Business and development

Smart shopping series: be a “pawn star”

This week we’ve told you about some alternative places for holiday shopping including consignment stores and thrift shops. And there’s still antother holiday shopping venue you may want to consider. More people are finding the perfect gift at the local pawn shop. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/PawnShopWRAP.mp3]

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Smart shopping series: thinking thrifty

Huge sales and big bargains the day after Thanksgiving herald the holiday season as shoppers search for the best deals. WUFT-FM’s Hannah Schrader brings us the second installment of WUFT-FM’s holiday shopping series, showing this year, shoppers are looking for savings that go beyond Black Friday and Cyber Monday–and they’re …

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Smart shopping series: One person’s “last season” is another one’s “trend”

The holiday shopping season is an expensive time of the year for many Americans. WUFT-FM begins a look at some smart shopping options today. Shelby Vest says consignment stores will give back to you with cash for your clothes, while giving you breaks on new purchases as well. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/ConsignmentStoresWrap.mp3] A …

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Gainesville biz owners encourage local holiday shopping to help area economy

The holiday season is upon us and that means Americans will be spending more than usual. Where consumers decide to spend their money can have an impact on their community. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Shannon McCarthy reports, consumers should weigh their options before taking out their checkbooks. [audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/ShannonMcCarthyProject.mp3] News sources:  Chairman …

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Not all donations end in holiday cheer

In the midst of holiday cheer, it can be easy to get caught in the spirit of giving and forget to protect your own assets.  The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services website offers a number of tips, but Department Spokesman Sterling Ivey says one of the easiest precautions …

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Keeping your name off the credit “naughty list”

During hard economic times, holiday shoppers see gift-giving as a source of stress rather than cheer. President and CEO of Campbridge Credit Counseling Christopher Viale says creating a budget is the key to staying debt free after the holidays. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/Viale1.mp3] And creating that budget can be easy. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/Viale3.mp3] Viale adds …

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Fishing for job growth in Citrus County

With the recent approval of a blue tilapia farm outside of Citrus Springs, Citrus County is showing its support for small businesses. Citrus County Operations and Projects officer Gary Maidhof says the approval of the farm gives hope for the county which was hit hard by unemployment. [audio:https://www.wuft.org/news/files/2011/12/Maidhof1.mp3] He says …

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