Holidays

Make Mom’s Day…for Less!

Mother’s Day is a time where we find ways to express our love and appreciation for Mom. President Woodrow Wilson set aside the second Sunday in May for this holiday back in 1914 to celebrate this amazing lady in our lives. For over 100 years, we’ve honored and celebrated Moms on this special day! Since Mom is often considered the glue that holds the family together, indulging her on Mother’s Day is a priority. But finding that perfect gift can be a real challenge because to you, nothing ever seems good enough for Mom. And it’s even harder to spoil…

5 Ways to Show your Love for Less This Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air because it’s almost Valentine’s Day. For that special someone you want to treat this year, don’t wait until the last minute. Just a little bit of planning and creativity can help make this Valentine’s Day extra memorable without breaking the bank. Did you know Americans spent close to $20 billion for Valentine’s Day last year? That’s a lot of flowers and chocolates.  Men spent almost twice as much as women, averaging close to $196 on gifts versus a $100 by women. Those between the ages of 25-34 were the most active spenders on Valentine’s Day,…

Soul Force: Remembering the Words and Wisdom of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was a respected civil rights leader who espoused non-violence as a means to overcome oppression and create a just society. On the third Monday of every January, Americans honor King’s life and work. In 2017, “MLK Day” occurs on January 16th. If you haven’t read any of the King speeches or sermons since you were in grade school, now would be a great time to revisit the words of this stunningly educated, profoundly ethical and deeply wise man. His ideas are as useful and relevant to our present moment as they were in the 1960s.…

7 New Year’s Resolutions That Really Pay Off

More than 40 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, but according to a January 2015 study by the University of Scranton, only eight percent of us actually keep them. While vague goals like losing weight or spending more time with your family can be difficult to achieve, these seven resolutions are refreshingly specific, require minimal effort, and can actually improve your financial situation. Embrace the Coupon Given the ubiquity of sites like Groupon, coupons and coupon codes have never been easier to come by. It only takes a little digging to find coupons for nearly everything you purchase –…

5 Ways to Enjoy the Holidays for Less

According to a poll released this month by Gallup, American adults are planning to spend an average of $830 on holiday gifts this year. Not only is this $110 more than last year’s projected average, but it’s also the highest on record since 2007. However, a new study by Cornell University psychology professor Tom Gilovich indicates that the best way to increase the enjoyment, satisfaction and general happiness of your loved ones during the holidays is to give them real-life experiences – not material gifts. In addition to being less expensive than a typical present, a shared experience with a…

6 Last-Minute Ways to Save on Holiday Travel

According to the US Department of Transportation, the Christmas and New Year’s holidays represent some of the busiest long-distance travel days of the year. With travel increasing by as much as 23 percent during this period, it stands to reason that airfares and train fares will be harder to come by – and pricier than usual. According to a study published last January by Cheapair.com, airfares increased by an average of 50 percent during the 2013 holiday season. But looking at the eleventh hour doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive. Here are six secrets for getting out of Dodge between now…

5 Ways to Avoid Holiday Overspending

Between all the gift-giving, travel, parties, and big family dinners, overspending during the holidays is a common phenomenon. However, going into the red can make “the most wonderful time of year” downright stressful. Here are five tips for saving money between now and January. Make a Budget and Stick to It Have a lot of friends and relatives to shop for? Before you hit the mall or the “Buy Now” button, make a list with an exact dollar amount that you can afford to spend on each person. And because most of us tend to buy a little something for…

Make Your Summer Count

Summer is in full swing, and for many of us, that means having more time on our hands than usual. While getting away with family and friends is a great way to spend those summer Fridays, long weekends and weeks off that you have planned, there’s another way to put all that downtime to good use: volunteering. Can Helping Others Help You? Yes! Not only does volunteering positively impact others, it can change your own life for the better. Being of service to an organization, a person or an animal has been proven to stave off depression, and good mental…

Have a Safe Fourth!

As anyone with kids knows, few holidays offer as much excitement for the entire family as the Fourth of July. Unfortunately, what makes this holiday so much fun also makes it one of the most dangerous days of the year. Between the fireworks, swimming and hot summer weather, there are plenty of opportunities to sustain serious injuries. The following tips from the American Red Cross will help keep your Independence Day independent from injuries. Be Extra Cautious Around Fireworks The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to attend a public fireworks show organized by your local fire department. If fireworks…

April Foolishness: 5 Notorious April Fools’ Day Pranks

Every April 1, people all over the world play practical jokes on their coworkers, friends and family members. Hoaxes are also a popular way to celebrate this unofficial holiday and have been disseminated by newspapers, radio and television stations, websites, and even corporations since the dawn of the information age. While the exact origins of this tradition remain a mystery, History.com links April Fool’s Day to several historical precursors – including the vernal equinox. On this first day of spring in the Northern Hemisphere, Mother Nature was said to fool people with the wildly unpredictable weather. The tradition has also…

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