30 Facts about the gym and fitness industry that will surprise you!

Over the past few decades, fitness has climbed from a P.E. class and garage weight set afterthought to a multi-billion dollar industry. Getting people to work out and try to be healthier has also never been more necessary, as according to the Centers for Disease Control, almost 70% of Americans over the age of 20 are overweight, including 35% that are considered obese.

But just signing up ...

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Ranking the world’s top 100 brands

What would you guess is the most valuable brand in the world?

A bevy of companies and products might come to mind, but now we have confirmation as to which is the brand with the highest reported financial worth thanks to a Forbes magazine report.

Leading the annual list of the world’s 100 top brands is perennial powerhouse Apple, with an estimated worth of $175 billion last ...

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Death by a Thousand Hidden Fees

If you’re like most Americans, you’re probably tightening your budget and watching what you spend. But it’s not just the cost of goods and services that’s eating up your paycheck, but also the hidden and unnecessary fees that are being lumped in by companies just to try and bleed a few more dollars out of ...

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Can you do better than the average person on this credit score quiz?

The average person will get 13 out of these 20 questions correct for a 65% score. Can you do better?

 

True or False:

1. Pulling your own credit report will hurt your score.

True

False

2. When different vendors pull your credit score as you “shop around” for a loan, it will always hurt your credit score.

True

False

3. There is only one version of your credit score.

True

False

4. According to federal law, employers are not allowed to check an applicant’s credit report when hiring.

True

False

5. Everyone is assigned a ...

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Blue Water Credit’s top-10 blog posts of 2016.

As the confetti falls on another New Year and the calendar page flips to 2017, we’re reminded by how truly incredible 2016 was. To commemorate the last 365 days and say goodbye to 2016, we decided to put together our top-10 blog posts of the year, as determined by reader views.

As always, thanks for reading, sharing, and follow Blue Water Credit, and please reach out to us if you need any advice or help with your credit score in 2017. ...

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What do Donald Trump, big-time gambling, and early odds for the 2020 election have in common?

A lot was riding on this past US presidential election. It wasn’t just the fate of the nation being decided; whether we’ll be led the next four years by Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton in the White House. It wasn’t just policy, law, the economy, peace, or liberal vs. conservative doctrines teetering in the balance. In fact, there was a lot more riding on who came out a winner as POTUS in the early morning hours of Tuesday: money.

That’s because ...

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The U.S. pet industry is barking, biting, and booming like never before.

Do you own a pet? Chances are, you either have a beloved pooch or frisky feline in your care, and if so, you probably spend a hefty sum of money keeping them fed, healthy, happy, and even entertained. In fact, the pet industry is one of the largest niche segments of household discretionary spending, and has even proven to be recession proof over the last 5+ years. Of course we can’t measure our love for the loyal family dog ...

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Can you escape Big Brother in our modern society? (Part 2 of 2)

In part 1 of this blog, we relayed the story of how a young writer named Henry David Thoreau moved to a remote path of woods by Walden Pond in 1845, where he built a humble cabin and lived a Spartan existence. When Thoreau emerged more than two years later, he had produced the manuscript to Walden, a memoir that trumpeted the virtues of simplicity, as well as the perils of conformity to modern industrial society. And while that was ...

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