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Six Ways to Start 2016 on the Right Financial Foot

Before the ball drops and the singing of Auld Lang Syne begins, the Independent Community Bankers of America® (ICBA) and the nation’s more than 6,000 community banks encourage consumers to keep their financial goals front and center in 2016. ...


Your Place: Kitchens Top To-Do Lists for Many Homeowners

(TNS)—You are where you eat, I suppose, and that’s why kitchens perennially seem to be the focus of home-renovation spending. ...


Top 15 Cities That Party Hard for New Years

With holiday time upon us, it’s time to make those “spirits” bright during the biggest party of 2015 – New Year’s Eve! Everyone likes to let loose and have a good time with family and friends on this momentous holiday, but which cities ...


8 Essential Tips for Winterizing Your Home

The snow is falling, the fire is roaring and all your daily worries begin to melt away as you sip on a piping hot cup of tea. This is probably what you’d like to be doing during a winter storm, but things like ...


Consumer Spending Shows Solid Growth as Incomes Rise

(TNS)—Consumer spending, a key driver of the U.S. economy, showed solid growth last month to kick off the holiday shopping season as incomes also kept rising, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. ...


5 Rules to Follow When You Want to Lose Weight

Nutritionists tell us that slow and steady is the best strategy for losing weight – and that following five simple rules can help us lose weight safely while staying fit and avoiding undue hunger. ...


7 Reasons to Go to a Dollar Store before Christmas

For careful shoppers, there are bargains to be found all year long at the dollar store. But with the huge expense of the holiday season, point out Kiplinger’s consumer editors, there are more reasons than ever to shop these bargain meccas. ...


Great Spaces: Eco-Home Offered for First-Time Sale in Boulder, Colo.

For the first time at public sale, an innovative, energy-inspired eco-home is now available in Colorado, located in the hot North Boulder market. Designed in 1979 and constructed in 1981 under the watchful eye of the late acclaimed and influential Northern California ...


Signs That Your Home May be Less Insulated than You Think

Keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter is something every homeowner strives to do. The good news is you don’t need a Ph.D. to create a comfortable living space. What you need is a ...


Temperature Wars Are Heating Up the Workplace

The weather outside may be frightfully bizarre this winter, but the temperatures inside can be just as difficult for many to adjust to. According to a new CareerBuilder survey, 23 percent of employees say their office is too cold, while 25 percent are ...


10 Tips to Save Energy over the Holidays

With all the company, cooking and extra lighting this time of year, energy use skyrockets and so do utility bills. As we continue to shop for the holidays, most of us are looking for any way to save. ...


4 Major Perks of Adding a Skylight to Your Home

If you’re looking for a way to add style and value to your home, skylights might be the perfect solution. It will take some planning, but a well-designed skylight comes with a multitude of benefits — not just beauty and value, but possibly ...


6 Easy Ways to Rejuvenate Your Kitchen

From installing new cabinet doors to renovating old furnishings, there are many ways to modernize and brighten your kitchen without committing to a complete renovation. Painting, changing cabinet doors and drawer pulls, or adding a kitchen island are all options that you can ...


Great Spaces: Fire Island Home Finds Buyer before Auction

A premium Fire Island home sold prior to its scheduled auction date, an impressive feat worthy of major bragging rights. The unique, modern home has a swanky 100 feet of direct ocean frontage and a 1,920-square-foot interior. For those not from the New ...


Which Mortgage Is for You?

(TNS)—Know these three loan types before you go mortgage shopping. ...


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