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20 Things Baby Boomers Can Save Money On in 2016 – Go Banking Rates

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The generation known for rock ‘n roll, free love and flower power is close to or already in retirement. Baby boomers — those born between 1946 and 1964 — will be between the ages of 51 and 70 in 2016.

If you’re a baby boomer living on a tight budget or fixed income, saving money matters more than ever. Here are 20 things that baby boomers can save money on in 2016.

See: 19 Easy Ways Baby Boomers Can Build Their Credit

1. Use Health Savings Accounts

A health savings account allows you to contribute pre-tax dollars into an account that can only be used for qualified medical expenses. The funds roll over from year to year if they are not spent. Moreover, those unspent funds will grow tax-free, allowing you to develop a cushion for most medical expenses during retirement.

Read: 11 Most Expensive Diseases in the U.S.

2. Buy Long-Term Insurance Premiums

In order to deduct medical expenses on your taxes, those expenses must exceed 10 percent of your income. Purchasing long-term insurance is one way to help meet that threshold because the premiums are typically tax deductible. People over the age of 61 can deduct up to $3,900. For those earning $50,000 per year, that deduction could push you over the limit when combined with other medical expenses.

3. Tap Free Tax Help

If you pay an accountant to file your taxes each year, consider taking advantage of the Tax Counseling for the Elderly program, which provides free tax preparation help for those age 60 and older. Considering that the average cost for a tax preparation service is $273, using the program is an easy way to save.

4. Claim Dependent Care Tax Break

If you’re taking care of grandchildren full time, or you’re supporting them financially, you might be able to claim them as dependents on your tax return. Talk with a tax advisor to learn about deductions for which you may qualify.

5. Take Tax Deduction for Dependent Parents

Perhaps it’s not your grandchildren but your elderly parents for whom you’re caring. With people living longer, many older adults are moving in with their adult children for financial or health reasons. As a taxpayer, you may be able to claim your parents as dependents in addition to your own children.

According to IRS requirements, you must have provided more than half of your parents’ support during the tax year in order to claim them as dependents. You would calculate the fair market value of the room your parents occupy in your home, as well as the cost of food, utilities, medical bills and general living expenses that you pay on their behalf. There are other qualifications to consider as well.

6. Offer to Research Tuition Assistance

If you are struggling to make ends meet and can’t afford to help your child pay for college expenses, then offer assistance in other ways. For example, help them find scholarships and grants. Contribute to the cost of their college textbooks. If they’re older and have children of their own, offer to babysit free of charge while they attend class. Try to avoid taking out a Parent Plus or Direct Loan for your student if you’re not in a position to do so.

7. Shop for Deals

Whether you’re in the market for a new pair of shoes or a personal loan, it’s always best to comparison shop to find the best deal. Doing your homework by comparing loan terms, fees and interest rates can save you thousands of dollars over the life of the loan. Likewise, comparison shopping for the smaller things in life can also save you substantial money over the course of your lifetime.

Related: 35 Secrets to Saving Money in 2016

8. Avoid Bank Fees

Consumers incur bank fees for using out-of-network ATM machines, overdrafts and for falling below the required minimum daily balance. Avoid these fees by finding a bank that suits your money management style. For example, some banks allow you to withdraw money from any ATM and will reimburse the fee charged by the other bank. Some offer free checking or no minimum balance. With careful planning, bank fees can be avoided.

9. Exercise Outside

Smoking, consuming too much sugar or saturated fat, and failing to exercise are all unhealthy habits that can lead to chronic medical conditions and rising health care costs. To help trim your waistline and your medical expenses, adopt a healthy lifestyle. Quit smoking, cut down or eliminate meat from your diet and start exercising daily.

You don’t have to join a gym to get a good workout. Exercise at home or walk outside. A recent study found that walking 20 to 25 minutes as part of your daily routine can add seven years to your life.

10. Eat at Home

Not only does cooking and eating at home save money, you’ll also benefit from the healthy ingredients you choose for recipes. Consider eating more vegetables, beans, whole grains, nuts, fruit and other power-packed ingredients. Dining at home rather than in restaurants can save you hundreds of dollars a year.

