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Mon, 05 Dec 2016 18:15:48 -0500
Every year, what should be a fun outdoor occasion for family and friends instead turns into tragedy at nearly 9,000 homes, causing deaths, injuries and tens of millions in property damage. Your Trusted Choice® independent insuranc...
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:04:11 -0400
Like many entrepreneurs, you may have begun your catering business as the sole cook and bottle washer. But at some point, you will discover that going it alone not only impedes growth, but is a recipe for burnout and collapse. And ...
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:01:27 -0400
Location is one of the first decisions any caterer must face. Where will the prep work be done? Where will the cooking take place? Where will the food be served? All important questions when it comes to your risk.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:03:22 -0400
Choosing to serve alcohol comes with potential risks and complexities that you must consider before adding alcohol and service to your menu.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 18:04:54 -0400
Welcome to the world of food trucks! When you picture building your catering business, is the image more truck than tent? The mobile food industry has a long and tasty history in the U.S.
Tue, 11 Oct 2016 17:59:58 -0400
Congratulations! Your name is the first that springs to mind when your family and friends think "great food." Your snacks are supreme, your deserts to die for and your specialities truly spectacular. In fact, you think it may be ti...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:10 -0400
Celebrating a child’s birthday is a joyous occasion for family and friends. Parents strive to fulfill their children’s wishes on their special day, but often, those wishes come with a hefty price tag. Years ago, simple house p...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:09 -0400
Typically, a homeowner does not pay a higher insurance premium if a gun is present in the home. But gun owners should take heed regarding extenuating factors. For example, if you own expensive or antique firearms, your policy may n...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:43 -0500
It’s a rite of passage for college students to don cap and gown and march across the stage for graduation ceremonies- in fact, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) almost 1.85 million students will gra...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:43 -0500
CONTEST DESCRIPTION: Twitter users who have purchased a new home between September 1, 2014 and May 31, 2015 can “Tweet” a photo of themselves, or family and friends, to the official Trusted Choice Twitter Account (@Trusted_Choi...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:43 -0500
College graduation! The pictures, the gown, the caps in the air, the world awaits! Yet many recent graduates will find themselves awaiting that world after returning to live in their parents’ home. Whether due to lifestyle chang...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:43 -0500
Potholes got you down? We understand. After this past winter’s severe weather, many motorists are experiencing costly vehicle damage from potholes. A survey conducted by Trusted Choice® and IIABA found that from 2009 to 2014 hal...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:43 -0500
Three weeks and 132 teams (68 men; 64 women). Single elimination. Last one standing is the champion. For college basketball, does it get any better than this?
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:09 -0400
You’ve seen the television shows and the excessive social media posts—some people are really racking up savings by using coupons when shopping. But while manufacturers and stores create coupons to provide discounts to consumers...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:42 -0500
No, we are not implying you fancy yourself the next Washington or Lincoln. But are you the proud owner or founder of one of the estimated 59% of established businesses in the United States that operate from a home? Then, even if yo...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:09 -0400
Who says you need to be married to purchase a home? According to Bloomberg.com, single Americans make up more than half of the adult population—and many of them want to create their own version of the American Dream. Contacting a...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:42 -0500
2015 is just days away, and that means it’s time to get your finances in order. Many people find it easy to begin the journey during the first week of January, but by March, bad habits begin to resurface.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:42 -0500
Whether your personal kickoff celebration involves college or NFL football or a traditional launch into the upcoming year-end holidays, it’s party time! And while for some folks the planning of the ultimate bacchanalian revel is ...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:09 -0400
When the chill starts creeping in through the windows and doors, it's time to get ready for the big freeze. We've put together a quick and easy checklist, so you can prepare your home for the cold with confidence. Some of these ite...
Tue, 08 Mar 2016 10:49:24 -0500
Are your kids this Halloween dreaming of Spiderman or Elsa, the Snow Queen of “Frozen”? Whether they want to be costumed princesses or saviors of the city, your kids are focused on the fun. But your Trusted Choice® agent knows...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:09 -0400
For many American children, summer vacation isn’t complete without a visit to an amusement park or a stop at a local carnival. Some parents may worry, however, about just how safe their children are when they get on these rides. ...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:09 -0400
Thirty-eight thousand: According to the annual summary from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), that is the number of Americans who suffered leaf-raking injuries in 2012.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:41 -0500
Just like every other bride or groom, you have a laundry list of things to do before the big day. Steak or chicken, seating charts and color choices are taking over your life! And while other couples are fighting for every weekend ...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:09 -0400
Watering the lawn is something home owners do every day. It seems harmless enough. In fact, many people do it on autopilot, setting up sprinkler systems and timers to water automatically. But in rare cases, watering your lawn can c...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:41 -0500
It’s an absolutely beautiful summer day, and the forecast for the next few days is even better. Suddenly, renting a convertible for a leisurely drive down the coast or a trail bike for a ride in the countryside seems like the per...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:41 -0500
Do your vacation plans this summer include sailing the sunny seas to remote climes? Onshore adventures featuring jeeps and zip lines? Driving golf balls into the ocean? Will your daily wardrobe range from a bathing suit at the pool...
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:23:10 -0400
We gathered some tips and tricks from the best minds in the business to help you get a great deal on your boat purchase.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:41 -0500
You’ve picked out the table linen, found your dream venue, and figured out a way to seat all of your family members in one room without them strangling one another—it must be time for your wedding! Family conflicts included, as...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:09 -0400
If you're preparing to host your first pool party for little ones, you have a lot to think about. Before themes, decorations, food, and games, the first priority of every pool party host is the safety of the guests, especially the ...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:09 -0400
Even if you’re housebound and only know about the outside world via TV (a frightening thought!), you know families have come a long way from “Ozzie and Harriet” to “Modern Family.” Yet even the modern sitcom doesn’t ful...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:40 -0500
The sun is shining, the flowers are beginning to bloom, and the mop is waiting! Organizing closets, shampooing carpets, and cleaning out the garage are all important, but we have a few key items you should add—they will make your...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:21:01 -0400
It’s almost spring, and for classic car enthusiasts across the U.S., that means car show season is upon us. Read on to find some tips and tricks for collector car maintenance, to get you to the show in style.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:40 -0500
If your family member raced into the living room screaming, “May Day! May Day!” would you prefer they be announcing a party for May 1 or a personal data disaster Mayday?
