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10 Holiday Home Improvement Tips

Posted by Bill Burpeau on Nov 28, 2017 11:11:38 AM

The holidays are a great time of year for entertaining family and friends. But, you may look around your house and think about sprucing things up before you bring the first guests in. You don't have to put large amounts of money out to get a nice impact for the holidays as well as your home's value. Here are 10 holiday home improvement tips that will boost your home equity value.

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Topics: Home Equity, Holidays, Home Ownership

4 Ways to Send Money for the Holidays

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Nov 8, 2017 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, security

Get Creative! Ways to Lower Holiday Spending

Posted by Hanscom Federal Credit Union on Oct 18, 2017 7:15:00 AM

Holiday spending is often a spending plan-buster. The expenses can be numerous: presents, wrapping paper, cards, decorations, food, and travel, to name a few. Yet in these tough times, few people have thousands of dollars to spend. If you do not have the funds to buy everything you want, there is no need to despair. A little bit of creativity and energy can get you through the holidays without draining your wallet.

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Topics: Holidays, Money Management, Debt

Millennials are apped to love a holiday gift card

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Dec 12, 2016 7:50:15 AM


If you are looking for gift ideas for the millennials on your holiday list, take a peek at the apps on their phones. A recent study by the Mercator Advisory Group shows loyalty rewards and incentive programs on retailer apps are fueling millennial interest in gift cards.

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Topics: Holidays

It’s Not Too Late for These New Year’s Resolutions

Posted by Maria Porto on Apr 21, 2016 3:11:38 PM

I was recently reading a Career Builder survey that showed the top employee New Year’s resolutions. There were five outlined and I’ll share them here, but first let me ask you this. April is almost coming to an end, so how are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Are your plans still on track? Do you even remember what they were?

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Topics: Holidays

8 Cheap Date Ideas for Valentine’s Day in Boston

Posted by MaryJo Kurtz on Feb 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

If you’re feeling the love but your budget isn’t, don’t be blue. We have eight fun and cheap date ideas to heat up your winter’s weekend. Each of these free events takes place in the greater Boston area. 

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Topics: Holidays

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, 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: Holidays

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: Holidays

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, Money Management, Savings

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

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