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Keeping Snowbirds Safe

It’s that time of year again. Many of us will be traveling from our “regular” homes to spend the winter in warmer states like Florida or Arizona.

Be careful. Law enforcement warns that you may at risk at home and away.

Before you leave: Make sure you have one of or more timers set for the lights in your winter home. Also, recruit a friend or family member who’s staying put to check your house periodically to make sure the driveway is shoveled and to pick up any “penny shopper” type newspapers that aren’t held or forwarded by the post office.

When you arrive: If possible, confine all your purchases to a single credit card. That will make it easier to monitor to ensure that no one you encounter during your winter stay has stolen your card number and is making unauthorized purchases or using that card to open other accounts under your name.

Is It Time to Break Up with Your Bank?

Many of us do a year-end review of our finances.

Don't overlook shopping around for banks. If your bank is charging you for checking or paying barely any interest on your savings, it may be time to shop around. Many community banks and credit unions offer free checking and online banks often have better interest rates on savings accounts, frequently with no minimum blanace.

So it pays $$$ to shop around!

Relocating? Do You Buy or Rent?

Okay. You’ve retired and now you’re thinking of moving to your dream state. When you arrive, do you buy a new home/condo or rent?

Here’s what the experts say…

Buying a home is good financial decision if you’re planning on owning for 10 years or more. Often times your dream state turns out be less than you hoped. So those in the know say you should rent first, for a year or two, to see if like the area before actually buying. Now you know.

Oh, and wishing you a long and happy retirement!

Older Workers Wanted!

Ever been worried you might lose your job because you were getting too old?

Relax. Many employers are now looking specifically at hiring and retaining workers over the age of 60. Why? Because of their knowledge, work habits and temperament.

For example, 10 years ago 9% of the workforce at CVS pharmacies was over age 50. Today, it’s 24%. Other employers looking to hire older workers include United Healthcare, ATT, the Hartford and more!

Really Want To Help First Responders? Don't Donate!

Every get those call s from groups that claim to help your local police or fire fighters? Beware!

Many times, these are groups that have incorprate with names like "police BEnevolent Organization," but they have no connection to your local first responders. Even if they are legit, they may also be professional fund raisers that can take as much as 90% of your money, leaving only 10% to help your local firefighters and police.

If you want to help, experts suggest you call your local police, fire or EMT departments and ask te best way for you to donate.. 

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