The holidays are in full swing and that means plenty of holiday parties. These gatherings are great fun, filled with good company, bad gifts, and good drinks. Most of us have hit the eggnog a little too hard at one time or another, but all too often someone will also get behind the wheel afterward. This decision can alter the lives of many people in the blink of an eye.
With the beginning of each new year comes talk of our new year resolutions: eat better, exercise, spend less money, etc. I know it seems early to start working on a change but studies show that you may be more successful if you start in December. Considering how much time we spend at work each day, we really should make some work-related resolutions as well as personal. Have you ever thought about making an ergonomic workstation resolution?
As the holidays approach, there’s a good chance that some sort of electronic gadget has made its way onto your wish list, perhaps even more than one!? Each year, electronics of all shapes and sizes are among the most popular holiday gifts. The excitement is short-lived, however, as manufacturers continue to crank out bigger and better models turning this year’s “must have” into a “must sell.”
Ready or not, the holiday season is here. In addition to celebrating with family and friends, many people celebrate by decorating their homes. However, along with this tradition comes an increase in the chance of fire. Based on data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the U. S. Fire Administration (USFA), approximately 240 home fires involving Christmas trees and 150 home fires involving holiday lights occur each year. So before we go out and try to recreate Clark Griswold’s lighting spectacle, let’s review a few holiday safety tips.
A few years ago, the Nike retail store in New York City was closed by the public health department due to a bedbug infestation in the store. No doubt their reputation took a hit, but what about their bottom line? I wonder how many sales were lost? How much did it cost to rid the business of the bugs? And were the employees paid during the shutdown?
How much do you spend on groceries each month? Gas? Cell phones? Car insurance? I recently made a list of my monthly expenditures in preparation for a meeting with my financial advisor. How did my list look after completing this not-so-fun task? Like most people, my home mortgage was at the top. Groceries and gas were also right up there. However, I was surprised to see car insurance towards the bottom, below cell phones and Internet!
Every year as people begin to talk about what they are making for Thanksgiving and which family member will top their crazy list, I get excited. Now, admittedly, I love to see and spend time with my family, but the turkey is only a small fraction of what I am excited about. For the last several years, Thanksgiving Day has consisted of looking at shopping ads and planning our strategic attack on the sales. Yes, I am a Black Friday shopper.