By Cindy Perman, CNBC.com
How Drunk Can You Get?
It's that time of year again - A time for twinkling lights, holiday carols, the crackle of the fire - and, wait, what's that sound?
Ah, yes. It's the sound of your co-worker getting too drunk and embarrassing himself in front of the boss at the office holiday party.
If it's the right co-worker, and by right I mean THAT GUY who drives everyone insane, it can make you feel all warm and fuzzy. If it's you, it can feel like a slow-motion crash - the faint tinkling of broken glass and metal scraping metal.
So let's review a few ground rules for the office holiday party, so we can all look each other in the eye tomorrow, OK?
First, let's adjust the attitude. Enough with the eye-rolling and complaining about having to spend more time with co-workers. Let's look at it for what it is: The company doing something nice for you, with free food and drink, and a chance to talk to co-workers, bosses and people from other departments in an informal
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Read More »from Altruism on the Rise? Real Secret Santas Help Strangers Across the Country
Lately, I've noticed a trend in good will. Call me blindingly optimistic, but there seems to be a rise in random acts of kindness around the country. The latest: a total stranger went into a Michigan Kmart and paid layaway bills for three random customers. Her only requirements, according to Consumerist, was that the layaway orders include toys and that each beneficiary receive the following note when they checked out: "Happy Holidays from a friend".
All told, the generous donor dropped $500 on other people's tabs. When a clerk asked her why she was doing this, she said: "I just want to help people."
This reminds me of another recent pay-it-forward moment in September, when patrons at an Oregon Diner started picking up checks for other tables creating a domino effect of kindness that lasted the entire day.
"People were just pointing to tables," a restaurant manager said at the time. "Nobody knew each other."
Again in November, the good samaritan movement went on the move, this
By Deborah Goldstein
Who should you tip each December? And how much? While you might be on a tight budget (like the rest of the country), a gift or cash equivalent shows your appreciation better than just a thank you. Don't be a Scrooge. When you create your holiday shopping list or budget, remember to include the following.
Hairstylist, Barber, Manicurist: Tip the cost of one haircut or manicure if you visit regularly. If more than one person works with you, divide the cost into separate cash tips or gifts for each. If the owner of the salon or barbershop usually works with you, he or she may refuse your tip, but it's still nice to offer one.
Housekeeper: Tip the cost of one cleaning in cash or as a gift. If your cleaning service routinely sends different people, you don't need to tip each one.
Mail Carrier: Give a small gift up to a $20 value only (no cash), according to the U.S. Postal Service rules.
Work Assistant: Tip $50 or more (or give a gift equivalentRead More »from Holiday Tipping Guide: How Much Do I Pay?
by Brandi Savitt - December 08, 2011
The Lure of Luxury
We've all done it… Maybe it was the day you found out that you didn't get the job you were hoping for, or you just lost a big account at the office? Or even worse, maybe the guy you've been seeing broke up with you- just as you were really starting to like him? We've all gone shopping after a particularly bad day and indulged in a little retail therapy to make ourselves feel better. And you know what? It works -that is, until the credit card bill comes at the end of the month…
Social Status & Spending
I recently read an article by Daisy Grewal in Scientific American entitled - When You Try to Buy Status, It Can Backfire, and it was fascinating. The piece highlighted a couple of university studies that showed when people feel inferior and that their social status is lower (even if it's just temporary), they are willing to spend more money on luxury purchases than someone who is feeling more confident and secure!Read More »from Are You an Emotional Shopper?
Isn't it strange that the the concept of mentoring seems to be quaint to our generation? Sure, mentoring in the corporate world remains highly valued because livelihoods are at stake. What I am thinking about today can't be measured in financial payoffs. It's about human capital.Read More »from Why Mentoring is Good for You
Y'all know that I'm all about navel gazing this year. Something happened as I turned 35 back in August: I realized the rest of my life needed to be focused on doing things that matter. I would lay in bed awake, staring at the ceiling, at 3am wrestling with questions.
• What am I doing now to make a difference in the world?
• What can I do better?
• What should I start doing?
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I don't pretend to know all the answers. The answer today is not the same one it will be next year. The magic crystal ball that tells all the answers just never shows up, right?
So what should we do when we aren't sure what to do?
We do the seemingly small acts of good, and we share our
Source: 5 Guidelines For Holiday Tipping
To tip or not to tip, that is the question everyone is thinking about during this holiday season. Although we're emerging from the recession, the economy is still not a pretty picture. So how much should we tip others when we're carefully watching our purse strings? Here are some rules you should follow:
- Tip what you can afford. If you can't afford to tip, think about alternatives such as homemade gifts or baked goods to show your appreciate.
- See tip sheets. Unsure of how much to give? Check out online tip sheets. Consumer Reports has a brief list of tipping practices cobbled together from results of a holiday tipping survey.
- Who to tip. When thinking about who you should tip, you need to consider a couple factors - how much you interact with people, how long you've known them, and the quality of the service they provide.
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- Check company
Source: 4 Weekend Organization Tips
The weekend is a time for fun but it's also the perfect time to get chores out of the way. During the week, your mind is filled with work and by the time you finally get home, you may not have the energy to organize your home. Use this weekend as a chance to get organized with these tips:
- Trash and stash documents. Many of us clutter up our home with unnecessary documents because we don't know when to keep them or throw them away. Stop storing documents you don't need and get organized by going over this list to learn how long you should hold onto certain papers.
- Declutter your home. After you're done clearing out the paper. Spend the weekend decluttering your home to get rid of the excess items you don't need. First figure out what areas you need to tackle and take a look at a list of my suggestionsto clean your closet, kitchen, computer, bookshelf, and bathroom.
- Make a list of organizing items to buy. Sometimes the reason
Source: 8 Ideas to Use Up Your FSA Before the Year-End
Now that it's nearing the end of the year, there are some money chores you need to take care of, such as making sure you've spent the money in your Flexible Spending Account because it will expire before the New Year. You're actually allowed to file an extension if you haven't used up all your FSA dollars, but you need to check your company policy to see if they allow that. Don't fret if you can't extend, here are some last-minute ideas to use your FSA money:
- Over-the-counter items: We're not allowed to spend our FSA dollars on over-the-counter medicines without prescriptions but there are plenty of nonmedicinal products that we can still use the FSA money for. For example, band aids, crutches, first aid kits, and rubbing alcohol.
- Acupuncture: Acupuncture is covered by your FSA, so if you have a condition such as pain, consider acupuncture.
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Source: 7 Easy Ways to Make Vacation Bliss Last
All good things come to an end, and that includes vacation as well. Settling back into work is hard especially when you're missing the sun and sand or whatever you immersed yourself in during your travels, but the vacation bliss doesn't have to end. It's said that people reap more benefit from multiple short vacations rather than one long one, because we derive most of the pleasure of our trip from planning. Personally, I think there are plenty of happy aftereffects as well.
I recently took a trip and am determined to make the happy travel buzz last for a good while. Here are some simple strategies I've been using:
Put Your Memories on Facebook: Upload your images and videos of the trip onto Facebook and watch the discussions begin! It's fun to see friends commenting back and forth on pictures and videos, and it'll be a constant reminder of the special moments you captured of your trip with your camera.
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