Sponsor spotlight: ‘Tis the season for gift card fraud

With supply chain snarls still plaguing parts of the U.S. economy, many consumers are turning to gift cards as the holiday present of choice this year. In fact, according to the website Research and Markets, the U.S. gift card industry is expected to reach $188 billion in 2022. Why is gift card fraud such a…

Sponsor spotlight: Secure your home for the winter cold

While snow or extreme cold may not be frequent for us in the Pacific Northwest, when we experience even moderate snow falls or brief cold snaps during the winter, these temperatures can take a big toll on your home. Winter weather can also knock out heat, power and other services to your home, sometimes for…

Sponsor spotlight: Raising a financially savvy child

If you have children or grandchildren, you have an opportunity to give them a jump-start on their journey to becoming financially responsible adults. While teaching your child about money and finances is easier when you start early, it’s never too late to impart your wisdom. Here are some age-relevant suggestions to help develop a financially…

Sponsor spotlight: What these recent tax court cases mean for you

Here’s a roundup of several recent tax court cases and what they mean for you. Thou Shalt Not Commingle Funds (Vorreyer, TC Memo 2022-97, 9/21/22) Don’t let sloppy record keeping prevent you from deducting legitimate business expenses. The Tax Court agreed with the IRS that business expenses must first be deducted on that business’s tax…

Sponsor spotlight: Third annual Wreath Walk Edmonds on now through Dec. 15

Bid on and win your favorite wreath through an online auction For the third year in a row, Art Walk Edmonds (AWE) is presenting Wreath Walk Edmonds. Created in 2020 as a way for artists to show their creativity during the dark days of the pandemic, AWE is continuing the tradition of hanging original, artist-designed…

Sponsor spotlight: Still time to reduce any tax surprises

Consider conducting a final tax planning review now to see if you can still take actions to minimize your taxes this year. Here are some ideas to get you started. Review your income. Begin by determining how your income this year will compare to last year. Since tax rates are the same, this is a good…

Sponsor spotlight: Five simple and stylish home design ideas

Do you spend lazy Saturday afternoons browsing online, wishing you had the budget to hire an interior designer to replicate their artistic interiors? Well-designed rooms don’t always have to come with a huge price tag; designing on a budget may be easier than you think. Many times, by changing small things, a room can take…

Sponsor spotlight: Inflation spikes Social Security for 2023

The Social Security Administration announced a whopping 8.7% boost to monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for 2023. This is on the heels of a 5.9% increase last year. The increase is based on the rise in the Consumer Price Index over the past 12 months ending in September 2022. For those…

Sponsor spotlight: Five ways to jump-start your home remodel

After spending more time at home, over the last several years, you may be ready to change the look and feel of your house. Perhaps you are ready to upgrade your kitchen or add more space. Whatever the impetus, the thought crosses your mind: Maybe it’s time to start a home remodel. If you are…

Sponsor spotlight: Lynnwood Convention Center celebrates Caring Hearts Month

This November the Lynnwood Convention Center has launched Caring Hearts Month, a month-long celebration dedicated to giving back to our community, recognizing our nonprofit partners, bettering our environment, and helping those in need. Events planned for Caring Hearts Month include a food drive benefitting the Lynnwood Food Bank, a warm clothes/coat drive with donations going…

Sponsor spotlight: Scotty’s Food Truck special this week — Fresh Dungeness Crab Roll

Scotty’s Food Truck will feature a Fresh Dungeness Crab Roll special this week. Enjoy a Dungeness crab salad on a fresh grilled roll, served with fries. The truck will be in Edmonds’ Five Corners neighborhood Thursday-Saturday. Call ahead to avoid the wait: 206-795-1615 Five Corners in Edmonds 8330 212th St. S.W. Thursday, Friday and Saturday 4-7:30…

Sponsor spotlight: Ginny’s Girls goes nautical

In the Pacific Northwest, there is no lack of boating fun. Whether it be collecting, boating, repairing, building or just appreciating being out on the water — we have it all. “Ancient ship and boat models have been discovered throughout the Mediterranean, especially from ancient Greece, Egypt and Phoenicia. These models provide archaeologists with valuable…

Sponsor spotlight: Don’t run afoul of the IRS’s Nanny Tax

The IRS is more strictly enforcing rules that determine whether a worker is actually your employee, rather than an independent contractor. So be careful if you regularly pay a gardener, housekeeper, nanny, babysitter or any other household service provider. You don’t want to run afoul of the IRS’s household employee rules, often referred to as…

Sponsor spotlight: Five trendy ways to update your bathroom

Although they serve a specific function, bathrooms don’t need to conform to a utilitarian design. If anything, this space benefits from personalization. From simple contemporary designs to chic, luxurious fixtures, today’s bathroom trends are about creating a relaxing personal retreat. Merge the Indoors with the Outdoors. Blurring the lines between inside and out can create…

Sponsor spotlight: It’s clam chowder weather at Scotty’s Food Truck — in Edmonds’ Five Corners neighborhood Thursday-Saturday

Scotty’s Food Truck will be in Edmonds’ Five Corners neighborhood Thursday-Saturday this week, serving up steaming bowls of their famous clam chowder, along with Blackened Salmon Caesar Salad, fish and chips and more seafood delights. Call ahead to avoid the wait: 206-795-1615 Five Corners in Edmonds 8330 212th St. S.W. Thursday, Friday and Saturday 4-7:30…

Sponsor spotlight: Your business mileage deduction is now more valuable

As of July 1, the IRS’s business mileage rate is now 62.5 cents per mile — an increase of four cents — while the medical and moving mileage also increased by 4 cents, to 22 cents per mile. Here are some tips to make the most of your business’s vehicle expense deduction. Don’t slack on…

Sponsor spotlight: Top five overlooked careers in high demand

There are many jobs in the skilled trades that are in high demand. Rewarding career paths such as carpentry, plumbers and HVACR technicians do not require a four-year degree and have the earning potential of more than $50,000 a year. In fact, many skilled trades offer apprentice opportunities so students can earn while they learn….

Sponsor spotlight: Do you know how to make your home more livable?

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a resounding effect on the way people live — not only in how they interact with those around them, but potentially in how they view their homes as well. More time at home may be changing the way individuals think about how tangible elements such as increasing their capacity to…