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Columns

  • Extending the life of your computer

    My primary Windows computer is nearly 10 years old. Purchased in May 2007, this computer is well beyond what manufacturers tell their customers the expected life should be.

  • Renaissance Recycling is about to “Flip its Lids!”

    Recently, a church group let me know that they were saving lids to recycle and they would go to a new bench or table for their church. This program is sponsored by Green Tree Plastics out of Evansville, Indiana.

    We have been saving for them and others for some time and we are overrun. I have misplaced the phone number for the group sponsor that had requested help in the summer, and hope that someone reading this will call me with that information, PLEASE!

  • Easy ways to increase your savings

    This is America Saves Week. Most of us understand that saving regularly is one of the simplest ways to reach our financial goals, but we don’t all take advantage of easy ways to automate our savings.

  • Managing social networking in your business

    Social networking apps for communicating, such as Podcasting tools, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter, has changed our ability to rapidly access and disseminate information. This makes it more important than ever to be sensitive to our responsibilities to guard our business and our customers’ information.

  • Using your GL to find fraud

    A good portion of my career has been spent working with businesses to help identify financial fraud. My area of expertise was usually around technology and automated financial systems.

    Your General Ledger (GL) is a good place to start looking if you suspect fraud. The GL is, in a way, a mystery story.

    In the case of fraud, the GL is awaiting you to reveal the perpetrator. It can tell stories of fraud, manipulation and betrayal. Unfortunately, few people know how to read the signs.

  • Financial Literacy needed by US Teens

    One bill being brought up in Frankfort during the current state legislative session would mandate financial education for all high school students. You might wonder if this is really needed. But ask yourself, how savvy are you (or your teen children) about handling financial matters? The National Endowment for Financial Education reports that American 15 year olds lag behind many other countries in financial literacy.

  • Looking for love in all the wrong places

    As Valentine’s Day approaches, you may be thinking about that certain someone you want to meet.

  • Local wireless provider puts customers first

    xThe first handheld mobile phone was demonstrated by John F. Mitchell and Martin Cooper of Motorola in 1973, using a handset weighing c. 4.4 lbs. (2 kg).

    In 1983, the first commercially available handheld mobile phone came to market, and yea, I had one of the first “bricks”, as they were called.

    Early cell phone plans started around $50 a month – equivalent to $120.81 in today’s dollars – and that didn’t even include minutes.

  • Why do you and I make New Year's resolutions?

    By Steven Curtsinger
    Student Columnist

     

    To lose weight? To eat healthy? To exercise more? To stop bad habits?

    I think the universal thought behind New Year’s Resolutions is change. As humans, we are constantly changing. So, to make a resolution is a way to embrace and pursue change and to better ourselves in one or more areas of our lives. I decided to poll my senior class at LaRue County High School, to see why we make resolutions, what their goals are for 2017 and how they want to see change in the New Year.

  • Winterizing your grocery budget

    Many families notice that their grocery bills surge in the winter months. Out-of-season produce and poor road conditions all contribute to the rise in food costs. Here are tips to winterize your grocery budget in order to save:

    - Make a grocery list. Know exactly what you will be buying before you enter the grocery store so that you can avoid unplanned purchases.

    - Plan your meals around items that you already have in your pantry. Pantry staples such as rice, flour and dried beans are all relatively inexpensive and can be used in many different dishes.