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:40 -0500
As the weather heats up, motorcycle enthusiasts across the U.S. prepare their bikes for the first ride of spring. Make sure your bike and your riding partner are ready to get back on the road again with the following motorcycle pas...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:40 -0500
Even though we are big fans of insurance and its valuable place in your protection planning, we also understand this basic truth: No one wants to have a claim.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:44 -0400
You’ve heard about “green.” You know it has to do with eco-friendly buildings, vehicles and systems. Now you’re hearing more and more insurance companies touting “green” offerings. What does this mean to you? ...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:21:01 -0400
There aren’t many options available when it’s time to part with a beloved (or hated) vehicle. You can trade it in, sell it to a dealer or private party, give it to a friend, or consider a car donation in exchange for a tax dedu...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:40 -0500
Ah, those first warm breezes of spring! Soon even the most devout winter couch potato’s dreams turn from football on television to those long-harbored visions of a major landscaping project or exterior home refresh. It’s not ju...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:21:01 -0400
Is it necessary to warm up your car? Conventional wisdom says that warming up your car is a must, especially on frigid days. Unfortunately for many American cars, this is one instance when conventional wisdom is just plain wrong. ...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:40 -0500
President’s Day Weekend is here and if you’re in the market to buying a car, you should keep a few things in mind.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:39 -0500
No, we’re not suggesting that Punxsutawney Phil has swapped his expertise in meteorology for a new career in loss prevention. As far as we know, Phil remains happily devoted to his annual February 2 prediction ritual, where, even...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:09 -0400
A guide on making a purchase that will make your fiancée, bank account, and Trusted Choice® independent insurance agent say “Yes!”
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:39 -0500
It’s snowing in much of the U.S., and that means snowmobile adventures for millions of enthusiasts. It can be dangerous to hit the trails and slopes in frigid weather, but with the right preparation and equipment, you can keep sl...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:39 -0500
Soaring deer populations and weather conditions during travel this season can be a dangerous combination for motorists — especially uninsured ones. Animals, particularly deer, are a factor in many traffic accidents. Although mos...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:39 -0500
It’s that time of year when thousands do the math: New Year's resolution plus overeating holiday food equals gym membership. No doubt the annual membership offers have already begun arriving in your mailbox.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:39 -0500
You’ve seen it in Yellow Page ads and on the side of work vans. As an individual, what does a “licensed, bonded, and insured” contractor mean to you?
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:39 -0500
“Am I overpaying?” That’s a question that every consumer asks from time to time. Everyone is curious and concerned as to whether he or she is getting a good value for the money, whether it’s for a candy bar, a car or an ai...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:39 -0500
It’s summer, and thoughts of Americans everywhere turn to water. Whether it’s in the pool, on the lake, at the ocean or in the river, water draws people almost magnetically as the weather turns hot. In fact, swimming pool trade...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:39 -0500
The entertainment value in a summertime get-together can be in the camaraderie and storytelling. But don’t let your next backyard barbecue turn into a tale of woe, to be retold years from now.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:38 -0500
About one of four Americans buys jewelry, spending $2,000 per year on average, and industry experts expect jewelry sales to grow by at least 5% annually through 2025. Those who don’t buy shiny things for Valentine’s Day may pre...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:38 -0500
From playing ultimate Frisbee in the rain to pulling all-nighters hopped up on nothing but a 12-pack of energy drinks, college students don’t always make the right decisions when it comes to their health. And breaking an arm duri...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:38 -0500
Oh how the times have changed. In 1950, eight in 10 households were occupied by married couples. According to the 2000 U.S. Census, that number declined to 51.7%; the balance being singles and couples living together who are not ma...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:38 -0500
The biggest fire in the U.S. took place Oct. 8, 1872 in Peshtigo, Wis. The blaze burned 16 towns, killed 1,152 people, and burned 1.2 million acres, according to the National Fire Protection Agency. Historical accounts of the fire ...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:38 -0500
The most frequently asked question about life insurance is: Do I need it? The answer depends greatly on your situation. So, let’s determine if you need it. Review these statements and check all that apply:
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:38 -0500
In the thick of an economic slump, many consumers aren’t likely to have “buy life insurance” at the top of their to-do lists. Yet life insurance is indispensable. Parents and business owners—indeed, anyone who has people d...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:38 -0500
You’ve seen it in Yellow Page ads and on the side of work vans. As an individual, what does a “licensed, bonded, and insured” contractor mean to you?
