Archive for December, 2009

Saints Spread Cheer, Bring a Toy to the Game!
December 16, 2009

Fans attending the Saints game this Saturday can bring joy to local youngsters this holiday season by giving a new, unwrapped toy to the Saints “Toys for Tots” Toy Drive at the Saints-Cowboys game outside the Louisiana Superdome. Toys and cash donations will be collected at the Gate C bridge by servicemen and women from the United States Marine Corps Reserve. The toys will be distributed to children throughout the New Orleans area, just in time for the holidays through various charitable organizations.
Additional information about the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program can be found at www.toysfortots.org

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Do You Tip Extra For the Holidays?
December 12, 2009

Poor Clark Griswold, one of my favorite holiday characters!   When money is tight employers or employees might skimp out on a holiday bonus (meaning no family swimming pool) or an extra tip.  But ’tis the season of giving.   Don’t forget to keep your service professionals in mind for the holidays with a sign of your appreciation for their (hopefully) good service to you and yours this past year.  A little something extra can go a long way, and… what goes around comes around!

See our story here

I like this holiday tipping guide from CNN Money

I also like this one from Ettiquette Adviser Emily Post

Happy Holidays!

Cash For Appliances and Energy Efficient Improvements
December 10, 2009

See 5pm story here

Here are two separate pots of money you can tap into when making energy efficiency improvements to your home: 

  1. Tax credits from the federal government
  2. Energy Star appliance rebates from each state (Louisiana is scheduled to start this program in January, and Mississippi in March)

The “Stimulus Bill” (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act) provided $300 million to states for consumer rebates on the following Energy Star qualified appliances:

  • Central air conditioners
  • Heat pumps (air source and geothermal)
  • Boilers furnaces (oil and gas)
  • Room air conditioners
  • Clothes washers
  • Dishwashers
  • Refrigerators/freezers
  • Water heaters

For more information on Energy Star appliance rebates click here

For more information on Federal Tax Credits for Consumer Energy Efficiency

Entergy Louisiana’s Information On Financial Help For Rebuilding New Orleans and Louisiana Energy Efficiently

Mississippi’s Plan for Cash for Appliances Program

Price of Gold
December 10, 2009

 

Here’s the story from November on selling your gold… how much is worth?and when should you sell it? Click Here

To see how much the price of gold has risen over the years click here (check the boxes at the bottom under “multi year gold” and click “view charts.”

To track the price of gold live click here