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Unbox Gourmet Guru Ceramic Plate Setter part 1. This is a great addition to the kamado style grill. #pizzastone #heatdiverter
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David Clark DC PRO-X Hybrid Electronic Noise-Cancelling Aviation Headset. One of the top ten headsets in the market today. You can't go wrong.

Where in that top ten you ask? Well, ask 50 pilots and you will get 50 different orders of rank for the top ten, right?

You can finance yours today at Showcase Aviation.
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Why can't companies like Sennheiser make it in the pilot headset business? They have long history of making top line, highest quality audio equipment. They make headsets that are used in some of the best recording studios in the world. They make headsets for many applications.

So, what's up? And we don't mean to pick on Sennheiser. They are not the only company that has come and gone in this market.

We are wondering whether it is the company, pilots, or both?
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Do you consider yourself to be financially literate? What about your family members, such as children or siblings? Do you think most American’s are financially literate?

Americans, in general, don’t rank very high according to a 2015 global study completed by Standard & Poor’s Ratings Group and others, as referenced in a recent Wall Street Journal article. In that study, the U.S. ranked 14th among 20 countries with a financial literacy rate of 57%.

Granted, financial literacy is a broad term encompassing multi-faceted concepts such as budgeting, saving, investing and borrowing so it may be challenging to make a general assessment among such different criteria.

Why is a financial literacy not more clearly understood by a larger percentage of our population?

Is there a lack of interaction on this topic at the family level, where exposure to “pragmatic” learning often takes place? This may happen either out of fear, lack of subject knowledge, embarrassment or because it’s lower in priority given the many competing topics that surface day to day. For most families, topics related to financial literacy don’t surface frequently. I can remember my own experience of sitting at the kitchen table with my parents, filling out student loan applications as my parents tried to figure out how I was going to pay that year’s tuition. The focus was on getting approved. There were no thoughts or questions that surfaced about what my monthly loan payment would be and how long it would take to pay it off.

Other industry players see a lack of structured or required financial literacy programs or classes at the high school and/or college level as drivers of lower financial literacy. Getting younger people exposed to components of sound financial planning and management early on could have substantial long-term benefits.

I can remember (long ago!) my freshman year at college when credit card companies aggressively promoted credit cards at events such as football games and through constant direct mail offers. Many of my friends took advantage of these offers without fully understanding how quickly balances compounded when the monthly bill was not paid in full.

While not part of my public education, my parents’ bank did promote establishing saving accounts for children, and I remember seeing the balance grow as my account earned interest (at that time saving account interest rates were above 10%!). So, even if not offered as a required course in school, we should get young people exposed to the basics through bank, credit union, community or church sponsored programs. Another alternative is engaging in any of a smorgasbord of diverse and fun online financial learning programs that can stir interest and lay a foundation for lifelong financial literacy.

The subject matter can be difficult to understand. Compounding, diversification and inflation are financial terms commonly “bandied” about, but not easily understood by many Americans. Instead of seeking to better understand the topic, many people end up tuning out. Well, I concede not all aspects of financial literacy can be classified as “fun”. Start off by focusing on an aspect that has relevance for you and is easier to understand and then transition to other areas or topics that are more challenging. I still learn new aspects of financial literacy all the time in my own personal journey.

It’s never too late to become empowered to take control of your financial health, but sometimes taking the initial steps can be the hardest part. Determine what interests you and jump in – either on your own or with help from others.
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Liz Weston says you should use your credit accounts every few months in order to keep them active. What do you think?

Q&A: Credit scores and new accounts

Dear Liz: My spouse signed up for a store credit card to receive a discount on a large purchase. As she has no strong interest in maintaining a line of credit there, is there a simple way of discontinuing this account without affecting our credit scores, given that we may apply for a mortgage in the near future?

If not, is it critical we maintain some frequency of use on this account?

Answer: First, let’s correct a popular misconception that marriage somehow combines your credit records. Assuming she applied for the card in her name alone, this account won’t show up on your credit report or affect your scores.

Issuers vary in their policies on closing inactive accounts, so it’s hard to predict how much activity would prevent the card from being shut down. Typically, though, a small charge every two to three months is enough to keep an account open.
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With credit from Showcase Selections, you get an instant approval. It's easy and it's FAST! FAST! FAST!
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What are your terms and conditions for a new purchase? Great quality? Got it! Low price? Yes! Affordable credit financing? We got that, too. Instant approval? Yes!

Start checking off your wishlist.
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Showcase Selections is the finest niche shopping on the net. Grills, Shears, Homebrew, Aviation, and Bedding (for now) products that are always the best quality and always available with instant approval credit programs.
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When you can get some of those special things with affordable payments!
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Special Purpose Blog Shop - Showcase has a blog. It's a little different. It doesn't get a lot of posts. It's not about info blogging. It's not the diary of a mad or happy or depressed blogger.

It's a message about how you use your new credit account to obtain your wishlist with affordable payments.
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