Flashback Friday: Train Travel

Though it might be hard to imagine as you sit in traffic at the end of a long work week, over the last 15 years or so people have been utilizing trains for commuting and travel more and more. According to an October 2014 article on CNN.com there has been a 51 percent increase in […]

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Extended Warranties: Are They Worth It?

From cars to appliances to personal electronics, it seems everything comes with the option for an extended warranty these days. While not all extended warranties are worth the cost to the consumer, others provide welcome coverage and savings when needed.   The crux of the issue is whether the cost of the warranty is worth […]

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Current Events Blog Post: Thunder Road Closing

Big things are happening at Carowinds Amusement Park, with $50 million in improvement and expansion plans underway. The multi-year investment in the park has brought Fury 325, the world’s tallest and fastest giga coaster, as well as some new food and entertainment options.   But with the welcome additions of new rides comes the inevitable […]

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How to Choose the Credit Card That’s Right for You

Rewards credit cards may seem like no-brainers and easy ways to get some extra cash, but not all rewards cards are right for all people. With an abundance of card options to choose from, it’s important to understand the fine print for each as well as your own spending habits so that you can maximize […]

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Most Common Places to Leave Your Keys

It only happens when you’re already running late. You’re mostly dressed, teeth brushed (you think), you grab your bag, pour a to-go cup of coffee while holding half of a granola bar in your teeth, and then you realize—you can’t find your keys.   And what’s worse, you can’t begin to remember where you had […]

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Best Places to Retire

Retirement is an interesting time. For most people, it means less income, but more freedom—freedom to do more, see more, and think more about where you live. And more importantly, where you want to live.   The Carolinas have many wonderful retirement options, including:   Hilton Head Hilton Head has all of the classic elements […]

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Backyard Barbecue: 5 Great Recipes to Entertain Your Guests this Summer

It’s that time of year—grills, barbecues, pot lucks and picnics. Don’t shy away from hosting your own backyard soiree. Check out these five recipes that are great for entertaining outdoors.   Appetizer No need to go super fancy for your appetizer; you just need something for your guests to snack on while the grill heats […]

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The Big Move: Post-Graduates Will Thrive in Charlotte

Graduation is fast approaching, and for many soon-to-be-gads, that means a move is imminent.   A recent article from Bloomberg Business entitled “Best Cities for New College Grads” leads with some straightforward advice for young jobseekers: head south.   And that’s a sound directive.   Many southern cities are growing in size and thus in […]

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