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Tips for safe, healthy, joyous holiday season

 Shopping mall during the holidaysThe holiday season is a joyous time of year—but it’s not without potential consumer hazards. For years, NCL has offered advice for protecting your health and wallet during the holidays, ranging from tips on serving delicious and safe meals, to avoiding falling victim to charity scams, and making sure seasonal workers know how to identify wage theft. This year, our gift to our readers: a roundup of NCL’s best holiday advice.

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Travel plans need to change? Airlines see dollar signs

 Man on cell phone at airportA central fact of life is that sometimes things happen that consumers can’t expect or plan for. This can make planning for a vacation or other travel a tricky endeavor for even the most careful consumer. An unexpected family illness or injury, for example, could mean that flights to Disneyworld need to be rescheduled or cancelled altogether.  What is a consumer to do? Consider travel insurance? Not so fast.

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LifeSmarts 2013: What a competition!

2013 LifeSmarts Champions with trophyAfter four exciting days of individual assessments, group activities, and team buzzer matches, the Paxon School for Advanced Studies from Jacksonville, Florida outlasted 38 other teams from around the country to claim the title of LifeSmarts champion in the annual national competition. This year’s championship in Atlanta was the biggest competition ever, featuring teams from 35 states, the District of Columbia, and two student organizations, FCCLA and FBLA.

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