Money Makeover Monday: There’s An App for Your Money

What would life be without smartphones? Smartphones have become our third arm or even eye.  We take it everywhere and is our go to for any information we need. Downloading apps too have become part of the smartphone culture. We are all familiar with the phrase: “There’s an app for that”.  There are hundreds of thousands of apps available for downloading.  Many of those apps are…

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Valedictorian Not Allowed To Walk At Graduation

Andrew Jones, 18, graduated from Louisiana’s Amite High School and will head to Southeastern Louisiana University on both an academic and athletic scholarship.  We salute and congratulate this young man on his achievement!  Jones, however, was not allowed to walk on the stage at graduation because of his refusal to shave his facial hair pursuant to school policy. Before anyone cries out he…

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Money Makeover Monday: 401(k) Basics

A 401(k) is an employer sponsored retirement plan. It allows employees to have pre-tax dollars deducted from their paychecks for investment. Employers manage the money but employees will select from a variety of investment options. Taxes on a 401(k) are deferred until the money is withdrawn.  Employees will decide how much to contribute but the IRS places limits on contributions which may vary yearly. Employers may decide…

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College Graduates: Moving Back Into Your Old Room

Many families will celebrate college graduations this month. For some families, a college graduate will be a first for the family, for others it will be a long tradition of turning tassels and tossing caps in the air. It is a milestone that conjures a range of emotion for both parents and college grads. Parents are proud to see their children earn degrees. Graduates immediately feel the pressure of being thought of as…

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Money Makeover Monday: No Spending Diet

Would you be able to go a week or a month without spending anything on clothing, shoes, electronic gadgets or dining out?  We are calling for our readers to put themselves on a spending cleanse!  In other words, spending will be limited to necessities like rent, utilities, transportation, medicine and groceries. During the no spending diet, buying the latest fashion trend, catching the newly…

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A Mother’s Celebration

Sunday, May 8th is Mother’s Day. In the United States, it is celebrated annually on the second Sunday of May.  Some countries celebrate on the same day. Others honor mothers on a different day.  It is an international celebration of the many things mom do. The modern day history of Mother’s Day in America dates back to 1905 after Anna Jarvis lost her mother. Anna’s mother, Ann Jarvis, was a peace activist…

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The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Have any expired or unused prescriptions in a medicine cabinet or anywhere else in your home? Today is the 11th Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day! The yearly event gives the general public an opportunity to safely get rid of old medication. The day also raises awareness of the potential abuses of prescription medicines.  You still have time to participate in this important national effort. Participate by entering your zip code to find your nearest…

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