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March 2016

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3 New High -Tech Ways to Shop Gadgets that make shopping easier or more secure were on display at this year's CES, the giant consumer electronics trade show. Here are three to watch for: • Wearable tech: Why fish for a wallet or dig through a purse when you can tap and pay with your fashion accessories? Later this year, MasterCard's payment technology will be embedded in smart jewelry from Ringly (see photo above). Rings with gem- stones that hide the hardware start at $195. Visit • Secure payments: Load all of your payment info on Qkey, which plugs into the USB port of your computer or tablet and contains the same type of microchip that comes with chip- enabled credit cards. When it's time to shop online, plug in Qkey, and remove it when you're done. Your info is off the grid, safer from hackers, with only an encrypted backup file on your computer (preorder for $89 at • Streamlined loyalty: Consolidate all of your loyalty and dis- count cards into a single magnetic stripe card with Cardberry ($100; join the waiting list at — Lisa Gerstner NEA Member Benefits; content provided by The Kiplinger Washing- ton Editors © 2016 Bringing Up Baby CTA's Well-Baby Program is available to active members and their spouses, domes- tic partners and surrogates. Its excellent resources include: • Mayo Clinic Health Coaching for Pregnancy — registered nurses pro- vide education and support by phone throughout your pregnancy and three months postpartum. • Ask Mayo Clinic — a 24-hour resource staffed by registered nurses to answer questions about your health or the health of your baby during pregnancy and up to three months postpartum. • Books — Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy (Spanish version available), and Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby's First Year. To maximize benefits, you or your spouse/ domestic partner should enroll within the first trimester, though enrollments will be accepted through the 30th week of preg- nancy. Contact CTA Member Benefits at 650-552-5200. Don't Forget: Tax Break for Teachers Doing your taxes? Remember to take advantage of the Educator Expense Deduc- tion, which allows K-12 teachers to take an "above the line" (non-itemized) deduction for unreimbursed classroom expenses up to $250, indexed to inflation. Deductible items include professional development expenses. 14 YOUR WHOLE LIFE Tips and trends for a smarter, healthier you

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