Should funeral homes wear pink to raise breast cancer awareness? (Photo: Wearthepink.com)A company that provides clothes to funeral homes has come out with special pink blazers that they say are meant to honor families who have battled breast cancer. But while the light-pink clothing met with rave reviews among funeral directors, the general public seems to think that Wear the Pink might go beyond the pale.
"Personalization and Service are two key components in the ever-changing funeral and cemetery industry," FD Suits, says on its Wear the Pink website. "Wear the Pink is a unique way to provide an optional serve and product to families who have battled breast cancer."
The pink blazers were introduced at the National Funeral Director's Association International Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, in October. Wear the Pink's website prominently displays the pink-ribbon badge that many consumers associate with breast cancer research.
Critics are calling it yet another example of "pink washing" -- when companies take advantage of the color and cause to boost sales --
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, Nov 20, 2012 4:55 PM EST
Should funeral homes wear pink to raise breast cancer awareness? (Photo: Wearthepink.com)A company that provides clothes to funeral homes has come out with special pink blazers that they say are meant to honor families who have battled breast cancer. But while the light-pink clothing met with rave reviews among funeral directors, the general public seems to think that Wear the Pink might go beyond the pale.Read More »from Company Offers Pink Breast-Cancer Awareness Blazers for Funeral Home Staff
- Forbes.com | Work + Money – Tue, Nov 20, 2012 2:54 PM EST
By Meghan Casserly
Women in the U.S. earn $10,784 less than their male counterparts each year, according to The National Partnership for Women and Families.22-year-old twins Mike and Caitlin are one year out of college. Both studied at a four-year University, received bachelor's degrees in engineering and are 12 months into entry-level jobs. Both siblings carry $20,000 in student loan debt, just about the national average.
All things being equal, Caitlin and Mike are on even (if unfortunate) footing for recent grads-making those first arduous steps up the career ladder, living on entry-level salaries and chipping away at hefty student loans. All things being equal.
Except that, at least according to new research from the American Association of University Women, all things are not equal. In fact, in comparing the salaries of men and women with comparable education in comparable fields just one year out of college, it's plain to see that when it comes to paying off student loan debt and getting ahead financially, Caitlin-and all women-are much worse off. Men and women pay the same amount for college, butRead More »from The Student Loan Debt Crisis is a Women's Issue: Here's Why
- Astrology.com FinanceScopes | Work + Money – Tue, Nov 20, 2012 1:39 PM EST
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Be careful what you wish for -- you may get it. Feeling a bit bored lately and wishing things would get more interesting? Life is about to shake things up, just for you. The curves up ahead are practically made to order.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
The funk you're in won't go away by talking to friends -- but it might clear if you throw some money at it! Cheap treats and guilty pleasures are worth every penny today, so let yourself indulge. Just remember it's only for the day.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
You see someone as more than a mentor. They are a guru, or even a shaman to you. Come back down to earth, Gemini! They are not getting their tips from the other side. They
- InvestingAnswers | Work + Money – Tue, Nov 20, 2012 12:25 PM EST
Follow this guide to put those student loans behind you. The average college graduate incurs almost $27,000 in student loan debt. If only students could wave a magic wand over that pile of debt and make it disappear.Read More »from 6 Steps to Make $45,000 in Student Loans Disappear
Actually, there is such a wand. But it takes discipline, paperwork and maybe a career adjustment or two to make this particular magic work.
"This is not a gift without work, but it is a gift," said Ruth Pusich, director of financial aid at Elmhurst College in suburban Chicago. Pusich knows what she's talking about: She has five daughters, four of whom managed to get at least some of their college debt forgiven.
Student loan forgiveness has existed in some form for decades. For instance, VISTA, Peace Corps and AmeriCorps -- as well as military service, some teaching jobs and some legal positions -- offer loan forgiveness in exchange for service.
