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- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money | Fri, Dec 14, 2012 3:43 PM EST | CommentsWith Christmas just days away, it's not surprising that the sticker price for this holiday's hottest toy is skyrocketing. Still, $2,500...for a Furby?
An eBay seller is asking $2,500 in exchange for a Furby and a little help.
This year's hottest holiday toy
The priciest individual listing for the doll on eBay costs $2,450 more than the original retail price. What makes this particular cross-eyed robot so special: the seller.
Beneath Cheri Cisneros' headline—"FURBY BLACK INTERACTIVE ELECTRONIC TOY 2012 NEW GREAT FOR CHRISTMAS!!!"—there is an explanation for the staggering four digits.
"I am in the end stage of lung disease, and waiting for the call saying they have a donor transplant ready for me," reads the description. "As I wait I cannot work and am in bed as my function is 12% at this point. Insurance has the surgery covered but in the meantime I am drowning in debt. If you are blessed and can help me out, please make an offer on my Furby."
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In 2004, Cisneros was diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary D...Read More »
- Refinery29 | Work + Money | Fri, Dec 14, 2012 2:35 PM EST | Comments
By Angela Tafoya, Refinery29
Some will argue that between the pay (or lack thereof), busy work, and schlepping around - being someone's intern is hardly a breeze. Remember those days? But hey, you know what they say...you've got to start somewhere, right? Well, in a surprising new study by Glassdoor, it turns out Facebook interns may be an exception and are not exactly working for chump-change. In fact, they are living quite the lavish life and making more than the average American (who nets around $40,000 annually). We're talking $5,602 a month, averaging $67,000 a year. Um, suddenly being an intern again doesn't sound too shabby. On top of the mega bucks the social-media giant dishes out, it also supplies interns with employee perks like gym access, laptops, phones, and more. Perhaps it's not that much of a surprise, though, considering Facebook is ranked one of the top companies to work for, but $67,000 a year? Wowza! Okay, where do we sign up?
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- Work And Money The Shine | Work + Money | Fri, Dec 14, 2012 4:47 PM EST | Comments
A recent Wells Fargo survey found that nearly 30% of middle class Americans plan to work until they are 80 or older -- up from 25% a year ago. With people struggling to save for retirement, we’ve recruited personal finance expert Lauren Lyons Cole to give us practical tips to properly plan for retirement at a reasonable age.
1. Make sure you’re getting the match on your employer’s retirement plan: This is an easy one, but you’d be surprised how many people still aren’t taking advantage of their employer’s match. Your employer may be offering free financial workshops. Go to them! Meet with your HR rep and increase your 401k contribution up to the match. If you’re already getting the match, increase it by 5% extra. You’ll barely notice the difference.
2. Open and contribute to a Roth IRA - These are magical accounts. They have only been around since the late 90s and Lauren thinks that one of...Read More »
- Anderson Team | Anderson Cooper | Thu, Dec 13, 2012 1:57 PM EST | Comments
Sarah, who is from New Hampshire, called the police on a Salvation Army bell ringer who was outside her workplace collecting donations for the holidays. Her bold move made headlines, and she was subsequently called "The Grinch."
Sarah appeared on "Anderson Live" to explain why she called the police. She said it was her fourth year in a row listening to the bells, and could not take it anymore. Sarah insisted she is a nice person and expressed her frustration at being called "The Grinch" and said, "It's horrifying."
Watch the video to find out what else she had to say.
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- Savvysugar | Work + Money | Wed, Dec 12, 2012 8:05 PM EST | CommentsSource: The Best Job Hunting Tips of the Year
Some of the best news to come out of 2012 was that the economy had improved and that more jobs were being created. More openings meant more job search tips - and within the year, a new LinkedIn format, new ways of looking at cover letters, and more all made it onto our list of things to keep on our radar. The job hunt may have its ups and downs, but with a positive attitude (see slide nine) and the help of these tips, you'll soon be able to kiss the search goodbye.
- Write a Standout Email : On top of having to perfect résumés and cover letters, we sometimes forget that there's an accompanying email that also makes an impression. One Google recruiter has some great advice about writing the ideal introduction note. A couple of tips? Being specific in the email subject line and keeping it short and sweet.
