Posted on October 29, 2019
It’s almost scary how much we spend on Halloween. 172 million of us will celebrate the holiday and, according to the annual survey conducted by Prosper Insights & Analytics for the National Retail Federation, we’re poised to spend an average $86.27 per person this year, just short of last year’s record $86.79. That’s $8.8 billion in total U.S. consumer spending, down from last year’s $9 billion. The survey attributes at least some of that drop to consumer uncertainty regarding our country’s ongoing trade war with China.
Posted on September 11, 2019
This Sunday, September 15, our friends at CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Travis County are hosting their 10th annual Superhero Run 5K & Kids 1K at the Broadmoor Campus near the Domain in Austin. In addition to the races, the event features a dance party and adult/children/pet costume contests with trophies and prizes.
Posted on August 22, 2019
Sending a student off to college can be exciting and heartbreaking. Speaking from personal experience, it can be a little scary, too, especially if your son or daughter — who, you’re certain, was just chasing the ice cream truck and practicing for the middle school talent show yesterday — is headed far away.
Posted on August 2, 2019
Remember the Equifax data breach of 2017? In September of that year, the consumer credit reporting agency (which collects data on more than 800 million consumers worldwide) announced that some personal information of 147 million United States consumers had been exposed.
Posted on July 15, 2019
When you’re looking for a convenient and trustworthy place to host your financial transactions, you’ve got a few choices: credit union, bank, mattress or shoebox. Putting aside those last two, here are 10 reasons why you should choose to trust a credit union over a traditional bank.
Posted on June 12, 2019
Not much of a reader? Perhaps you want to put that commute time to good use. Maybe you get bored while jogging or working out.
Posted on May 6, 2019
Babies are bundles of joy. Precious gifts. Tremendous responsibilities. And expensive, right? Wait ’til you see the numbers related to the new Royal baby Sussex, just born to Meghan Markle and England’s Prince Harry. He’s a healthy 7 pounds, 3 ounces (the new baby – not Harry).
Posted on April 19, 2019
Are you celebrating Easter this year? Roughly 8 in 10 of you are, according to the National Retail Federation, and you plan to spend an average of $151 on the holiday. That’s a total of more than $18 billion in expected spending.
Posted on April 4, 2019
Looking for a job? You might be in the right place at the right time. According to the Wall Street Journal, Austin sports the #1 hottest labor market in the United States.
Posted on March 22, 2019
You’ve just posted an item for sale online. You soon receive an email message from a party who is interested in making a purchase. They arrange to send you a check, but then contact you again and claim that they accidentally wrote the check for an amount greater than the purchase price. You are asked to deposit the check and wire them the difference.
Posted on March 14, 2019
Happy Pi Day! Stuck for dinner plans? The 16th letter of the Greek alphabet/numerical constant that describes the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter can help you save tonight! Just take advantage of one of the National Pi Day pizza deals offered Thursday, March 14 only at these national chain stores and eateries.
Posted on March 1, 2019
Insider pinpointed the highest-paying job in Texas … and it just might put you to sleep.
Posted on February 22, 2019
Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but when somebody engages in identity theft – fraudulently using stolen bits and pieces of your personal information for financial gain – it can also be a sincere pain in the you-know-what.
Posted on February 14, 2019
Don’t waste arrows, Cupid – those things can be expensive!
Americans will break spending records this Valentine’s Day, according to a National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics survey. This, in spite of the fact that the percentage of people who actually celebrate the holiday continues its 12-year downward trend (cue sad music).