New Technologies for Cashless Payments

The way things are paid for in 2019 will continue to change. New options will allow more people to bypass using cash, pin numbers and signing screens. Already most people are comfortable paying with debit cards or credit cards. Next year biometric payment options will become more widespread. Mastercard is providing a biometric card that will store the owners thumbprint characteristics on the card. When the card is used the owner’s thumb will be scanned by the card at the time of payment to verify a match with the stored thumbprint characteristics on the card. The transaction will complete when …

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Decorating for Christmas

Some people love to redecorate their home often. Not only at every season change, but also holidays and for whatever reason they choose. For others, decorating can be a chore they do not look forward to, and they try to avoid it. Whether you are one of these mentioned, or you are in-between the extremes you can still bring joy to others by decorating your home. If money is not an issue, you can pay someone to install decorations. If you do it yourself make sure that everything you undertake will be in a safe manner as that is the …

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Holiday Party

Whether you are celebrating Christmas, the New Year, or some other notable event, December is a great time for a party. If you want a small party with a few family members or friends, having it at your home is a good option. If you wish to have more people involved, you should consider reserving a place to hold your event, or go somewhere that is big enough to accommodate your party while also serving others. Reserving a room at a restaurant, or hotel are two good options for out-of-home parties. To get started though you need to choose a date …

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Christmas Dinner

The thought of Christmas dinner is sure to inspire many people to think about the great food they have eaten. This month’s recipes will give you some ideas to help prepare your scrumptious feast this year. Baked Ham with Maple Mustard Sauce Time: 45 minutes Effort: Super-easy Serves: 8 Ingredients 1 – 3 pound Mesquite smoked ham 1 cup Yellow mustard 1/2 cup Dijon mustard 1/2 cup real maple syrup 1/2 cup orange juice Directions Heat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Place ham in a large baking casserole dish and cut slits on the skin creating a crisscross design. Place …

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Year End Checkup and Plan for 2019

As we approach the end of 2018, it is time to look at your financial achievements and opportunities for improvement. If you paid off debt, increased your savings, reduced (or at least maintained) your monthly expenses, invested money and still had enjoyable experiences during the year then you should congratulate yourself on your performance. If you were successful in at least one of these aforementioned areas, then you should be happy to have your efforts pay off and consider how you can improve in the areas you did not achieve your plan.   In planning your finances for 2019 one …

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