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Baby Boomers: The New “Dress for Success” Rules

Baby Boomers: The New "Dress for Success" Rules

Forever 21 is a retail phenomenon among the younger set, but despite the trend of businesses catering to Baby Boomers, there’s no Forever 51 or 61 for those of us trying to find presentable, affordable office fashions. At least such a store would help us figure out the new dress code. Take my office, for example; […]


Daily Deal Addiction: Beating the Urge to Buy

Daily Deal Addiction: Beating the Urge to Buy

The popularity of daily deal sites like Living Social and Groupon has yielded huge benefits. Consumers receive massive savings on everything from dining out to teeth whitening; yet with the positive comes the negative. The ease with which these deals can be purchased, coupled with the prospect of double-digit savings, is creating a troubling trend: […]


11 Wedding Tips for Baby Boomer Nuptials

11 Wedding Tips for Baby Boomer Nuptials

If you’re a Boomer about to get married, this likely isn’t your first time around. Happily, a Bridezilla-style wedding isn’t likely in your future, as age also comes with a modicum of wisdom. At our age, it actually feels kind of foolish to spend a fortune on a single party. My Boomer wedding was a […]


Remedies For The Top 11 Consumer Complaints of 2011

Remedies For The Top 11 Consumer Complaints of 2011

Consumer complaints are on the rise, whether it be over poor customer service, billing errors or faulty workmanship. The incredibly popular website Consumerist.com is even dedicated to publicizing and solving such problems. While blog posts and comments on the site suggest the biggest areas of friction, a survey released July 27 substantiates this information. The Consumer Federation […]


When I Was Your Age

When I Was Your Age

This summer I have been spending a lot of time with my two granddaughters, ages 8 and 11. Because I am able to work from home and their parents aren’t, they are often dropped off here for the day. They spend endless hours in front of screens. The TV screen (Grandma, is it my turn […]


Did you ever have one of those days?

Did you ever have one of those days?

Well, yesterday (Saturday) I had a whopper. Tonight (Sunday) at midnight, the August Magazine should be up on the website, but… Last week, one of my granddaughters turned eight. For her gift I gave her a Smurf day. The movie didn’t release until this weekend, so we chose Saturday for the day. We went to […]


Attention Streaming Movie Marathoners

Attention Streaming Movie Marathoners

There are major changes coming your way. This month Netflix announced they’ll be increasing their plan pricing. The trend of rising prices for streaming content is a growing one. Cell phone providers like Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile are all planning to eliminate unlimited data plans in favor of tiered pricing. With experts predicting most cell […]


11 Budget-Smart BBQ Tips for 4th of July

11 Budget-Smart BBQ Tips for 4th of July

Although the upcoming long holiday weekend has many dreaming of a beach vacation, small budgets may be keeping people from going away. Staying home during the 4th of July means that you can host a barbecue with beer, hot dogs and fireworks–a true American celebration. So whether you’re planning a celebration with extended family or […]


Useless Gift Card Balances

Useless Gift Card Balances

If the answer to the question “What’s in your wallet?” includes gift cards with a useless balance — say $2.34 — you’ll be pleased to hear about a bill passed May 25 by the Oregon legislature. Fed up with the serious amount of unused plastic in their wallets, house members voted to require businesses let […]


Grandparents: You May Be A Drug Supplier This Summer, Without Even Knowing It

Grandparents: You May Be A Drug Supplier This Summer, Without Even Knowing It

Studies show that more teens start using drugs during the summer months – while unsupervised and with more free time. With the end of the school year approaching, children look forward to a long break – and a lot of time at home alone. When teenagers are released from school for long break periods such […]