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Thanksgiving will be celebrated on November 27 this year, and families and groups of friends will bond at dinner tables across the country. While a big turkey and a smorgasbord of trimmings are featured at most meals, it’s not what’s on the menu that’s important.
Giving thanks is the true heart of Thanksgiving, which is traditionally celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November. It’s the theme that gives the holiday lasting meaning and resonance across generations.
So, as autumn winds down, let’s take time to be thankful for the big and little things in our lives.
Let’s also have some fun, with this Thanksgiving quiz:
Borrowing money on various occasions is a normal part of life for many people in the United States. When unexpected situations arise, or during financially tight times, we often turn to our credit cards. Unfortunately, debt can quickly grow if we do not closely monitor the charges and do not pay our credit card bills in full and on time each month.
The average household in the U.S. has a credit card debt of $15,480, according to the personal finance website NerdWallet. The average mortgage debt stands at $156,474, and student loans account for an additional $33,424. Many families face a debt so large that they think they’ll never be able to pay it back in full.
Many ways are available to help people manage their finances and pay back debt. This might require making some hard decisions, but eventually those decisions can pay off – literally.
Here are some tips to help address debt and move toward financial freedom:
Winter is approaching and with it comes the season of gift giving. That doesn’t mean you have to give friends and loved ones more “stuff,” however. In fact, giving less “stuff” can mean more to the people on your gift list. Here are some affordable gift ideas for all ages, and which keep on giving and won’t cause clutter:
Below are 8 simple tricks, tips and shortcuts (also sometimes known as “life hacks”) that can help make your life as a parent more productive, efficient and easier, and can help save time, money or stress.