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Small businesses have and will continue to play a vital role in helping communities thrive. In the past small businesses have typically been our local bakery, florist, dry cleaners, barber shop, candy store, and the pizza and sandwich shop. Present day, small businesses now include online artisan and jewelry boutiques, clothing stores, food trucks, pop-up shops, nail salons, and pet walkers, to name a few.
FWN - Holiday Scams
AARP Fraud Watch Network  warns holiday shoppers of debit card risks
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I love discount online shopping.  In fact, some days I worry I'm addicted to it.
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I saw this great cartoon the other day. "Black Friday: Because only in America, people trample others for sales exactly one day after being thankful for what they already have."  Funny, but true.
What do you think of when you think of a nursing home? A massive cafeteria with uninteresting food? Drab walls and long fluorescently lighted hallways? Well, there is a project that hopes to change all that - Here is an article from the Washington Post today that I found very hopeful - because after visiting my great-grandmother for years as a child in a very conventional nursing home, even I knew something didn't seem quite fair about her "home."
We've made it to the last month of 2009 - can you believe it? You'll be happy to know that my Thanksgiving road trip went smoothly and I was home with plenty of time to spare for Thanksgiving breakfast. And now on to holiday shopping and preparing for the holiday season! My mission this month is to get the perfect gifts for my friends and family without breaking the bank...I'll keep you updated on my progress.
Have you started your holiday shopping? I have - only because my budgeting technique this year is to spread out my gift buying! There's an interesting article on AdWeek's Web site this morning called " Don't Count on Grandma this Xmas" that cites an AARP Bulletin poll on spending this holiday season.
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