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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
- Woman S Day | Work + Money | Thu, Apr 25, 2013 9:45 AM EDT | CommentsBy Sandy M. Fernandez
Discover do-it-yourself tricks that'll bolster your budget
There's nothing wrong with paying a professional to do a job for you. But even those experts agree that people often pay-a lot-for services that they could easily tackle themselves. Continue reading to learn the DIY skills that could save you hundreds or even thousands of dollars a year. Photo by Getty Images.
Master the Sewing Machine
HOW MUCH YOU'LL SAVE Anywhere from a few dollars to hundreds per job
Most people can hand-stitch a seam or hem. But when you learn your way around a sewing machine, a world of savings opens up. You can make cushions and curtains, add years to a jacket's life by replacing a zipper, or buy that super-discounted but too-big dress and take it in. Even small projects add up: It can cost $6 to $15 to have a pair of pants hemmed, and $10 to $20 to replace a zipper. Your $80 investment for a new basic sewing machine will be recouped in no time.
WHAT IT ENTAILS Patience and practice. "You don't learn unless you make m
- Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! Blogger | Work + Money | Wed, Apr 24, 2013 12:27 PM EDT | Comments
"Marilyn had a famously difficult childhood and the period this photograph captures…[is] one of the few times of stability and relative happiness in her early life." Lucy Carr, an expert in Hollywood memorabilia for Bonhams, told the Pacific Coast News. "Her childlike appearance in this photograph is quite different than the platinum blonde bombshell image she would become known for." The auction is scheduled for May 5....Read More »
- Astrology.com Financescopes | Work + Money | Wed, Apr 24, 2013 11:14 AM EDT | Comments
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Never underestimate your adversary! Pay careful attention to the other person today and everything will be fine. But assume you will end up on top and you are destined to lose, big time. Keep your eyes open.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Birds are chirping, butterflies are fluttering their wings and the clouds are parting -- no, it's not the song of spring, it's the special effect that money has on your heart. Don't get carried away, Taurus! Keep things in perspective.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
You can overwhelm your adversary today with not much extra effort. If you're coming at the problem from more than one direction
- Astrology.com Financescopes | Work + Money | Tue, Apr 23, 2013 11:06 AM EDT | Comments
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Conflict looms like lightening in the distance, but it doesn't have to develop into a full-blown storm. Put some effort into it. With a bit of tact and diplomacy, you can save yourself a good amount of money.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Numerology One-Year Forecast
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You need to stay fiscally healthy, and today is your day to be sure you're doing things right. Begin by sticking to your budget or simply pay attention to what you spend. It's easier than you think to get out of the red and into the black.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Everyone in the family is worried about money in their own way today. One member is worried about making more -- or less -- one ab
- Sarah B. Weir, Yahoo! Blogger | Work + Money | Mon, Apr 22, 2013 2:24 PM EDT | Comments
If you've never woken up after a night of partying and realized that your anxiety nightmare about the dangerous/salacious/obnoxious/illegal act you committed was reality, congratulations! The rest of us will now go collect our membership cards to the Reese Witherspoon Sobriety Club.
As has been widely reported, early Friday morning, star of the movie "Legally Blonde" and "Sweet Home Alabama," among other poofs of sugary pink fluff, Witherspoon was arrested for disorderly conduct when she mouthed off to the police officer who was administering a DUI roadside test to husband Jim Toth. In a statement released on Sunday, Witherspoon said she was "deeply embarrassed" by her behavior and that she has "nothing but respect for the police." Lucky for her,...Read More »
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