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According to Survey, Number of Workers Living Paycheck to Paycheck at Pre-Recession Levels

According to Survey, Number of Workers Living Paycheck to Paycheck at Pre-Recession Levels

As the U.S. keeps a close eye on the stock market; CareerBuilder’s survey shows the financial situation for some households is improving. Forty-two percent of workers say they usually or always live paycheck to paycheck, an improvement from 43 percent in 2010 and in line with levels seen back in 2007. The number of workers who have missed a bill payment has decreased year-over-year; one-in-five (20 percent) say they have missed payments on bills in the last year, slightly improved from 22 percent at this time last year. This is according to a new nationwide survey of more than 5,200 workers by CareerBuilder that was conducted from May 18 to June 3, 2011.

Academy Sports + Outdoors Fully Stocked for Florida's Tax-Free Weekend

Academy Sports + Outdoors Fully Stocked for Florida's Tax-Free Weekend

Academy Sports + Outdoors is fully stocked with back-to-school apparel, backpacks and kids footwear for Florida’s tax-free weekend Aug. 12 through 14. Nearly all items we carry  will meet the state's limit on individual items being under $75 thanks to our everyday low prices. Academy’s apparel line caters to elementary through high school students, and our selection will help kids and parents begin this school year in style at the best price.

Florida's back-to-school sales tax holiday runs this weekend

Shoppers prepare to swipe your debit cards.

Florida's sales tax holiday starts Friday at one minute after midnight and lasts through Sunday.

The three-day back-to-school tax holiday eliminates state and local taxes on more than 130 items, including certain clothes, footwear and backpacks costing $75 or less.

Carnival Adds More Four & Five-day Cruises Out of Jacksonville

Carnival Adds More Four & Five-day Cruises Out of Jacksonville

Carnival Cruise Lines canceled its seven-day sailings out of Jacksonville this year, opting instead to add more shorter cruises from the Florida port.

According to a Carnival spokesman, the line announced a short series of seven-day cruises on the 2,052-passenger Carnival Fascination, to complement the ship's year-round, four- and five-day cruises from Jacksonville.

Levy Jewelers Celebrates New Facebook Fan Page with Giveaway

Levy Jewelers Celebrates New Facebook Fan Page with Giveaway

Levy Jewelers Jacksonville has launched a brand new Facebook Fan Page (www.facebook.com/LevyJewelersJax). To celebrate the new Fan Page, Levy Jewelers is giving away a Michael Kors Timepiece to one lucky fan. Details on how to win can be found here: https://sites.google.com/site/levyjewelers/
The contest ends Sunday, August 7th, 2011.

Two-Tier Gas Pricing Catching Customers Unaware

Two-Tier Gas Pricing Catching Customers Unaware

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- What gas customers see advertised may not be the price they pay at the pump.

It's because of something gas inspection experts call two-tier pricing.

In response to many questions from viewers about the different pricing, First Coast News asked why, if it's legal and what you can do about it.

Gas stations using two-tier pricing advertise one price for cash (or company-specific credit cards, such as Shell or Chevron), but display another price at the pump for credit cards.

"They just pull up to the pump to get their gas and then realize, 'Oh, they charged me more than what that sign said,'" explained Roberta Lawson, a supervisor for petroleum inspection in North Florida.

The practice is popular in South Florida but it's becoming more common on the First Coast, according to Lawson.

The reason stations do it may be because of steep vendor credit card fees.

New Daily Deal Web Site Coming to the First Coast

First Coast News is launching a brand new daily deal Web site called DealChicken

Here’s how DealChicken works: Consumers sign up to receive future daily deals by visiting www.dealchicken.com. The deals are sent to consumers’ e-mail addresses.

Once the site launches, you’ll get one amazing deal delivered to your inbox per day. These will range from excellent deals on food at some of your favorite restaurants, to massive discounts on a round of golf, tanning, etc.