Hurricane Safety Tips From an Expert

Hurricane Safety Tips From an Expert

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NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center is forecasting a 75-percent chance that the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season will be near- or above-normal. Even if you haven't started preparing yet, it's not too late. Read more for the best expert advice on hurricane safety tips and home preparedness. Know your evacuation zone If a hurricane is predicted to go through your area, understanding your evacuation zone will help you know what action to take. Log onto your county's official website to view zone maps and available shelters. Some areas are evacuated before others if they are prone to flooding. Additionally, you should go over...
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The Responsible Way to Apply for a New Car Loan

The Responsible Way to Apply for a New Car Loan

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Buying a vehicle is an exciting thing, but is there something we can do to get the very best rate on a new car loan? Are there factors besides credit that we should know about? The answer is yes. If you're in the market for a new car, here are 5 essential tips you should understand before signing. 1: Do not rush Don't let pushy salespeople rush you into making a quick, (and wrong), decision. You never want to take out a new car loan to finance a vehicle you'll later end up hating. If you get the sense of...
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The FBI Says It’s Time to Reboot Routers In Your Home

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According the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as many as 500,000 routers in more than 50 countries were found to be compromised by malware. On May 25, the FBI issued a statement with this headline: “Foreign cyber actors target home and office routers and networked devices worldwide.” This threat is mainly affecting home office and small office routers, however it is still suggested that you reboot routers in your home to be safe even if your router is not on the affected list. Fortunately, you can be reboot routers with a few simple steps. It’s important to note that...
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Summer Fun Ideas When Florida Beaches Are Too Crowded

Fun Florida Summer Activities Sure To Entertain

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It gets remarkably hot during the summer months and we need some fun summer activities to keep our minds off the heat. The problem is, from June all the way to August, the Florida beaches are too crowded. We've all done it before. We packed up our gear and headed out for some beach day fun. After the trouble of driving all the way there, it turns out there is zero parking. What a disappointment! Never fear. Here's a list of other summer activities to help you keep your cool. Water splash pads Water splash pads offer a great family-oriented...
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Ditch the Honeymoon Fund Jar for These Alternatives

Make Your Honeymoon Fund Work For You

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Even though the royal wedding is complete there's still a lot of marital buzz in the atmosphere. Besides, who doesn't love a June wedding? With so much nuptial talk in the air, it's hard to avoid the subject of the honeymoon. However, there remains a bit of controversy on whether guests should chip in for the newlywed's first lavish vacation as a married couple. In fact, many couples are deciding on a completely different route altogether. Find out how to ditch the honeymoon fund jar and use these more practical alternatives instead. 1. Consider staying local for your honeymoon Sure, a destination...
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Here's What Happens When You Ignore Your Spending Habits

Don’t Ignore Your Unhealthy Spending Habits

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If you make a mistake and ignore your unhealthy spending habits, there could be some unwanted consequences. While it's great to stimulate the economy, we also want to be careful to do it in a responsible way. In this post, we'll cover 4 examples of what could happen if you continuously ignore the way you spend your money. 1: You pay more for the same goods or services On average, people that skip comparison shopping spend more for the same exact goods and services. When you ignore your spending and purchase items without discretion, you run the risk of really...
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End of School Year Celebration at Hammond Stadium

End of School Year Celebration at Hammond Stadium

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There's a huge end of school year celebration on the way and we invite you to join the festivities. Come watch the Fort Myers Miracle Vs. The Dunedin Blue Jays on June 8th, 2018, 7 p.m. at Hammond Stadium.  The competition is fierce; and best yet, entry into this baseball game is free for all students! (Show your report card at the box office.)  Also, don't forget to check out our Achieva booth for some free swag and a chance to win a prize from the money machine. A little about Hammond Stadium Hammond Stadium was completely renovated in 2015. Adding...
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Why Credit Union Members are More Satisfied than Bank Customers

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When you first begin to look at the question, bank or credit union, you may be torn. You may not know that credit union members  receive personal service every time they walk into a branch. It’s that personal touch that sets credit unions apart from their banking brethren, but it’s not the only difference that makes credit union membership desirable. For-Profit vs Non-Profit Make no mistake – traditional banks are in business to make a profit. They must answer to a well-paid board of directors, who may or may not even have funds on deposit with the bank they control. As publicly...
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Keep Fraudulent Charges From Your Accounts

Don’t Fall Victim To Consumer Fraud

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There's nothing worse than logging onto your accounts and seeing purchases that should not be there. We wonder how it happened and what we can do to prevent it from reoccurring. Also, what steps should we take once we discover fraudulent charges on our account? Continue reading to learn more information about ID theft and consumer fraud. It's mainly about prevention Prevent consumer fraud by safeguarding your information. A few simple steps will ensure you are not making it easy for others to hack into your account. 1. Never share your passwords First and foremost, do not share your passwords. This goes beyond...
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