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How much should I tip at the holidays?

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Dec 18, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Do you give holiday tips to the people you appreciate and rely upon to make your life easier throughout the year? If so, you are in the majority. According care.com, 69% of people surveyed last year gave tips, most often around the holiday season. Most people spend between $50 to $300 total in holiday tips. And, tipping is tipping the scale – significantly more people tip than ten years ago, and most respondents plan on tipping more this year than last.

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Topics: Money Management, Holidays, Budgeting, Gifts

Make a date now to use your holiday gift cards

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Dec 16, 2015 8:15:46 AM

Christmas in January? It might be the best post-holiday pay-off if you plan now to use your holiday gift cards. You know how this Christmas story goes:

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Topics: Money Management, Holidays, Financial Planning, Savings, Budgeting, Gifts, gift cards

25 Money-Saving (No Grinch!) Christmas Ideas

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Dec 4, 2015 7:00:00 AM

“Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn't come from a store. What if Christmas...perhaps...means a little bit more!” 

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Topics: Holidays

Wash your hands! It’s flu season.

Posted by Maria Porto on Dec 1, 2015 9:00:00 AM

Now that the cold air is here, we’re all moving indoors. It’s nice to be cozy, but close proximity during cold and flu season has its down side. As Mom always said, “Wash your hands!” While it is good for your personal health, it is also good for business. Sick employees are not productive at work and can spread germs, while healthy employees use less sick days.

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Topics: Holidays, Workplace

9 Free Boston Area Holiday Events This Week

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Nov 30, 2015 6:00:00 AM

Get in the spirit of the holidays without putting a dent in the budget. We found nine Boston-area holiday events taking place this week that are sure to add a little ho-ho-ho to your ho-ho-holidays. And we know there are more! If your group or organization is hosting a free area holiday event this week, please let us know by posting details in the comments below. 

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Topics: Holidays

Want to give your boss a holiday gift? Be careful.

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Nov 27, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Want to give your boss a special holiday gift to show how much you appreciate him or her? You might want to think again before you wrap that special present: etiquette experts say that gift giving in the workplace should flow down the office power structure, not up. You’d also be going against the tidings tide: survey results show that only 25% of workers buy gifts for their boss. 

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Topics: Holidays

What do I take to the company Yankee Swap?

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Nov 25, 2015 7:00:00 AM

Whatever you call it, whether Holiday Gift Exchange, Yankee Swap, Secret Santa or the like, it’s almost inevitable someone at work will suggest an event to share holiday cheer. If the budget is tight this year, or if you are out of gift ideas, we have ideas for you.

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Topics: Holidays

What’s the best way to pay for the holidays?

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Nov 23, 2015 8:45:01 AM

From Halloween through New Year’s is the time of year when consumers spend the most money, according to the Bureau of Economic Analysis. Costumes, food and drink for Thanksgiving, holiday gifts, maybe a new outfit for a special party are all expenses that pop up as the year comes to a close.

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Topics: Holidays

5 Ways to Send Money for the Holidays

Posted by Patti Conty on Nov 20, 2015 7:30:00 AM

My grandmother, known to all as Nana, always sent a little something to her grandchildren for birthdays and holidays. Once she tucked a few dollars inside a Halloween card when I was at college, telling me to spend it however I wanted. “Even on pizza,” she wrote.

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Topics: Money Management, Holidays, Gifts

How to Serve an Affordable Thanksgiving Dinner

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Nov 6, 2015 2:08:01 PM

Thanksgiving is a unique holiday: a time for gathering around the dinner table, enjoying a grand meal, and giving thanks for family, friends, and our collective freedoms and blessings. Its origins date back to the 1621 Pilgrim feast in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where the early Pilgrims were prompted by a plentiful harvest to celebrate together with a feast.

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Topics: Holidays

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