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How to set (and conquer) your 2015 money goalsHow to set (and conquer) your 2015 money goals

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr These expert tips will help you achieve your financial resolutions within the next 12 monthsby: Kimberly PalmerIt’s time to set your big financial goals for the year and make a plan for achieving them. Despite the fact that an Allianz Life survey of more than 1,000 people in November found that getting in shape is a bigger priority than improving finances for most people, 4 in 10 said they aimed to manage their money better in 2015. About a quarter of respondents said they were more likely to get help from a financial professional in the coming year. Paying off credit card debt, building up emergency savings and increasing retirement savings were also among the common goals cited.The relative health of the economy compared to a year ago seems to have alleviated some of the pressure Americans feel to set financial goals. A recent survey of more than 2,000 adults by Fidelity found a decline in interest in setting money-related financial resolutions for the new year. Just 31 percent of respondents said they were making a financial resolution, compared to 43 percent in 2014. The most popular financial goals included saving more (55 percent), paying off debt (20 percent) and spending less (17 percent).The Fidelity survey also found a correlation between expressing a financial goal and improving one’s financial life: About half of those who made a money resolution last year said they are now “better off financially,” compared to just 38 percent of those who didn’t set one.According to Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, president of the Charles Schwab Foundation, one of the biggest barriers to meeting financial goals is that people just don’t know how to get started. In Charles Schwab’s Fall Financial Pulse survey of 1,466 adults ages 25 to 65, more than half said they “don’t feel they are on top of their finances,” and 27 percent said they “don’t know where to start and need more education or information.” In addition, 15 percent said they didn’t want to deal with their finances because it’s “too overwhelming.” continue reading »last_img read more

Eighteen golfers are chasing their dreamsEighteen golfers are chasing their dreams

first_img For more information about Bridgestone and its Chase Your Dream concept, visit www.nomatterwhat.uk.com The individual winners of the two finals, John Newall from Hazlemere Golf Club and Rebecca Webb from East Berkshire Golf Club, were also crowned England’s male and female Handicap Golfers of the Year.  With the British Masters supported by Sky Sports now only one round away, competitors will be looking to continue their golfing stories by following their dreams.  Now, they’ll tee-up at Luton Hoo in Bedfordshire on September 6 and the best team there will go forward to the pro-am of the British Masters supported by Sky Sports at Close House, Northumberland, on September 27. There, they could partner Lee Westwood, Sergio Garcia or another household name of the European Tour. “All golfers have been on an incredible journey, starting months ago at their respective club events. They are now just 18 holes away from a round with a European Tour star at the British Masters, supported by Sky Sports.” Imges copyright Leaderboard Photography 30 Aug 2017 Eighteen golfers are chasing their dreams The qualifiers, aged between 14 and 60-years-old, survived sunshine, driving rain and lightning to complete the women’s final on the Hotchkin course and the men’s on the Bracken; both among the best courses in England.  Bridgestone Tyres’ consumer sales and marketing director Farrell Dolan said: “We’ve seen and heard many stories of success in the tournament – bringing the Chase Your Dream Trophy to life for all abilities and ages.”center_img Men, pictured below: John Newell (Hazlemere Golf Club, Buckinghamshire), Jacob Scargill (Hanging Heaton Golf Club, Yorkshire), Neil Jonas (Tilgate Forest Golf Club, Sussex), Kevin Madden (Walmley Golf Club, Warwickshire), Michael Durkin (Hurlston Hall Golf Club, Lancashire), Giles Puckle (Clandon Regis Golf Club, Surrey), Sam Storey (Windlesham Golf Club, Surrey), Barrie Harding (West Byfleet Golf Club, Surrey), Neil Garbutt (Masham Golf Club, Yorkshire). Eighteen golfers from across England have beaten thousands of fellow amateurs to qualify for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to compete in the Bridgestone Challenge pro-am. The 18 amateurs won their places at the national finals of Bridgestone’s Chase Your Dream Trophy at Woodhall Spa, run in partnership with England Golf and open to winners of club competitions. As John and Rebecca, a six-handicapper, celebrate their individual successes, the other qualifiers will now begin preparing for the Bridgestone Challenge. They include Gill Kapka, who overcame a knee injury to compete, Barrie Harding, who hit a debut hole-in-one in practice, and 14-year-old Hannah Golding, the youngest golfer in the competition.  John, playing off a handicap of 11, said: “The whole experience has been incredible. The giant leaderboard, the facilities, the professionalism, everything. Bridgestone and England Golf have created a competition to give us little guys a chance to live like a professional. They have basically allowed us guys to chase our own dreams.” The qualifiers from Woodhall Spa who will play in the Bridgestone Challenge pro-am are: Women, pictured top: Rebecca Webb (East Berkshire Golf Club), Gill Kapka (Cleethorpes Golf Club, Lincolnshire), Francesca Leach (Woburn Golf Club, Buckinghamshire), Ashlee Tyrell (The Rayleigh Club, Essex), Kathryn Naylor (Windlesham Golf Club, Surrey), Debbie Ricketts (Parkstone Golf Club, Dorset), Debbie Deakin (Mickleover Golf Club, Derbyshire), Mandy Holden (West End Golf Club, Yorkshire), Hannah Golding (Brocton Hall Golf Club, Staffordshire). Tags: Bridgestone, Chase Your Dreamlast_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the WeekAdopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook182Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-Pet of SheltonRomeo is a young neutered male Miniature Schnauzer. He is a very smart, loving boy who is happy to spend most of the day in your lap, at your feet, or beside you on the sofa. He does enjoy walks around the neighborhood and gets along with other dogs his size.Romeo likes to know where his people are at all times and will try to herd small children so we recommend only older kids. Romeo is an excellent watch dog and will let you know when someone is at the door. Romeo would be an excellent companion for an adult family.We have many great dogs and always need volunteers.  To see all our current dogs, visit www.adoptapet-wa.org , our Facebook at “Adopt-A-Pet of Shelton Washington” or visit the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton.  You can contact us at [email protected] or (360) 432-3091.last_img read more