In 2007, Congress considerably broadened forgiveness with the College Cost Reduction and Access Act. The act forgives a portion of certain kinds of student loans for students who
- Woman s Day | Work + Money – Tue, Nov 20, 2012 11:56 AM EST
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By Dawn Papandrea
With holiday shopping season in full swing, it's easy to let your guard down and fall prey to a credit card or identity thief. "People get busy and careless," says Beverly Harzog, credit card expert and consumer advocate. To avoid the hassle of trying to repair a damaged credit record that results from someone stealing your account information, make sure you don't make any of the following mistakes. Photo by Thinkstock
1. Letting your card out of your sight too long. Have you heard of skimming? "That's when someone swipes your credit card through a device called a skimmer, which records your credit card information so it can be replicated onto another card for fraudulent use," explains John Ulzheimer, President of Consumer Education for SmartCredit.com. The big problem with skimming: It's hard to prevent. You send away your card with restaurant servers all the time, right? When possible, such as at a retail counter or a small eatery, keep a close watchRead More »from 10 Big Blunders that Can Make You a Credit Card Fraud Victim
After leading a weekend boot camp in Personal Branding on the UCLA campus, I am worn out and so are our "campers." Sixteen hours of anything is hard, and personal branding is no exception. It's not like we were lifting boulders or building walls, except that we were: mentally, emotionally and spiritually.
The first stage of personal branding is the work of human development. That is: finding out about your authentic self, revealing your true aspirations and then pinning together a pattern of achievements that may have started from your early childhood.
The real, valid work of personal branding involves digging into your past. We do this because the first leg of your personal brand triad is something we call your "Forever" word - the word that describes a quality that you've always had, something that has been the foundation of who you are, from your earliest memories.
I wish it were a matter of looking back and fondly recalling all the wonderful things you've done. IRead More »from How Thought Crimes Kill Personal Brands
How much do you plan to spend? Consumers plan their holiday spending
What are you planning on spending for the holidays? A new holiday shopping survey finds that 62% of consumers will spend the same or more than they did this year as they did last year.
Of those who indicated that they will spend more money this holiday season:
- 42% said they are making more money this year
- 34% attributed their decision to better prices on gifts
- 22% said they have confidence in the economy
- 13% said they will spend more due to increased credit limit
- 8% are tired of being frugal
The survey was conducted by PriceGrabber ® . "Our survey data found that shoppers are not only expecting to find great prices and bargains this holiday season, but 59 percent of consumers plan to start shopping even earlier this year to spread out the impact of purchases, compared to 53 percent in 2011,"Read More »from How Much Will You Be Spending on the Holidays?
Holidays Resolutions For Saving MoneyIt is common for many of us to worry about money as the new year comes in, and many people think about saving money as a holiday's resolution. Here are some tips to help you get started.
1. Dealing With Debts - Many people choose to deal with their debts to save money on interest payments.
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2. Start Budgeting - Another popular holiday's resolution for saving money is to start budgeting so you know exactly what you've got left to spend each month. This helps to stay out of debt.
3. Check Out What's On Offer - Many people opt to get the best savings rates to checking what rates are on offer, and moving their money as the rates change. It's a popular resolution and one that could mean earning a lot more interest on your savings.
4. Change Your Mindset - Spending less on luxuries is a common holiday's resolution for savingRead More »from 7 Holidays Resolutions for Saving Money
For dedicated holiday deal hunters, Thanksgiving marks the start of the holiday shopping frenzy. With sales starting earlier and earlier, those elusive "doorbuster deals" can be hard to get your hands on. Whether you're a seasoned Black Friday pro, or considering joining the crowds this year, your computer or smart phone can help you plan your Black Friday attack by finding the best deals before you even set foot in the store.
Just how can technology help you this Black Friday? Take a look!
Preview the ads: You don't have to wait for the early morning paper to arrive to check out the money saving Black Friday ads. Fire up your computer and check out blackfriday by BradsDeals for Black Friday preview ads from major retailers. Use ad previews to compare prices along with the store hours tab to plan your day.
Plan your strategy: For a plethora of tips on how to make the most of your limited time and resources on Black Friday,Read More »from Use Technology to Snag Hot Black Friday Deals
Money Saving TipsThere are plenty of ways to save money-make a budget, spend less, cook dinner instead of doing take-out again-and if you're trying to cut your expenses, you've probably tried (or at least heard about) them all. But even for those of you who're already doing all the right things, here are a few more uncommon tricks to saving a few bucks here and there.
1. Make a Food Calendar to Stop Wasting ItBe honest: How often do you realize that you let your milk, leftovers, or veggies go bad? Your secret is safe with me, but know that every time you throw out that (gross, mushy, smelly) expired food, you're throwing away money. If you do this often, I recommend putting a calendar on your fridge, with a pen tied to it for easy access. When you return from the store and put your groceries away, write down the date your milk will go bad ("November 27: Milk expires") or how long you have to eat those chicken breasts.
What I love about this is that it serves for good dinner inspiration-"Oh, I haveRead More »from 6 Money-Saving Tips that Will Blow Your Mind
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