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How should I hunker?

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Q: A new word has been coined by all the stations broadcasting storm and evacuation information. I’ve looked in the dictionary, nothing. So I turn to You. I’ve been trying, but I’m having trouble with, “hunkering down.” Do I squat low, lay down, look for hunks of stuff or what? What is the origin of this new word please?

Pre-paid cards for kids?

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Q: I’ve seen lots of companies marketing pre-paid debit cards for kids. They seem to position them as a way parents can set spending limits for their children. Do you think these are a good idea? It seems to me they are just a form of conditioning to get kids to rely on cards.

Bridging divides

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My husband and I, both employees at the University of Virginia, had been keeping our eyes on South Carolina’s weather forecast all last week.  When it looked like the chances for seeing the eclipse outweighed the chances for rain, we decided to make the trip and picked Spartanburg as our destination.  We set out from outside of Charlottesville,

Private school is busting savings

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Q: Our three kids are enrolled in a private Christian school. It’s a great place, and we truly believe our kids are getting a wonderful, faith-based education, but the tuition is pretty expensive. We’ve already had to start digging into our savings to make this happen, and the kids are only in elementary school.

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