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Why fight with crowds on Friday when you can shop from your office on Monday or, even, the couch on Sunday night? Cyber Monday is still Black Friday’s little brother — depending on how you count them, Friday’s real-world sales are about three times larger than Monday’s digital sales — but online shopping continues to... Read More
For many of us, retirement conjures up images of older people living in retirement homes, sitting on their rocking chairs, or spending the whole day watching television. While this may be the case for some people 65 and older, it is different for those that view retirement as a new chapter in their lives. For these... Read More
The price for a traditional turkey and trimmings crossed the $50 mark for the first time this year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. Here’s what they had on the menu designed to feed 10 people: a 16-pound turkey, bread stuffing, sweet potatoes, rolls with butter, peas, cranberries, carrots and celery, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, coffee... Read More
Reports of Black Friday’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, and if you doubt that, show up at a big box retailer at 3 a.m. this Friday. But it’s undeniable that the shine around shopping’s biggest day has dulled a little, and that shows up in the data. Last year, 134 million people shopped during Thanksgiving... Read More
You’re a single-solo (single and solely responsible for yourself and yourself solely). You’re busy and use a combination of take-out food, quick casual dining and frozen dinners to eat. This is the most efficient use of your time until evolution negates the nagging need to constantly feed. Right? Wrong. Does Dining Out Really Save Time?... Read More
The majority of Americans who responded to a holiday shopping survey said the season is a strain on their finances, with 41% of shoppers saying they feel obligated to spend more than they can afford. The data comes from an Experian Consumer Services online survey of 1,035 adults living in the U.S., though it’s important... Read More
You’ve heard it a thousand times: Take care of your retirement needs first, then consider whether you can afford to help an adult child financially. It’s like putting the oxygen mask on yourself before assisting your young child on a plane, they say, and then … the word “no” somehow gets stuck in your throat.... Read More
Blowing all your savings on an extravagant one-day event — sounds like something we would never be silly enough to do, right? Well, the average cost of a wedding keeps rising and couples are increasingly paying tens of thousands of dollars, sometimes even taking out personal loans to cover the costs. But a wedding that breaks the... Read More
Q: For the holidays, I want to give money to my kids. But I don’t want them to spend it on just anything. I want them to save it or use it to pay off debt. How can I make that happen? — Dad A: You’ve got lots of options for interesting holiday gifts. One option is to... Read More
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