The holidays are a time for giving. As we have done in previous years, the Kenosha News has requested “wish lists” from local agencies that support our community so our readers will have an opportunity to extend their gift-giving to include these fine organizations. So if you have the means, open your heart and your wallet to make their holidays a little brighter. If you intend to drop off your donations, call first for hours.
Attractive rates and residential mortgage financing promotions helped to drive refinancing activity upward in 2015, but it might taper off in 2016 as fewer homeowners will want to take that financial option.
While Wisconsin mortgage lending officials have yet to tally the results, local lenders say activity has been up this year.
Suffering from a pre-holiday “what to give” headache? The prescription may be a subscription.
Subscription gifts, one of the hottest retail trends, literally keep on giving: New installments arrive over the course of weeks or months.
LOS ANGELES — You can use wearables with GPS to keep track of wandering dogs. Others help you track animals’ physical activity.
Now, two companies have the latest in wearable pet technology: collars that can check for a fever, monitor pulse and respiration, and even indicate if your pet is in pain.
Ever wonder where all of your energy dollars go? Knowing where your home’s biggest energy sucks are can help you focus your efficiency efforts, says Consumer Reports.
Here’s a breakdown of energy use and costs in the average residence, along with steps you can take to bring your costs in check.
DALLAS — If you haven’t booked your holiday trip yet, there is no time to waste. Prices are already rising for the days around Thanksgiving as seats become more scarce and will start rising dramatically for the December holidays, if history is any guide.
Here’s what to expect if you’re traveling between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day:
Although the liability for credit card fraud has shifted to banks and merchants, few consumers and businesses are prepared for the new security technology.
While Oct. 1 was the deadline for banks to voluntarily issue cards with an embedded microchip and for merchants to voluntarily upgrade their credit card equipment, few consumers have the cards and many businesses have not made the upgrade, according to financial experts.
Expect to see a lot of Michelangelo, Donatello, Leonardo and Raphael this Halloween.
Some of the most popular costumes are expected to be based on the reptilian superheroes after the 2014 release of the film “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” according to Steven Silverstein, CEO of Spirit Halloween, a chain of more than 1,150 pop-up stores devoted to costumes and decor for the holiday. Children love the Turtles, and so do adults who watched them on TV and in movies when they were kids, he says.
Saving to cover the ever-rising costs of a university education can be daunting, but one way parents can potentially bridge that gap is by investing through a 529 college savings plan.
The plans, named after the federal tax code that created them in 1997, permits savers to invest in mutual funds and withdraw the gains free of federal taxes as long as the money is spent on college expenses. The tax benefits and potential returns from investments can offer a better alternative over time than simply socking away money in a bank account or certificates of deposit.