The “Spaving” Trap: How 58% of Americans Wastefully Spend to Save

Americans’ lives have changed drastically this year, and so have their financial habits. As a result of widespread economic instability, it’s been reported that 64% of Americans claimed their spending choices would be permanently changed in the wake of COVID-19. Even if nationwide concern about saving is on the rise, it’s important for consumers to keep an eye out for common traps like “spaving” when they do go shopping.

Spaving is a term used to describe when people end up spending more money in an effort to maximize their savings. Some common scenarios include adding extra items to your cart to qualify for free shipping, or buying things in bulk even when you probably won’t use everything. Most advertisers are guilty of encouraging spaving, especially during the holiday season.

To find out who admits to spaving and to pinpoint how this tricky spending habit creeps into our budgets, we surveyed … Read the rest

White Utah Police Officer Charged With Felony Assault After Ordering Police Dog to Attack Black Man Who Had His Hands Up

Earlier this year in Utah, on April 24, as a Black man was being arrested with his hands raised as commanded by a white police officer, the officer ordered his K-9 dog to attack and bite the man. That white police officer has been charged with second-degree felony assault for his actions prosecutors announced earlier this week, according to USA Today.

The Salt Lake City District Attorney’s office has charged Salt Lake City officer Nickolas Pearce with aggravated assault stemming from the April 24 incident in which the police officer was responding to a domestic dispute call when he ordered his dog to bite Jeffery Ryans.

In August, bodycam footage of the video was released of the April incident that shows Ryans in his backyard as Pearce approaches with his dog.

“Get on the ground!” Pearce says. “Get on the ground or you’re gonna get bit.”

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How to Achieve Holistic Health and Fitness While Quarantined

Five practical tips from experts to feel good and stay strong.

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Months of quarantine have disrupted all of our wellness routines. As gyms faced closures and everyone was forced to remain in their homes to protect , many people found that their holistic health took a bit of a back seat. N​ot only did people’s workouts suffer, but many of us turned to comfort food, alcohol and other less-than-stellar choices in lieu of not having much to do. Restaurants switched to takeout-only services, and a lot of us found we were indulging more often than usual. Fortunately, our health and fitness routines are salvageable. 

To that end, I recently spoke with two wellness experts — renowned yoga instructor Brett Larkin

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Business vs. personal credit cards — How to choose your best option

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For business owners, understanding business vs. personal credit cards is key. It isn’t just a matter of using one credit card for your personal life and another for your business expenses. These are two different products that can have major economic and legal implications for your business.

That being said, it’s understandable if you have questions. Many of us do, including: Can you use your personal credit card for business purposes, or vice versa? What kind of protection or benefits does a business credit card offer? Why can’t you just use the same credit card for everything in your life?

Let’s break down the key differences between business and personal credit cards. We’ll discuss each type of card, what you typically … Read the rest

Investing in Gold Guide

In times of economic crisis, it makes sense to fall back on time-proven investing strategies. Gold is a standard form of investment that has proved its worth time and time again, even in unstable markets. Historically, the price of gold has remained stable compared to other investment vehicles that tend to fluctuate more drastically. And its value has held up even as worldwide currencies have fluctuated, due to more consistent prices and returns. For centuries, this precious metal’s overall beauty has been based on its varied usage, durability, and beauty.

We often hear how important it is to properly diversify our investment portfolios. Diversification can strengthen your investments — maximizing returns while reducing risk. Since gold is not affected by the same factors that might drive the price of GE stock down, for example, investing in this commodity can help stabilize your portfolio.

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9 Smart Ways to Recession-Proof Your Business (Fast)


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If the COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that a devastating economic can happen at any time. Does your have what it takes to weather the storm? Are you ?

This is the question I had to ask myself throughout recent months. I’m the Managing Director of Bubblegum Casting, the longest-running talent agency in  specializing in babies, children and teen talent in Australia. My business works with some of Australia’s biggest brands, media properties and agencies.

Despite our reputation, I found that I needed to take many steps to adjust to the pandemic’s recession. Not only has Bubblegum Casting continued to press on, but we’re stronger today than we were before COVID-19. Here’s how you can follow in our footsteps.

How to Recession-Proof Your Business Now

Recession proofing your business isn’t

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Radio Announcer Dan McNeil Fired for ‘Degrading and Humiliating’ Tweet Directed at ESPN’s Maria Taylor

Radio host Dan McNeil has been terminated due to a degrading and humiliating social media post that was directed at a ESPN reporter Maria Taylor earlier this week, according to The Chicago Tribune.

McNeil, who was working for 670 The Score in Chicago, wrote a message on Twitter directed toward ESPN’s Taylor. On Monday, in a since-deleted Tweet, the former radio host wrote “NFL sideline reporter or a host for the AVN annual awards presentation?” along with a photograph of Taylor reporting from that night’s Pittsburgh Steelers/New York Giants game.

AVN is an abbreviation for Adult Video News.

Deadspin Senior Writer Julie DiCaro captured the tweet.

Entercom, the parent company of 670 The Score in Chicago, announced that they fired McNeil after he tweeted and then deleted the sexist and misogynist tweet … Read the rest

How to increase your average order value

When you have an ecommerce store you are always looking for new ways to convert customers and increase your average order value (AOV). Your AOV is pretty much what it states, the average order value of all the orders placed in your store.

By increasing your AOV you will have more revenue with the same number of customers. To calculate your average order value, tally your total revenue then divide that by the total number of orders you have received.

Total Revenue ÷ Total Number of Orders = Average Order Value

 

In this post, we’re going to offer you tips and strategies to encourage your customers to buy more from you than they may have initially planned.

Here’s what we’ll cover:

  • Free shipping costs and implementation.
  • Cross-selling strategies.
  • Integrating add-ons and personalization.
  • Upsell higher tier products.
  • Creating bundles and discounts.
  • Developing a rewards/loyalty program.
  • Using time-sensitive offers.
  • Adding targeted
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