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:38 -0500
Experienced landlords will agree that there is nothing quite as comforting as a good tenant; especially if the tenant spends his own money making improvements to your building during the lease term.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:06 -0400
If you’re like most Americans, your home is your largest investment, so you know how important it is to protect it. You probably take safety precautions and have insurance that will cover you in case of a loss.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:37 -0500
If you’re giving and getting gifts this holiday season, think about protecting the gifts. Americans spend handsomely during the holidays. The U.S. Department of Commerce estimated that U.S. retail sales for the fourth quarter of ...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:06 -0400
In December 2010, Honda joined the list frequented by major financial institutions and retailers, suffering a breach of customer data thought to affect over 2 million Honda owners. Stories such as these send shockwaves through indu...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:37 -0500
The cellular phone — society’s quintessential example of luxury turned necessity. There are more than 250 million of them in America alone, and if history repeats itself, more than 600,000 phones will sit comfortably against th...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:06 -0400
The pace of existing-home sales dropped more than 8 percent from January 2008 to January 2009, reported the National Association of Realtors. Home values declined for 76 percent of all U.S. homes during 2008, estimated Zillow.com. ...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:37 -0500
Each Monday through the end of 2011, a trivia question will be asked via a post on our "Wall" at www.facebook.com/TrustedChoice to which the answer can be found on www.trustedchoice.com.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:40 -0400
Could your car’s worst enemy be…a shopping cart? How could a motor-less, four-wheeled wannabe pose such a threat to a proper automobile? Believe it or not, one of the most common causes of body damage to a car is the dings and ...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:37 -0500
The environment in which women now live, work and care for their families is much different from previous eras. Women juggle many roles: career, marriage, motherhood, caregiver to aging parents. And, even in dual income families, w...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:37 -0500
In the throes of an economic recession, millions of consumers today are cutting back on discretionary spending—and are even tightening up on the necessities. Now is an excellent time to review your insurance coverages with your T...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:36 -0500
Pools present dangers, particularly for young kids. Each year, some 3,500 deaths—about 10 per day—are cause by drowning, according to The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). And another 4,000 people are treated at...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:21:00 -0400
Should the age or value of your car make any difference to the cost of your auto insurance? For some insurance coverages, the answer is no.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:36 -0500
Independent insurance agents not only advise clients about insurance, but they’re disaster readiness consultants. It is imperative to know what your risks are and what to do in the event of a hurricane.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:06 -0400
Today more than 43 million Americans are operating full- or part-time businesses from the comfort of their homes, and these numbers continue to grow every year. One of the secrets to running a successful home-based business is bein...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:40 -0400
In recent years, more and more building owners are becoming fascinated with the concept of the “triple net lease.” A primary reason for the interest is that the terms of such a lease require the tenant of the building purchase ...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:36 -0500
If there is threat of a wildfire, warnings will be issued. Listen to your local radio or TV news program for the latest information
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:36 -0500
The end of summer seems to be peak time for natural disasters. Often, Labor Day weekend newscasts include stories about a hurricane, flood, tornado or wildfire happening somewhere in the United States.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:35 -0500
Uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage (referred to as UM or UIM, respectively), is a unique form of auto insurance in that it gives drivers an added opportunity to protect themselves from “out there”—specifically, all t...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:35 -0500
Severe weather from Tropical Storm Isaac continues to impact the Gulf Coast region. As Mississippi and Louisiana residents recover from Isaac’s wrath, Trusted Choice® advises consumers to be cautious when returning to devastated...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:06 -0400
Ever drive down the street and see a front yard with a trench that looks like someone is dredging a channel from the front door to the street? While a select few may be installing an expensive irrigation system, most are having the...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:35 -0500
Independent insurance agents not only advise clients about insurance, but they’re disaster readiness consultants. We recommend meeting with a Trusted Choice® independent insurance agent who can consult with you in assessing your...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:35 -0500
As millions of Americans look for ways to stretch their budgets to survive these tough economic times, too many are not utilizing all of the discounts that may be available to them in their homeowner and auto insurance, according t...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:06 -0400
Most people know that a homeowners or renter’s insurance policy is crucial when it comes to protecting your home from a fire or other disaster. However, if you want to safeguard your valuables from the unexpected, there’s anoth...
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:39:24 -0400
Most Americans view auto insurance as necessary to protect against the costs of a car accident. Likewise, it’s common knowledge that homeowners insurance helps families rebuild their lives and homes. An “umbrella” policy is n...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:34 -0500
Talk to your insurance agent about the need for flood insurance. Nearly all communities in the United States have access to flood insurance. In addition, even if your lender/mortgagee doesn't require flood insurance, this doesn't m...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:07 -0400
As early as they start school, children become involved in extra-curricular activities. Adults charged with getting groups of kids from home or school to the ball field and back home again are usually more concerned with maintainin...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:06 -0400
You have a computer. So who doesn’t? According to the latest reports, the vast majority of Americans have at lest one personal computer at home. And many count themselves among the “multi-wired” households, with one or more P...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:34 -0500
Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve—these holidays mean celebrations, many of them in decorated homes filled with merry-making family members and friends.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:07 -0400
According to surveys, nearly one in four Americans are operating some form of home-based business. These businesses range from relatively small, often part-time pursuits such as tax preparation or small appliance repair, to larger,...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:40 -0400
The damage caused by the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan caught the world by surprise. The devastation was indescribable at the local level. Also shocking were the resulting losses by businesses thousands of miles from t...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:40 -0400
With more than 2,000 companies offering life insurance, there is stiff competition for your business and a wide array of policy choices, too. So how do you navigate all these choices? You’ll want to read on to learn how to select...
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:39:24 -0400
What are the odds that someone who trips and falls down your front steps will sue for anything less than several hundred thousand dollars? Does “slim to none” come to mind?
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:33 -0500
Haul out the holly, string up the lights, and hang the stockings by the chimney (with care)! The holiday season is finally here, which means it’s time to deck the halls with all kinds of festive decorations.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:21:19 -0400
As the holiday season approaches, millions of Americans will take to the roads to visit family and friends. Since many will make the trip in a rented car, it’s an appropriate time to discuss one of the most frequently asked quest...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:33 -0500
This weekend, millions of people will ring in the New Year with friends, family, and loved ones. However, amidst all the festivities, toasts, and celebrating, safety can quickly take a backseat to a good time – especially when al...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:41 -0400
If you live in a home in a developed area or subdivision, there’s a reasonable chance that you are a member of a homeowner’s association. The same is true if your pad is a condominium.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:32 -0500
Each year, almost 16 million people in the United States, most of them between the ages of 18 and 22, leave the comfort of their homes to attend college. They will dive into textbooks, exams and other activities designed to prepare...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:32 -0500
1. Break down all boxes into small pieces and discard them in non-clear trash bags. 2. Keep gifts hidden from view at outside windows.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:41 -0400
In the midst of the festive and hectic holiday atmosphere, it is easy to forget the serious responsibility involved with hosting a party at your home or business. In many states, individuals and employers hosting holiday parties ca...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:32 -0500
The holidays are almost here, which means hauling out the holly, stringing up the lights, and dashing through the snow. The holidays also mean lots of fun, festive parties to celebrate the season. These celebrations usually feature...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:41 -0400
