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Perspectives Monthly Lifestyle eNewsletter for December, 2019

Perspectives Monthly Lifestyle eNewsletter for December, 2019

 


SMART TIP:
Want to win this cold and flu season? Wash your hands more often. This simple act reduces your exposure to disease-causing germs and can help prevent their spread to others.

 

WHO SAID IT?
“I've learned that you can’t have everything and do everything at the same time.”
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TEST YOUR
KNOWLEDGE:
Q: Who was America’s first billionaire?

 

A) Cornelius Vanderbilt

B) Pierre DuPont

C) Andrew Carnegie

D) Henry Ford

 

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December 2019

Low Fares at the Last Minute

What are the ways to get a cheap flight, even when you have to travel with short notice? Here are some tips that may help in the search for a good deal.
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Credit the Difference to the Card

Have chip cards really made credit card usage much safer? Yes, analysts say. Here are the reasons why.

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Brightening the Winter

Summer is gone, and shorter days are here. Here are some ways to make your home light and bright to fend off seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
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Recipe of the Month
Baked Kale Chips
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Low Fares at the Last Minute

You have a dilemma. You need (or really want) to travel soon, and you need to book a flight. How can you find something like a deal or at least the lowest fare out there? 

 

You don’t have to go this airline’s website, then that one. Instead, rely on the search engines. Google Flights has become a go-to, as it lets you search by destination, date, and alternate airports and easily alter search variables. (It includes flights from most, but not all, airlines.) After that, turn to a trio of similarly useful online tools, Skyscanner, JustFly, and Momondo. These websites focus on price first and are constantly updated. After you find a fare you like, click or tap over to that airline’s website. You may be surprised to discover that the fare is even lower than what these search engines report. If you are the type who likes to be on the lookout for a cheap fare, consider web portals like Airfarewatchdog and Scott’s Cheap Flights. Lastly, think about following an air carrier or two on social media – another avenue through which an airline can suddenly unveil a good deal.1

 

Any companies mentioned are for illustrative purposes only. It should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of the securities. Any investment should be consistent with your objectives, timeframe, and risk tolerance.

 

 

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Credit the Difference to the Card

Credit cards with magnetic strips are fast fading away, and it appears that chip cards really have slimmed the chances of consumers getting hacked at the ATM, the pump, or the checkout line. 

 

There are now 3.5 million chip-enabled merchants in the U.S. On average, they have seen credit card fraud committed at their locations drop 76% since the introduction of the new technology, Money reports. A researcher at financial analytics firm Aite Group says that chip cards are “exponentially” safer than their forerunners. The magnetic strip on the old cards was easy pickings for criminals: it carried all of a consumer’s payment data into a store’s payment terminal. When a crook corrupted such a terminal, payment data from hundreds or thousands of customers could be gleaned with relative ease. The chip cards, on the other hand, encrypt a user’s payment data with a unique code, and only the credit card issuer can access that code. As an added bonus, credit and debit card transactions are getting faster: whereas it used to take as long as 15 seconds for a payment to process, one second is now common.3

 

 

 

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Brightening the Winter  

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a real thing, a form of mild depression linked to changing seasons. To lessen the possibility that it comes through your front door, you may want to take a few interior decorating or interior design steps.

 

Strategize to bring more light into your home with overhead lighting, lamps, and mirrors. Balancing the level of light in a room can make it feel larger. Dedicating certain areas of your home, condo, or apartment to things you love can help make your residence an inviting place to come home to. Decluttering more utilitarian areas or rooms can also help. Curvy lines in your furnishings and décor may make a room seem less cold or austere. Speaking of austerity, stark white rooms can promote just that, so slightly warmer colors are better if you are thinking about repainting a room or redoing the core color in its design palette. This is also a good time to clean windows – a dirty window not only fights incoming sunshine, but it also casts a dingy pall on your view of the outside world. Finally, ask your doctor about Vitamin D supplements, if you like, or eat in a way that enables you to consume more Vitamin D in your daily diet.3