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Savvy Senior’s Guide to Getting Social: Helping Your Parents Defeat Loneliness

 Posted by Sharon Catalan on July 17, 2019 at 8:50 AM

When you think of your parent’s well-being you often think of physical health and safety. One of the larger challenges many older adults encounter is loneliness in the form of social isolation. As we age, it may become difficult to stay social. Factors like the loss of loved ones and friends, mobility and overall health often impact how social older adults can be and create social isolation. 

If you notice your parent or loved one could benefit from being social, you should encourage it. According to research by the Center for Advancing Health, older adults “who are socially active and maintain or increase interactions with others as they age have a slower progression of health declines than” those less socially engaged.

Sandwiched Between Stuff: 7 Ways to Help Parents Declutter to Rightsize

 Posted by Sharon Catalan on July 17, 2019 at 8:40 AM

After living in a home for decades, a home can become packed with items connected to memories, amazing moments, and life events. When you visit your parents, you are more likely to notice the accumulation of items from 30, 40 or 50 years ago while they may not notice it. It’s possible they have become “clutter blind” since these items are associated with memories and moments. You are sandwiched between their belongings and your own. 

If you want to help your parents let go of some of their clutter so they can leap into the next season of their lives, we have 7 steps to get you started.

Are You Ready to Relocate? How to Prepare

 Posted by Sharon Catalan on May 7, 2019 at 12:30 PM
You’ve decided to move, have chosen a new place and are excited to get ready for what’s next. The hardest part for many people is getting started on what that move looks like after you’ve found your new residence.

Moving can be both a physical and psychological process. From furniture pieces and photos that hold memories, to deciding what to purge, to the labor it takes to move each item, a plan can help simplify the moving process for anyone.

Retail vs. Resale: The Best Items to Buy In May

 Posted by Sharon Catalan on May 7, 2019 at 12:20 PM
Spring blossoms preparing for summer in May. Sales are in full bloom too with the Memorial Day holiday on the horizon. May is a spectacular time to purchase a range of products like new furniture, appliances and clothing since its perfectly sandwiched between the end of spring and the start of summer.

Moving Tips for New Renters

 Posted by Sharon Catalan on May 7, 2019 at 12:01 PM

See helpful moving tips for new renters that can save you time and money (and perhaps even preserve friendships). By asking questions, learning the facts, shopping around, making lists, packing carefully and planning early, you’ll be in a great position come moving day. And you’ll be in a better frame of mind to enjoy the days that follow.

Retail vs. Resale: The Best Items to Buy in April

 Posted by Sharon Catalan on April 9, 2019 at 8:30 AM
Spring is in full swing! April is perfect for shopping for deals related to warmer weather, spring events, and spring cleaning. Savings expert Kristin McGrath suggests April is “the bridge between spring and summer, meaning there are plenty of smart buys to make as the seasons change.” 

Decluttering Room by Room: 10 Things to Get Rid of in Each Room

 Posted by Sharon Catalan on April 9, 2019 at 8:10 AM
Clutter can quickly sneak into every room of your home. Each room should have designated spaces for everything that belongs in the room. We have tips to help you decide what should stay and what should go in your bedrooms, the living room, as well as the kitchen and dining room.

Liquidating Assets for What’s Next

 Posted by Sharon Catalan on March 13, 2019 at 8:30 AM

Preparing for the new adventure of retirement can be both exciting and overwhelming. As you approach retirement it’s common to make decisions on what you want to do in the next phase of your life. Whether you plan to age in place, move to a smaller home, or travel the world, there’s one common denominator; you should prepare for whatever you want to do.

One of the ways to prepare for retirement is rightsizing or downsizing personal items through liquidation. According to financial wellness experts at GreenPath.com, assets can include large items or small personal items like jewelry and antiques.

Retail vs Resale: The Best Items to Buy In March

 Posted by Sharon Catalan on March 13, 2019 at 8:20 AM

March is the ultimate sign Spring is on the horizon. According to retail experts at Offers.com, March typically has a lull in sales for most consumer purchases, because “it’s a month without major shopping holidays. But even without important commerce dates like Labor Day, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, March does bring its share of noteworthy deals.”

See our top items to purchase for the month of March to ensure you’re shopping smart.

5 Items Older Adults Should Buy Resale

 Posted by Sharon Catalan on March 13, 2019 at 8:10 AM

Smart shoppers love to stretch their dollar by finding quality items at a fraction of the retail cost. One way to spend wisely is shopping resale. Some everyday and leisure items like those on our list below can save you tons in comparison to retail prices.

Resale sites like CTBids.com are running over with gently used and brand new items you may be looking for. Before shopping resale, read our tips on buying these five items you should always purchase “new to you.”

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