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“Smart” Toys May Not be the Smartest Choice for Kids

Internet-enabled, or “smart,” toys are at the top of most kids’ holiday lists this year, and it’s no wonder why they’re so popular. Kids can play and connect with smart toys in unique and interactive ways. Some are connected to websites and apps, and can range from simple drawing tools and stories, to more in-depth “grown-up” play like taking care of a virtual animal or learning to write code.

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Clever Gift Card Tricks

Gift cards get a lot of love. Have one in your pocket? It’s instant money to spend on your favorite things. Have one to give? As gifts, they’re stress relievers—providing a delightful “cash” present for family and friends to get exactly what they desire—usually from a favorite store or restaurant.

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Fall Is a Time for Taking Financial Stock

With temperatures starting to drop outside, fall is the perfect time to come in and start thinking about your finances. Many considerations can be taken into account, whether you act to firm up your financial foundation or make your home’s exterior less weather-prone.

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Banking Mainstay Marks Half a Century

A banking accessory most of us take for granted marked its 50th anniversary this year. The world’s first Automated Teller Machine (ATM) began taking transactions in Enfield, London on June 27, 1967. ATMs have since changed the shape of modern banking and how people access their money.

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