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  • Whatever the case, here's the thing: Those workplace distractions snag more time than you think. As Edward G. Brown, author of "The Time Bandit Solution: Recovering Stolen Time You Never Knew You Had," puts it, there's the distraction itself that steals time and attention, there's the momentum lost and there's the time …

  • Forget These 5 Networking Myths US News - 18 hours ago

    Research shows it's your weak ties that make you successful. The sheer diversity of weak ties and acquaintances puts you in an enviable position of being able to reach out to anyone and find a new job or client. MYTH: You have to go to networking events. Whether you're going grocery shopping or to an awards show, any …

  • A retired couple take in the ocean during a visit to the beach in La Jolla, California

    There are many facets of living a fulfilled and content retirement, and money is just one component. Spending on these things will lead to a better retirement, and are worth having a little less money in the bank. It's important not to work so long and hard that you damage your health in the process and don't even make …

  • Daniel Goleman, author of "Emotional Intelligence: Why It can Matter More Than IQ" has written: "The abilities that set stars apart from average at work cover the emotional intelligence spectrum: self-awareness, self-management, empathy and social effectiveness." If you are ready to move beyond average, consider developing …

  • 3 Contrarian Views About Investing US News - 20 hours ago

    Most financial news harms investors. Most financial news is a parade of "experts" peering into their respective crystal balls and giving predictions. I'm sure you have seen numerous stories about the "world's 10 best stocks" or the next "hot" mutual fund.

  • One of the first things I did after learning I was pregnant was research the various baby registries that are out there. Instead, I am using our baby registry as a shopping guideline for myself because otherwise I am positive I would go overboard and purchase way too much baby gear. Personally, I liked the idea of Amazon …

  • So if you'd like to lower your insurance premiums, here are suggestions to chip away at the cost. "Many companies are now giving you credit for showing loyalty to a previous carrier," says Angela Nielsen, an agent with North Haven Insurance Group in Connecticut.

  • 7 Ways to Save Money on Halloween US News - 20 hours ago

    You don't have to play trick or treat with your budget this Halloween when you plan those candy purchases and flex your crafting muscles to make decorations. The National Retail Federation estimates that consumers will spend $7.4 billion on Halloween this year, with the average person shelling out about $77 on decorations, …

  • Pew Research Center reports that in 2012, nearly 23 percent of adults ages 85 and older lived in a multigenerational household, and overall, 57 million Americans (nearly a fifth of the country) lived in one. Aside from adding a handicap-accessible ramp for grandma's walker or soundproofing the basement for a teen's late-night …

  • The Perks of Retirement in Thailand and the Philippines US News - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 10:22 AM EDT

    Southeast Asia is a remarkably beautiful and diverse region that is becoming much more welcoming to Western retirees. Southeast Asia's big appeal for foreign retirees is the cost of living. It is possible to stretch your retirement nest egg to enjoy a better lifestyle in Southeast Asia than you could afford anywhere else …

  • Your Strategy for Job Interview Success US News - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 10:21 AM EDT

    Tactical advice about how to succeed in a job interview is plentiful. For example, if you are looking to manage others, you should be able to demonstrate how you've sized up situations and people, figured out what needs to get done, formulated a plan to do it and then executed and delivered needed results.

  • 5 Ways to Just Enjoy Retirement US News - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 10:19 AM EDT

    There's a lot more to retirement than your Social Security benefit and 401(k) plan. Here are five ways for retirees to find happiness in retirement: Sometimes health issues get in the way, and many retirees admit they haven't saved up enough money to do a lot of vacationing. Many retirees cite the importance of remaining …

  • Portfolio Analysis: A $200,598 Retirement Plan Strikes Out US News - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 10:16 AM EDT

    Whenever we try something new, the excitement of getting started frequently overtakes us. We begin with unrealistic expectations and end disappointed. The investing experience of many people follows this ...

  • The 3 Biggest Workplace Mistakes US News - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 9:45 AM EDT

    The three biggest mistakes you can make on the job come from the misuse or misunderstanding of three key factors in the workplace: technology, corporate culture and office politics: While many around you may seem to be doing the opposite, bringing discretion and common sense to your social media approach can save your …

  • 5 Frugal Soup Recipes to Get You Through Winter US News - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 9:02 AM EDT

    There's nothing more warming and soulful than eating a bowl of soup on a cold winter day . It's one of those feel-good foods that make everything feel all right. And when you're sick, it's the go-to food ...

  • The Best Money Moves for Autumn US News - Tue, Sep 30, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    As temperatures drop, wallets often open: Rising heating costs, holiday shopping expenses and travel for the holidays are just a few of the drains that start hitting our budgets this time of year. There's also limited time left to take advantage of flexible-spending dollars and 2014 deadlines for retirement savings. Personal …

  • The U.S. News Short List, separate from our overall rankings, is a regular series that magnifies individual data points in hopes of providing students and parents a way to find which undergraduate or graduate ...

