Category: Money Smart Consumer Month

5 Safety Tips for Shopping on Cyber Monday

5 Safety Tips for Shopping on Cyber Monday

For some consumers, Cyber Monday is a non-event.  Why?  They have chosen to do their holiday shopping the old-fashioned way – drive to a shopping Mall or local store.  Then there are consumers for whom Cyber Monday is a huge event.  They’ve checked out the deals and are ready to hit the digital shopping lines.  It […]

November 29, 2013 | By More
History of the Busiest Shopping Day – Black Friday

History of the Busiest Shopping Day – Black Friday

Are there ever times when you ask how something got started?  There is a ride my family and I go on every time we go to Disneyworld.  It’s called the Carousel of Progress.  The premise of the ride was conceived by Walt Disney as a mini-walk through time to show the progression of technology from […]

November 27, 2013 | By More
3 Ways Consumers Lose Money During The Holidays

3 Ways Consumers Lose Money During The Holidays

Wouldn’t it be nice to have someone hand you $225 in cash at the end of the year?  How about receiving a $30,000 check after working for twenty years?  Sounds really nice, doesn’t it?  These are some of the numbers I ran across in my reading of actual money or potential monies lost that slipped […]

November 26, 2013 | By More
Holiday Decoration:  A Blend of Tradition and New

Holiday Decoration: A Blend of Tradition and New

Don’t you enjoy visiting the homes of friends and family during the holidays?  I do.  Can I tell you why?  No, it’s not for the cookies or candy on display, although I really like that part.  It’s walking through the front door and seeing how they decorated their home.  I like peeking in every room […]

November 25, 2013 | By More
3 Be-Smart Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

3 Be-Smart Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

If you’re wondering what in the world does holiday decorating safety tips have to do with money, consider these costly bottom line scenarios: ●  An electrical fire burns down your home. ●  A fall from a ladder breaks your leg. ●  You toss wrapping paper into the fireplace that results in a flash fire. In […]

November 22, 2013 | By More
5 Actions to Take BEFORE You Store Shop

5 Actions to Take BEFORE You Store Shop

Here we are and the month of November is nearly at an end!  With Black Friday a few days away, I thought it would be helpful to review a few power shopping reminders for those of you who will hit the Malls on Friday. * Some of these action tips we have already talked about during […]

November 21, 2013 | By More
How to Avoid the Credit Card Spending Frenzy!

How to Avoid the Credit Card Spending Frenzy!

Credit cards can be a convenient shopping tool until you step foot on to that forbidden path of spending.  You know what I’m talking about, don’t you?  It’s when you get caught up in the spending frenzy, particularly during the holidays. Let’s be honest here – there is a lot of fun stuff out in […]

November 20, 2013 | By More
Safety Reminders:  Holiday Shopping at the Mall

Safety Reminders: Holiday Shopping at the Mall

Shopping for a winter coat can be tricky, particularly if you’re a woman with a purse.  I have to admit it got really aggravating dealing with my purse while putting coats on and off the other day.  I was so worried I was going to get distracted and inadvertently leave it behind hanging somewhere.  Or, […]

November 19, 2013 | By More
Holiday Safety Reminders: Packages & Possessions in Your Car

Holiday Safety Reminders: Packages & Possessions in Your Car

There is a reason I chose this topic today.  It’s because of a story I heard a couple of weeks ago.  Here it is in brief.  A woman made a brief stop to pick up her kids.  She left her tablet in the front seat and purse squashed beneath the front seat.  You know what […]

November 15, 2013 | By More
Teaching Kids About Money During the Holidays

Teaching Kids About Money During the Holidays

When it comes to money, there are certain events that provide a great learning experience for kids.  The holidays are such an event.  It was fun browsing through online articles for my research on this topic.  One of the ideas listed in an article from Terry Savage, a Chicago-based personal finance expert, is one I’m […]

November 14, 2013 | By More