11. Drink Less

Americans on average spend 1 percent of their income on alcohol, USA Today reported. Save money by curbing or eliminating your alcoholic beverage intake. If eliminating spirits altogether isn’t something you want to do, then find deals or promotions to save money on those purchases.

12. Use Costco for Entertainment

If you have a Costco membership, you can save money on restaurants and movie tickets. Costco often sells $100 worth of restaurant gift cards for $79.99, a deal that’s especially popular around the holidays. You can also pick up a four-pack of discounted movie tickets to AMC, Regal and Cinemark theaters.

13. Make Your Home Energy Efficient

By making your home energy efficient, you can cut your energy bill by 20 to 30 percent. Consider caulking windows and doors to retain heat, switching to energy-saving light bulbs, changing the air filters often, and using Energy Star appliances.

14. Stay with Family or Friends When Traveling

Baby boomers reportedly took an average of four to five trips in 2015, and most trips were within the U.S. When traveling, consider staying with relatives and friends instead of booking a pricey hotel room. Not only will you save money, you’ll also get to spend quality time with loved ones.

15. Negotiate Your Bills

Try negotiating with service providers to see if you can snag a deal on your cable and internet plan, your cell phone package, your lawn care service and other bills. You might qualify for a senior discount or get a special promotion the company is offering. It never hurts to ask for a discount.

16. Purchase a National Park Pass

People aged 62 and older can purchase a National Park Pass for just $10 per year. The pass provides admission to more than 2,000 national parks and federal recreation sites. Older pass holders might also qualify for discounts on camping and other amenities. If you’re looking for affordable vacation destinations, purchasing a National Park Pass can set you on your way.

17. Keep Your Credit Score High

It’s in your best interest to pay your bills on time and maintain a high credit score. If you need a loan in your later years, the interest rate will be determined by your credit score. So having excellent credit, with a score of 740 and above, will qualify you for the best rates, saving you potentially thousands of dollars over the life of your loan.

18. Pay Off Credit Card Debt

The average baby boomer has more than $8000 in credit card debt. Assuming an interest rate of 15 percent, baby boomers could be spending more than $100 per month in interest alone. By paying down your credit card debt, or switching to a 0 percent interest credit card, you could save more than $1,000 per year. Making purchases with cash, rather than with credit cards, could also boost your bottom line.

19. Ask for the Senior Discount

When shopping, dining or going to the movies, always ask for a senior discount. Typically, this discount is reserved for those age 55 and older. Kohl’s, for example, offers people aged 55 and older a 15 percent discount every Wednesday in store. Boston Market, Chili’s, Dairy Queen and Subway also offer these types of discounts.

20. Pick Up a Side Job

If you’re nearing retirement or are already in retirement and need some extra cash, consider picking up a side job. You could do contract or freelance work for your former employer, work part time at one of your favorite stores. You can also start a side business from the comfort of your home.

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Where Are The Baby Boomer Statistics For Good Eating?

There are baby boomer statistics of all kinds. The group of people born between 1946-1964 who collectively make up this group are about 25% of the population, according to the 2012 census.

We’re a force to be reckoned with!

Just try to find a statistic about what we consider good eating. It doesn’t exist.

Heck with statistics. I’ll share what I think is good eating.

I make no claim that what I say is scientifically or medically correct. It’s my opinion. It works for me and has for a long time.

Organic is best

First, organic is the way to go whenever possible. Yes, it costs more but it’s an investment in yourself. It’s worth it. It doesn’t mean that simply because it’s organic it’s healthy, but all things considered, organic is safer because it will not have chemicals and additives that conventional food probably has.

If you can’t find or don’t have organic, get as close to it as you can. Avoid packaged or processed food. Read labels. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients and/or don’t know what they are, don’t buy and definitely don’t eat it.

The term “all natural” is a bit misleading. It’s not regulated. Organic is very regulated. I believe that what is considered safe in this country really means it has not yet been proven unsafe.

Believe what you will.

Whole Food

I am not promoting the grocery chain, although I’ve been known to shop there.

Don’t buy or eat low-fat, non-fat, diet, or anything that claims to be healthier because of what company has done to make it healthier for you. It’s not healthier. If something has been taken out, something else has been put in to make it taste good. It’s probably been salt or sugar enhanced. Also, the process used to remove whatever has been removed probably involved chemicals.