  • The 8 biggest myths about rich people US News - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 5:39 PM EDT
    Wealth

    Not every wealthy person is a big spender with an immaculate financial history.

  • The Ultimate Guide to Buying a Mutual Fund US News - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 10:53 AM EDT

    With more than 7,700 mutual funds on the market, it's no surprise investors feel overwhelmed when making investment decisions. There are plenty of factors to consider when choosing a mutual fund: past performance, manager tenure and expense ratio. Many investors begin the investment process by shopping for funds based …

  • How to Save on Holiday Home Prep US News - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 9:42 AM EDT

    If your family is anything like mine, holiday season is hectic season. It's probably something I picked up from my mom, but we never touched any of the seasonal decorations until after the house had a thorough cleaning. Fall cleaning also sets the stage for the pretty seasonal decorations that make this time of year so …

  • 5 Signs Your Résumé Is Holding You Back US News - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 9:30 AM EDT

    If that's happening to you, your résumé may be holding you back in some way. Of course, in a tight job market like this one, it can be hard to know if the issue is simply the market and the amount of competition out there or if your résumé itself is putting you at a disadvantage. Here are five of the biggest indicators …

  • Top 5 Things You Can Rent for Extra Cash US News - Mon, Sep 29, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    By lending out what you already have lying around -- power tools, old college textbooks, even your home -- you can bring in that extra income you need with minimal time or effort.

  • 8 Ways to Score Deals on Goodwill Half-Off Days US News - Sun, Sep 28, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    In fact, when I started a new job, most of my wardrobe came from two Goodwill half-off day shopping sprees. If you're just browsing to see what you might like for a good price, you don't have to go to multiple stores.

  • 8 Ways to Pay Off Your Mortgage Years Earlier US News - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 1:39 PM EDT

    Jackie Beck, creator of the Pay Off Debt app, and her husband paid their $95,000 home mortgage in less than three years. To finish off the mortgage, they repeated the same tactics they had used to vanquish their credit card, student loan and auto loan debt. For Beck and her husband, the major benefit was having more money …

  • 5 Mistakes to Avoid When Hiring a Caregiver for Your Parent US News - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 1:34 PM EDT

    So if you're considering hiring an in-home caregiver for your mother, father or a relative, here are five common mistakes you should avoid. Tamar Shovali, an assistant professor of human development at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, who specializes in aging and caregiving, says the No. 1 mistake people make …

  • 10 ways consumers are often duped US News - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 1:34 PM EDT
    Price tag

    To become a savvier shopper, note these 10 ways shoppers are often lured into buying.

  • 5 ways to save money using your smartphone US News - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 1:33 PM EDT
    Smartphone

    Here are five ways to save a ton using your smartphone: It's as easy as taking a picture with your smartphone, and it can save you a ton.

  • 10 Ways to Shop Smarter at the Grocery Store US News - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 1:24 PM EDT

    You know it's smart to go to the grocery store with a shopping list. After all, it isn't easy to buy everything you want for the prices you want, unless you buy the same food items week after week. Grocery stores are known for playing soothing music, and some even pump out artificial smells of fresh-baked breads and rotisserie …

  • Savor Your Freedom in Retirement US News - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 10:03 AM EDT

    Retirement should be your time to savor this freedom. The key is to be doing what you want and enjoy.

  • How to Afford Your Social Life US News - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 9:10 AM EDT

    While I've frequently explored the challenge of incorporating social spending into a limited budget and sought out alternatives to expensive nights out and requisite obligatory spending for weddings, birthdays and the like, I've come to the realization that social spending is not a solo affair. Everyone, regardless of …

  • 7 Ways to Take Advantage of National Coupon Month US News - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 9:08 AM EDT

    September is National Coupon Month, the perfect opportunity to hone your healthy savings habits in preparation for the holiday shopping season. Believe it or not, 39 percent of consumers have already begun their holiday shopping, according to a recent RetailMeNot survey conducted with the Omnibus Company.

  • How to Save on Spring Break by Booking This Fall US News - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    But you shouldn't wait until the hoopla of the holidays has died down to book your spring break adventure. For starters, there are spring break options galore for those who plan early, and you'll never have to worry about your favorite hotel selling out. The following tips can help you get the most bang for your buck …

  • 4 Unfair Bank Fees That Will Drain Your Account US News - Fri, Sep 26, 2014 8:40 AM EDT

    In an ideal world, you would be exempt from all bank fees simply for maintaining a balance in your checking account. All these extra fees may make it difficult to bring your account back to a positive.

  • But a company's attempt to increase staff camaraderie by placing employees in out-of-the ordinary circumstances -- blanketed under the pretense of team building -- could do more team breaking. This format fosters good-natured competition, a crucial component of effective team-building, according to Jacobson.