As a homebuilder, you spent your life making sure the work you did was safe and sufficient. Every year you purchased a commercial general liability (CGL) policy just in case. You made it many years with no claims and want to reward...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:32 -0500
As the owner of a small business, you understand better than anyone the meaning of “risk.” The key is to know understand how much risk you can afford, and when or where is the right place to take risk.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:32 -0500
If someone asks you if your firm has a catastrophe plan, how would you respond? Would your answer sound something like this: “There’s nothing in writing, however, if something happened that compromised our ability to earn we ha...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:41 -0400
One very visible result of the economic downturn is an increase in commercial vacancies across virtually all categories—and that could be leaving owners far more exposed than they realize.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:31 -0500
No family wants to celebrate their Christmas in a hospital emergency room. Unfortunately, some entertaining holiday toys can cause injury when used improperly. Parents need to take special care in reading labels on toys and choose ...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:31 -0500
Winter brings the threat of freezing temperatures and harsh conditions to much of the U.S. Some places are well beyond the threat; it’s going to freeze—there’s no way around it. Such conditions pose unique hazards to commerci...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:31 -0500
Packing up the car and heading off to college is a rite of passage for a lot of students, but there are some auto insurance questions to consider before your kid drives off to higher education. You wouldn’t let them leave home wi...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:31 -0500
So you’ve decided to abandon the old homestead for greener pastures. Or possibly a job is transferring you around the state or across the country. Or the kids have outgrown the apartment so it is on to a house.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:31 -0500
Employers are told by the states in which they do business how to provide adequate workers compensation insurance for employees. As in other forms of insurance, fair pricing is determined using historical loss data. ...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:07 -0400
Your homeowner’s insurance policy will pay to repair damage to your home caused by a fire, windstorm or other covered cause of loss. But when you and your family incur expenses for moving out while repairs are made, who picks up ...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:30 -0500
Consumers spend billions on their homes. Home improvement projects tallied to a whopping $280 billion in 2005, according to research from the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:35:43 -0400
Flood damage occurs every year in the United States. Learn how you can cover your family with the simple steps in this article.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:40 -0400
Those that design personal auto insurance policies learned years ago that folks living in the same house will take turns driving the family cars. That’s why auto insurance policies are designed to provide coverage not just for th...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:41 -0400
Your family is forced to stay home due to the big storm hovering over the house. The comforting sounds and bright screen of your 52” LCD television eclipses the noise from outside. Then it happens: Just as you’re about to disc...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:30 -0500
5,000. That’s the number of earthquakes felt in the United States each year. Popular belief may consider California to be the state at most risk of an earthquake, but since 1900, earthquakes have caused damage in all 50 states, a...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:21:00 -0400
Everyone knows “that guy” whom you wouldn’t trust behind the wheel of your car, even in a matter of life and death. For the truly unfortunate, “that guy” is a member of your household—and looks not only to your vehicles...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:29 -0500
It’s a nightmare that has befallen many small businesses. One of your best clients has just made a significant purchase, and it seems the world couldn’t be a better place. Then, on their way to their car, disaster strikes. A s...
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:23:33 -0400
Would you believe that there is an insurance product specifically designed to help insure a solid, sustainable profit? In fact, without this coverage, hitting your profit targets may become impossible.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:40 -0400
As a small business owner, you know the importance of preserving your assets. For many business owners, the largest single asset they possess is their building. Whether you occupy the building or operate as a landlord (or both), co...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:07 -0400
As a small business owner, you know the importance of preserving your assets. For many business owners, the largest single asset they possess is their building. Whether you occupy the building or operate as a landlord (or both), co...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:07 -0400
According to FEMA, peak tornado season begins in March and runs through the summer (though tornadoes can strike at any time). While the damage from a tornado may not be as widespread as damage from a hurricane or other tropical sto...
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:35:39 -0400
Learn tips and tricks on how to protect your family before, during, and after an earthquake.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:29 -0500
School is back in session and many high school and college students will be driving more as they commute to and from school, which makes now a good time to remind your student driver about safe driving practices.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:28 -0500
Many auto insurers are now offering more than collision and liability coverage for motorists – they’re also providing protection for their furry friends, too.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:28 -0500
Quick question: What national event will be celebrated by millions of Americans on Memorial Day weekend? Hint: It involves major partying, extreme danger, risk of major injuries, and bone-crushing crashes. Another hint: “Gentle...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:28 -0500
Getting married and embarking on a new life together is one of the most exciting experiences in two people’s lives. It’s a time of hope, promise, romance and … reality. Whether a couple is planning their wedding or deciding w...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:28 -0500
Thanksgiving is over, and the holidays are in full swing, which means stores and malls are bustling with holiday shoppers looking for presents to put under the tree. While some people enjoy the adventure of going from store to stor...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:43 -0400
The day after Thanksgiving, also known as Black Friday, is the biggest shopping day of the year. When it comes to cashing-in on the day’s deals, the motto is “If you snooze you lose.”
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:27 -0500
The Los Angeles Times calls it “Black Wednesday” and Miller Lite refers to it as “Beersgiving.” Both are referring to the Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, which has become for many people 21 and older one of the most po...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:43 -0400
The holidays are a popular time of year to travel – whether it’s to visit family and friends, relax on the beach, or hit the slopes – but taking a vacation during this time of year often means hauling a lot of extra luggage, ...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:42 -0400
According to statistics from the National Survey of Family Growth, over the past 30 years more and more people live with someone with whom they have a relationship with prior to or instead of getting married- including about half o...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:27 -0500
Is your home ready for winter weather? Many consumers don’t realize that lack of preparation could mean unwelcome home damage and unexpected repair expenses. To help families and businesses protect themselves against winter risks...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:42 -0400
Malls and shopping centers will be jammed this holiday season. Unpredictable traffic patterns and preoccupied drivers cause thousands of parking lot mishaps that cost consumers millions of dollars each year. Parking lot safety is e...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:27 -0500
Thanksgiving is near and visions of fried turkeys already are dancing in more than a few heads. Yet even as you are salivating, your Trusted Choice® independent insurance agent hastens to caution you.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:27 -0500
In 2011, fire departments in the US responded to over 1.3 million fires that resulted in 3,005 civillian deaths and over $11.6 billion in direct property loss, according to the National Fire Protection Association. As part of Nati...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:26 -0500
Hail to the chief! If you’re in the market for a new car, depending on what type of vehicle you’re looking for, President’s Day Weekend may be the time to find it. In addition to certain discounts from the automakers, dealers...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:26 -0500
Hosting a Super Bowl party is a great way to cheer on your team if you can’t make it to the stadium in Indianapolis this Sunday, but make sure you know and manage the risks of hosting the big game day party. In many states, indiv...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:41 -0400
Many people will celebrate the holiday by giving back to their community. Volunteering time or services to a company or non-profit organization may be a selfless act of generosity, but these acts of goodwill can also expose volunte...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:26 -0500
Following is just a sample of the types of insurance policies needed by owners of virtually every kind of business:
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:41 -0400
If you were like many Americans over this past weekend you may have noticed an uptick in car dealership commercials featuring men in stovepipe hats and powdered wigs. That’s right, Monday was President’s Day, which began as a c...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:26 -0500
Remember the days of curling up to the radio on a Saturday night, torturing yourself through commercials and lame tunes just to be able to crank it when Mr. DJ played your favorite song?
