Which Stores and Restaurants Are Open January 1?

Not everything is closed on the first day of the year, although fewer stores and restaurants are open January 1 than on Christmas. There are actually plenty of stores open January 1. In fact, it's simpler to identify the one that isn't open than to rattle off the long list of retailers that intend to keep their after-Christmas sales going on the first day of 2018. Would you believe that it's Costco, of all places? If that didn't surprise you, perhaps you weren't aware that the warehouse chain Read more [...]

Is Anything Open on Christmas Day?

You don't have to stay at home -- yours or your loved one's -- on Christmas. Here's a quick guide to stores and restaurants that are going to be open on the holiday. You probably want to double check that locations nearest you are open by calling ahead.Here's a rundown of which stores and restaurants plan to be open on the holiday -- but you might want to phone ahead to confirm that the locations nearest you are open. Stores That Are Open Christmas Day Although most national retail chains are closed Read more [...]

Be Thankful: Give to Charity

As the end of the year steadily approaches, it's a good time to consider donating to charity. Make enough of thse contributions and you reach the minimum required to claim a deduction on your tax return. Here are 10 great nonprofits that would appreciate your money or any kind of gift in kind, like toys and food. Books for Africa This organization is dedicated to collecting, sorting, and shipping books to underprivileged areas in Africa. Boys and Girls Club Kids in poverty-stricken communities Read more [...]

Holiday Season Budgeting Tricks

Although the approaching winter holidays are a wonderful time of year for most people, too many people abandon their budgets (and diets!) around this time. You don't have to break the bank -- instead, just follow these holiday season budgeting tricks.Host a Potluck If you typically host a meal for Thanksgiving or one of the winter holidays, ask guests to bring a dish with them. This not only saves you money but also reduces the amount of time you have to spend preparing the meal. It can also Read more [...]