Category Archives: Personal Finance

2015 Post Office Holidays and Schedule

For those who use the United States Postal Service (USPS) on a regular basis, and especially those who have small businesses which rely on the postal service to get their products delivered, knowing the post office holiday schedule can be … Continue reading

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When Insuring Valuables, A Homeowners’ Insurance Policy Is Often Not Enough

By Melissa Neis Valuables and collectibles – whether coins, fine china, musical instruments, jewelry or art – have special meaning for many and can evoke warm memories of travel and adventures, or reflect great passions and interests. But are these … Continue reading

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Obamacare Health IRS Form Should Soon be Coming in the Mail

With the new year, you should start to get tax forms in the mail. There is a new one you should be on the lookout for if you were one of the millions of people who signed up under the … Continue reading

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Social Media Trends: Grandma and Grandpa Are Now on Facebook

Social media defines the many types of computer-mediated tools that enable billions of people to “create, share or exchange” ideas, pictures, videos or information in virtual communities. According to Wikipedia, social media is radically different from traditional media in part … Continue reading

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Being Optimistic Is a Heart Healthy Choice

Being a pessimist could be bad for your heart. A new study conducted by the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), led by Rosalba Hernandez, analyzed the responses of 5,100 adults about their mental health. The subjects were between the ages of … Continue reading

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Caramel Apple Listeria Outbreak Linked to California Bidart Bros. Apple Supplier

Listeriosis, a bacterial infection often caused by ingesting food contaminated by the bacteria Listeria monocytogenes, is a serious condition with a mortality rate of approximately 20 percent. Its two most common clinical manifestations are sepsis and meningitis, and the disease … Continue reading

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VeriFone’s New NFC Terminal Big Step to Universal Mobile POS Payments

VeriFone is an American corporation headquartered in San Jose, California. Founded in 1981, the company provides technology for transactions at the point-of-sale (POS), the “point” at which a retail transaction occurs between merchants and buyers. According to Wikipedia, VeriFone provides … Continue reading

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Your Optimism May Be Helping Prevent Heart Disease

Each day, approximately 2,200 Americans die of cardiovascular disease, which averages to around one death every 39 seconds according to Psychology Today. But these statistics obscure a deeper issue. As the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports, “Death … Continue reading

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When is the Oregon vs Ohio State College Football National Championship Game?

If you’re an avid college football watcher, chances are you already know exactly when the first college football national championship game between the Oregon Ducks and the Ohio State Buckeyes will take place. If you aren’t an avid fan, but … Continue reading

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CDC Recommending Antivirals As Flu Is Widespread Across Most of the US

The flu season has reached about the halfway point and it’s been a bad season thus far. The US is seeing widespread flu across most of the US, and making things worse is that this year’s vaccines aren’t very effective … Continue reading

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Strong December Jobs Report Looks Good, but Wages Fail to Keep Pace

The years 2008 and 2009 were characterized by loss: the loss of approximately 8.4 million jobs, the loss of consumer confidence in the markets, as well as steep declines in the values of homes. What did increase were the federal … Continue reading

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Oregon vs Ohio State College National Championship Football Squares Free Printable

The first national championship for college football will be taking place Monday, January 12 between the Oregon Ducks and the Ohio State Buckeyes. While it’s yet to be seen how popular this event will become, it has the makings to … Continue reading

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Is It Possible to Buy Alcohol at Costco without a Membership?

This is a question that comes up from time to time when talking about Costco. There has been more than one occasion when people have asked me, “Can I buy alcohol at Costco without a membership?” The answer to this … Continue reading

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30 Day Create a Money Saving Habit Challenge

When it comes to New Year’s resolutions and wanting to save more money, many people fail to take the first important step to making sure the resolution is accomplished. They don’t take the time to form a habit of saving … Continue reading

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How to Save $100 in One Month with Quarters

Many people are looking for ways to increase their savings or create an emergency fund as part of their New Year’s resolutions. The 52 week money saving challenge (along with all of its variations or even the 365 day penny … Continue reading

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H&R Block Offers Free Deluxe Tax Software to Dissatisfied TurboTax Deluxe Owners

It seems that there are a lot of longtime TurboTax customers who aren’t thrilled with some of the changes Intuit has made to the 2014 edition of their tax software. The drama is taking place on Amazon Reviews, where the … Continue reading

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The Best 2015 Diet is the DASH Diet for the Fifth Straight Year

With the beginning of the New Year, one of the top resolutions on many people’s lists is losing weight and getting healthier. For those who are looking for the healthiest diet out there (as opposed to the one which will … Continue reading

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Harold Hamm’s Ex-Wife Rejects $975 Million Divorce Settlement Check

It’s not a check most people would reject. Sue Ann Arnall, the ex-wife of Harold Hamm, the chief executive of the oil drilling company Continental Resources, received a hand-written check for $974,790,317.77, the cash amount owed from a November divorce … Continue reading

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Save Nearly $500 with the 30 Day Money Challenge

One of the main issues some people have with the 52 week money challenge is the length of time it takes to save the money. That challenge is a year long commitment, and there are some who would rather focus … Continue reading

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Credit Karma Now Offers Two Free Credit Reports

Credit Karma has been on a spree of offering new financial tools for its members at no cost. The company, which is best known for allowing consumers to get their credit score for free without also having to hand over … Continue reading

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