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:26 -0500
The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Trusted Choice® aligned with the Foundation in July, donating $10 for e...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:26 -0500
It’s another day at the hospital, another day of treatments. But William’s routine is no longer the same –today, he knows that his wish to go to Greece will come true. The anticipation is a deep well of focus, inspiration, pe...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:25 -0500
Because of her medical condition, Shawnee endures night sweats, shortness of breath and severe headaches. She’s determined to prevent her condition from defining who she is. Shawnee wants to be just like any of her friends. The ...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:25 -0500
Two year-old Kiwi is a sweet little girl with a warm smile and twinkle in her eye. She lives at home with her mom, dad, and younger brother, Faun in Washington. She was born in Hawaii on the beautiful island of Kauai. When Kiwi lea...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:25 -0500
Seventeen-year-old Jesús had never left Texas. He often dreamed of crashing waves and warm sand – peaceful and serene. But he had yet to see the ocean for himself. He had a clear vision of his wish: “I always pictured myself o...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:42 -0400
Two-and-a-half-year-old Jeremiah suffers from spinal muscular atrophy. When his mother heard about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, she knew…this is what her son needs. She recognized the emotional healing power of making his wish com...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:25 -0500
Jacob is speechless, in awe of the majestic creatures breaking the ocean’s surface. Watching whales in the wild is the highlight of Jacob’s wish to go on a cruise to Alaska. This wish is meaningful to his entire family of eight...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:25 -0500
It’s Daynin’s seventh birthday party. She peers into a corral her father built. But it’s empty … she thought there might be a pony waiting inside to complete the farm at her Texas home. But it looks like her dog, duck and c...
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:23:34 -0400
The stories of breached data security have become almost too familiar: An employee takes home a laptop against regulations. A hard drive is sent out for repair, but disappears. A disc with sensitive data is stolen from an office. F...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:24 -0500
When preparing to send you child to college be sure to review: 1. Their college essay 2. Your bank account 3. The film “Animal House” 4. Their insurance coverage
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:42 -0400
Trusted Choice® agencies are insurance and financial services firms whose access to multiple companies and commitment to quality service enable us to offer our clients competitive pricing, a broad choice of products and unparallel...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:24 -0500
Tyler’s adventurous spirit led him to Hawaii. He wanted to experience as many “firsts” as possible. By the time he left Hawaii, Tyler had a long list of new experiences: first plane ride, first swim with dolphins, first zip l...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:08 -0400
Labor Day weekend signifies the unofficial end of summer, the closing of swimming pools, and the start of the NFL and college football seasons. For a lot of people this weekend also means partaking in an outdoor culinary ritual kno...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:24 -0500
Tiffany wished for her own escape from the challenges of her world. Today, she has an arts and crafts space where she can transform her imagination into reality. Tiffany exercises her creativity and turns this part of the world int...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:24 -0500
From a chauffeured limousine ride to a relaxing facial treatment, it’s been Laura’s best-ever day of shopping. By the time she returns home, she has everything she needs. A new tablet computer will always keep Laura connected t...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:23 -0500
There’s no roller coaster too big or fast. Leslie is ready to ride them all. Today, the theme park is all hers. It’s the day her wish comes true. Every exhilarating thrill ride takes her further from her worries – and lets Le...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:23 -0500
Balloons, gift cards, cake … today, “yes” is the word of the day for Benjamin. He tours the town in a limo, stopping at any store he wants. It’s the shopping spree of his dreams. He even gets his own battery-operated tracto...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:23 -0500
As sure as the swallows return to Capistrano, all over America the latest migration of students prepares to descend on college campuses. Depending on whether your student is facing year one or is farther along the higher education ...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:23 -0500
A limo pulls up outside of the birthday girl’s house. Halayna’s eyes light up … she’s going shopping ALL day! A ballerina welcomes her at the mall to spoil her with gifts – stickers, a book, a tutu and top. Halayna’s wi...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:23 -0500
Before his wish, Matthew could only watch when his friends and family had fun playing video games – being quadriplegic, he couldn’t take control of a game console. Today, his new adaptive video game gear changes everything. Bas...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:23 -0500
Cole and his family used to go camping every summer, but since he got sick it became more and more difficult. At his surprise party reveal, Cole and his family arrived to see their new camper set up and ready to go complete with ca...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:23 -0500
Today is a 30-story "yes!" for Alan. Because of his fight against cancer, he constantly hears the word "no;" everyday is full of restrictions to protect his health and they keep him from living a regular kid's life. His wish frees ...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:42 -0400
Earlier today, a Trusted Choice®-themed custom motorcycle designed by the renowned Orange County Choppers to raise money for Make-A-Wish was unveiled by Paul “Paul Sr.” Teutul, Sr., Orange County Choppers owner and “American...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:22 -0500
Trusted Choice and Orange County Choppers teamed up to build an unbelievable bike - all for charity! Check out the pictures of the official Trusted Choice Orange County Chopper!
