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Personal Finance – Spend Less and Give More this Holiday Season

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If you've already finished your holiday shopping - probably last year during the after-Christmas sales - congratulations (or "bah!" depending on you outlook). For the rest of us, the shopping season that starts Friday can be stressful - and the bills that start to roll in next January are even worse.

Before you leave the house to face the buying frenzy, take a few minutes to prepare yourself - and your wallet.

Give Colorado Products this Holiday Season

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Memories of juicy peaches and crisp sweet corn are fading as the summer produce season has past, but the holidays are another great time to buy local. Many Colorado farmers are extending their growing seasons, and farmers' markets are moving indoors for the fall and winter.  The Colorado Department of Agriculture's Winter Farmers' Market List provides information about markets statewide.

Free Driftwood at Lake Pueblo

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Shorter days and cooler nights produce fireplace weather and to help keep the public warm, Lake Pueblo State Park is again inviting visitors to gather free firewood from the shorelines within park boundaries.

Between November 15 and December 15, driftwood found along the lake shores may be taken for free by visitors. No other wood, including limbs and branches on live or dead standing trees, may be gathered.

Permits are unlimited and can be obtained at the park's Visitor Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., seven days-a-week.

5 Things to Know this Benefits Enrollment Season

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(StatePoint) Benefits open enrollment season can be a confusing time for many employees. But rather than make decisions you don't feel confident about, take a bit of extra time to become better informed. Luckily, these days, there is a wealth of resources available online, and getting your questions answered is easier than ever, according to experts.

Here are five reasons insurance professionals say you should take your benefits conversation online.

6 Tips to Prepare Landscape Trees for Winter

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Landscape trees in urban and community settings throughout Colorado are going dormant now, and they require care before and during the winter to remain in top health. Homeowners can take measures this fall and through the spring to help their trees through the oncoming harsh conditions, says Keith Wood, community forestry program manager for the Colorado State Forest Service. 

3 Tips for Setting the Perfect Holiday Table

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(BPT) - Every holiday season, you invest hours planning and preparing the perfect menu for each celebration you host. While easy and fun may be the name of the game for buffet-style events, when it's a sit-down soiree, the delightful cuisine you produce deserves a presentation worthy of your efforts. A beautifully set table can elevate your holiday dinner from just great to simply perfect.