Avoid wheat!

What I’m saying is eat food the way God/nature made it. Enjoy it for what it is. Moderation is the key but enjoy food to its fullest extent.

It’s part of the 5 F’s

Hearty breakfast suggestion

Two toasted slices of gluten-free bread, generously buttered (real butter), with melted, shredded cheese on top of that, quarter or half an avocado, one or two eggs fried over-hard in olive oil, pomegranate seeds, and blueberries, bacon, lettuce and tomato are optional.

Slice the avocado in thin slices, six slices is optimum. Place two or three slices on one of the buttered and cheesed pieces of bread.

Place a fried egg on top of the avocado.

Place the remaining slices of avocado over the egg if having one egg. If having two eggs, place half the remaining slices of avocado between the two eggs and place the remaining slices over the second egg.

Put the other piece of toasted, buttered, cheesed bread on top to make a sandwich.

Place a random amount of pomegranate seeds and blueberries on the plate next to the sandwich.

What next?

Go for it!

Post-Retirement Money Pinching for Baby Boomers: What to Do to Survive

Sometimes life has a way of kicking you when you are down. It is almost expected by the time you retire, but maybe you feel like you have things worked out and you are prepared for the worst.

Unfortunately, odds are that you’re going to feel pinched at least once.

Whether it’s because of a health scare of an unforeseen accident or a new roof needed on your house, you’re going to need money. And while selling your blood to the local blood bank might sound like a feasible idea, it’s not going to get your head above water.

So what do you do?

A Reverse Mortgage

One of the most common ways to gather fast funds could be to take out a reverse mortgage. While this may not sound like an optimal solution, in the event of something almost catastrophic, it could be your only source of quick bucks.

Basically, with a reverse mortgage, you take money against your home. If you own the home, you basically take a lump sum or payments from a financial institution in exchange for a sort of lien.

There are multiple benefits to that, of course.

• You will receive funds quickly and usually in enough quantity to take care of any sudden expenses that could arise without warning.

• You get to stay in your home and enjoy it. It’s not selling your home, but taking a form of payment against it.

• The mortgage companies that specialize in this are easy to find. You really only have to watch television for a limited amount of time before some celebrity is seen parading their sponsor’s product, complete with spiffy toll free number, before your eyes.

However, there are some drawbacks. Not only are they drawbacks, but they are quite major in terms of potential impact.

• It is a loan and it will need to be paid back. There have been horror stories concerning people’s homes being lost to the companies upon their deaths, leaving their heirs with nothing. This could be a drawback if the home is a family home, one with generations of history and memories.

• Like any loan, there’s going to be an interest rate. No one has ever mistaken a loan shark for a dolphin, coincidentally. You have to know upfront that this isn’t free money and that it has to be repaid one way or the other. If you take this loan, or mortgage, know that you will need to budget for payment or a lump sum payout if you want to avoid any potentially greater negative outcome.

If you can deal with a mortgage and feel that your financial predicament is short-term, this sort of reverse type plan could be more than beneficial for you. In fact, it could save your shirt. But if you see a long-term issue, be aware that you are putting your home on the line.

Selling Your Vacation Home

Many people once they have hit retirement age have managed to accumulate assets. Some of them could be large, such as a vacation or rental property. If faced with an unexpected financial obstacle, unloading something could help alleviate the stress.

There are multiple bonuses to doing something like this; several of them could long lasting and more significant than previously thought.

• Selling a vacation home would give you surplus of funds. It would allow you to pad your bank account for a good while or at least offset a sudden, painful financial issue.

• You would no longer be responsible for the upkeep on the property. Saving on homeowner’s associations fees, if applicable, as well as utilities and taxes can help even more. Even a few thousand dollars left over at the end of the year could help you in all aspects of your life, be it paying for insurance or medications that you might need.

• You will also remove some worry you have by having additional property. You won’t have to worry about maintaining it, you can drop the home insurance, and stop worrying about security for an unoccupied dwelling. On top of that, many prime vacation spots lie on the beaches or in areas of bad weather. No longer will you have to watch the hurricane reports and worry that, somehow, your roof is going to end up floating through the center of downtown.

Like all things, however, there are drawbacks.