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:42 -0400
Driving can open up new opportunities for teens but with those opportunities comes responsibility. It’s important for teens to understand those responsibilities and for parents to set appropriate expectations.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:22 -0500
In 2007, the most expensive and rare baseball card in the world, a 1909 Honus Wagner tobacco card sold at auction for $2.35 million dollars. While most collectibles don’t come close to that kind of value, collections- whether it...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:22 -0500
While the great menu debate between hot dogs vs. hamburgers will likely rage on for years, one Labor Day barbecue idea is making sure you don’t get burned on your insurance coverage.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:22 -0500
Fall is officially here, and with it comes the National Fire Protection Agency’s National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 9 -15. This year’s theme is “Protect Your Family from Fire,” which makes now a good time to come up with a...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:42 -0400
When students go off to college they usually take their computers, TVs, stereo equipment, most of their wardrobe, and anything else that they can cram into the car. Whether they’re taking all their worldly possessions or just eno...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:21 -0500
Who knew that when he wasn’t searching for his lost shaker of salt, singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett was singing about hurricane preparedness? While hurricanes and tropical storms are often associated with the southeastern coastal...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:42 -0400
It’s after the wind blows or the fire burns. The insured is sifting through the rubble of what used to be his commercial building, looking for any savable scraps of what used to be.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:21 -0500
Safety Makes Your Summer Party Memorable—In the Right Way The entertainment value in a summertime get-together can be in the camaraderie and storytelling. But don’t let your next backyard barbecue turn into a tale of woe, to b...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:21 -0500
Several years ago growing up in the picturesque Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, my father and I got into the family car and drove out to the storage facility where we kept our boat over the winter. Picking up that old blue...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:08 -0400
Remember the “Beverly Hillbillies?” With apologies to Jed, Grannie and the clan, consider the following variation:
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:08 -0400
The other day while flipping through the channels I stumbled upon a reality show about people who bid on items in abandoned storage units- sometimes finding items valued in the tens of thousands of dollars. I thought of my family a...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:20 -0500
Having a baby can be a very exciting, emotional, and exhausting experience for a family, and while most parents remember a lot of the preparation details -- such as assembling the crib and installing child-safety locks -- updating ...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:20 -0500
It’s a rite of passage for college students to don cap and gown and march for graduation ceremonies- in fact, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), nearly 1.8 million students will graduate with a bach...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:08 -0400
May is National Moving Month and every year more than 40 million Americans will move, according to the American Moving and Storage Association. As you pack up your belongings and move across town or across the country, make sure yo...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:41 -0400
The catchy phrase “spring ahead” signals change for Americans. It’s a reminder to move clocks ahead one hour for daylight savings time. And it’s an optimistic forecast that warmer and sunnier weeks are ahead. With these sea...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:20 -0500
Across the country car and bike share programs are gaining in popularity as a way to ease congested traffic patterns in urban areas while at the same time providing more flexible transportation alternatives to public transit. These...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:19 -0500
March 12-16th is Flood Safety Awareness Week, and as we move from winter into spring the risks of flooding can go up, and it’s not just those in high risk flood zones who are vulnerable. Here’s some information on evaluating yo...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:19 -0500
March 12-16th is Flood Safety Awareness Week. Unfortunately, many people may not be aware that flood damage is not covered by homeowners insurance.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:21:01 -0400
There are over 240 million registered motor vehicles in the U.S., according to the Census Bureau. At a given time, as many as a third of those clutter American roadways, and it is estimated that one-fourth of those are being used i...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:08 -0400
An increasingly popular vacation idea is to rent a house or an apartment to stay in when you’re away from home instead of a hotel room. The advantages of rentals are that they can provide more space (which can be important when t...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:19 -0500
Say the words “summer extreme sports” and into your mind springs those daredevils of danger:
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:19 -0500
Whether it’s a backyard barbecue or a nationally televised hotdog eating contest (really quite something to see), Americans love to celebrate the Fourth of July with food- and not just staples like hotdogs, hamburgers, and potato...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:08 -0400
June 24-30 is Lightning Safety Awareness Week. According to the National Weather Service, lightning strikes account for an average of 54 deaths per year in the United States, so when thunderstorms are in the forecast, it’s usuall...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:07 -0400
Millions of Americans donate time—their most valuable asset—to serve as a volunteer board member on non-profits, booster clubs, churches, PTAs and civic organizations, just to name a few. The decisions these folks make can have...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:08 -0400
Temperatures are getting warmer and now that it’s spring, it’s time for spring cleaning and making spring time repairs around the house. Taking care of our homes is important, so take a moment to understand how taking care of t...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:18 -0500
Do you know what types of losses your home insurance policy will cover? Perhaps more important, do you know what types of commonly occurring losses it will not cover? Knowing the limitations in your policy is the first step to fin...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:08 -0400
With more and more families every year having both parents work full time, there has been an increasing need for help around the house with childcare and chores like cleaning, laundry and running errands. If you’re hiring househo...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:08 -0400
"I recognize the right and duty of this generation to develop and use the natural resources of our land; but I do not recognize the right to waste them, or to rob, by wasteful use, the generations that come after us." – Theodore ...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:07 -0400
Ever watched a celebrity gossip news show? Come on, be honest! Ever read a celebrity gossip magazine? Still lying to yourself? Okay, how about you’ve stood in a checkout line at the grocery store and seen the cover of a gossip ...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:18 -0500
It’s time for March Madness! Are you planning a blowout that will make render an entirely new meaning to “bracket busting?” Has your neighborhood community center asked for a either a hold-harmless agreement or a damage depos...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:08 -0400
Travel- whether you’re hitting the road, hopping a plane or taking a cruise, you’re spending some time away from home and usually are spending some money to do it. But what happens if your trip is interrupted by inclement weath...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:17 -0500
As the first leaves hit the ground and those fall breezes turn from cool to cold, it’s time to prepare for winter. Whether that means snowstorms and ice or just the heavy chills many experienced in last year’s milder season, ex...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:17 -0500
Old Man Winter will soon be unleashing his full fury. Is your home ready for the onslaught of snow, ice and cold winds? If not, the time to prepare is now, before the first storm strikes and your home suffers significant damage fro...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:17 -0500
No doubt that music video just begs to be shared with your friends. That latest song will be perfect as the soundtrack for your slide show. And look here—a link to that blockbuster that’s still in theaters! Best yet, all yours ...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:17 -0500
As the fall approaches across the United States, millions of young people will embark on that great journey we call life on a college campus. Others entering their golden years and their families will consider the benefit of moving...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:17 -0500
Mobile information devices like PDAs and MP3 players occupy the bags and pockets of tens of millions of Americans. These devices can be pricey, often costing hundreds of dollars. The cost to obtain the information programmed on the...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:16 -0500
Some may view them as science fiction gone wild. Others see them as indispensable, possibly life-saving tools. Regardless of your feelings about Global Positioning Systems (GPS), they continue to occupy the dashboards of millions o...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:16 -0500
Nine million. That’s how many Americans have their identities stolen each year, estimates the Federal Trade Commission.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:16 -0500
Halloween is just around the corner and many consumers may not realize how scary this ghoulish night might really be for their personal safety, their property…or their pocketbooks. Trusted Choice® independent insurance agents ca...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:16 -0500
Whether by a diligent insurance agent, concerned spouse or family member, chances are you have been asked this question: “Do you have life insurance?” For some, life insurance is easily obtained on a group plan as a workplace ...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:21:01 -0400
How to insure a teenager’s car has got to be one of the most common questions Trusted Choice ® independent insurance agents get asked year after year. Should parents title and insure a teen driver’s car separately from other c...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:16 -0500
There are times when man’s best friend becomes his worst nightmare. While many dog owners cite “security” as the reason they keep canines, less than 1% of those bitten by dogs are unlawful intruders. A majority of victims—m...
