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Check this list if you give or receive a gift card this holiday season

There’s got to be at least one of you reading right now who still doesn’t have a holiday gift picked out. If you’re hitting the stores today, I’d wager a guess that you might end up picking up gift cards. And, I’d be even more willing to bet many of you have received or will receive gift cards this holiday season. According to a holiday shopping survey by the National Retail Federation, gift cards are the most popular gift items — 61 percent of those surveyed want them.

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Gift kids a ‘future’ gift

Dear Dave: We have three preschool grandchildren, and they get tons of stuff for Christmas every year. We’re in really good shape financially and would like to do something for their future this year instead of giving a toy that might get thrown in the corner. Do you have any suggestions?

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Your home is likely to rise in value

Dear Dave: My wife and I make a little over $50,000 a year combined, and we’re almost debt-free. Right now, we have $50,000 left on our mortgage and $4,000 in student loans left to pay. We’re both really excited about the future, and we’re thinking about selling our home and moving into a trailer her parents own. On top of this, we’d like to save my wife’s entire salary for five years to buy another, better house. What do you think of this plan?

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Destiny Slocum highlight film from freshman season at Maryland

Maryland freshman point guard Destiny Slocum (Mountain View High) had a strong debut season for the Terrapins. The Big Ten Freshman of the Year averaged 11.1 points and 6.0 assists per game with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.0. She led the Big Ten in assists during conference play with 7.5 per game, tallying 112 assists with 48 turnovers in Big Ten action. Maryland is a No. 3 in the NCAA Tournament.
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Destiny Slocum highlight film from freshman season at Maryland 2:27

Destiny Slocum highlight film from freshman season at Maryland

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Evolution of a Paddles Up Poke bowl

Hey, dummy: don't make a duck face on the train tracks 0:20

Hey, dummy: don't make a duck face on the train tracks

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Treefort Music Festival has music for all ages