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Rebecca Hovater

4 Auto Repair Questions to Ask a Mechanic

August 25, 2018

From ordinary oil changes to clanking noises you can’t explain, auto service is a fact of vehicle ownership. These questions can help you navigate mechanic lingo so you can protect your car and your wallet. What’s your experience with cars similar to mine? Some repair shops specialize in particular makes and models of vehicles — […]

How to Prevent Heat Related Illness

July 31, 2018

Spending time outside is nice, but too much sun can put you at risk for developing a heat related illness. Learn how to help prevent heat cramps, rashes and more—and how to treat them. Help Stop Heat Related Illness Before It Starts If the forecast points to excessive temperatures and sunshine: Stay hydrated. Drink water even […]

5 Ways to Boost Security for Cars

July 24, 2018

According to the FBI, there were 765,000 vehicle thefts in the U.S. in 2016. That translates into 87 cars stolen each hour: but while the crime is too common, car theft is not inevitable. Follow these tips to put the odds of finding your car where you left it in your favor. Watch your keys Thieves […]

5 Ways to Bump Up Your Plastic Recycling

July 17, 2018

Plastic drinking straws, to-go coffee cups, water bottles: It’s hard to go a day escaping plastic. But plastic recycling? Turns out, we’re not doing enough of it. Since 1950, only 9 percent of the 8.3 billion metric tons of plastic produced have been recycled. The rest? It ends up where we don’t want it: landfills and oceans, […]

5 Insurance Questions to Ask Your Agent

June 17, 2018

New car, new house, new baby, new spouse: As life changes, insurance needs change, too. But most of us are not experts in deductibles and actuarial tables. That’s what your insurance agent is there for. At your yearly agent check-in, ask these insurance questions to make sure you maintain the coverage you need. What’s my […]

Discover Urban Gardening

May 30, 2018

There’s a new season germinating in gardening, when neighbors work together to create, keep, grow and harvest a bountiful garden located in a central, shared location. The community garden trend is growing, as more and more Americans take part — and for good reason. Along with growing fresh fruits and vegetables and beautifying vacant lots, […]

Spring Yard Cleanup Safety Tips

May 15, 2018

Blue skies, chirping birds, warming temperatures — April is prime time for getting home exteriors, yards, and gardens back into shape. But before you get started on your outdoor to-do list, make sure you take appropriate safety precautions. Dress for the job Wear shoes or boots, not sandals, to protect your toes. Properly fitting gloves […]

Boat Safety: Why to Get Certified

April 2, 2018

There are plenty of good reasons to be an educated boat operator. Chief among them: safety. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, 77 percent of deaths occurred on boats where the operator did not receive boating safety instruction. The good news, though, is that saving lives and reducing injuries can be as easy as taking a […]

Tax Talk: What You Need to Know for Smart Tax Filing

March 20, 2018

With income tax preparation, a little planning can help you minimize filing stress and streamline the process. Consider these tips and reminders to approach tax filing thoroughly and thoughtfully, this year and beyond. Put it on the calendar Taxes are generally due by April 15, unless that date falls on a weekend or holiday. (For […]

Four Strategies For Credit Card Debt Consolidation And Payoff

March 10, 2018

If you have credit card debt, you’re not alone: According to estimates by NerdWallet, total American credit card debt topped $905 billion in 2017 — an increase of nearly 8 percent from the previous year. And each household that carries credit card debt owes an average of almost $16,000. If there’s one achievable financial goal you […]

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