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As if the holidays weren't crazy enough this year I added a week + stay to the hospital with another week of ER and Dr visits. NOT FUN. Because I am not already running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to get everyone the perfect gifts, make trays of fabulous goodies and of course fit in all the *extra* activities that seem to accumulate this time of year. Oh, wait, yes, I am.
Thankfully, this year Bank of America has come to the rescue with some time-saving tips that actually make sense (and are good year-round, but especially helpful for getting everything you need done during the holiday season).
* Bank on the go: It’s easy to set up mobile banking and secure access to your money wherever you are. Download the mobile banking app and you can check balances, transfer money, pay bills, and locate ATMs. Sign up for text banking and you’ll be able to send a text message to get your balance instantly in a reply.
* Make quick and easy deposits: Holiday means a lot of extra work, so eliminate the labor of depositing checks. With Bank of America’s Deposit Image ATMs, you simply feed checks or cash into the ATM with no envelopes or deposit slips required. You get images of your checks and a list of cash deposited on your receipt as proof.
* Save a trip to the bank: Don’t worry about making an extra stop to the bank during all of your holiday shopping. Keep track of your spending by using Bank of America’s online banking: set up alerts, check balances, and transfer money.
Here are a few of my favorite holiday tips to help you keep your sanity:
When gifting, go green: Go green and get back some green with your gift-wrapping by reusing paper products you may already have around the house, like newspaper and even left-over wallpaper. According to the Clean Air Council, in the U.S. alone, four million tons of waste is generated during the holidays from wrapping paper and shopping bags.
“Check in” before you check out: Consider splitting your bulk purchases with a friend by “checking in” before you check out, using location-based cell phone apps like FourSquare and Facebook Places. With the real-time location check-in, you will know when a friend is nearby to take advantage of those warehouse savings and special offers with you.
Road trip rules: Seasoned holiday road-travelers live by three simple rules: 1) invest in a quick pass to whiz past hour-long lines at the tolls, 2) plot out where to get the cheapest gas along the way by using the “gas prices” feature on MapQuest, and 3) pre-pack energy-boosting snacks and beverages to avoid crowded rest stops and fast-food joints.
You can find loads more tips at http://www.bankofamerica.com/solutions and you can follow them on twitter @BofA_Tips for moret time- saving and other financial tips.
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