ITEMS YOU MUST KEEP IN YOUR CAR TRUNK

With summer road trips coming up, it’s time to make room for seven must-have items that you’ll need in a roadside emergency — be it due to fog, heavy rain or snow. According to State Farm, the seven items are: Jumper cables Spare tire Hazard triangle/road flares Flashlight First aid kit Water Blanket When State…

How to Give Your Finances a Spring Cleaning

Ah, spring! It’s the season of renewal, when we can count on longer and brighter days, the return of baseball and the urge to get the house in order. That goes for many people’s financial houses as well. Spring is a good time to comb through your personal finances and ensure that you’re managing your…

The Average Cost Of A Wedding

If you’re the father of the bride, you might want to look for a second job. Nationally, the average cost of a wedding is $32,641, up 4.5 percent from just one year ago. Oh, and that doesn’t even count the honeymoon. It could be worse: Just like real estate, the cost is affected by location.…

Tips To Stay Organized

It’s Organize Your Files Week — The third week in April. Eileen Roth, author of “Organizing for Dummies,” recommends these quick checklists to get organized. Use W-A-S-T-E to decide whether something’s worth keeping: W — Worthwhile. If the item isn’t worth saving, toss it. If it is, move on to the next four questions. A…

HOW TO BOOST YOUR SMALL BUSINESS CREDIT SCORE

Are you a small-business owner who’s not getting the love you need from lenders? Are suppliers insisting on terms you find downright unfriendly? The common denominator may be a poor business credit score. Here are some steps you can take to fix it. WHAT GOES INTO YOUR BUSINESS CREDIT SCORE? Just like a personal credit…

TIPS TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE NEXT WEEKEND

How much do you enjoy the weekend? You may enjoy it so much that your personality changes. Nearly half of us find that we become more impulsive, imaginative, agreeable and creative on Saturdays and Sundays, according to a national poll conducted by Hampton Hotels. In addition, 33 percent say the transformation is so radical that…

HOW MUCH SHOULD YOU TIP?

How much do you tip a restaurant server? Chances are, it’s about 20 percent. But when it comes to other questions about tipping, most of us don’t have a ready answer. Steve Dublanica, a former server and author of the blog “Waiter Rant” and the book “Keep the Change: A Clueless Tipper’s Quest to Become…