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Have Yourself a Non-Traditional Black Friday

The first image that pops into my head when I hear “Black Friday” is a hoard of people clamoring to get into a big box store to get their hands on that sweet new TV they don’t need. All I think about is how awful it must be to stand in line for hours,…

How to Move Forward in the Wake of Tragedy

We’re at a place in history where terrorist attacks, both domestic and otherwise, are a part of everyday life. There aren’t attacks on innocent civilians every day, but they happen with such regularity that they no longer come as a surprise. Instead, we say something to the effect of “not again”, bury ourselves…

How to Exorcise the Ghosts From Your Past this Halloween

Halloween is the sanitized actualization of people’s worst nightmares. We’re confronted with demons and ghosts and ghouls and zombies, but we welcome them. We’re thrilled by them. But what about when it’s not Halloween? What about the demons and ghosts we carry every day – the ones only we can see? What…

Your Guide to Making Thanksgiving Travel More Bearable

With a holiday like Thanksgiving, there isn’t really an easy, stress-free way to go about traveling. Regardless of where you’re going, and how, millions of other Americans are going to be flooding the same airports, bus stations, train stations, and roadways that you are, and causing significant delays. Thanksgiving travel is basically a…

How to Keep Your Spirits Up, Even When They're Down

Inevitably there are going to be times when our spirits dip and we find ourselves down in the dumps. It’s not something anyone is particularly happy or proud about, but it’s something even the most optimistic among us experience. Growing up, my dad would always say that feeling down in the dumps was…

How To Dispose Of Your Old Tech Gadgets

Every year, the second week of September acts as an early Christmas for fanboys and tech lovers because it’s when Apple holds one of its major release events. Leading up to this year’s App-stravganza, rumors were swirling about what the big news was going to be. There was relative certainty that the Apple…

How To Navigate The Terrifying World Of Personal Finances

There’s a bit of a misconception floating out there about millennials, my oft-ridiculed generation. The misconception is that we aren’t saving nearly enough money. Turns out that millennials are actually saving more money than previous generations, just with different goals in mind. Instead of saving to leave the work force, millennials are saving…

Your Complete Back-to-Non-School Guide

Every year we go through the same thing. Summer winds to a close, the kids get back to school, and we’re barraged with “back to school” articles, commercials, and sales. Most of these posts and commercials, however, are peddling the idea that the new school year is a new beginning. But what if you’…

How To Have The Vacation You Want And Need

Since childhood, the month of August was always Summer vacation month. It was hotter than hell down in Texas and we still had a couple of weeks before school started so why not get out of town to sit by the beach for two weeks? Ever since then, Summer vacation and August have become synonymous…