Tue, 08 Mar 2016 10:54:39 -0500
How safe is private information when stored electronically? You may not want to know the answer to that question. But if you’re just a bit curious, consider visiting privacyrights.org/data-breach.
Tue, 08 Mar 2016 10:55:30 -0500
Ah, summertime, and the living is easy. Perfect for sitting in the shade out back with a cold drink. You may even decide this is the perfect time to finally add that deck, enlarge the patio for cookouts, or put in that new landscap...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:15 -0500
Do you own a condominium? To you, condo ownership may represent a feasible way to home ownership. Or maybe it represents a second residence in some exotic location you like to visit. Or maybe it’s an investment to generate rental...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:15 -0500
As children return to school across the country, families know that can also mean a return to the practice field, whether through school sports teams or community sports programs and often parents may find themselves on the sidelin...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:21:01 -0400
Sixty years ago, when the 1950 census data was released, it showed that eight in 10 households were occupied by married couples. Fifty years later, the 2000 census data showed that number had declined to just over 50%, signifying a...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:15 -0500
Recently cyber-attacks were back in the news, and the latest attempted victim was the White House. According to an October 1st report from the Washington Post the White House acknowledged that hackers attempted to remove data from ...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:15 -0500
It’s the season of giving, but don’t give away personal information to identity thieves! Between crowded big box stores, packed mall parking lots and long lines, more and more Americans are doing their holiday shopping online. ...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:14 -0500
Who is liable if a holiday guest gets food poisoning or drives home drunk? As millions of Americans host and attend holiday parties across the street and across the country, many may be unaware of the risks they may be taking. Part...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:14 -0500
Approximately 30 million people will celebrate the holiday tradition of buying and decorating a real Christmas tree this year, and thousands more will adorn artificial trees. With such high-value items present, a house fire origina...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:14 -0500
For many Americans, scouting the perfect Christmas tree, whether at the local lot or a rural tree farm, is a treasured holiday tradition.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:43 -0400
America has just come through a hard-fought election, with negative attacks and mudslinging on both sides. But compared to some of the political disagreements of the past, one might say today’s elections are relatively tame affai...
Tue, 08 Mar 2016 10:57:13 -0500
You’re hosting the party for the big game. The invitations are out, responses are in and it’s going to be a big one. Your shopping is done and the refrigerator and freezer are stocked with the finest party fare money can buy. ...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:14 -0500
You pay for home insurance to avoid incurring large out-of-pocket expenses after a something damages your house and personal property. The last thing you need is an insurance company explaining “adequate limits of insurance” af...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:14 -0500
As millions of Americans prepare to host and attend Super Bowl parties, many may be unaware of the risks they may be taking. Party hosts need to understand their responsibilities when inviting people into their homes and serving fo...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:13 -0500
If you were the victim of a disaster and suddenly found yourself with nothing left, would you remember everything you lost? When is the last time you counted the number of CDs you own or took stock of the current value of your TV a...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:13 -0500
Your health is way too important to leave to chance. That’s why it’s critical that you have health insurance and that it is the right fit for you and your family. Unfortunately, millions of Americans do not know if their health...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:07 -0400
The diversification of the U.S. economy over the past generation has meant that millions of Americans have started their own businesses. Americans still chase the dream of being their own boss by starting their own business—and t...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:41 -0400
In 2009 a jury in Hernando County, Florida, rendered a verdict of just more than $330 million to the family of a 13-year old girl who was tragically killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:13 -0500
Chances are you started your small business with long days and longer nights. You are fully aware of the truth of the old saying: “When you are self-employed you work for the toughest boss in the world!”
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:13 -0500
On Monday night, millions of people will ring in the New Year with friends, family, and loved ones. However, amidst all the festivities, toasts, and celebrating, safety can quickly take a backseat to a good time – especially when...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:13 -0500
Consumers should reevaluate their insurance coverage and budget in the new year.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:12 -0500
Getting out of debt is a resolution that many Americans attempt to tackle. In fact, 34% of Americans make getting out of debt a New Year’s resolution. With over 80% of the nation struggling to get out of debt, it’s easy to see...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:44 -0400
As millions of Americans host and attend holiday parties across the street or across the country, many may be unaware of the risks. According to Trusted Choice® independent insurance agents, party hosts need to understand their re...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:12 -0500
The holidays are a time for celebration and family. Most people have a few extra days of vacation to relax, and some use this time to play catch-up or finish projects that have been looming for the past year.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:12 -0500
While there may be no place like home for the holidays, your Trusted Choice® agent hastens to remind you that persistent myths about home safety cause unnecessary home dangers.
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:09 -0400
With spring cleaning far behind, and summer fun all but over, it’s time to start fall home maintenance.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:12 -0500
Trusted Choice® agents and consumers offer the best safety practices for families during Halloween
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:09 -0400
Cyber bullying, a recent phenomenon that has coincided with the growing use of Internet and mobile devices, has tragic consequences for children, their families and communities across the world. As cyber bullying has become more co...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:11 -0500
Add a new custom to the October traditions of Halloween candy, costumes and setting back your clocks: The end of Daylight Savings Time is the perfect time to change the batteries in your smoke alarms and to check the readiness of y...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:11 -0500
As hunting season comes to a head, many professionals are gearing up to find game for the holidays. Whether a professional or amateur hunter, you can never be too safe. Here are a few tips on doing that!
