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(Not So) Happy Holiday Shopping Scams

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It’s that time of the year – the gift giving holidays have arrived! And while you are merrily surfing the web in search of the perfect gift for your BFF, cyber thieves are merrily attempting to steal your identity. There’s no faster way to take the ho-ho out of holiday than to discover you are the victim of cybercrime and your bank account is empty. Achieva wants to help prevent that from happening to you this year. Here are some easy ways to protect yourself from being victimized online. Avoid Phishing If you are a heavy email user, you are...
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Keep the Costs of Thanksgiving Traditions Within Budget

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Thanksgiving is a time for family, food, and fun. It's a holiday that you love hosting, even though the crowd grows bigger and bigger each year. Everyone is excited and ready to sit at your table. There's just one issue: you desire to save money. How do you do it all, yet keep Thanksgiving traditions within budget? The following strategies can make Turkey Day a success without going overboard on the spending. First, set up a game plan. Did you know that grocery stores often have holiday promotions to boost the sales of certain items? They work directly with manufactures during peak seasons. By purchasing...
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The 2016 Way to Save on Holiday Travel

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Last year, roughly 47 million Americans traveled for Thanksgiving. In addition, that number is set to increase for this year. With friends and family as the biggest reasons for our holiday journeys, one can't help but anticipate the expense. I mean, face it, you can't exactly say no to the big family dinner on Turkey Day. However, even though majority of us will go more than 50 miles to feast on the big bird, there's still hope for your pocket book. The following article contains all the very 2016 ways to save on holiday travel. Save on holiday travel using Facebook. There are tons of Facebook pages dedicated to...
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7th Annual Box Car Rally Races to Success!

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Three thousand eager spectators ascended the hill in Downtown Clearwater’s Cleveland Street District, watching the competitors jockey for position with their vehicles. Some cars were sleek and shiny, looking as though they were moving fast even when standing still. Others…not so much. Teams in their matching jerseys warmed up, jogging and jumping, jiving and high-fiving. Parents scrambled around, getting their Pee Wee leaguers ready for competition; buckling helmets, double-checking bolts. And then it was time. The checkered flag dropped on the 7th Annual Achieva Box Car Rally on Saturday, October 22nd. With two divisions and six race classes, 65 entrants...
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Your Morning Routine Needs Improvement

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How many of us do it? We lay in bed, after the alarm rings, and deliberate on pressing snooze, yet again. Something has got to give with the morning routine you currently have. Maybe it's all the little things that add up. Or maybe, you're using time to check your Instagram; when instead, you should be getting dressed. Never fear. We've got a solution to have you sipping on your latte with a smile, and never dread morning again. First, a good morning starts with a good night. Here, a little investment of time goes a long way. Every evening, you should pack your...
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Halloween Party Food on a Budget

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Great news for those of you expected to show up at a Halloween party with a dish to share – or those whose kids are begging for a spooky meal before trick or treating: for this holiday, loads of creativity – not loads of cash – will reap raves from the famished. Let’s start with a VEGGIE TRAY. The centerpiece here is a “barfing” jack o lantern. Hollow out a small Sugar Pie pumpkin and carve a pained-looking expression, making sure to create a big, round O for the mouth. Place the pumpkin at one end of the serving platter...
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Membership Makes a Difference!

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When you jump online to make sure your car payment was released as scheduled, or drop by a branch to use the ATM, consider the reasons WHY you trust Achieva with your financial transactions. Why did you choose a Credit Union instead of a traditional banking institution? “It’s close to my house” “My mother banks there” “They had the best loan rates” All of those are good reasons, but Credit Unions represent so much more than convenience and great rates. Credit Unions are not-for-profit, member-owned financial cooperatives that are governed by 9 specific principles that make an authentic difference in...
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Hurricane Matthew – A Diversity of Relief Missions

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As expected, Hurricane Matthew has left devastation in its wake, especially in Haiti and parts of the Caribbean. Humanitarian organizations are already hard at work, as food, water and medical supplies are in heavy demand. Thousands of relief workers will be deployed to the affected areas, and relief agencies will be seeking monetary support for their efforts. Sometimes it can be difficult to decide which organization to support financially, because we don’t know much about them. The following is a reference guide to introduce you to groups whose overall missions may align with your personal values. Each group is a...
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You Have to Hire a New Prez

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If you are like many Americans, you’re already suffering from political campaign burnout. So many talking heads, so much mud-slinging, all that patriotic fervor – it’s enough to make you throw up your hands and declare, “I’m out!” But before you make the decision to hide under a rock on November 8th, consider the following reasons why voting is so important. You Can Only Legit Complain About the Results if You Vote Did you know that only 57% of eligible American voters cast a ballot in 2012? That means that 43% of voters didn’t even bother. So roughly a little...
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Show Your Best Side – Body Language Can Make or Break Your Job Interview

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Job interviews easily qualify as one of life’s more nerve wracking situations. Like it or not, you have to perform, and all eyes are on you. Your resume is prepared, your wardrobe is spot on, you’ve practiced deep breathing to steady the nerves – but have you taken inventory of your body language? Often times your nervous habits will betray your smooth outward appearance. Let’s take a look at a few key areas where a little awareness can result in a big boost in your appeal to prospective employers. First Impressions A prospective employer’s evaluation of you starts well before...
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