U.S. Shoppers Spent Less Than Last Year

U.S. Shoppers Spent Less Than Last Year

The holiday shopping season got off to a muted start as U.S. consumers reined in November spending amid a surge in coronavirus infections and new business restrictions in some states. U.S. retail sales, a measure of purchases at stores, restaurants and online, dropped a seasonally adjusted 1.1% in November from the prior month, the Commerce Department said Wednesday. October sales were revised to a decline of 0.1% from an earlier estimate of a 0.3% increase. Sales were up by 4.1% in November when compared with the same month a year ago. Restaurants, department stores and vehicle dealerships all reported sharp sales declines in November, […]

5 tips to help you stay safe if you travel for Christmas

5 tips to help you stay safe if you travel for Christmas

Christmas travel week is upon us but coronavirus cases continue to surge in Texas and across the country. Despite news of vaccines being distributed, local and national health officials are strongly making the same plea: Postpone travel and stay home to best protect yourself and others from getting or spreading the virus. Many families must have tough conversations and uninvite people from any year-end large gatherings. They’re “an unsafe thing that can have real consequences,” Dr. Sarmistha Hauger, infectious disease specialist at Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas, told the American-Statesman earlier this year. “There are so many clusters that have been implicated with […]

How To Save Money During The Pandemic

How To Save Money During The Pandemic

Coronavirus has changed the world as we know it. Several non-essential businesses were closed down to help reduce the spread of coronavirus. With over two hundred thousand deaths in the U.S. alone as of late September, many countries have not been able to contain the virus. Many day jobs were lost due to low/no patronage since the onset of the pandemic. As of April, U.S.News reports that there are over 16 million unemployment claims in the U.S. With than a million new people filing for unemployment every week. Never in our lifetime has a health crisis that had such an […]