Stocks were up this week, but little changed today as investors are still digesting the disappointing consumer data and strong earnings.
Retail sales were unchanged last month according to the Commerce Department. They added though that clothing stores sales had their largest one month decline since 2009.
Some are suggesting that consumer spending is still struggling for momentum, as there are declines in electronics and health and personal care sales as well. But, online sales still remained strong.
There were still strong gains this week in the market despite more confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The fact that the changes in the country’s data has caused significant changes in the nationwide number has fueled doubts in the accuracy of the data. But, we will continue to watch and see if the growing number of cases has an effect on the global economy.
So enough of my commentary, let’s jump in and check out some of the best articles I ran across from the past week. Enjoy the weekend and find some time to relax.
First up, we turn to Money Life Wax with a look at some time wasters that you should be giving up today. There are so many things that we don’t realize take so much time out of every day, and in the long run this can add up. Take a look at these time wasters and start making a change today.
The alarm sounds, you grab your phone and you immediately check your notifications. Email, Facebook, text messages, the news - you name it, in a matter of minutes you've started your day feeding your urges. With what seems like just a few minutes to spare, you quickly find yourself scrambling for more time as you get ready just to rush to work.
Next up, we turn to Debt Discipline with some interesting stats about Valentine’s Day and some ideas for a frugal gift. There are many different ways people celebrate their love on this day, whether it be jewelry, a night out, or a simple night at home. Continue reading for some ways you can spend the day or evening with your loved one.
Valentine's day 2020 is this Friday, and although it's an entirely made-up commercial holiday, many couples agree it's a great day to celebrate their love. It's a day for cards, flowers, chocolate, and maybe even a ring. You don't want to be the spouse, boyfriend, girlfriend, significant others that forget to show your appreciation on the day.
Next up, we turn to Your Money Geek with reliable ways to sell your gift cards for cash. If you have a lot of gift cards laying around that you may never use, selling them may be your best option. This article has some of the best sites to do this and receive money instantly.
The abundance of the holiday season is upon us. Envision the generous meals, beautiful celebrations, and generous gifts. Shopping during the holiday season can be both difficult and time-consuming. The options available are so vast, that it's hard to hone in on what the best gift is for every person on your list.
As the saying goes, money makes the world go round. Living in modern society means that you can't avoid money, no matter how hard you try. Need to get some food? That costs money. Need to get gas in your car? Swipe your card or fork over a few bills.
Enjoy the weekend and spend time with family and friends. Take a break from work and give your mind some well-deserved rest from the long week. Cherish the time you have with your family and I guarantee it will make your life much happier!
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