While plenty of folks like to visit locations with a lot of historical sites, places don’t necessarily need to be old to be interesting. Well, in case you missed it, the National Trust for Historic Preservation has just come out with a list of 40 of the most important and interesting, American places 40 years old or less, and it may just help you book your next vacation.
The list is made up of places the organization feels makes an important contribution in either Arts, Science and Tech, Culture, History, Landscapes and Housing. Places making the list include:
- Prince’s Paisley Park, Minneapolis, MN
- The National Mall, Washington, DC
- Millennium Park, Chicago, IL
- Mike O'Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge, Nevada/Arizona
- The September 11th Memorials in New York, Pennsylvania and Virginia, Pennsylvania and the Pentagon Memorial, Virginia
- Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Baltimore, MD
- Atlantis Condominium, Miami, FL
- Musicians’ Village, New Orleans, LA
- Thorncrown Chapel, Eureka Springs, AR
- Pearl Fryar Topiary Garden, Bishopville, SC
- Quadracci Pavilion at Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI
Click here for the complete list.
- ONE MORE THING! While the National Trust has picked their Top 40 favorites, they now want the public to chime in. They are asking folks to vote for their top pics. Click here to voice your opinion. You have until to tomorrow to cast your vote.
Source: National Trust
Saving money isn’t always easy in this day and age but some people have found some crafty ways to keep their money in the bank, although the things they are doing may not necessarily be on the up and up.
A new survey reveals just how far folks will go to save a little dough, with 81% of people saying they sneak their own snacks into movies, which, considering how much movie theater food costs, is completely understandable. But then there are people who don’t like to pay for something even in a restaurant. Believe it or not, 33% of people admit they’ve ordered just water at a restaurant and then filled their cup up with soda instead.
And that’s not the only sneaky way folks are saving. Other savvy moves include:
- 75% of folks have taken toiletries from a hotel room
- 73% of people have re-gifted something they received but didn’t like
- A-third of people say they’ve taken supplies like toilet paper or paper towels home from the office
- Another third has used someone else’s subscription service, and also created new emails to take advantage of new customer promo codes
- 25% of people say they’ve eaten food while in the grocery store without paying or it
So who are the sneakiest when it comes to saving? Well, Generation Z had the most folks admitting to sneaky cost savings behaviors, followed by Millennials.
Source: Biz Journals
We’ve all heard time and time again that we need to put money away for emergencies, but let’s face it, that isn’t always that easy. Well, according to a new survey, a lot of folks aren’t at all prepared financially should an emergency happen.
A new Bankrate survey finds only 40% of Americans would have enough money in their savings to cover an unexpected $1,000 expense like a car repair, or emergency room visit. And that’s really bad, because the survey also notes that of the respondents who said either they or someone in their family had an unexpected expense last year, 36% said it cost them $5,000 or more, while only 18% said it cost $999 or less.
So, how are most folks paying for these unexpected emergencies? Well, for those without savings, 15% would finance it with a credit card and pay it off over time, Other ways to deal with an unexpected expense include:
- Reduce spending on other things (14%)
- Borrow from family or friends (13%)
- Take out a personal loan (6%)
- Something else/don’t know (10%)
People say it’s hard to put a dollar amount on the hard work a stay-at-home parent does, but a new study figured out how to do just that. Researchers with Salary.com picked out “a handful of jobs that reflect a day in the life of a mom” and added it all up using the site’s stay-at-home-parent Salary Wizard tool. Their results show a stay-at-home mom or dad should be making $162,581 for their efforts.
Some of the “hybrid roles” the site uses in their findings include bookkeeper, tailor, public school teacher, dietitian, coach, and logistics analyst. They’ve been calculating the “salary” for years now and it’s been steadily rising, up from $143,102 in 2016 and $157,705 in 2017, all based on 96 exhausting hours of work a week.
Salary.com explains they did the research “to honor all the moms out there who work their hardest day-in and day-out,” and add, “We would like to recognize both professional and stay-at-home moms on their unwavering dedication to their families and other responsibilities.”
Since 1986 Gymboree has been making onesies for babies and adorable coordinating outfits for kids, but the San Francisco-based children’s clothing company is reportedly closing most of its 900 stores and filing for bankruptcy.This would make the second time Gymboree has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the last two years and while parents may be sad to see the stores close, there is a silver lining: sales.
Right now, Gymboree is discounting prices online and in-stores on full-price items and an extra 50% off markdowns. So before Gymboree stores close, you can stock up on essentials for your children’s wardrobes. They have great deals like a Metallic Puffer Jacket, marked down from $58 to $19.50, a Shawl Collar Cardigan for just $12.99, down from $40 and “Vegan Leather” High Tops on sale for $14.50.