three to 17 expect to spend about $471 per kid on average this year. The four in five families planning to take a vacation this summer plan to spend $2,256 on average. And parents also plan to run up an average of $1,019 on their credit card this summer, so it’s no surprise they want to save money by taking a year or two off their kids’ ages.

The survey shows that employed parents are more likely to lie than those who aren’t working (34% compared to 24%) and millennial moms and dads are more likely to lie than Gen Xers (50% vs. 32%.) But those are just the ones who’ll own up to the practice.

“Only one in three parents admit to it? Please … Any chance I get to save a buck, I take it. Period,” explains Doug, a New York City dad. “No I have no guilt about trying to save a buck.”

Source: Moneyish

We’ve all been so excited about nice weather arriving for spring, but for seasonal allergy sufferers, the changing seasons isn’t something to celebrate. Some people have it so bad they can’t enjoy a walk in the park without dashing to the drugstore so they can pop an allergy pill.

So what are seasonal allergies anyway? According to board-certified allergist Dr. Neeta Ogden, an allergic reaction is basically the body fighting off what it feels is dangerous. So the sneezing and watery eyes are the body’s immune response to being exposed to an allergen it sees as a foreign invader. The good news is you can improve the severity of symptoms with lifestyle tweaks.

Here’s what to watch out for that could be making your allergies worse:

  • Hiding inside - It might seem like the great indoors is the ideal place to avoid pollen and outdoor allergens, but there are all kinds of allergy-inducing factors inside, too, like wall-to-wall carpet and drapes which can hold onto dust mites and dander for years, creating chronic “low-lying symptoms” or make existing ones worse.
  • Taking your workout outdoors - After being trapped inside for months, lots of folks want to get outside to exercise again. But being outdoors to enjoy a run or bike ride also exposes you to pollen and other allergens, so Dr. Ogden advises using barriers, like masks, gloves, and wrap-around sunglasses to limit your exposure. And be sure to take a shower to wash all the allergens off when you’re finished outside.
  • Waiting too long to pop your meds - You want to hold off on taking a pill until you absolutely need to, but waiting until your symptoms are really bad can create a vicious cycle that’s hard to manage. So don’t be a hero and treat your allergy symptoms before they take over and make you miserable, again.

Source: Well and Good

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