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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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- 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
- Babble.com | Work + Money | Fri, May 17, 2013 1:13 PM EDT | Comments
Have you ever thought about starting your own business? Even the idea alone seems daunting to most. But for those who are willing and able to take the plunge, figuring out where to begin and how to plan for the future can be the toughest part. Obstacles will arise, finances may run low, and stress can (and probably will) hit an all-time high. In order to avoid as much of that as possible, we asked 17 of our Top 50 Etsy Parents for their best financial, emotional, and technical advice that they wish they had known before they jumped into the wonderful world of self-employment. Check out their tips on starting a business below! - By Babble Editors
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Staying on budget is like starting a new diet - it can be difficult to begin, impossible to resist splurging, and works a hell of a lot better with some support. Make being frugal fun, flirty, and yes, manageable, by getting your partner on board. By Brie Schwartz, REDBOOK.
Cook the books
Playing chef can be one of the easiest ways to increase your profits, and doing so doesn't mean skimping on ingredients or romance. Buy succulent cuts of steak and salmon, dim the lights, shut off your phones, and decant a bottle of Merlot that would have cost four times as much at a fine restaurant. Bonus: it's totally not tacky to smooch at the table. Then, put your savings towards a truly special, decadent date night. Hate the kitchen? Error-proof meals made in the slow cooker can be prepped quickly before work and are easily stretched throughout the week. On the weekends, bag the expensive brunch and eat breakfast in bed, which may just lead to a steamy afternoon of other gratis activities.
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- The Daily Muse | Work + Money | Thu, May 16, 2013 1:45 PM EDT | Comments
After nine long years, The Office is coming to a close tonight (sad!). And while there are plenty of things we'll miss-Jim and Dwight's pranks, Kevin's one-liners, and all the Andy drama-no one will ever replace the man who started it all.
So, in honor of the show's finale, we decided to review the management stylings of Michael Scott and share a few nuggets of workplace wisdom we've gained from him over the years. Sit back, relax, and learn from the World's Best Boss.
1. After sitting at your desk all day, sometimes you just need to move.
Source: What Should BC Call Us
2. Bring snacks, and you'll instantly make friends at the office.
Source: Daily Dose of Memo
3. Stick to your guns.
4. Inspire your employees with motivational quotes.
5. Make time for team bonding.
Source: Little Moments
6. Celebrate even the little wins.
7. Sometimes, you just have to wing it.
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- Astrology.com Financescopes | Work + Money | Thu, May 16, 2013 12:42 PM EDT | Comments
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
You long for the excitement of an action movie -- but you should just shell out the price of a ticket rather than trying to drum up that kind of action in real life. You have more important, albeit boring, things to take care of today.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Daily Grind Reading
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
If any of your detractors has a better plan than yours, invite them to lead the way; otherwise, simply block them out. You don't want to waste your energy on a power struggle today. Too much is at stake.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Harmony Reading
Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
It's a lot of fun working with like-minded people -- but if you're stuck with people who take offense at every little thing you say, then keep all debate out o
- Babble.com | Work + Money | Thu, May 16, 2013 12:20 PM EDT | Comments
My family picked through our community guide and selected a couple of day camps for our boys. They'll head to a community center to do arts, crafts, swimming, and gym activities for a week in July and a week in August. Some of the camps in our community looked spectacular, but were were WAY too expensive. That being said, some people have no problem breaking the bank when it comes to giving their children summer adventures. Business Insider has compiled a list of some of the most expensive summer camps for kids. The cost of these camps starts at $10,000 for the summer, and it only goes up from there. Take a look at 7 of the most outrageous options! - By Buzz BishopMORE ON BABBLE
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