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  • The Secret to Hiring Well US News - 3 hours ago

    "A lot of job seekers are interested in what product companies are making and whether people will use it," says Patty McCord, principal consultant of her own firm and former chief talent officer for Netflix.

  • The Pros and Cons of Bonds US News - 4 hours ago

    Investment advisors are fond of saying that bonds are the ballast for your portfolio. That's because they are usually worth more when interest rates drop. But rates have been artificially low due to the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve. There are plenty of factors to sort through as you consider how to use bonds …

  • While your manager and team will miss you dearly, the office will appreciate your advance planning as much as you will. If vacation time is part of your benefits package, your employer should be able to adequately cover your desk in an absence.

  • Even the educational, 20-minute shows without advertising that my 4-year-old daughter enjoys. When I select a kids' program for her through the Comcast On Demand kids' shows, there are no advertising breaks in the midst of programs, but there is a short promotional spot, often for other kids' shows or related apps, both …

  • With the weather warming up, there are many frugal ways to be active and enjoy nutritional foods on the cheap.

  • Being middle class isn't what it used to be. One hundred years ago, you were considered middle class if you made $577 a year, according to TheCostofLiving.com. But just what is middle class today? There seems to be a lot of evidence out there that the status of middle class is almost the new poor.

  • One of the best ways to earmark money for one-off expenses is to open a savings account -- or even multiple savings accounts -- just for these expenses. So the next time your boss gives you a great review and a hefty check to boot, deposit it into your separate savings account and put it toward that car engine replacement …

  • Thanks to the Internet, you can find information on practically anything nowadays -- from how to keep your azaleas from dying, to what time your favorite restaurant closes, to how credit scores work. However, despite the combined efforts of personal finance experts, financial bloggers and news sites to educate consumers, …

  • Bloggers Joshua Rodriguez, Larry Bills, Laura Harders, John Schmoll, Stefanie O'Connell and Lisa Koivu contributed to the following list of 10 action items that will help cut your costs. Take care of your ventilation systems. Install a programmable thermostat. Installing a programmable thermostat can save the average …

  • How to Avoid Buyer's Remorse US News - Wed, Apr 23, 2014 3:25 PM EDT

    When Consha Griffin, 29, first spotted the black, tan and red Gucci handbag she would eventually decide to purchase, she mulled over the decision with her husband. "I give a lot of financial advice to friends, and I didn't want to be the person handing out financial advice and carrying such an expensive bag," she says. …

  • How to protect your home from pests US News - Wed, Apr 23, 2014 12:01 PM EDT
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    When Pablo Solomon, an artist and sculptor in Austin, Texas, and his wife moved into their home, which was built in 1856, they knew they would need to fix it up. They ate through the siding, giving them access to the home.

  • What tax documents should you keep? US News - Wed, Apr 23, 2014 10:57 AM EDT
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    Staying organized even after your taxes have been filed will make your life a lot easier in the future -- especially when life events like buying a home or refinancing your mortgage require you to show past tax returns, W-2s and other tax-related documents. The Internal Revenue Service recommends taxpayers keep their returns …

  • The Ultimate Interview Prep Checklist US News - Wed, Apr 23, 2014 10:43 AM EDT

    There is nothing more exciting or nerve-wracking than hearing you've been invited for an interview . Congratulations, all your hard work has paid off. But your hard work isn't over yet. There are a number ...

