Secure Your Home Before Hitting the Road for the Holidays

The holidays are a busy time of year for travel. According to U.S. Department of Transportation Statistics, the number of long-distance trips by Americans increases by 54 percent during the Thanksgiving travel period. The number rises by 23 percent during Christmas and New Year’s, compared to the average number for the remainder of the year.

Why Do You Need a Home Inventory List?

A home inventory list provides you with a safety net in case your valuables are lost, stolen or damaged. Sure, we’ve all misplaced something in our homes (your favorite shirt disappears or you can’t find the book you were reading), or broken things on occasion (various dishes and glassware over the years), but we are talking about your big-ticket items like expensive electronics and jewelry. When these items are lost, stolen or damaged, you’ll want to file a homeowners insurance claim. If your property is well documented, it will speed the process and ensure you don’t forget to make claims on any of your valuable items.

Safe Ways to Stay Warm in a House With No Heat

Whether you’re trying to save money on your utility bill, dealing with a power outage or shivering through a furnace breakdown, staying warm in a home with sub-zero temperatures outside can be a challenge. Here are some ways to keep toasty.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Battle It Out for Consumer Dollars

Nothing says “holiday shopping” quite like the four-day weekend from Black Friday to Cyber Monday. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers spent $59.1 billion on 2012 during the busiest shopping weekend of the year. While 10% of shoppers rushed to the stores right after finishing their Thanksgiving dinners, others waited until Cyber Monday, with online shopping peaking at 11:25 a.m. EST. Whether you plan to shop in-store or online, check out this infographic for more fun Cyber Monday and Black Friday statistics.

Black Friday & Cyber Monday: Fun Facts and Info

With the traditional holiday shopping season upon us, some retailers are opening on Thanksgiving Day to kick-start early Black Friday deals, while most stores are sticking to a Friday opening. Online sales during Cyber Monday saw a 30% increase in 2012 – a percentage expected to rise this year, according to IBM Digital Analytics. Here’s a by-the-numbers look at Black Friday and Cyber Monday:

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5 Tips for Safe Online Holiday Shopping

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Protect Your Vehicle from Winter Salt and Sand

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