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(StatePoint) New technology has the power to make your home safer, more comfortable and better suited to your family’s needs.

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Tuesday 02/12/2019
Fraudsters camouflage themselves as military members online: Be prepared to spot this romance scam
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The online dating trend continues to heat up as research shows that almost 20 percent of brides say they met their spouse on the internet. Unfortunately, not everyone joining these online dating sites has the intention of finding true love. The increase in online romance — particularly around the holidays — has caught the attention of scammers who aim to play on people's hopes and desires for love.

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Connectivity is king this home-buying season
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The spring home-buying season is just around the corner and that means people are busy making improvements to get their homes ready to sell. These days, home upgrades are increasingly focused on one key feature: connectivity. In 2019, buyers want smart homes they can easily control from anywhere. From smart HVAC and sprinkler systems to connected garage door openers, it’s all about creating convenience and comfort.

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Thursday 01/31/2019
You can't 'mess up' with this Valentine’s Day gift for your bearded beloved
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Maybe it’s the follicular pheromones, or the fuzzy feel, but one thing is certain — women love men with beards. In fact, research has revealed the majority of U.S. women prefer a man with facial hair over a clean-shaven face. Something women don’t love, however, is the mess a neatly groomed beard can leave behind. Not to worry ladies, just in time for Valentine’s Day, there’s a new beard trimmer on the market designed for bearded men, and the women who love them.

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Prevent CO Poisoning
Updated: February 05, 2019 - 2:35 am

(NAPSI)—Each year, more than 400 people die from unintentional carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and more than 20,000 visit the emergency room. CO poisoning can be prevented with a few precautions:

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Wednesday 01/30/2019
4 Ways Female Founders Turbocharge Their Businesses
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Women are starting businesses at a record pace — motivated to pursue passions, financial independence and the flexibility that eludes most traditional jobs.

In the U.S. alone, women entrepreneurs generate $1.1 million in revenue on average across retail, professional and personal service businesses that have operated for 11 years. This stat comes from Visa’s new ‘State of Female Entrepreneurship’ report, which informed their recently announced program, She’s Next, Empowered by Visa, a global initiative to support and champion women in their efforts to grow their small businesses.

That’s powerful stuff, highlighting the important role women entrepreneurs play in the prosperity and economic development of local communities. The typical entrepreneur is 42 years old and earns nearly $110,000 in household income a year, making a profound difference in building and supporting families in the community.

Clearly, female founders are coming into their own. In fact, the Visa study found that 79 percent of American women entrepreneurs feel more empowered now than they did five years ago.

Still, key challenges exist: 73 percent say funding does not come easily, and nearly 2/3 use their own funds to get started. Assembling a good team, finding the right tools and dealing with competitors are among the biggest challenges keeping women entrepreneurs up at night.

For any entrepreneur, it can feel like there’s never enough time or resources to grow a business. To help other entrepreneurs and based on insights from the ’State of Female Entrepreneurship’ report, Visa polled four areas women entrepreneurs focus on to turbocharge success:

Find mentors: More than two-thirds said they wanted advice from fellow entrepreneurs. Relatable role models and mentors are invaluable when you’re making the leap to starting or building your own business.

Find your feet: Strategy development is critical for women starting up their own company. Assembling a good team was a challenge encountered by 37 percent of women founders. Other challenges include: finding the tools to grow and manage their business (36 percent), competition (36 percent) and growing as quickly as they need to (33 percent). Have a plan and pursue your vision.

Gather capital to invest in your business: Cash flow is the lifeblood of any business. Respondents cited profits and revenue growth as the top two priorities for improvement. Thirty-two percent of women would direct additional funding toward newer technology.

Put in overtime: When building a business, time is precious. Given the investment and high stakes that come with the territory, it comes as little surprise that a majority of women entrepreneurs (56 percent) are putting in more work hours than before they started their business.

If you’ve joined the ranks of female entrepreneurs, find support and resources by signing up for the Female Founder Collective, and visit She’s Next, Empowered by Visa where you can download and print a toolkit with tips and advice to help build and sustain your company.

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Monday 01/28/2019
4 Tips to Find Total Confidence through Music
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The power of music extends beyond just a good beat to listen to. It can be a source of inspiration for new ideas or serve as an instant confidence booster at times when you need a little push. Whatever the reason may be for pressing play, music can inspire you to get out of your comfort zone and try something new.

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Thursday 01/24/2019
5 tips for upping your game watching party
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - You’re looking forward to the big game, and you’ve invited all your friends for what should be an exciting day. But now the big questions persist: Do you have enough food? Is my menu going to make everyone happy? What more do you need for a successful game day party? Here are a few simple tips to up your game and make it a day to remember ... win or lose.