  • 5 Reasons to Save for Retirement in a Roth 401(k) US News - Wed, Apr 23, 2014 10:26 AM EDT

    Aon surveyed 400 employers covering 10 million employees in 2013 and found that half now offer a Roth 401(k) plan. Here are some of the benefits of saving for retirement in a Roth account: Having a tax-free account in addition to your pre-tax savings gives you more options to reduce taxes in retirement. In fact, your …

  • 3 Ways to Save Money on Baby Food US News - Wed, Apr 23, 2014 9:37 AM EDT

    Baby food jars and pouches can run $1 or more each, and your little one is likely to eat at least a few daily. In fact, according to the book Baby Bargains, the average baby eats 600 jars of baby food. In addition, homemade baby food is often not without its own expenses too, such as the costs of baby food processers, …

  • Tips for Turning a Dream Idea Into a Business Reality US News - Wed, Apr 23, 2014 9:35 AM EDT

    Teneshia Warner, founder, CEO and chief creative officer of Egami Consulting Group, a marketing firm specializing in linking brands to urban consumers, did just that when she left her role at IBM to pursue her goal of serving as Russell Simmons' mentee. Warner's firm organized The Dream Project, a one-day conference in …

  • 8 Ways to Get Free Kindle Books US News - Wed, Apr 23, 2014 9:22 AM EDT

    I was a longtime Kindle holdout. I liked the feel of turning an actual page and the smell of old books, as I told anyone who would ask why I had not yet invested in an e-reader. Eventually, though, I caved, ...

  • 8 Ways to Be a More Empowered Consumer US News - Wed, Apr 23, 2014 8:58 AM EDT

    Social media, shopping apps and daily deal sites have made it easy for the average consumer to secure great deals on big-ticket items and comparison shop with just a few clicks. Many daily deal sites are expanding their options to include goods and products you might find in mail-order catalogs or on infomercials.

  • Do You Spend Too Much? US News - Tue, Apr 22, 2014 12:30 PM EDT

    While research suggests that 2 to 5 percent of Americans struggle with a shopping addiction, many more suffer from mild forms of overspending. Forcing yourself to use cash only can make it easier to stick to a weekly budget.

  • 5 ways to run out of money in retirement US News - Tue, Apr 22, 2014 10:58 AM EDT
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    Retirement is a balancing act. So what throws people off balance in retirement? If you approach retirement income this way, you can get yourself in trouble. Your retirement income gas gauge isn't only there to tell you when to slow down -- it can also tell you when there is room to step on the gas.

  • Originally called the Take Our Daughters to Work Program and founded by Gloria Steinem and the Ms. Foundation for Women in 1993, it expanded to include boys in 2003. She coaches college grads individually with an intense Job Search Boot Camp, writes and edits the MediaJobsDaily blog on Mediabistro, and conducts interviews …

  • Don't Fret About Those 'Flash Boys,' Cautious Investors US News - Tue, Apr 22, 2014 10:41 AM EDT

    At the onset, I want to applaud the efforts of Michael Lewis, author of "Flash Boys," a recently published book on high-frequency trading, and Brad Katsuyama, president and CEO of the IEX exchange, as well as the institutions and regulators working to expose problems with trading in our country. They select funds, both …

  • 3 Places to Find Job Postings on LinkedIn US News - Tue, Apr 22, 2014 9:55 AM EDT

    Over the course of the last few years, the value of traditional job boards has declined, while LinkedIn is now often thought of as THE place to go to find a job. LinkedIn has made the whole process social and interactive. There are numerous ways to use this social networking site to be seen and gain business intelligence. …

  • As a proud parent of three children, I've read many, many, many children's books over the last decade. "The Lemonade War" teaches the basics of entrepreneurship, planning and money management in the context of an enjoyable adventure story that hits upon the lives of upper elementary children.

  • Budget-Friendly Ideas for the Single Traveler US News - Tue, Apr 22, 2014 9:26 AM EDT

    Ridejoy.com: Going to and from your destination spot can be very expensive and hitching a ride off the road is probably too risky to even try, so how about buying a seat from a traveler who is also driving to your destination? Once you type in your destination and dates, you can see if any driver is traveling to the same …

  • 10 Things to Do With Your Tax Refund US News - Tue, Apr 22, 2014 8:38 AM EDT

    The Internal Revenue Service has paid out more than 85 million refunds as of April 11, with each refund averaging more than $2,700. If you've received a refund or are expecting one, you have many options ...

