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Safer Store Shopping

December 25th is less than three weeks away, so if you haven’t finished your Christmas shopping yet, you might want to get going.

But quickly and carelessly browsing and buying at the store can cost you time, money, and more.

Keep these shopping tips in mind to make sure you don’t end up saying, “Bah, humbug” to the whole holiday season.


Year-End To-Do List

Depending on when you read this, there may be just 45 days of 2014 left to enjoy (or endure, depending on your perspective).

As if you already don’t have enough to do over the next few weeks, there a few time-sensitive money (and other) moves you might want to consider making before the year is up.



Whether your health insurance is provided by your employer or you buy it on your own, you probably have a “high deductible” version available to choose. This plan usually offers you lower premiums, in exchange for your willingness to pick up a larger portion of the costs (up to a certain limit). But the lower premiums are only one of the benefits of using a high deductible health insurance plan. For certain people in certain situations, the ability to open (and fund) a Health Savings Account (HSA) can provide even bigger savings from Uncle Sam. Read More...

Preparing for Death

Last Friday was Halloween, and we’re currently in the midst of the “Dia de los Muertos” (“Day of the Dead”) celebration.

So it seems like an appropriate time to talk about a scary subject: death, and more specifically, what financial-and-other steps you should take to prepare for your demise.


Looking at Your Investments

Your third quarter investment account statements have recently rolled in, and rather than let them sit unopened in a pile next the computer, it might be good to actually take a look at where things are, and maybe even make some changes.

What makes now better than ever is the investment climate of the past few years may have changed in the past few weeks.

To make the process a little easier, we’ll start every recommended step with the letter “R”.


The Price of Protein

According to a recent survey conducted by the good people at “The NPD Group”, more than half of American shoppers say that they are looking to add more protein to their diets.

And if you’ve toured the supermarket aisles recently, it’s obvious that food manufacturers and marketers are going to great lengths to meet that demand, mostly by selling you their specially-formulated and usually-higher-priced protein-fortified products.

But you may not need as much protein as you think, and there are several ways to get what you do need without spending afortune.


Term vs. Permanent Life Insurance

It’s still September, which of course means that it’s still National Life Insurance Awareness month. Luckily, the month is almost over, so we’ll soon have time to recuperate from all of the festivities.

But before the month ends, we would be remiss if we didn’t discuss what kind of life insurance most people should buy when they buy life insurance, and where they should get it.