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- Fri, Dec 28, 2012 11:50 AM EST | CommentsShow gratitude to your favorite gift-givers with these unique, splashy ways to say, "gee, you shouldn't have, but I love you for it!" By Ava Feuer, REDBOOK.
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- Cheapism.com | Work + Money | Fri, Dec 28, 2012 4:23 PM EST | Comments
By Kara Reinhardt, Cheapism.com
Unfortunately even the best of intentions can breed unwanted gifts: the sweater that clings too tightly, the DVD you already own, the jewelry that's someone else's style. The National Retail Federation estimates that consumers will return $62.7 billion worth of holiday merchandise this year. Unsatisfied gift recipients will find some retailers more generous than others. Many issue refunds only in the original method of payment, for example, so a gift receipt often entitles the bearer to an exchange or store credit rather than cash back. Most retailers also leave recipients on the hook for return shipping, but companies with an offline presence usually take back online purchases at their brick-and-mortar stores.
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Cheapism has rounded up the store return policies for nearly two dozen of the nation's largest retailers. Companies including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Best Buy, Sea...Read More »
- Thu, Dec 27, 2012 12:02 AM EST | CommentsBy Leah Bourne, The Vivant
There is no better time to get a seriously good deal on luxury goods. From the Chloe "it" bag that is suddenly much more affordable to a Calvin Klein Collection dress that is a whopping 85 percent off, we've rounded up the best sales of the season.
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- Savvysugar | Work + Money | Thu, Dec 27, 2012 12:34 AM EST | CommentsSource: 4 Things to Do With Gifts You Don't Want
Now that the Christmas rush is over, you might be less than giddy over some of the gifts you received. Every year, millions of dollars are wasted on unwanted gifts, but that doesn't mean you should let your own unwanted present go to waste. If you're eyeing a certain gift with distaste, here are a couple of options you can take:
- Exchange or return it to the store: If the kind recipient was thoughtful enough to include a gift receipt, use the opportunity to trade the present in for an item that you actually want or to get a refund. Remember not to take too long when returning the gift, because there usually is a time frame for when the store will accept a return. Also, check the return policy to see if you're allowed to get a full refund or if you're only allowed to trade the item in for another.
- Sell it online: Sell the unwanted gifts on sites like Craigslist, eBay, or Amazon. If you don't have much experience with
- Woman S Day | Work + Money | Thu, Dec 27, 2012 1:44 PM EST | CommentsBy Margot Gilman
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"Neither a borrower nor a lender be." Shakespeare's words have stood the test of time, unlike most other bits of money advice you've probably heard. And yet many of us continue to follow old money rules-some outdated, some never good ideas to begin with-that are more likely to cost us dough than save us any. Learn which ones to forget and which new tips really pay off. Photo by Thinkstock....Read More »
1. Old rule: Buy stock and let it sit and grow over time.
New rule: Rebalance your portfolio every year.
If you have a mixed investment portfolio, such as your 401(k) which contains bonds and stocks, buying and holding shifts the ratio of these investments over the years, since riskier vehicles usually grow faster. "You could be taking on more risk over time, which isn't necessarily what you want as you get older," says Eleanor Blayney, a consumer advocate for the CFP Board (the organization that credentials certified financial planners) and the author
- Astrology.com Financescopes | Work + Money | Fri, Apr 26, 2013 11:27 AM EDT | Comments
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
You need to shake off the old ways of thinking that are holding you back. Once you realize you can do things in an entirely new way, you can re-write the rulebook. Find ways you are stuck in mental ruts and give them the boot.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Karmic Love Reading
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You're reaching for something simple, but you will transcend your easy goals and make it way further down the field than you had dared to hope. Have faith in yourself, Taurus, and learn to think big. It's the only way to win big!
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Maya-Aztec Reading
Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Unfortunately preaching about what you know if not as effective as watching silently while someone learns the hard way today. The only rede
- Babble.com | Work + Money | Thu, Apr 25, 2013 3:32 PM EDT | CommentsSo I'm going to be in the Wall Street Journal talking about how I'm a work-at-home mom and why I attend events like blog conferences. Cool.
I can get with that because I love all the "mommyblogger" events I attend each year, like the Mom 2.0 Summit and the BlogHer conference. I love them because they have made an enormous positive impact on my work, because I am able to network and develop new ideas, and because I get to spend time with my tribe.
I never had a tribe until I started working in social media. I can't begin to express how much it has enriched my life to know the fellow bloggers and entrepreneurs I now know just because I started a blog about postpartum depression nine years ago. I work in a quiet house all day between dropping the kids off and picking them up from the bus stop, but I'm never alone. A quick hop onto Twitter or Facebook and I'm conversing with some of the smartest, most clever, most funny people I know. I'm continually amazed at how much each has...Read More »
- Babble.com | Work + Money | Thu, Apr 25, 2013 3:20 PM EDT | CommentsLast week I went to Washington DC for four days to attend TEDMED, the health and medicine version of the very popular TED Conference. I arrived early in DC on Tuesday and headed to a comfy spot in a cafe before the conference started so I could get some work done, only to find that I had already lost an important component of my cell phone charger. You know the part that plugs into the wall? Yeah, that one. I had just made it into the first few hours of a long trip and I was already unable to charge my phone, which by noon was at 20% battery.
No problem, I thought. I have a Mophie, so I'll be able to use that to keep my phone charged. Only it kept running out of juice as well. Okay, Katherine, let's try option C. Just use your USB plug and plug it into your computer while you sleep. Nope, that didn't work either. Moving on to option D, I decided I'd simply hang out by the conference's charging stations each day and use my USB plug there. Except so many people were using those stat...Read More »
- The Daily Muse | Work + Money | Thu, Apr 25, 2013 2:27 PM EDT | CommentsTake Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, a national event that was created to give our kids a peek into the working world. And while many companies plan a day of special events, parties, and long lunches for the kids-remember that today's really a day to show them what work is all about. So, if you're planning to bring your sons or daughters to work today, here are a few ways to make the most of it.
1. Teach Business Etiquette 101Heading to the office is a great time to give kids a lesson in workplace etiquette. Now matter how old they are, spend some time teaching them how to give a handshake, make eye contact, introduce themselves, and greet someone properly. Once you get to the office, have them practice their handshakes and introductions as you take them around to meet the team. And don't let them wear their usual attire to the office! Make sure they pick out work-appropriate outfits, and use the opportunity to talk about your office dress code: why suits are require...Read More »
- Astrology.com Financescopes | Work + Money | Thu, Apr 25, 2013 11:19 AM EDT | Comments
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Just before things get better, they get worse -- much, much worse. It's like that old saw, the darkest time is just before dawn. Don't get too upset by it, though, because your time of renewal is just around the corner.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Celtic Love Tarot Reading
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Emotions run high today, especially when money comes up. Possessiveness and jealousy rear their ugly heads early and often. There is no way out of the fuss, either -- so hold onto your wallet and defend your position.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Destiny Reading
Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Things are moving much slower than usual -- but the good news is that you can now see things that usually happen to fast to catch. It's like time-lapse pho
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