  • 11 Keys to a Successful Property Purchase Overseas US News - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 3:07 PM EDT

    The real estate agents you encounter may not be licensed, and they may have little relevant experience. I use those two examples in particular because I've known real estate agents in overseas property markets who formerly held these positions in the United States. The real estate agent you decide to work with probably …

  • Strategies for Keeping Your Basement Flood-Free US News - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 11:45 AM EDT

    If the power goes out, say, in the middle of the night during a lightning storm, and the sump pump stops pumping out excess groundwater -- by morning, you may find your finished basement looking decidedly unfinished. If your gutters are clogged or loose, and the water isn't draining out properly, that, too, can result …

  • 9 Ways to Make Your New Boss Regret Hiring You US News - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 10:15 AM EDT
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    How you handle your first few weeks on the job can set the tone for your relationship with your boss throughout your entire stay at your new company. Handle yourself well, and you can quickly start to ...

  • 4 Reasons to Freeze Fruit and Save US News - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 9:02 AM EDT

    It helps cut back on food spoilage. Once you know how to reduce that, you can reduce the amount of food your throw out and save money by actually using what you bought.

  • 4 Ways to Get Fit For Less This Spring US News - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 9:01 AM EDT

    An expensive gym membership to a private, upscale health club is no longer necessary to consistently work up a hearty sweat. Some community centers even offer workout classes like yoga, dance or running or walking clubs for free, all of which are an excellent and cost-effective way to workout.

  • 5 Ways to Put Financial Advice Into Practice US News - Mon, Apr 21, 2014 8:47 AM EDT

    April is financial literacy month, and there is all sorts of advice out there on how to take control of your financial life. NerdWallet creates tools and resources that empower consumers to make smarter financial decisions, offering everything from a credit card comparison to a cost of living calculator.

  • 5 Ways to Get Insurance on Your Fixer-Upper Home US News - Sun, Apr 20, 2014 9:05 AM EDT

    Buying a fixer-upper can be great -- you can get the house you want for a little less, and it comes with all the charm and history of an older home. Plus, some things about a fixer-upper are just more difficult. Let's leave the buying process to your mortgage lender, and just talk about how to get insurance on that fixer-upper. …

  • 6 signs you are not ready to retire US News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 3:14 PM EDT
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    Hitting a certain age neither guarantees nor necessitates retirement. Your retirement should begin when you determine you are ready and able to do so, regardless of how long you have lived. If you have done an analysis of your expected inflow and outflow of retirement funds and are running in the red, retiring now is …

  • 13 Tips for Sniffing Out the Best Deals on Hotel Rooms US News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 10:55 AM EDT

    What everyone wants to hear is that there are one or two apps or websites that will always find you the best deal on hotel rooms. The reason for this lack of consistency is hotels are always in flux. The price of hotel rooms changes daily, often times hourly, based on demand. "This drives techo-babble people crazy," …

  • Video interview

    Now that more than half of hiring managers are using video to interview potential job candidates -- according to a 2012 Office Team survey -- there's a good chance you'll end up being interviewed virtually for your next job. Not taking it as seriously as a traditional interview. After all, you don't have the benefit of …

  • How Much Are You Paying to Procrastinate? US News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 9:14 AM EDT

    When you wait until the last minute to run an errand or plan a purchase, you give up your power as a savvy shopper. Without the luxury of time to mull over purchases, search for discounts and comparison ...

