Better Money for You and Others

Great news. Median household incomes in America surged up 5.2 percent last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. This is record-breaking growth — the largest increase since the government started keeping track in 1967. According to The New York Times, not only did household incomes grow, but poverty fell, health insurance coverage increased and years of stagnation ended.

Wow. That’s a lot of happy money news. Our economy is getting stronger and raising families up on all rungs of the economic ladder. Hopefully, this includes yours.

I’m delighted to report that Make It Better has even more good financial news and opportunities for you too — special opportunities and deals that will help you stretch your (hopefully) growing income further. We think of this as “Better Money.”

$500 Hubbard Woods Design District Fashion and Home Décor Shopping Spree  


It’s always a pleasure to shop in the beautiful Hubbard Woods Design District stores. Now there is extra incentive — when you stop by you can enter a raffle to win a $1,300 home or $595 fashion shopping spree there too. Entries close Oct. 1; so please visit in September. Learn more here.

$30 Off and Dinner Made Better By Martha Stewart & Marley Spoon 


Photo courtesy of Marley Spoon.

There’s a new meals-at-home delivery service in town — Martha & Marley Spoon. Marley Spoon launched to great success in Canada. Martha Stewart likes the concept so much that she now provides the recipes and a USA partnership.

Place an order here and use code BETTER16 to get $30 off your first box, as well as free delivery. According to our millennial friends, this is cheaper, easier and tastier than doing all of the grocery shopping and preparation yourself. SCORE!

Pomegranate Margaritas That Benefit American Cancer Society and Breast Cancer Research 


Depot Nuevo’s Pomegranate Margarita (Photo by Erica Barraca.)

Our favorite tequila, Wansas, created the tastiest and most beautiful margarita ever — the Wansas Pomegranate Margarita. We love it so much that we put it on the cover of our recent Entertaining Guide.

Four-time Make It Better Best Of winner Depot Nuevo kindly offered to donate $1 from every sale of this drink for the next six months to the American Cancer Society to fund breast cancer research. As my dear friend and ACS Lakeshore Division Senior Market Manager Maryann Rasmussen says, “You can’t beat cancer alone. We need everyone in the community to mobilize to make it happen.” We’re all in to beat cancer with this fabulous cocktail.


Alex Gonzalez, Director of Mixology, Wansas Tequila; Rob Garrison, owner of Depot Nuevo; Luis Monzalvo, Director of Mexico Operations, Wansas Tequila

As you know, Make It Better loves creating virtuous circles like this. Win for ACS and breast cancer research, win for Wansas and Depot Nuevo, win for you because you enjoy a tasty night out with a real winner and contribute to those working toward a cure.

Help Victims of Domestic Violence and Financial Abuse Through Allstate Foundation Purple Purse

Since 2005, hometown favorite the Allstate Foundation has helped more than 800,000 women who are victims of domestic violence (which often results in financial abuse too) through its Allstate Foundation Purple Purse program.

If you are reading this, you are likely more fortunate than the women served by the Allstate Foundation’s generosity. For the next few weeks, you can pay this blessing forward and stretch your philanthropic dollars even further by donating to the Purple Purse program.

Learn more here.

More happy news. According to Allstate, a collection of handbags are being specially created by Tory BurchChristian Louboutin and other designers to benefit the foundation. Emmy-nominated actress Kerry Washington has also joined the campaign as its ambassador for her third year.

Because we’re all fans of Kerry and designer bags, we look forward to supporting this virtuous circle in development too.







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