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Wednesday 01/23/2019
5 Self-Care Tips for Parents in the New Year
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - As we begin a new year, it’s important to reflect on our successes and examine the areas we’d like to nurture more in the year ahead. One area that often gets deprioritized by busy parents, but is essential to our wellbeing, is self-care. Setting aside time to reenergize your own needs will not only impact your physical, emotional and mental health, but will also allow you to feel more present and patient toward others. Take some time to develop your self-care routine with these tips in the new year:

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Friday 01/11/2019
New year, new smart home innovations for your interconnected life
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Smart home products made major strides in 2018. More people than ever now use connected devices in their homes, and smart home hubs are constantly adding new integrations and capabilities. Research from Statista predicts that by the end of 2018, more than 45 million smart home devices will be installed in U.S. homes, fueling an exciting new phase for the smart home industry, offering consumers new and improved smart technologies and giving rise to a totally interconnected, easy-to-control environment termed the “smart home.”

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Wednesday 01/09/2019
Making healthcare more accessible and medications more affordable: Technology to the rescue
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - If you find it challenging to understand the convoluted and sometimes conflicting information regarding your healthcare, you’re not alone.

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Tuesday 01/08/2019
How AI is making our lives easier
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - From the earliest stone tools to today’s super computers, technology has always promised to make our lives easier. Even as it adds complexity to our world, it offers new, simpler ways of accomplishing our daily activities. Now, advances in artificial intelligence (AI) look to take things one step further by using machine learning to drive innovation.

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Thursday 01/03/2019
Simple bathroom installations with big impact for 2019
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Craving a more beautiful bathroom? Resolve to make this the year that you finally create the bathroom of your dreams.

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Airport Of The Future Is Now
Updated: January 05, 2019 - 2:46 am

(NAPSI)—A new record for air travel was set in 2018, with almost 1 billion people taking to the nation’s skies.

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Wednesday 01/02/2019
5 Ways Technology Can Help You Achieve New Year’s Resolutions
Posted: January 02, 2019

(StatePoint) You may have a long list of New Year’s resolutions. Luckily, these days, your efforts can be simplified with the use of technology. Check out these high-tech ways to achieve your 2019 goals:

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Monday 12/31/2018
Goodbye spring cleaning, hello winter refresh!
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Every year, homeowners anxiously await spring to refresh and reset their homes. But what if we capitalized on all the time spent indoors during winter to take control of home improvements ahead of time instead? With a little thoughtful planning, you'll not only be able to give your space a simple face lift but also enjoy spring when it comes around and be outside, soaking up the weather!

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Friday 12/28/2018
5 tips to entertain like a boss this winter
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Entertaining indoors during the chilly winter months can be a fantastic way to brighten up those long, dark evenings. Inviting a few friends over — or a lot — doesn't have to be a difficult challenge, even for first-time hosts. Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, co-founders of A Beautiful Mess, offer these tips for easy and stress-less entertaining.

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Thursday 12/27/2018
How To Make Meetings More Efficient
Updated: January 04, 2019 - 2:42 am

(NAPSI)—In 2019, company leaders and their employees have an opportunity to transform how they work in order to achieve stronger results and more creative and compelling outcomes. CIOs, IT decision makers and employees all have a role to help S.W.I.T.C.H. workplace environments and leverage IT investments for the benefit of the company and the bottom line.

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Friday 12/21/2018
Win at winter with a wardrobe refresh [Infographic]
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Baby, it's cold outside! The temperature is dropping and winter coat weather is here. Take these tips to refresh your dusty duds without going to the dry cleaner!

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YOUR CANCER Movement Brings Community Together to Recognize Those Making a Difference
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - If you or a loved one is living with cancer, always remember — there’s strength in numbers.

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2019: The Year of the Space-Age Home
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - In 2019, the “space-age” home will become a reality with modern innovations that are poised to change the way we think about luxury, elegance and comfort. Incorporating advanced technology into your home is essential when elevating its overall style, design and functionality.

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One tip for choosing a safer video game for kids
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - While many parents and others shopping for young people know to look out for violence and sexual content in video games, they may not be aware of something else found in many popular games that is raising serious public health concerns.

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Motor Oil Change Advice
Updated: December 28, 2018 - 2:46 am

(NAPSI)—According to the National Marine Manufacturers Association, about one in 10 U.S. households owns a boat. If yours is among them, you should know how to keep your vessel shipshape.

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Thursday 12/20/2018
5 simple ways to stay connected this season
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Wintertime offers many special opportunities to come together with friends and family. However, between busy work schedules, festive holiday parties and non-stop travel, finding ways to stay connected with loved ones while on-the-go can be difficult. But, a busy calendar doesn’t mean you need to fall out of touch with those you care about most. Take advantage of these simple tips to stay connected with loved ones this holiday season and beyond.