  • Have You Saved Enough to Retire? US News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 8:43 AM EDT

    According to Fidelity, you will need to put aside eight times your ending salary if you hope to fund your lifestyle for a 25-year retirement. More than one-third (36 percent) of people over age 55 haven't saved more than $10,000 for their second act, according to a 2013 report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute. …

  • 4 Credit Card Perks That Protect Your Purchases US News - Fri, Apr 18, 2014 8:35 AM EDT

    Credit cards may be called out for causing overspending and large amounts of debt, especially during the holiday and summer seasons when gift shopping and travel are at their peaks. But some complimentary credit card benefits can actually end up saving you money. Extended warranties promise to cover a purchase beyond …

  • A Guide to Reverse Mortgages US News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 1:55 PM EDT

    In recent years, questions about reverse mortgages, and whether or not they are a practical way to supplement retirement income, have become more frequent. What is a reverse mortgage? There are three kinds of reverse mortgages. For example, money from a single purpose reverse mortgage could only be used to cover property …

  • Petra Nemcova, model, host and philanthropist, is a master of transformation, both professionally and personally. She was recently honored at the LinkedIn Discussion Series in New York City, where she shared many powerful tips for reinvention, and discussed topics such as building your professional brand, motivation, mentorship …

  • The Psychology of Being Fired US News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 10:25 AM EDT

    Sherrie Bourg Carter, psychologist and author of "High-Octane Women: How Superachievers Can Avoid Burnout, " says people truss their occupations to their identity. Because of this, common emotions that surround losing a job -- either from being fired or laid off -- mirror the grief experienced when losing a loved one. …

  • The Secret to a Successful Interview: Great Storytelling US News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 10:05 AM EDT

    To succeed at this, you need to be knowledgeable about the company, the boss' challenges and the desired profile for the ideal candidate -- before you walk in the door. In a TED Talk, Andrew Stanton, a filmmaker who cowrote the "Toy Story" movies, says that a great story comes from using what you know, capturing a truth …

  • How to Make Tried-and-True Networking Tactics Work for You US News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 9:35 AM EDT

    Networking is a dirty word to most people, but it's so important to your job search. Nowadays, many people think exclusively about online networking, but traditional, face-to-face networking is still the most effective way to land a new job.

  • Why Your Vacation Home May Not Be Your Retirement Home US News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 9:35 AM EDT

    It's called retirement, and if you buy a house right here, right now, this charmed moment will last forever. Not quite, seasoned real estate agents say. Take off the vacation goggles before you start seriously pursuing a home purchase in a locale you love to visit, advises Sheelah Clarkson, a partner with the Sheelah …

  • How to Go to Prom on a Budget US News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 9:21 AM EDT

    Why pay for your own dress when you can wear one for free? Though the prices will likely be a bit higher than thrift shops, dresses at consignment stores will be lower in price than those at department stores. Prom-goers should find a dress they love without the prom price tag. Renting a dress can be done through a service …

  • 7 Ways to Minimize Income Tax in Retirement US News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 9:11 AM EDT

    Another tax day is over. Hopefully everyone filed their taxes on time and sent in what they owe to the Internal Revenue Service. Taxes are a fact of life when you have a full-time job, but your tax liability ...

  • 5 Ways to Improve Your Financial Knowledge US News - Thu, Apr 17, 2014 8:35 AM EDT

    But you don't have to be a certified financial planner to understand the basics of personal finance. Your local library is a hub of all kinds of information, including educational personal finance workshops. Some of the most famous personal finance experts have achieved success only after experiencing a financial low …

  • The Biggest Financial Issues for Same-Sex Couples US News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 4:25 PM EDT

    John Brady, 41, and his husband, the Rev. Trent Williams, 36, married almost a year ago in Massachusetts, one month before the United States v. Windsor recognized the validity of same-sex marriage under federal law. Brady, an entrepreneur and executive director and principal at consulting firm Protem Partners, and Williams, …

  • The best ways to invest $5,000 US News - Wed, Apr 16, 2014 4:04 PM EDT
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    But is it best to put it in a mutual fund, certificate of deposit, index fund or exchange-traded fund? Well, it depends," says Greg McBride, chief financial analyst of Bankrate. Before you get to specifics, such as how much risk you can stomach or what to choose off the menu of investments, start with the basics. "The …

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