• If your second home is used for rental income, you have to consider that you will no longer have that additional income per month. If your budget is reliant on the influx of cash at regular intervals, you have to make certain that you can go without the stipend or else your financial windfall will be for naught.

• You are losing a major asset. If you sell your second property, you will be relieved of the stressful side of it, but you will also lose the good things. No longer will you have that snazzy condo next to the beach to fall back on. Your children won’t inherit it, and it can’t be used as collateral later in the event of something else.

Giving up a second piece of property isn’t a decision to be taken lightly. You might find yourself regretting giving up that oasis, especially if you happen to thoroughly enjoy the use of it. You have to consider that, if you do sell it, will the financial results warrant giving up the joy and flexibility that the ownership allowed.

Unload Your Unused Assets

Odds are, you have accumulated more than real estate. Many people hold onto cars well past their prime and that’s a good thing. Antiques are in! That boat of a sedan that you purchased new 25 years prior may actually be worth more now than before, something that could potentially shock and awe your spouse. Even baseball cards or collectibles could net you a quick few bucks. Luckily, at your age, you’ve most likely kept something at some point that you thought might be worth something one day. That day, my friend, has come.

Nostalgia is a growing market. Shows such as Pawn Stars and anything on the History Channel will show that people like to remember days long past. How many times have you passed a shiny 1957 Bel Air and thought of poodle skirts or hot rods? Even if you weren’t alive, or old enough to enjoy, the 50s and 60s, antiques resonate with the public. As a result, things have value. Like a drug or a drink, people want to feel good, to enjoy themselves. If you’re sitting on, or in, a classic car, you might as well cash it in if you aren’t using it. Your pockets could become extremely flush if you do, and that’s something that could help you get over that mid-life hump of a financial crunch.

However, before you sell that signed poster of the Rolling Stones, ask yourself if you can part with it? Really part with it? With obtaining property, collecting things, people collect memories. Selling a baseball card isn’t like selling a newspaper. If you sell a baseball card that your father gave you for your birthday, are you going to be okay with that later? Are you going to miss it? If so, odds are you can’t replace it. You might find another Mickey Mantle, but it won’t be that Mickey Mantle. Like all things, you have to decide if you can live without it. If you can’t, there are other options.

Taking Lump Sum Payments

There are businesses that exist only to give you money–with a catch, of course. If you have a settlement, or even a long lasting retirement account, odds are that some business will offer you cash upfront in exchange for your payments.

Before you go laughing all the way to the phone, then the bank, you need to stop and consider that for a moment. Sure, you’ll have the money in hand, but at what real cost?

• No one gives money away for free, and these companies are no exception. It may be your money, and you might need it now, but they aren’t going to give you all of it. Many companies will give you a fraction of the actual worth, almost preying on your need for assistance. They are not necessarily in the same category as loan sharks, but they are definitely going to get their share of the apple.

• You cannot just undo it. If your $500k annuity just turned into $300k or less, there’s no going back. If you take the payment, that’s what you have. It is gone with no further recourse, no payments, no anything. You have to stop and think about that for the future as well as the present.

• Again, these companies are in it to make money. With hired spokesmen and huge amounts of airtime, you know they have to take their pound of flesh and do so very liberally. Always read the fine print and go with a company only after researching it and making sure they are on the up and up. And remember, just because it’s on the internet doesn’t mean it’s necessarily true.

Like all ways of obtaining fast cash, you have to think it through. Don’t rush, take your time and really make a checklist about what you need, why you need it, and what you’re willing to give up in terms of long term financial freedom in order to acquire a quick fix for your predicament.

If You Just Need a Little Help

There are times when it is not so dire that you are willing to sell your estate to keep above water. There are times when you just need a little help with the bills or with the expenses you might have.

• Consider downsizing your home if you are not truly attached to the place where you live. Shaving off the additional square footage could not only save you in terms of property taxes and utilities, but downsizing could net you a profit that could help finance the remainder of your retirement.

• Snip any unnecessary expenses by strategizing. It’s becoming far more common for people to get their entertainment via the internet rather than cable or satellite. Sometimes those bills alone are 100 or more dollars per month. While it does not seem like much, it could help with a tightening budget.

