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Where Did Black Friday Come From?

Where Did Black Friday Come From?

Where Did Black Friday Come From?

There was a time when there was no “Black Friday.” On Thanksgiving, people overate, watched football on TV or played it in the yard, and then settled in to check the newspaper, thick and heavy with ads, to make a plan for the after-Thanksgiving sales. That’s what they were called: after-Thanksgiving sales. Black Friday hadn’t… Read More

How to Stop the Holiday Food & Shopping Binge

How to Stop the Holiday Food & Shopping Binge

How to Stop the Holiday Food & Shopping Binge

Well, it’s just about here…Thanksgiving Day and the rest of the holiday season is upon us. Wow, how the year has flown by, right? I just love all of the gatherings, parties, meals, gifts and laughter that we’ll share in the coming weeks with those we love. Along with all the revelry though often comes… Read More

How to Lend Money to Family & Friends

How to Lend Money to Family & Friends

How to Lend Money to Family & Friends

We hear all the time that you should not loan money to friends, but yet friends and family are the most important parts of life. So what do you do, when a family member or close friend has nowhere else to turn for their financial needs? If you feel like you can’t (or don’t want… Read More

Can You Shoplift Online?

Can You Shoplift Online?

Can You Shoplift Online?

Most consumers wouldn’t dream of slipping a piece of jewelry in their purse and walking out without paying for it. They’d never eat a candy bar while shopping then conveniently “forget” about it. But there is another type of shoplifting that doesn’t require a consumer to set foot in a store, and as a result… Read More

10 Mistakes That Can Double Your Tech Spending

10 Mistakes That Can Double Your Tech Spending

10 Mistakes That Can Double Your Tech Spending

From phones to TVs to computers, technology is woven into almost every aspect of modern living. We use it for work; we use it for entertainment; we use it for security. However, you could be spending a lot more on tech than needed. Mistake No. 1: Renting Electronics & Equipment Hopefully everyone is savvy enough to… Read More

How to Get a New Job in the New Year

How to Get a New Job in the New Year

How to Get a New Job in the New Year

With the new year approaching, it can be a great time to assess where you are in life. Maybe this is the time to make a resolution you can keep. One of the most common frustrations in America is being unhappy at work. If you consider carefully and decide it is time to start looking for… Read More

6 Steps to Keep You From Blowing Your Holiday Budget

6 Steps to Keep You From Blowing Your Holiday Budget

6 Steps to Keep You From Blowing Your Holiday Budget

The National Retail Federation says you’ll probably be $804 poorer after the 2014 holiday season wraps up. That’s how much the industry group says consumers plan to spend this year. While the lion’s share of that money goes to family, you also expect to spend $80 on friends and $26 on co-workers. Even Fido gets in… Read More

The $100 Bill on Your Windshield Really Is Too Good to Be True

The $100 Bill on Your Windshield Really Is Too Good to Be True

The $100 Bill on Your Windshield Really Is Too Good to Be True

Finding a $100 bill would make anyone’s day, especially around the holidays. Of course, that happiness wouldn’t last long if someone stole your car as soon as you went to retrieve your newfound treasure. Apparently, that happened in Maryland. The attorney general’s office is warning residents of a potential theft operation where carjackers are putting $100 bills under… Read More

3 Strategies to Prevent a Holiday Shopping Binge

3 Strategies to Prevent a Holiday Shopping Binge

3 Strategies to Prevent a Holiday Shopping Binge

When you are trying to get fit, tools like a pedometer or fitness app can help you track your progress toward your goal. Dieting? A scale is probably your go-to tool. But what about if you are trying to keep yourself from going overboard with holiday shopping?  Yes, there are tools for that, too.  Here… Read More

Can You Afford a New Baby?

Can You Afford a New Baby?

Can You Afford a New Baby?

I turned 30 this year, which means that I’ve reached that magical age. Now, whenever I log into Facebook my feed is filled with pregnant bellies and pictures of adorable newborns. It seems like everyone is having a baby. But not everyone is. Some prefer being childfree and others are only beginning to consider having… Read More

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