By Cindy Perman, CNBC.com
It's been a tough slog in Cubeville the past few years as companies not only cut back on staffing but also morale-boosting events like the office holiday party. But don't cry in that beer you had to buy with your own money just yet - the office holiday party is making a comeback!
The number of companies holding office holiday parties has fallen steadily in the past few years until it hit the bottom of the punch bowl at 74 percent last year but it bounced back this year to 91 percent, according to a survey by global executive-search firm Battalia Winston.
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That's a pre-recession level of partying!
"Despite the challenging economic environment, it seems that companies are moving back to a state of normality," said Dale Winston, CEO and Chairwoman of Battalia Winston.
But what about the "fiscal cliff!" you say. What about higher taxes and government spending cuts? Who can drink at a time like this,you
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Not wanting to face the music, I took the easy way out and just went with a friend's recommendation for an in-home daycare. We called and reserved a spot for Eli without ever meeting the babysitter and only visited once before his first day and at a time when there weren't any kids present. Basically we did the opposite of what we should've done and unsurprisingly, we weren't pleased with the attention Eli was getting. So, this is where I suggest you learn from my initial mistakes and try some other methods to find a good daycare provider.
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1. Establish a
- Astrology.com FinanceScopes | Work + Money – Tue, Dec 4, 2012 11:41 AM EST
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
It's a good day to reflect on the past -- as long as you don't let it get in the way of the present! Saying your bottom line is more important than your emotions is the perfect excuse. You may have to stick to making money and leave the histrionics for another day.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You don't need anything big for a chance. You're perfectly content to share a simple meal with friends and family. Who needs fancy restaurants or major accomplishments to attain happiness? Not you, at least not today.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
You're confident things will work out -- and that comes from years of experience surviving some pretty serious financial squeezes, or from total denial. Only time
What is a gift supposed to convey? Is it an expression of how you feel about the recipient? Would that be affection? Gratitude? Respect?
Or is a gift meant to convey something about you? Intelligence? Adventure? Humor?
If you are serious about your reputation - what we now call your personal brand, the ideal gift will say something about both you and your recipient. It will have the flavor or essence of your personal brand and a hearty helping of an interest of theirs. Thus you are underscoring the intersection between the two of you.
For example, I am Hello Kitty's biggest fan. Nearly a disciple, actually. Hence, for a client who collects contemporary art, I've purchased the perfect gift. It's Hello Kitty, Hello Art! by Roger Gastman. The pages feature the art of Gary Baseman and Yosuke Ueno among others - all with their particular take on Hello Kitty.
That is the secret to buying the perfect item. I call it the: "me-and-you gift."
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- Mandy Seay, QuickEasyFit | Work + Money – Tue, Dec 4, 2012 11:17 AM EST
Add up the potential tax savings.Uncle Sam may be due his cut every year by April 15, but don't make his slice of your financial pie any bigger than it needs to be. There are more than 350 tax deductions available each year, and you're likely missing out on one or more of these "secret" tax deductions.
1. Educational Expenses - Not just limited to tuition (though that counts, too), textbooks count as do supplies and lab fees. Save your receipts, since you'll need them if you're ever, gulp, audited.
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2. Childcare - The daycare services your gym provides counts, as does the babysitter you pay to watch your kids once a month on "date night." If you're paying someone to take care of your kid or kids, then you can deduct the amount you pay. Some places, like gym day cares, will have a Tax Identification Number that you'll need for your taxes. As for that babysitter, pay her enough and you may want to get herRead More »from Shhh: 12 Tax Write-Offs the IRS Doesn't Want You to Know
Cutting costsSaving money is difficult, especially in a scenario where a huge chunk of money is spent on paying different taxes and unnecessary bills. It is very important for a person to earn well and spend carefully in order to have a satisfied living.
Everyone wishes to earn more; however, the money you make is not always in your hands. It is a scarce resource that can take a huge time to grow.
In such a case, the easiest way to save money is to spend cleverly. Given below are a few shopping tips that will help you get the thing you want at a cheaper rate.
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Work Hard AND Smart: 3 Ways to Manage your Time and Maximize Earnings as a Work-at-Home ParentOne of the questions I hear most often from other moms who want to work from home is "how do you manage your time?"Read More »from 3 Ways to Manage Your Time and Maximize Earnings as a Work-at-Home Parent
Often these women picture trying to fit the traditional 40-hour, 9-5 work week around family time, and just can't imagine how it can possibly work.
The truth, though, is that managing your time at home is a different animal than in the typical office job. In a corporate environment, meetings, socializing, and getting drawn into projects and discussions that probably don't need to include you can suck up a lot of time.
At home, laundry, TV and Facebook pose more of a threat.
But the good news is, if you're efficient and disciplined, you can get more done in a lot fewer hours when you manage your own time. Working at home requires you to make the most of your working hours so that you can make the most of your not-working hours. The solution isn't just working smarter, but taking advantage of your strengths, energy rhythms, and working tendencies -
- Astrology.com FinanceScopes | Work + Money – Mon, Dec 3, 2012 1:11 PM EST
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
When you're not feeling all that great -- about yourself, your finances or life in general -- then you're tempted to do something desperate to shake things up. What you end up doing doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. Big change may come at the cost of nothing more than, well, small change.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
People are rushing to your rescue, sweeping you into their arms like a crying baby. Or so it feels for fleeting moments today! Don't let admitting defeat become a habit, but for the time being, if it keeps you afloat, use it.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Friends and Lovers Reading
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Money is pretty tight today. You don't have a penny to spare, and mistakes are out of the question. Be
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Ditch that coffee-stained list you scrawled out on the back of an envelope and take a page from the tech-savvy Santa playbook with the Better Christmas List app. Having this easy, intuitive, budget-conscious gift organizer in the palm of your hand is like having your very own elf! Just download, type in your gift list, organize it by groups (family, friends, co-workers), and set a budget. It even has a password-protected option to make sure your tech savvy kids don't take a peek!
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Young woman with santa cap holding piggy bankWe all know that every time Christmas comes around the temptation is to get the wallet out and splash out on lavish presents and food and drink for friends and family. But if money is tight this Christmas and you want to go into the New Year without a millstone of debt hanging around your neck here are five useful money saving tips for you to consider this Christmas.
Take advantage of the sales - Don't be too proud not to consider buying Christmas presents in stores where there are big sales. Your loved ones don't need to know where your gifts came from and how much they cost. If you can buy a present they'd really like at a discount price then so much the better.
Budget, budget, budget - Too often Christmas shoppers spend a fortune on presents without thinking about the consequences of how they'll afford it until after the event. This is a sure-fire way to New Year debt. Why not calculate exactly how much you canRead More »from 5 Money Saving Tips for This Christmas
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