• If you’re really desperate, don’t hesitate to apply for assistance. Programs were created to help, and if necessary food assistance, even utility assistance can help keep your head above water.

The main point is that, if there’s a will, there’s a way. If you don’t need it, or want it, you should sell it. If it’s too big, downsize and get something more manageable. You should be focused on enjoying your retirement more than anything else and financial woes should be the least of your worries. Strategize about what is truly necessary for you to be happy and work from there. As long as you pay attention to companies that prey on desperation and think three steps ahead, you should be fine.

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What Are We Doing Now? Catching Up With the Baby Boomer Generation

I know it can be hard to believe sometimes, but many members of our generation-the Baby Boomer generation-are retiring or getting ready to retire.

Of course, the mainstream media won’t let us forget that we’re entering this period of our lives! Like everything else we’ve done, we Boomers are being watched to see just what we do with retirement. And really, it’s no wonder-God knows, our generation has made monumental changes in almost every other area of life in the U.S.!

Granted, not all Boomers are retiring or getting ready to retire. I doubt Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is ready for a rocking chair just yet, and I’d be shocked to learn that Sharon Stone has dropped out of the spotlight! In fact, more Boomers are staying more active as we enter these next phases of our lives than probably any generation before us.

It’s not just the Hillary Clintons or Sharon Stones, either. Boomer women are starting businesses, becoming coaches and consultants, and finding their old passions and turning those passions into second or third careers.

We’re taking advantage of medical advances, good nutrition, and alternative healthcare to make our later years healthier. We know we’re likely to live a good long time after we hit 65, and we’re getting ready to rock those years!

Our generation was the first to realize that youth could be powerful. Now, we’re going to bust the stereotypes about aging and show the world that age is powerful, too.

Think about it. We Boomer women have a comfort in our own skin in our 50s and beyond that few of us were able to enjoy in our 20s. We have the experience of raising healthy, contributing adults under our belt, we’ve pursued careers or stuck with jobs to support our families…

… and, of course, there were those little movements that we helped along in our teens and 20s. Like the Civil Rights movement and the struggle for women’s equality.

We Boomers have done an awful lot of living, and something tells me we’re not going to stop now just because of a date and year on a calendar.

So what are you planning on doing differently than our parents’ or grandparents’ generations did or are doing? Are you going to start another career, take up skydiving, or maybe jog around the world as a Welsh Boomer did a few years ago?

Or is it time to write that Great American Novel you’ve been making notes for all these years?

If you’re looking for examples, think of Sally Ride-the first woman in space is the founder and president of a company that provides scientific and other materials to schools. Or pick up any copy of More magazine and be stunned by the beautiful, power women that magazine profiles.

Or just look at your own life to date. You’ve done a lot already-how do you want to take your experiences and wisdom and use them to generate the kind of post-retirement life you deserve?

The Baby Boomer generation has been making huge changes to our society, literally, since we were born. We started taking some control over those changes when we hit our teens and 20s. Now, in our 50s and beyond, we have the chance to make huge, positive changes in the way people think about retirement. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what we do!

Advantages Millennials Have Over Baby Boomers – Business 2 Community

Screen Shot 2015-12-28 at 11.37.29 AMThe stereotypes of the Millennial generation have been made clear over the last few years. Laziness, entitlement, and no respect for authority, right? Wrong! Although many believe Baby Boomers have this generation beat when it comes to value in the workplace, Millennials actually have many advantages over them. Here are just a few:

Breaking down the hierarchy.

Millennials don’t look at a corporate office and see the clear hierarchy of upper to lower management like Baby Boomers do. Although some may see this as Millennials lacking respect for authority, it’s actually quite the opposite. Millennials look up to their superiors, but at the same time, are not afraid to approach and engage them. Do they have a new idea on how to increase sales by hiring distributors? They won’t be shy to bring it right to the top of management. They desire an open and honest communication with their management so they can get a stream of valuable feedback and create lasting relationships.

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The obvious advantage that Millennials have over Baby Boomers is their technology skill. Millennials grew up using these tools and adapting as new technology was introduced, whereas Baby Boomers were forced to learn new skills to survive in the midst of their careers. Not only do Millennials have a better grasp of technology, but they use it to solve problems, increase efficiency and better the experience for the end user.

