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Color Of Money

Small business: How ethics can help your bottom line

October 11, 2019

BPT  The last thing any company wants is a misstep that hurts the trust it has built with customers. This is especially true for smaller businesses, which may not have the resources to recover from a reputation setback. To prevent mistakes, bad decisions and wrongdoing, smaller businesses can take a proactive approach to developing ethical…

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Simple steps to keep your second home safe from costly repairs

October 4, 2019

BPT Whether it’s a cabin up north, a villa down south or a quaint cottage near family, many people in the United States own second homes. You spend time at these vacation properties during some seasons, but for much of the year they remain empty. That’s why it’s important to take precautions to ensure your…

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Free yourself from living paycheck to paycheck

September 26, 2019

BPT About 80% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, often struggling between paydays. If this is a challenge for you, here are three easy ways that can help you get from one paycheck to the next with ease, avoid financial pitfalls, and even come out ahead. Avoid overdrafts and late fees Since most people are…

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McDonald’s enlists Alexa and Google to help with its hiring

September 25, 2019

By DEE-ANN DURBIN Want a job at McDonald’s? Just ask your smartphone. Starting Wednesday, McDonald’s Corp. will let job seekers start an application by using voice commands with Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Assistant. If users say, “Alexa, help me get a job at McDonald’s,” Alexa will ask which country they want to work in and…

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Are you a Maverick? A Dreamer? Find your financial personality

September 20, 2019

BPT When it comes to managing your finances, are you more likely to be spontaneous and optimistic or stick to a formal plan? Understanding your financial personality can be important on the journey to reaching your financial goals, whether it’s something short-term like buying a home or longer term like your dream retirement. For some…

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Three emerging smart home trends of 2019

September 13, 2019

BPT If you’re building a new home, you want it to be stylish, functional, and of course, state of the art with the latest technology advancements. Smart home features are on top of the wish list for homeowners, with 81 percent of homebuyers stating they would favor purchasing a home with smart accessories already installed,…

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Planning to retire on your 65th birthday? We didn’t think so

September 6, 2019

BPT The traditional notion of retirement — a switch from full-time work to full-time leisure — is becoming a thing of the past for millions of Americans. In fact, according to a recent UnitedHealthcare survey (conducted by Wakefield Research on behalf of UnitedHealthcare) of 1,000 nationally representative Americans 62 and older, 24% of those who…

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The City program that provides free fixes for basement backup flooding

August 30, 2019

Everything you need to know about applying If you’ve experienced a backup, you know it can be a shocking ordeal: water suddenly gushing from a floor drain, toilet, or other basement plumbing. Unlike the many other causes of basement flooding, backups are the result of heavy rain causing local sewers to become so overwhelmed that…

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Fans choose sides in the ‘Chicken Sandwich War’

August 25, 2019

Photo: Popeyes.com AssociatedPress NEW YORK — A nation already polarized finds itself divided once again, but this time politics isn’t at the heart of it: The blame lies squarely on a fried piece of poultry. People are choosing sides and beefing over chicken, thanks to Popeyes’ release of its crispy chicken sandwich and the social…

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Five signs you need to hire a landscape professional

August 23, 2019

BPT  In this age of DIY, many outdoor home projects look doable. The truth is, plenty of outdoor projects tackled by homeowners to save money are better left to landscape professionals. When attempting these projects on their own, homeowners soon realize that some jobs require more knowledge and expertise than an online search engine can…

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