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- Cnbc | Work + Money | Tue, Dec 4, 2012 3:46 PM EST | Comments
By Cindy Perman, CNBC.com
It's been a tough slog in Cubeville the past few years as companies not only cut back on staffing but also morale-boosting events like the office holiday party. But don't cry in that beer you had to buy with your own money just yet - the office holiday party is making a comeback!
The number of companies holding office holiday parties has fallen steadily in the past few years until it hit the bottom of the punch bowl at 74 percent last year but it bounced back this year to 91 percent, according to a survey by global executive-search firm Battalia Winston.
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That's a pre-recession level of partying!
"Despite the challenging economic environment, it seems that companies are moving back to a state of normality," said Dale Winston, CEO and Chairwoman of Battalia Winston.
But what about the "fiscal cliff!" you say. What about higher taxes and government spending cuts? Who can drink at a time like th...Read More »
- Babble.com | Work + Money | Tue, Dec 4, 2012 3:03 PM EST | CommentsOur plan, even way back before the baby was born, was for me to return to work, part-time, a few months after the baby arrived. It wasn't something I was delighted to do, but I only just finished my grad school education (I graduated the very day Eli was born) and the only way we could pay our bills was for me to work. And obviously, that meant we needed childcare.
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Not wanting to face the music, I took the easy way out and just went with a friend's recommendation for an in-home daycare. We called and reserved a spot for Eli without ever meeting the babysitter and only visited once before his first day and at a time when there weren't any kids present. Basically we did the opposite of what we should've done and unsurprisingly, we weren't pleased with the attention Eli was getting. So, this is where I suggest you learn from my initial mistakes and try some other methods to find a good daycare provider.
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1. Es...Read More »
- Astrology.com Financescopes | Work + Money | Tue, Dec 4, 2012 11:41 AM EST | Comments
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
It's a good day to reflect on the past -- as long as you don't let it get in the way of the present! Saying your bottom line is more important than your emotions is the perfect excuse. You may have to stick to making money and leave the histrionics for another day.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Love Meter
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You don't need anything big for a chance. You're perfectly content to share a simple meal with friends and family. Who needs fancy restaurants or major accomplishments to attain happiness? Not you, at least not today.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Karma Reading
Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
You're confident things will work out -- and that comes from years of experience surviving
- Personal Branding Blog | Work + Money | Tue, Dec 4, 2012 11:20 AM EST | Comments
What is a gift supposed to convey? Is it an expression of how you feel about the recipient? Would that be affection? Gratitude? Respect?
Or is a gift meant to convey something about you? Intelligence? Adventure? Humor?
If you are serious about your reputation - what we now call your personal brand, the ideal gift will say something about both you and your recipient. It will have the flavor or essence of your personal brand and a hearty helping of an interest of theirs. Thus you are underscoring the intersection between the two of you.
For example, I am Hello Kitty's biggest fan. Nearly a disciple, actually. Hence, for a client who collects contemporary art, I've purchased the perfect gift. It's Hello Kitty, Hello Art! by Roger Gastman. The pages feature the art of Gary Baseman and Yosuke Ueno among others - all with their particular take on Hello Kitty.
That is the secret to buying the perfect item. I call it the: "me-and-you gift."
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- Mandy Seay, Quickeasyfit | Work + Money | Tue, Dec 4, 2012 11:17 AM EST | CommentsUncle Sam may be due his cut every year by April 15, but don't make his slice of your financial pie any bigger than it needs to be. There are more than 350 tax deductions available each year, and you're likely missing out on one or more of these "secret" tax deductions.
Add up the potential tax savings.
1. Educational Expenses - Not just limited to tuition (though that counts, too), textbooks count as do supplies and lab fees. Save your receipts, since you'll need them if you're ever, gulp, audited.
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2. Childcare - The daycare services your gym provides counts, as does the babysitter you pay to watch your kids once a month on "date night." If you're paying someone to take care of your kid or kids, then you can deduct the amount you pay. Some places, like gym day cares, will have a Tax Identification Number that you'll need for your taxes. As for that babysitter, pay her enough and you may want to get he...Read More »
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