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:09 -0400
If you are going through a divorce, talk to your Trusted Choice® Independent Insurance Agent about the proper steps to making your insurance changes.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:11 -0500
The concept of sightseeing no doubt predates the invention of the wheel. The cave man equivalent of “Kilroy was here!” has been discovered from the highest mountaintops to the deepest caves. When the weather is right and the mo...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:10 -0500
It is that time of year again! Uniforms are laid out, lunches are packed, and school buses are on the road everywhere. As the school year begins, you may think, you have everything in order, but here are a few things to consider a...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:10 -0500
Trusted Choice® Independent Insurance Agents are here to help you and your soon-to-be college student.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:10 -0500
The open road should be the only thing on your mind when you’re on your bike this summer. Trusted Choice® Independent Insurance Agents understand that anything can happen, and can answer questions you may have about protecting y...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:08 -0400
You don’t have to search far to find a story about the numerous dog bite incidents that happen in the country each year. While our cuddly companions are often considered a member of the family, they may not be as friendly to stra...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:09 -0500
A home away from home is what most renters look for during summer vacation. The perks of more space and privacy in a vacation home are invaluable, but if a disaster like theft or fire strikes, replacement damages can be very costl...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:09 -0500
According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, 60% of all fireworks injuries occur around July 4th. While these loud bursts of light and color add flair to celebrations, it should be remembered that fireworks are explosive...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:09 -0500
Moving generally indicates an exciting time of transition and life change- whether it’s moving from the parents' basement to a first apartment or parents downsizing because the kids have all moved out. Whether you’re handling t...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:09 -0500
Getting married and embarking on a new life together is one of the most exciting experiences in two people’s lives. It’s a time of hope, promise, romance and … reality. Whether a couple is planning their wedding or deciding w...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:09 -0500
Here comes summer, and that means swimming pool season. Kids are breaking out the water noodles and beach balls. Adults dream of sunning on the poolside lounge or getting in a few laps. Your Trusted Choice® independent insurance a...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:21:01 -0400
When staying home is not an option and you must brave winter roads, your Trusted Choice® independent insurance agent advises you to remember the ageless moral of the tortoise and hare: Slow and easy wins the race. ...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:43 -0400
Do you have the winter time blues? Cabin fever? Looking for a way to pass the time? Why not take a few minutes if you’re stuck inside this winter to make a home inventory? If disaster strikes or your home is burglarized and your ...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:08 -0500
This April, Trusted Choice, will collect frequent flier miles to help Make-A-Wish get wish kids and their families where they need to go. Many major airlines – including Delta, United and US Airways – enable their frequent fli...
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:39:24 -0400
At the mention of umbrellas, you likely think of protection from falling water drops. Your Trusted Choice® independent insurance agent would like to remind you the proper “insurance umbrella” could also protect you from a “r...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:43 -0400
Jealousy. Passion. Betrayal. No, not the hottest television drama, but high school. For many the high school experience comes with social pressures and obligations to fit in and belong, and sadly this can lead to exclusion and isol...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:08 -0500
Technology is tearing down the walls between our working and personal lives. Nearly one in four employed Americans reports working from home for some portion of the work week, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. To th...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:08 -0500
March 3-9 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week, and as we move from winter into spring, spring rains coupled with melting snow and ice can increase the risks of flooding, and it’s not just those in high risk flood zones w...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:43 -0400
Okay, we know life insurance doesn’t rate as high on the “Romance Meter” as Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s iconic sonnet or even the classic movie line, “You had me at hello.”
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:43 -0400
Earlier this month Trusted Choice® asked fans on Facebook what questions they had about insurance and what they would like to know more about when it comes to coverage and price. Responses ranged from “what to do after an accide...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:07 -0500
In December of 2010 the roof of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, MN, a nationally recognized sports venue, collapsed due to heavy snow accumulation and severe winter weather. Snow and ice accumulation can cause seve...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:07 -0500
Are you one of the people from the car commercials who will find a surprise in the driveway with a big bow on it Christmas morning? For most of us, the answer is probably not, but just like you’d insure a new car, you may want to...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:07 -0500
Some people vow to exercise more, or to quit smoking or to read more books, and these are all admirable New Year’s resolutions. But what about resolutions that help provide you with peace of mind, more protection and a little mor...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:07 -0500
A cute puppy or cuddly kitten may seem like a good idea when you're at the pet shop, but Trusted Choice® independent insurance agents recommend considering the risks and liabilities you may also be bringing home.
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:07 -0500
Congratulations! You’ve got your degree and you are ready to take advantage of the exciting new opportunities life has to offer. However, with new opportunities come new risks—particularly financial risks. Insurance is your maj...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:07 -0500
It’s a rite of passage for college students to don cap and gown and march across the stage for graduation ceremonies- in fact, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) almost 1.8 million students will grad...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:07 -0500
Ahhh… Summer vacation, long holiday weekends…Travel- whether you’re hitting the road, hopping a plane or taking a cruise, you’re (hopefully) out relaxing and having fun! But what happens if your trip is interrupted by incle...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:08 -0400
If you’re a parent with teenagers you know that the prom is a special night for your teen, and while you want them to have a fun and memorable night with their friends, you also want to make sure they stay safe. If your teen is ...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:06 -0500
The answer may be “Blowing in the Wind,” but the question is, “Are You Ready?” No, this is not a game show category about the songs of rock bands Dylan and Grand Funk, but a serious question: If a hurricane strikes, is your...
Thu, 30 Jun 2016 10:35:43 -0400
Floods are often associated with rivers and streams overrunning their banks, or with heavy rains from hurricanes and other major storms, and while those are very real hazards, the reality is that flooding can be caused by a number ...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:06 -0500
As Benjamin Franklin said, “…in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.” While we all know that April 15th is the day our taxes are due, death has a way of sneaking up and surprising us. When a l...
Fri, 01 Jul 2016 11:20:43 -0400
There are a wide variety of April Fool’s Day jokes out there- from telling people that dihydrogen monoxide is coming out of the sink (dihydrogen monoxide is the chemical name for water) to aluminum foiling your bosses office (not...
Mon, 01 Feb 2016 15:04:06 -0500
Insurance comes in a wide array of choices for a variety of consumer and business needs. Even the best-educated consumer who spends time researching insurance issues will come across a topic he or she doesn’t understand. ...

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