Labor Day CookoutEnjoy this upcoming Labor Day weekend. Between sales and getting the children ready to go back to school, take a few minutes to honor American workers. We all work hard during the year and deserve to be recognized whether blue collar, white collar, management or executives. Find some great activity to share with family and friends.

This weekend is the 125th celebration of Labor Day. President Grover Cleveland signed the bill to make it an official federal holiday. A number of states had declared it a holiday beginning in the 1880s. The holiday originally acknowledged the betterment of working conditions after the Industrial Revolution when an absence of rules allowed child labor, 12 hour days and unsafe working conditions, especially in mines, mills and factories.

The holiday has become more generic and now stands for the end of summer, a last holiday weekend until November and a time for retail sales. Most Americans however plan for outdoor activities and backyard cookouts.

As we move into fall, it might be a good time to review your savings plans. Like animals that start storing for the winter, now is a great time to look at your financial storehouse. Have you put enough away for your upcoming needs? Have you contacted a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) to assure you are ready for those times when you may need to draw from your nest egg?

After the holiday, contact Les Merritt, CFP, to go over your plans and be sure you are prepared for whatever comes. Les and his staff have been helping businesses and families with planning for over three decades. You can set an appointment with him by calling (919) 269-8553 soon.

All of us at Les Merritt wish you and your family a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend.

Updated: August 30, 2019 — 10:18 am
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