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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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Macy’s Christmas Store Hours 2014

There are a lot of people who don’t get all their Christmas shopping done in time, and retail stores know that. To help these last-minute shoppers, many retail stores are extending their store hours in the days before Christmas (although … Continue reading

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Are Banks and Credit Unions Open or Closed on Christmas Eve 2014?

With the holiday season upon us, and Christmas just around the corner, many people are wondering when banks will be open, and when they’ll be closed so they have enough money for the holidays. There’s a bank holiday schedule for … Continue reading

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Target Christmas Store Hours 2014

If you are one of the many who is a last-minute Christmas gift shopper, retail stores are extending their holiday hours with you in mind. While most stores will be closed on Christmas Day, many are significantly extending their holiday … Continue reading

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Nearly Half of States Have Gas Selling for Less Than $2 a Gallon

It’s turning into a very happy holiday season for consumers who drive a lot. Gasoline prices continue to fall as oil prices do the same, and the price for a gallon of the liquid gold is far from golden prices. … Continue reading

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Strange Things Found in Salvation Army Red Kettles in 2014

It’s the time of year again when red kettles from the Salvation Army stand outside many stores with a bell ringer trying to capture your attention to deposit a few coins and dollar bills into the pot. While that’s what … Continue reading

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CFPB Fines Sprint $105 Million for Mobile Phone Bill Cramming Fees

Can you read your cell phone bill? There are a lot of people who can’t, and it has nothing to do with their ability to read. It’s because some phone bills are intentionally confusing. Why would phone companies want you … Continue reading

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National Parks Free Entrance Days 2015

For those who love to visit US national parks, there are always a few days a year where you can gain access to them at no charge. Each year these free entrance days change a bit, and the list of … Continue reading

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Does Costco Offer a Free One-Day Guest Pass?

There are a lot of people who wonder if Costco offers a one-day guest pass for those people who would like to check out the store to decide whether or not they want to purchase a membership. The answer? No, … Continue reading

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Are Credit Karma, Credit Sesame and Quizzle Free Credit Scores Really Free?

For those searching for their credit score, there are a number of ways to obtain it. There are many companies such as Credit Karma, Credit Sesame and Quizzle which advertise they’ll give you your credit score for free. The question … Continue reading

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Airline Baggage Fees Gave Carriers Nearly $1 Billion in Extra Income Last Quarter

You may hate them, but airlines love them. There’s now only one US carrier not charging baggage fees. This took place earlier this month when Jet Blue announced it would begin charging baggage fees to consumers using their airline, leaving … Continue reading

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When Is the Last Day to Send Christmas Cards and Packages 2014?

If you are planning to send out Christmas cards and packages this year, it’s important to know the last day you have to send those items so they reach the recipient before Christmas Day. Your final day to send out … Continue reading

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Are Post Offices Open or Closed on Christmas Eve 2014?

As Christmas approaches, and letters and packages need to get out, people begin to wonder about the United States Postal Service (USPS) holiday schedule. Most people realize the post office will be closed on Christmas Day, but they aren’t quite … Continue reading

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What’s Open and Closed the Day after Thanksgiving (Black Friday)

Everyone knows that the day after Thanksgiving is a huge consumer retail day with Black Friday sales going on at practically every retail store across the US. The Friday after Thanksgiving isn’t a federal holiday, but because it lands right … Continue reading

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What’s Open and Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2014

Thanksgiving Day used to be a day where consumers could pretty much assume everything would be closed for the day, but that’s no longer the case. While the vast majority of institutions will shut their doors to let families celebrate … Continue reading

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What Time Do Stores Open on Thanksgiving Day?

Over the last few years, consumers have seen Black Friday creep into Thanksgiving Day when it comes to sales at retail outlets, and the beginning of the holiday shopping season. While there are still stores holding out and refusing to … Continue reading

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Stores Open and Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2014

It wasn’t too long ago that all major retailers remained closed on Thanksgiving Day waiting for the stroke of midnight to open their doors for all the black Friday deals. That’s no longer the case. More and more retail stores … Continue reading

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Are Banks and Credit Unions Open or Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2014

As the holiday season approaches, it can get a bit confusing as to what is and isn’t open on certain days. This is especially true now that more and more stores are opening their doors on Thanksgiving Day instead of … Continue reading

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10 Reasons You Should Skip Shopping Thanksgiving Day Sales

The official start for shopping for the holiday season used to be Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving. That’s no longer the case. Pre-Black Friday deals started to get promoted the day after Halloween, and now the official start to … Continue reading

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Is the Post Office Open or Closed Thanksgiving Day and Weekend 2014

It used to be easy to tell what was open and what was closed on Thanksgiving Day because virtually everything was closed. That all started to change a few years ago when retail outlets began opening their doors on Thanksgiving … Continue reading

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