RUN IN COLOR Join Us in Support of Big Brothers Big Sisters! For the past four years, Rue & Primavera has sponsored a well-deserving organization with our Run IN Color event. In 2013, over 200 runners raised $3,000 for the Citizens of Domestic Violence; in 2014, we raised $7,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project; and in 2015, we raised $4,000 for the Soroptimist Dream It, Be It program! This year, we hope to make a big impact on our friends at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Island County was founded on the mission to provide children facing adversity with strong, enduring, professionally supported, one-on-one relationships that change their lives for the better. As a preventative program, the goal of Big Brothers Big Sisters is to reinforce positive attributes in children and help them become confident and caring adults within their communities. We are so excited to sponsor Big Brothers Big Sisters this year. Join us for Run IN Color on August 19, 2017. Registration for the 5K is $20, and registration for the quarter-mile dash is $10. The races will take place in Windjammer Park, and registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. The 5K will begin at 9 a.m., and the quarter-mile dash will begin at 10 a.m. Please remember to bring water! People of all ages are encouraged to register for this fun-filled event where runners in white T-shirts will be dusted with beautiful colors made of cornstarch and food coloring. The wetter your shirt is, the better the colors will stick to you! It is also advised that participants wear sunglasses to keep the powder out of their eyes. We will provide masks. Individuals with breathing problems or asthma should not attend this event.
Making More Cents This Micro-Investment App Puts Your Spare Change to Work Technology has mastered the art of loose change. For decades, pennies and nickels have littered our couches and car seats — or, in the case of the more organized collector, filled up a five-gallon water jug. CoinStar revolutionized scrounging with an easy-to-use machine that eats your change and spits out cash vouchers in return, for a cut of the treasure. Now that cards are king, a new app has hit the market that puts your virtual “change” to work. Acorns is a micro-investing app that invests your extra cents without you even noticing. The app syncs to your debit card, and whenever you make a purchase, the app will round up to the nearest dollar and put the excess into your own diversified portfolio. If you go grocery shopping and your total comes to $44.26, the app will automatically run your card for $45 and invest the extra 74 cents.
Most people want to put their money to work but feel like they don’t have any to spare. The purpose of the app is to simplify the process so anyone can do it. It automatically sends your money into a diversified exchange traded fund (or ETF) of over 7,000 stocks and bonds. With a 256-bit encryption, it’s as secure as using a bank, and your money is protected against fraud for up to $500,000. It feels hands-off, but you can also take control of whether you’re money is invested daily, weekly, monthly, or just one time. You can also withdraw your money at any time for no cost. Additional features include Found Money, in which select partners of Acorns will automatically invest money back into your account when you spend with them. It’s like getting cash back for purchases, only it’s cash forward . Those companies include Kohl’s, Dollar Shaving Club, Airbnb, and others. The service costs $1 per month, which is chump change. After your account surpasses $5,000, the fee becomes 0.25 percent (at $10,000, that’s $2.50). High numbers like that are the ultimate goal, and they’re attainable. If you accrue $5 every few days, within five years you’ll have invested around $3,000. Imagine how many five-gallon jugs that would fill!
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You can learn about additional features at Acorns.com. The app is available in the app store.
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