Better balance.

Millennials have long been criticized for their “lazy” behavior, or their understanding of the need for work life balance, a concept lost on previous generations. Although this may seem like a disadvantage to employers, after all, don’t you want employees to work longer hours? It actually isn’t! Think about it. The longer you expect employees to work insane hours with little time to themselves, the more you should expect these employees to burn out and turn bitter about their work. Millennials have found a way to create a healthy balance between work and life, allowing them to stay optimistic, engaged and motivated in the workplace.

Not about the money.

It’s unlikely for a Millennial to immediately expect a raise, demand a bonus at the end of the year, or compare salaries with co-workers. Whereas Baby Boomers allow their salary to define their success, Millennials are more concerned with how their work is impacting the company and the community. This generation is more interested in doing good than pulling in good money.

Outside interests.

Baby Boomers tend to allow themselves to be defined by their career, whereas Millennials define themselves not only by their job, but also by their passions outside of work, as well as their friends and family. By creating a more fulfilled life away from the office, Millennials are able to better develop a well-rounded skillset that can strengthen their performance at work.

Managing different generations in the workplace can be tricky. Are you fit for the challenge?

Column: Fond farewell for this Baby Boomer –



Look around the business world, and you’ll find Baby Boomers departing en masse from companies. Often the timing isn’t their own. I know about this because I was one of them.

When my father returned from the South Pacific after World War II, my parents made up for lost time by producing seven children about as fast as possible. I’m No. 2, a true Baby Boomer. That means that in this day and age, I, like many of my 60-something peers, had a bulls-eye on my back.

What’s happening to many Baby Boomers in the workplace—and this includes the rubber industry—isn’t age discrimination. Nope, it’s wage discrimination, which is NOT illegal and, in fact, is a common, business practice. Even understandable.

A company has a senior person who likes his/her job and sticks with it for many years. Over time this person’s pay increases to the point where their compensation is way more than people beneath them. If they did a good job as a mentor, the company has a qualified replacement waiting in the wings.

So you get rid of the higher up, and save money. Today it’s the Baby Boomers; 20 years ago, I remember that happening to the Greatest Generation people in the rubber industry. I imagine someday today’s up-and-comers will get their turn at the chopping block.

In my case, I was treated extremely well on the way out the door. Emotionally, I was all in anyway—I had planned to retire in a year, so severance essentially amounted to a paid vacation. Plus I still could contribute for awhile as a consultant these past two years. Sweet deal, indeed.

Edward Noga, today

Edward Noga, today

I became a journalist because I wanted to write, and, frankly, just love stories. Stories of any kind, good news or bad, features or investigative. I learned from a master, RPN founder Ernie Zielasko, how to really edit, which is like weeding a garden, tossing out the junk in a story so the good stuff can flower. EZ was the publisher, too, but his first love was the story. He often complained he no longer had the time to report, write and edit because he was the publication’s business manager.

I took that to heart, and never wanted the publisher job. Since the rise of the internet and the decline of the fortunes of the press, I got a taste of it, like it or not. Finding ways for the publication to make money was a secondary role for editors in the past, but today it almost seems like Job 1.

The journalism I practiced was as rigid as EZ’s editing: keep your opinion out of the stories, confined to the editorial page; and publish the truth as best we can find it.

Edward Noga, back in the day

Edward Noga, back in the day

I wouldn’t take free trips offered by companies, a common practice in the trade press. Even if a reporter isn’t swayed by such a freebie—wining, dining, rooms, flights, etc.—it looks like a conflict of interest. I often stepped on toes by defending seemingly obscure editorial principles, because I knew each compromise of a publication’s standards could lead to another. That’s especially true with the digital platforms, where the reasoning is they don’t have to conform to “old” journalism practices.

For 36 years I really enjoyed covering an extremely competitive industry, constantly in turmoil, full of interesting people. I got a chance to travel the world, was paid well enough, and worked with many creative, talented journalists, production and administrative staffers. Even with a couple of hardworking, honest ad sales people who didn’t spend their afternoons engaging in “customer golf.”

If you’re a Baby Boomer in the rubber industry, I hope your exit is as good as mine.

Noga is the former editor of Rubber & Plastics News. He can be reached at [email protected]