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Setting up your home office for efficiency
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - So, you’ve been running your business from your home for some time now, and with the busy holiday season upon us, you find yourself overwhelmed, stressed and your office is a mess. When running a business, there are so many things you need to think about to maximize efficiency, from having a clean setup to ensuring that you are well equipped with the supplies you need to get things done.

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Wednesday 12/19/2018
Why we're hardwired for holiday nostalgia
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - With each passing year, the holiday season feels like it arrives earlier and earlier. Christmas lights begin popping up in mid-October, New Year’s streamers begin lining the local stores before it's even Thanksgiving — meanwhile you haven’t even thought about your holiday shopping list. Next thing you know, you are going to a holiday party and haven’t purchased one gift. You aren’t alone — many of us end up waiting until the last minute to tackle our seasonal gifting but still want to show our family and friends that we gave some real, genuine thought to their presents. Thankfully, there are still meaningful and easy gift options available for last-minute shoppers that can capture cherished memories.

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Monday 12/17/2018
A history of cancer breakthroughs 65 years in the making
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - When the Cancer Research Institute (CRI) was founded in 1953, little was known about cancer and even less about the immune system. CRI was the first — and for many decades the only — research funding organization that believed that we could one day harness the immune system as a powerful weapon against cancer. Since then, the field of cancer immunology has blossomed and immunotherapy has revolutionized how cancer is treated, thanks in part to work funded by CRI.

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Friday 12/14/2018
Consumers go phygital this holiday season
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - For those who can’t go home for the holidays, sending loved ones a text or social media shout out may be a sufficient alternative to celebrating in-person. 

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Thursday 12/13/2018
New insulin help center offers options to reduce patient costs
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Some people with diabetes in the U.S. face increasingly high out-of-pocket costs for insulin, a medicine that regulates the level of sugar in the blood and allows cells to use and store sugar for energy. Some people are confronted with difficult financial choices and healthcare consequences that can prove dire. Some even ration their insulin to offset costs, which can be dangerous.

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How to Keep Your Health in Check This Holiday Season
Updated: February 14, 2019 - 2:40 am

(NewsUSA) - The holidays are known for taking a toll on our bodies . Between the chilly temperatures, onset of flu season and the overabundance of sweet treats at every turn, it's easy for physical health to fall to the wayside.

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Wednesday 12/12/2018
5 ways to refresh your winter style
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - With cold weather already here, the winter season has officially started early for most Americans. As the weeks drag on, you’re bound to get sick of bundling up in your sweaters and puffy coats. It’s the perfect time to refresh your style.

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Tuesday 12/11/2018
How to get the most from your cellphone plan
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Picking a cellphone plan is like picking toppings for a pizza ­— everyone has different preferences. Some people only need a basic plan for making a few phone calls now and then. Others find their cellphones absolutely indispensable, and need access to a steady and fast stream of data all the time. It takes multiple ingredients to satisfy everyone!

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Planning For A More Successful Year
Updated: December 13, 2018 - 2:43 am

(NAPSI)—Your organization can be more profitable—and even more fun to work at—when the board is running well. Yet even the best board can sometimes do with a little improvement. Dysfunctions can range from challenges with different personalities and agendas to lacking a unified system of record, or rather, an inefficient, ambiguous approach to documenting goals and milestones, measuring performance and demonstrating accountability.

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Monday 12/10/2018
Go from red to red carpet ready in 30 minutes
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Ruddy, red complexions or blotchy skin can mar your red carpet look, and there was little that could diminish this redness and erase broken blood vessels in time for your big event — until now. 

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Thursday 12/06/2018
Standardized protocols needed to improve health outcomes related to pregnancy complications
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The rates of maternal mortality and preterm birth continue to rise dramatically in the United States. According to the CDC and March of Dimes, more than 700 women die of pregnancy-related causes in the U.S. every year, and more than 1,000 babies are born prematurely every day. It’s impossible to point to one specific cause for these serious issues, particularly because of how segmented our healthcare system is. But by standardizing protocols across the U.S. healthcare system, advocates say we could decrease harm and improve care for women and their unborn babies.

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Wednesday 12/05/2018
Easy DIY gifts for everyone on your holiday list
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

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Rule the holidays using Alexa smart home technology
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - (BPT) – The holidays are known to be the most wonderful time of year, but often bring a sense of urgency and stress to many of us. Whether it’s shopping for gifts, traveling to parties, cooking holiday meals or entertaining friends and family, you’re probably thinking you could use an extra set of hands. But your best option may actually be to go hands free. You can cut through the chaos and make your life easier this holiday season by using all the capabilities of an Alexa smart home with Amazon Echo devices and more.

