Pondering presidential polls? How to decipher the data

When it comes to deciphering the data from polls, you may feel like you need an advanced degree in political science to really put the information in perspective. It's worth the effort, however, to understand what polls might really mean. If you're following the polls, keep these fundamental considerations in mind when evaluating the worth of poll results.

Great destinations to visit over the holidays

For some people, the holidays are meant to be spent at home, surrounded by friends and family. For others, they are a time to escape on vacation. And then there are those remarkable people who manage to work in both. To aid in that pursuit, here are six destinations across the country that are perfect for a quick holiday getaway.

Put your own spin on the holidays to create new traditions

The holiday season is a nostalgic time of year, when families and friends get together and reminisce about years gone by. Classic songs can be heard on the radio and time-honored plays are staged in theaters across the country. But while we all hold those traditions close to our hearts, there's plenty of opportunity during the holidays to try something new and put a unique spin on the season.

Tips on saving energy at home this winter

It's that time of year again when homeowners brace themselves for low temperatures ... and high heating bills. According to the Alliance to Save Energy, a nonprofit group that promotes energy efficiency, the average U.S. household will spend nearly $1,000 on home heating this winter. If you're concerned about the impact on your budget - not to mention the environment - then now is the time to take some simple, affordable steps to save energy.

Commitment is the new resolution

The tradition of new year's resolutions has been around 4,000 years, when Babylonians saw fit to start the year off right by making promises to the gods. Today, such promises are a media phenomenon, designed to be broken. But now there's a new way to make a commitment at the start of a new year.

Find holiday gifts for your friendly neighbors

This holiday season, share the warmth of holiday gift giving by sending gourmet gift baskets, personalized gifts, gift cards and more to your favorite neighbors. The holidays are about giving gifts of meaningful and sentimental value and to show those that you care about how much you appreciate them. Utilize this guide to holiday gift giving to ensure a happy and stress-free Christmas season.