The holidays are a busy time of year for travel. According to U.S. Department of Transportation Statistics, the number of long-distance trips by Americans increases by 54 percent during the Thanksgiving travel period. The number rises by 23 percent during Christmas and New Year’s, compared to the average number for the remainder of the year.
Monthly Archives: November 2013
A home inventory list provides you with a safety net in case your valuables are lost, stolen or damaged. Sure, we’ve all misplaced something in our homes (your favorite shirt disappears or you can’t find the book you were reading), or broken things on occasion (various dishes and glassware over the years), but we are talking about your big-ticket items like expensive electronics and jewelry. When these items are lost, stolen or damaged, you’ll want to file a homeowners insurance claim. If your property is well documented, it will speed the process and ensure you don’t forget to make claims on any of your valuable items.
Nothing says “holiday shopping” quite like the four-day weekend from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers spent $59.1 billion on 2012 during the busiest shopping weekend of the year. While 10% of shoppers rushed to the stores right after finishing their Thanksgiving dinners, others waited until Cyber Monday, with online shopping peaking at 11:25 a.m. EST. Whether you plan to shop in-store or online, check out this infographic for more fun Cyber Monday and Black Friday statistics.
With the traditional holiday shopping season upon us, some retailers are opening on Thanksgiving Day to kick-start early Black Friday deals, while most stores are sticking to a Friday opening. Online sales during Cyber Monday saw a 30% increase in 2012 – a percentage expected to rise this year, according to IBM Digital Analytics. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at Black Friday and Cyber Monday:
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Barbers and nannies and mail carriers, oh my! Many of us like to tip a little extra during the holiday season. But it can be confusing to decide how much to give to whom. Follow these guidelines for appropriate holiday … Continued
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A motorcycle represents your ticket to freedom, unleashing the thrill of open-air riding on two powerful wheels. Alas, this experience doesn’t translate well to snow, ice and other winter wonders. So to make sure your motorcycle is is properly stored … Continued
Thanksgiving is a day to remember only the things that are important in life: family, friends and good food. But when prices are up and the economy is sluggish, it’s hard to forget the cost of such an extravagant holiday … Continued
Americans will spend an estimated $55.5 billion on their pets this year, according to the American Pet Products Association (APPA). Whether you have a dog, cat, gerbil or exotic animal, you know the costs of regular exams and vaccinations, food, … Continued
When you aren’t able to avoid an accident, the next best thing is to make sure you handle the situation the right way. So if you find yourself in the middle of a fender bender or something potentially more serious, … Continued