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Spread the Gift of Kindness

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and it’s time to spread the gift of kindness. During this time of year, our thoughts are filled with gratitude for those who have supported us in our personal lives and careers.

Grateful Gifts will let people know how grateful you are to have them in your life.

Here are some ideas on how to host an event that extends that gratitude to helping others in need. Give the gift of kindness. Make yourself and others feel great!

Spread the gift of kindness this holiday season

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be your best self through reading like this woman

Books to Help Be Your Best Self: At Work and at Home

Your tone of voice and the words that you use can sometimes be the difference in whether a conversation is positive or not. Here are some great books to check out that offer tips on ways you can ensure that your conversations have the best outcomes. Reading will help you be your best self at work and at home.

Did you know that reading reduces stress? It can help relax you after a stressful day at work. It’s also great for building your vocabulary. Look up words you don’t know as you are reading. Another benefit is learning about the world around you, improves your language skills and helps give you empathy. So pick up a book and read something today!

If you like reading digital books, you can find them on library apps. Baltimore County uses a free app called Libby...

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online shopping scams can be avoided by following these tips

Online Shopping Scams

Online shopping can be easy and fun. But unfortunately, there are many scammers who want to steal your identity and your money. It is so important to be careful about what links you click to avoid online shopping scams. Knowing a website is safe before visiting it will help protect your personal information.

Never click on anything that doesn’t look right to you. When in doubt, choose the safest approach. Don’t click on the link. Visit a site you know is safe and proceed from there. These tips will help.

Report scams to the Federal Trade Commission to help in the fight to stop scammers. With $770 million lost to scams on social media last year, odds are that you will come across fraudulent information at some point.

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Emergency Planning 101

Emergency planning for when you have to evacuate your house suddenly for an unexpected event can be terrifying. Weather patterns have been getting increasingly volatile in the past several years. Natural disasters such as tornados and hurricanes have become a part of normal weather. It is better to know what to expect and have a plan just in case.

The information below provides tips to help you to prepare ahead of time so you will be able to grab what you need and go.

Emergency planning is something the whole family needs to learn about and put into practice.

Emergency planning 101 for your family

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Tips to Protect Your Smart Devices

Devices that use smart home technology can make your life easier but there are also certain risks. It is vitally important that you protect your smart devices so unknown predators can’t steal your personal information.

A good password that is not easily guessed is one way to protect yourself. Don’t choose a password that is a pet’s name or a birthdate. Use upper and lower case letters, numbers and symbols (if allowed, in some cases they are not) to come up with an excellent password. Use different passwords on different sites, and don’t use the same password on all or most sites you use.

The information below provides some tips on how to protect your smart devices. 

Protect your smart devices

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5 Smart Ways to Save for a Vacation

Planning a trip this year? I want to share five smart ways to save for a vacation. Whether you are traveling somewhere nearby or an exotic location, you’ll need to save money before you go. You want to make your vacation as pleasant as possible, Having more cash available will help you do that.

One of the biggest reasons people like to go on vacation is to receive the stress and have fun. Working hard can be a big stressor in your life. A vacation might be just what you need to relax and get some much-needed rest.

Even if you have to check in with the office from time to time, you’ll still have the stress relief. Try your best to leave work at work and spend quality time with the family or friends.

Before and after the trip most people feel an uptick in their happiness levels...

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Tips & Tricks to Boost Your Credit Score

Boost your credit score by using these handy hacks! It’s not hard and your improved credit score will help you in home buying, refinancing or other type of loan.

Get tips and tricks on the best ways to boost your credit score by doing the following:

  • Lower your credit utilization
  • Request a goodwill deletion
  • Correct credit report mistakes
  • Use a credit boost service

The information below provides easy tips and tricks for giving your score a boost.

boost your credit score

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Springtime Home Staging Do’s and Don’ts

This month’s Item of Value is about springtime home staging do’s and don’ts.

Make the most of the spring season with these rejuvenating home updates! The information below provides the top do’s and don’ts for staging your home to sell during the spring months.

springtime home staging
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Spring Projects for your Home

That new beginning feeling that comes with spring makes it a great time to start a home improvement project!

As the freezing air leaves us, the time is right to get outside and work on your home and yard. It’s a perfect time for power washing and painting.

If you are a DIYer or not, this is the perfect time of year to get started on those spring projects you have been putting off all winter. We’ll soon be spending more time outside so getting it in shape for summer gatherings may be a priority for your family.

Today is a good day to start planning your summertime garden, what you will plant and where. Flowers, shrubs, trees, fruits and vegetables are all wonderful plants to give your home a warm feeling.

The information below on spring projects provides four of the most popula...

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Tax Filing Mistakes to Avoid

Tax season can be a stressful time! To help make it easy and error-free, check out the information below for some common tax filing mistakes to avoid. You’ll feel confident and ready when it’s time to file!

Filing mistakes can cause you all kinds of problems and no one wants to be in trouble with the IRS. Always check your return for transposed numbers or other simple mistakes that can cost you in the long run.

Don’t wait until the last minute to file either. Check as soon as possible to make sure everyone sent you the documents you need. You might not be able to get them immediately if you wait too long. You don’t need to send it in immediately, especially if you owe money, it’s a good thing to get the paperwork ready to go.

The following infographic will help you avoid thes...

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