New Technology to Reduce Fraud

credit card rewards ccIn October 2015, new technology and new rules will enter the American credit card market. This new credit card technology will replace the old magnetic stripe and signature cards, and hopefully make it much more difficult for scammers to access confidential consumer information in the process.

Following data breaches from top-tier retailers such as Target and Nordstrom, the rollout of Chip and PIN credit cards is picking up steam. Here’s a basic rundown of everything you need to know about this technology. [Read more...]

How to Save on Holiday Travel with Choice Hotels

holiday travelThe holidays are coming up, and you know what that means.  It means it’s time to pack your car full of kids and gifts and drive all over the country in an effort to meet everyone’s holiday expectations.  The problem?  Holiday travel can get expensive.

Fortunately, Choice Hotels is offering up some hot deals for this year’s holiday travel season.  Let me explain… [Read more...]

Preparing for an Unlikely Death

funeralIf you are like most individuals, you are naturally concerned about your family’s financial health.  For example, what would happen if you died suddenly?  Would your family be financially prepared for such an event? Although this is an unsettling thought, it nonetheless needs to be addressed.   [Read more...]

Freelancing: Should You Hire Employees?

thebossIt has become part of the standard narrative of the successful freelancer: “Humble freelancer starts from the bottom, performs well, develops more business than she can handle, hires other go-getters to meet swelling demand, BOOM – Job Creator, More money, Adulation!” The fact is, while this is the best-case scenario for many people looking into the freelancer’s world, hiring others may not be the best possible use of your time and money. [Read more...]

The Benefits of Year-Round School

schoolMy daughter started kindergarten last week and we’re still getting settled into our new routine.

Before school started, everyone was out the door at 7:30 and I didn’t pick everyone up until 5:15.  Now Greg takes Vivian to daycare at around 7:30 and Lydia stays behind to catch the bus at 8:15.  And instead of me picking them both up at 5:00, Lydia gets home at 3:40 and Greg picks Vivian up on his way home.  It seemed strange at first, but we’re getting used to it. [Read more...]

The Lemonade Stand Review and a Giveaway

bookreview-giveawayHappy Wednesday, folks!  My friend Shannon from The Heavy Purse recently wrote a super-cool children’s book titled “The Lemonade Stand.”  And I know I’m totally biased, but I think it’s ahhh-maz-ing.  In fact, it has quickly become one of my children’s favorites. [Read more...]