Business Buzz: Final days of Craig’s downtown shopping incentive this week |

Business Buzz: Final days of Craig’s downtown shopping incentive this week

The Downtown Business Association will run the Locals Love You More contest through Wednesday.

The contest, which began Oct. 1, allows customers to collect their receipts from purchases made at participating downtown business, and for every $250 spent, they will receive an entry in a drawing for donated prizes.

The first wave of Locals Love You More took place during the summer, and more than 40 winners walked away with Spree Bucks, gift certificates and valuable merchandise.

If you have receipts from your Christmas shopping, be sure to get them entered at The Kitchen Shop, 577 Yampa Ave., or Favorite Things, 584 Yampa Ave.

For more information about entering, call 970-824-7898 or 970-824-8148.

Better Business Bureau: Use free time to get jump start on 2015

Many people take the last of their allotted annual paid time off at the end of the year and find themselves at home with lots of time on their hands. The Better Business Bureau recommends five ways to use that time constructively to benefit your life.

Prepare for April 15

Use some of your holiday down time to start organizing your tax papers and receipts and either start on your taxes yourself or call a tax professional to set up an appointment in January.

Back up important documents and photos

If you don’t already, back up important documents and photos via a portable hard drive or back them up to the cloud. The key to a good backup system is ease, security and flexibility.

Put your final wishes in writing

Now is a good time to either create or revisit your will. If your estate is fairly simple, you may choose to write your own will with the help of online templates or services. Those with more complicated estates will want to enlist the help of an attorney.

Set up health checks

How long has it been since you visited the dentist or went in for an annual exam? Putting off health maintenance, like regular visits to the doctor, is a recipe for bigger health issues later on. Pick up the phone and schedule routine visits for you and your children.

Revisit budget items

Rather than routinely pay your TV or phone provider or pay for other big-ticket items, take a few minutes now to find out what you’re paying and for what. For example, do you really need 250 TV channels? Could you save money by switching cellphone carriers?

For more consumer tips and information, visit

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