- Make the Most of LinkedIn: The profesional network recently got a makeover, so it's even more important to make sure yo
- Astrology.com Financescopes | Work + Money | Thu, Apr 11, 2013 11:40 AM EDT | Comments
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Making spontaneous decisions is the way to go today -- as long as not much money is involved. You can pick just the right place to have lunch or the right pair of shoes, but when it comes to big ticket items or long-term investments, you're not a good bet.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You can feel the lull before the storm. It's a great time to prepare for the worst today, and you can forget about the 'while expecting the best' part of the old saw. Batten down the hatches while you still have time to.
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Someone is bubbling over with enthusiasm today -- is it you? If so, then use that energy to make some serious p
- Good Housekeeping | Work + Money | Thu, Apr 11, 2013 10:00 AM EDT | CommentsBy harnessing the power of collaborative consumption, you can save money. If you're unfamiliar with the term, collaborate consumption refers to the sharing of goods and services. For example, it could involve sharing bikes, cars, and homes, exchanging or selling clothes or electronics, or the bartering of services and tasks. With the rapid proliferation of mobile apps, social media tools, and web-based services, we're in the midst of a radical revolution for the consumption of commodities. Traditional sharing, bartering, lending, trading, swapping, and the like are being redefined by peer communities. Forbes recently estimated that the revenue from the so-called "share economy" that will wind up in peoples' wallets will surpass $3.5 billion this year alone.
Make money by sharing with these helpful tips
Here are a few of the shared economy approaches available:
Unloading or Swapping Products - Just because you no longer need something, doesn't mean it's reached the end of its usable life. Whether your kids have outgrown toys...Read More »
- The Daily Muse | Work + Money | Wed, Apr 10, 2013 8:02 PM EDT | Comments
Myths we tell college grads
I'm sure you've heard the news: Millennials are the worst generation in history. We're "deluded narcissists," not to mention unprofessional, entitled, and unemployed.
Or are we? I'm here to tell you that-just like the critique of past generations-this isn't true for the majority of us. In fact, many of us value hard work, getting ahead, commitment, and even philanthropy. This criticism is a myth-and sadly, only one of many we are told as we enter the working world.
As I embarked on my graduation (almost a year ago now-yikes!), I heard a lot of well-intentioned advice and comments that, in all reality, haven't been true of my experience. Here are a few of the other myths we're often told as recent or soon-to-be college graduates-and why you should take them with a grain of salt.
Myth #1: You'll Only Get a Job Through Your Connections
I heard this particular myth during every single one of my internship searches in college and the eventual full-time job hunt....Read More »
- Babble.com | Work + Money | Wed, Apr 10, 2013 3:58 PM EDT | CommentsIt seems people are in either one of the two tax camps: those that have their taxes done by January 31st and then there are those who are barely scraping by on April 15th. Are you getting a refund and if so, what are you doing with it? Stashing it under the mattress? Squirreling it away into a shady overseas bank account? Investing in Silly String?
Though these are all fine ideas, for sure, there may be other that will put your extra cash to better use. For what you should be doing with it, or what we'd do with it at least, check out the following 5 ways to maximize your tax refund.
1. Take a Vacation
Yes, seriously. Take a vacation. If you're burned out and not enjoying life, you're not going to be able to make the best decisions in your everyday life. Use your tax refund to recuperate, relax, and get a little enjoyment out of life. It's not all about working non-stop.
2. Pay off Your Debt
Depending on the size of your refund, pay off an entire credit or an...Read More »
- Redbook | Work + Money | Wed, Apr 10, 2013 2:13 PM EDT | Comments
By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.
Yesterday was Equal Pay Day, which marks how far into 2013 women have to work to earn as much as men did in 2012. Might I remind you that it's April, meaning that women earned in 16 months what men do in the usual 12. The Huffington Post marked Equal Pay Day by quoting a startling statistic from the Center for American Progress: "As late as 2011, 97 percent of full-time working women were in jobs that typically paid men more."
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What's more, certain professions have a higher wage disparity than others. Female personal financial advisors earn only 61.3 percent of what their male counterparts do. Of the 534 professions listed by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, women out-earn men in seven of them. Yes, seven out of 534.
The wage gap starts at the very beginning. Sarah Jane Glynn, senior policy analyst at American Progress, told HuffPo that research shows women are less likely than men t...Read More »
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