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Top New Year’s Resolutions for 2018

According to a new survey from the Better Sleep Council, 45% of Americans who make 2018 resolutions don’t make much of an effort to keep them and of this 45%, about 9 million Americans won’t make any effort at all.

A majority of respondents (88%) considered making New…

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Wabi-sabi and Chokers Among the Key Trends of 2018, Etsy Predicts

E-commerce website Etsy has read the tea leaves, and found the hot items to watch in 2018.

Etsy trend expert Dayna Isom Johnson has rounded up her predictions for the hot items to watch in 2018, and they’re exactly what we need this year: we’re welcoming imperfection…

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More Companies Are Offering Health and Wellness Programs

More companies are offering health and wellness programs this year than ever before, according to a study by staffing firm OfficeTeam.

In a recent survey from staffing firm OfficeTeam, two-thirds of HR managers (66%) reported their organization has expanded their health and wellness offerings in the past five years…

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Retailers Are Making It Hard to Cut Spending in the New Year

Did you make a New Year’s resolution to spend less money on consumer “things” in 2018? Are you still paying off credit card debt run up during the holidays? Prepare to be tempted.

According to “savings destination” RetailMeNot, there are quite a few deals to be had this month…

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Unemployment Rates Lower in Most Metro Areas

Unemployment rates were lower in November than a year earlier in 304 of the 388 metropolitan areas, higher in 67 areas, and unchanged in 17 areas, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has reported.

Sixty-nine areas had jobless rates of less than 3.0 percent and three areas…

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Pet Obesity Is On the Rise

Data from insurer Nationwide reveals that pet obesity is on the rise for the seventh straight year.

Nationwide members filed more than 1.4 million pet insurance claims in 2016, of which 20 percent were for conditions and diseases related to pet obesity- equaling a sum of more than $62…

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Americans Plan to Avoid Sugar, Eat More Sustainably in 2018

Most (67 percent) Americans will be prioritizing healthy or socially-conscious food purchases in 2018, according to a new survey from product transparency specialist Label Insight.

Americans’ primary point of emphasis is cutting back on sugars, with nearly half of consumers (47 percent) planning to eat less sugar or buy…

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Home Sweet (Unaffordable) Home

In many large cities, more than 50% of households cannot afford a home, according to a new study from personal finance news and features website GOBankingRates.com.

Six cities on the U.S. coasts have a 70 percent or higher percentage of households that can’t afford a home.

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Brick-and-Mortar Pet Lovers

Here’s some good news for pet store owners: the majority of dog and cat owners still buy their pet food from traditional brick and mortar stores, according to research firm Packaged Facts.

In fact, roughly 80% of dog and cat owners purchase all pet food from physical stores such…

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