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Tuesday 12/04/2018
Amazon Prime reveals member favorites with Best of Prime 2018
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Over one hundred million people around the world are Prime members, but how do they enjoy the best of shopping and entertainment from Amazon? Just in time to provide inspiration for the holiday season, Amazon’s annual Best of Prime celebrates what members shopped for, watched, read, played and listened to between Oct. 1, 2017 and Sept. 30, 2018, unless otherwise noted. 

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Monday 12/03/2018
Ultimate Life Hack for Managing Your Money after the Wedding Day
Updated: February 05, 2019 - 2:33 am

(NewsUSA) - While your love may know no bounds for your spouse, things can get a little more tricky when talking about finances.

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Friday 11/30/2018
How to protect your data from cyberattacks
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Crime used to mean things like break-ins and thieves swiping packages from your doorstep. But now there’s an increasing number of cybersecurity threats that are also crimes of opportunity. With more and more people using unfamiliar networks and doing lots of online shopping, bad actors have plenty of targets to choose from. By following these simple steps for data protection, you can keep your digital information secure.

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Thursday 11/29/2018
4 things you might not know about picking lights for your desk
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Look at your desk. Chances are you have at least two screens in front of you. From smartphones to multiple monitors and even tablets, backlit screens constantly demand attention during the workday, but that quality of light could have a negative impact on health, comfort and productivity. For a quick fix, add a task light. Proper task lighting is an easy hack that can significantly improve your overall wellbeing and productivity at the workspace.

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Tuesday 11/27/2018
Your 2018 guide to earth-friendly holiday gifting
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Each year, many people count down the days to the holiday season and save their money for festive decorations and gift giving. In fact, the average American will spend over $1,000 on holiday gifts, according to the National Retail Federation.

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Wednesday 11/21/2018
4 ways to recreate your entertaining space
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The holidays, the big game, New Year’s and everything in between: At this time of year there are plenty of reasons to invite family and friends to your home to entertain. In addition, there are also plenty of times — particularly on cold winter nights — when you just want to have a place you can go to get cozy, play a video game or watch a movie in peace.

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How to launch a video channel and create a community
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - Today's teens can easily connect with like-minded people by making videos and sharing them. For some 85 percent of U.S. teens, a smartphone is their tool of choice to watch, share and publish videos, according to Pew Research Center.

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Tuesday 11/20/2018
Holiday Gift Guide: Toys That Teach
Updated: November 22, 2018 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—This holiday season, toys that teach important STEM and STEAM skills are as popular with parents as they are with kids. Here are the top seven toys (that also teach) to consider giving this year!

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It’s That Time Of Year Again!!
Updated: November 22, 2018 - 2:38 am

(NAPSI)—For the U.S. Postal Service (USPS), the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is the busiest time of year. USPS expects to deliver nearly 15 billion pieces of mail and 900 million packages, for a total of nearly 16 billion mail and package deliveries.

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Monday 11/19/2018
5 bonus ideas for your best Black Friday yet
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - If your individual shopping trips are sprints, then Black Friday is your marathon — an action-packed, intense early morning hunt that’s not for the faint of heart. And you love every minute of it. From that first warm cup of coffee while camping out with family and friends to finding amazing deals, Black Friday is a holiday in and of itself. The tips included below will help you make this year’s Black Friday your best yet.

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Wednesday 11/14/2018
5 ways to treat your family (and yourself) and save money this holiday
Updated: February 18, 2019 - 2:33 am

(BPT) - The holidays are a cheerful time of year, but the season also comes with increased spending — from purchasing gifts to holiday gatherings and travel. And, while most are shopping for gifts for others, recent research shows that more than half of shoppers are also buying for themselves, adding further to the shopping list.[1] There’s no better time than now to plan for holiday gift shopping in order to scoop up the best deals. 

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Tuesday 11/13/2018
AI Meets Hip Hop in Innovative Music Partnership
Updated: January 25, 2019 - 2:38 am

(NewsUSA) - DigiTrax Entertainment, a pioneer in the music technology industry, brings its artificial intelligence (AI) expertise to the popular hip-hop segment.

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How to Stretch Your Holiday Budget by Saving on Mobile Devices
Posted: November 13, 2018

(StatePoint) With this year’s holiday spending expected to rise over last year, according to the National Retail Federation estimates, you may be planning to spend more on décor, gift-giving and travel. If your seasonal plans also include upgrading mobile devices for yourself or for loved ones, keep in mind that you can make room in your budget for those other holiday expenditures by not paying the price for a brand-new model.

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