Monthly Archives: December 2014

The 52 Week Money Challenge Is About Much More Than Saving $1378

It’s the beginning of a New Year, and one place many people focus on improving is their finances. A popular challenge over the last two years has been the 52 week money challenge. The concept is pretty simple. Each week … Continue reading

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What’s Open and Closed on New Year’s Day 2015

With the first day of the New Year also comes the first major holiday. As with many holidays in the US, knowing what is and isn’t open can be confusing. While New Year’s Day is one of ten official federal … Continue reading

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What Stores Are Open and Closed on New Year’s Day 2015?

When the New Year rolls around, it can get confusing as to which stores are open or closed for the day. New Year’s Day is a federal holiday, but that doesn’t mean retail stores follow the lead of the federal … Continue reading

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2015 Federal Holiday Schedule

Since not all calendars list the day and date of federal holidays, these are days you’ll want to add to your calendar. There are ten official federal holidays each year. While some remain the same date each year, others may … Continue reading

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Is the Post Office Open on New Year’s Day 2015?

The first federal holiday of 2015 lands on the very first day of the year, and beginning the year with a holiday sometimes causes confusion on what is and isn’t open. For those who have small businesses or need to … Continue reading

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How to Properly Dispose of Your Christmas Tree

It’s that time again. Christmas is over and you might be wondering how to get rid of your Christmas tree. According to the National Christmas Tree Association (NCTA), leaving your tree in the trash or “on the curb,” is not … Continue reading

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Facebook “Year in Review” Draws Complaints from Users

In a blog post published in 2011, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote, “I’m the first to admit that we’ve made a bunch of mistakes…I also understand that many people are just naturally skeptical of what it means for hundreds of … Continue reading

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Are Banks Open on New Year’s Day 2015

What is and isn’t open can be confusing when it comes to federal holidays. That’s because even though official federal holidays apply to federal agencies, they don’t necessarily apply to private sector companies. It’s up to each company to decide … Continue reading

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40 Percent of Cancers Could Be Prevented with Simple Lifestyle Changes

Oftentimes cancer has been called a “disease of old age” given that it primarily affects older individuals. Researchers, however, are discovering that beyond old age, cancer is also a disease associated with lifestyle choices. According to research conducted by Cancer … Continue reading

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Go Ahead and Skip Breakfast: It Doesn’t Make a Difference to Weight Loss

For years, everyone from nutritionists and schoolteachers, to parents and doctors have praised the value of a good breakfast for overall nutrition, weight loss and a happier life. This belief has driven free breakfast programs in schools for kids who … Continue reading

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52 Week Money Challenge 2015 Edition

Click the above image to enlarge or print here (pdf)It’s that time of the year again when people will begin making their New Year’s resolutions, and look to save more money in 2015. For the last couple of years, the … Continue reading

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Five Great After Christmas Sales Deals You Haven’t Considered

You have heard it time and again to buy Christmas cards, wrapping paper, ornaments and other Christmas items after December 25 to use in 2015 as a way of saving money. These are all great tips (you should be doing … Continue reading

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Stock Market Holiday Schedule 2015

The two best known stock markets in the US are the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) and the NASDAQ. The two together are generally considered “the stock market” when people are discussing stocks in the US. Both the NYSE and … Continue reading

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What’s Open and Closed on Christmas Day 2014

Most people assume everything is closed on Christmas Day, and for the most part, they would be correct. There are, however, some exceptions that are worth noting, especially for those who will be out and about on December 25. While … Continue reading

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What Stores are Open and Closed on Christmas Day 2014?

For those who have spent the last month shopping to get ready for Christmas, most would think the last thing anyone would want to know is what stores are open and what stores are closed on Christmas Day. The fact … Continue reading

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Are Any Stores Open on Christmas Day 2014?

The vast majority of retail stores are open on Christmas Eve, but the same can’t be said for Christmas Day (Click here for┬ámajor retailers holiday hours). In fact, there’s an assumption made by many that all stores are closed on … Continue reading

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Christmas Eve Store Hours for Last Minute Shoppers 2014

If you’re one of the many people who procrastinates so much you need to shop on the day before Christmas, then it’s important to know what times stores are open on Christmas Eve. This is especially true since many stores … Continue reading

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The Best Way to Manage Your Finances

We are often tempted to look at the various aspects of our financial lives in isolation, but taking a holistic approach is much more effective. Instead of looking at your credit score, family budget and retirement savings in isolation, consider … Continue reading

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Costco Holiday Hours for Christmas

Update: Costco 2015 Holiday Schedule There is a growing trend for stores to extend their store hours in the days leading up to Christmas to give the last-minute procrastinators more time to get all the gifts they need to buy. … Continue reading

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Walmart Holiday Store Hours for Christmas 2014

There are quite a few consumers who leave their holiday Christmas shopping to the last minute. A Walmart study on the top reasons why these shoppers procrastinate on their holiday shopping found 40% were too busy with other holiday season … Continue reading

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