  • Whitney Port, former reality TV star whose current titles include CEO, entrepreneur and fashion designer, was recently honored at the LinkedIn Discussion Series in New York City. Port transitioned from a fan favorite on MTV's reality series "The Hills" to her own show, "The City," where she learned from industry icons …

  • 6 Reasons to Consider Semi-Retirement US News - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 10:27 AM EDT

    Retirement can be a jarring change, and many retirees endure a bout of loneliness when they leave their career. Very few people have saved so much for retirement that they couldn't benefit from a little extra cash coming in through a part-time job or consulting work. Here's why many people prefer to ease into retirement …

  • 3 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Retirement Portfolio US News - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 10:08 AM EDT

    No more waking up early to battle your commute, keeping up with endless emails, fighting to make it to the top of the corporate ladder or leaving the office at 7 p.m. You finally made it to retirement with a sense of security that your assets will provide you enough income for the rest of your life. Freedom from work may …

  • How to Decide if You Can Retire Early US News - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 10:01 AM EDT

    When you ask a seasoned financial planner if you can retire early, he or she is most likely to ask you how you define both "retire" and "early." Helen Hogan, an investment advisor with Sunset Financial Services, based in Red Bank, New Jersey, says clients often open a conversation about early retirement only to discover …

  • How to Crush the All-Day Marathon Interview US News - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 9:59 AM EDT

    "Make peace with the fact that you're going to be repeating stuff," says Mary Ellen Slayter, Monster's career advice expert and founder of the marketing company Reputation Capital Media Services. You have your business cards. Later, you'll have their business cards. To get organized (and to appear organized), Slayter …

  • Money Tips for Single Ladies (and Gents) US News - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 9:23 AM EDT

    The percentage of American adults who have never married continues to rise, according to a new report released by the Pew Research Center this week. Reasons include later marriages as well as more people having children and living together outside of marriage, Pew reports.

  • 5 Common Money Scams to Avoid US News - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 9:22 AM EDT

    This email comes with the promise of millions of dollars from a self-proclaimed foreign government official, as long as you pay money up front to cover taxes and fees and provide personal information like your social security and bank account numbers. Don't fall for these hoaxes, and if you do want to take your chance …

  • 3 Ways to Wow Your Interviewer US News - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 9:15 AM EDT

    Write a customized cover letter specific to the interviewer. The emphasis is on professional, given that most people would be creeped out if you reference their kids and dog in a cover letter without knowing them personally. Once you've done your research, write a letter to the interviewer that's seven to 10 sentences …

  • Want a Killer Résumé? Think Like a Salesperson US News - Thu, Sep 25, 2014 9:10 AM EDT

    We've all heard it: Your résumé is your sales document. In a flier, you'd include the most attractive information first, and the same goes for your résumé. Before starting to draft or make changes to your current résumé, really take time to think about you.

  • 10 Ways to Protect Yourself From Online Fraud US News - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 2:35 PM EDT

    When they enter their information (such as passwords or Social Security numbers) on a Web page, they then discover the entity requesting it was actually a scam artist. If one site's security is jeopardized, then suddenly the fraudster could potentially access all of your accounts.

  • Grandparents: Talk to Your Grandchildren About Money US News - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 1:14 PM EDT

    When Christy Warner was growing up, her grandfather gave her a $25 savings bond every birthday and Christmas. Those savings bonds, which added up to several thousand dollars over time, are also what helped her make her first home purchase. As Warner's experience shows, grandparents can play a big role in teaching their …

  • Debunking 8 Common Investing Myths US News - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 12:04 PM EDT

    It's easy for investors to absorb myths on best investing practices from the media and financial pundits. Past performance will show you what to expect from future returns. In a recent research note, "Quantifying the Impact of Chasing Fund Performance," Vanguard compared the returns of a buy-and-hold strategy with a performance-chasing …

  • The Best Team-Building Exercises US News - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 11:52 AM EDT

    Good team-building activities have an objective. "There's a lot of confusion with companies that decide: 'We want to do a team event, but we don't really know why,'" says David Jacobson, founder of the New York City-based corporate entertainment and team-building company TrivWorks. There's a spectrum of activities that …

  • 3 Ways to Make Your Difficult Boss Love You US News - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 10:41 AM EDT

    Use the script technique to imagine past and future conversations with your boss and ideal ways to respond. Start with writing down past conversations that you think didn't go well, and then rewrite your response. I really appreciate the feedback, and I'd love to learn from these conversations. Once you've finished scripting …

  • How to Be Frugal and Invest the Difference US News - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 10:08 AM EDT

    It can be disappointing to hear that the secret to building the finances necessary to fund a comfortable retirement is that there are no secrets. If your employer will match your retirement account contributions your money will grow even faster.

  • Job Seekers: How to Follow Up Like You Mean It US News - Wed, Sep 24, 2014 9:52 AM EDT

    Ideally, you had a contact inside the organization through whom you learned about the job, says Jenny Foss, founder of the career blog JobJenny.com.

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