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- Cnbc | Work + Money | Mon, Jan 14, 2013 2:38 PM EST | Comments
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You didn't imagine it. Your paycheck shrunk. Thanks to an increase in payroll tax, more of your pay is going to fund Social Security. You got a break in 2011 and 2012 when the Social Security payroll tax temporarily dropped from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent. Now it's back where it started.
About 160 million workers pay this tax, and this year's two percentage point increase will cost the average worker about $700, according to the Tax Policy Center in Washington. Wealthier taxpayers may actually feel less of an impact since the 6.2 percent payroll tax only applies to wages up to $113,700.
Still, for a family with a household income of $100,000, the payroll tax hike means a loss in income of about $2,000 a year.
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Financial planners and credit counselors say making up for that loss in income will require some careful planning to cut expenses and increase earnings so the hit isn't such a blow.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money | Fri, Jan 11, 2013 1:32 PM EST | CommentsIs coming to you via home delivery of The New York Times this weekend. An eleven-page in depth feature about Lindsay Lohan's onset drama in this week's magazine section, was released online in its entirety Wednesday.
(Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
I laughed, I cried, I understood momentarily why Lohan may be the greatest Hollywood star alive. Writer Stephen Rodrick provides a gripping all-access glimpse into the sordid filming of "The Canyons," an upcoming movie starring Lohan and porn star James Deen. The film itself, directed by the frightening Paul Schrader (he wrote "Taxi Driver") is based on a Bret Easton Ellis script. But Rodrick's Times profile focuses on the behind-the-scenes story of movie-making with a uniquely talented, emotionally unstable actress who won't be ignored.
It begins with Lohan in negotiations for the part and ends with the screening of a film with a questionable future. What happens in between can only be fully absorbed by taking 30 minutes from your workday to read the entire article. For...Read More »
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- Woman S Day | Secrets to Your Success | Fri, Jan 11, 2013 11:34 AM EST | CommentsBy Samantha Toscano
Learn how to love your job—or leave it for a better opportunity.
Getting a better job can do more than benefit your bottom line. It can improve your health and well-being, too. "If you like what you do, you'd add five days to every week," says Devora Zack, author of Networking for People Who Hate Networking. Keep the following promises, and you'll enjoy your time at the office, no matter how long your workweek might be. Photo by Thinkstock.
Related: Learn about 9 bad habits that are good for you.
1. Network, network, network.
It's not just for the unemployed. "Networking is the key to opening up doors," says Holly Paul, US recruiting leader for PricewaterhouseCoopers. Among what you can get out of it: learning about new opportunities that interest you and meeting the people who can help you get hired. So how do you do it? Whatever works for you, but Zack recommends inviting one or two colleagues who don't work on your team for coffee or lunch and learning about their jobs.
2. Cut the gossip.
- Piper Weiss, Shine Staff | Work + Money | Thu, Jan 10, 2013 1:06 PM EST | CommentsBecause she doesn't talk about her "craft". She doesn't use the word "instrument" as a metaphor for her body. She doesn't tattoo Marilyn Monroe on her forearm as an homage, and she definitely doesn't talk about "convincing" the director to let her audition for her celebrated role in "Beasts of the Southern Wild."
Quvenzhane Wallis portraying Hushpuppy in a scene from,
You know how actresses love to talk about their instincts? 9-years-old Quvenzhane Wallis, now the youngest Best Actress nominee ever, doesn't talk, she does. The little girl from a small town in Louisiana who helped turn a micro-budget film by a first time director into an Oscar nominee sweeper has no prior experience in Hollywood, film or acting in general. When the 85th Annual Oscar nominations were announced Thursday morning (see the full list here), somewhere sandwiched somewhere between the names Abe Lincoln and Anne Hathaway was the name Quvenzhane (nickname "Nazie") Wallis. Here's why:
-Because never took an acting class before: Wallis isn't a child actress in the c...Read More »
- Astrology.com Financescopes | Work + Money | Tue, Jun 4, 2013 11:45 AM EDT | Comments
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
What comes across as an insensitive comment could actually save you a lot of money if you allow yourself to listen. Count your lucky stars that someone has the nerve to tell you whatever it is you should have known on your own -- and don't forget to say thank you!
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Karmic Love Reading
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You'll never reach your financial goals as long as you are on a road that's wrong for you. Once you find your true path, there will be no stopping you -- so take the day, or more, to make the necessary adjustments.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Numerology Portrait
Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
You're inspired to make a difference in the lives of the people around you, on a big and small level. But how? Your mind is on answering that question today. So though you may appear to be distracted, it's for a good cause.
Today's Gemini Reading:
- Babble.com | Work + Money | Mon, Jun 3, 2013 1:27 PM EDT | Comments
Here's the problem with that study: of that 40%, 63% are single mothers. So of COURSE they are the primary breadwinner in their families. This means, then, that in reality only 14.8% of two parent households the mother is the primary breadwinner in a two income households.
Much less dramatic, right?
It is also somewhat sad to see that the single moms earn significantly less than married moms, as evidenced by the chart you see on the left, as much as a fourth less. Here's what Pew says is the reason for that disparity:
Compared with all mothers with children under age 18, married mothers who out-earn their husbands are slightly older, disproportionally white and college educated. Single mothers, by contrast, are younger, more likely to be black or Hispanic, and less likely to have a colleg...Read More »
- Astrology.com Financescopes | Work + Money | Mon, Jun 3, 2013 12:13 PM EDT | Comments
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Someone else is just as tirelessly ambitious as you are -- a first! You are being given a run for the money today, and from someone who is supposed to be on your side. You can't afford a single slip today, Aries.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
You can't win over everyone today, Taurus. So even though you love nothing more than a challenge, you should focus on the ones that are a sure bet. Go ahead and preach to the choir today -- anything else is just not worth it.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Past Life Reading
Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
Your cup is full! In fact, it's overflowing. You have enough money to do something for the community, and the will and desire to match it. Go ahead and act on this good impulse, even if it seems extreme to others. You won't always be able to afford to act this angelic!
- Marie Claire | Work + Money | Fri, May 31, 2013 4:34 PM EDT | CommentsKnow Your Target
You can network with virtually anyone, but you'll yield better results by honing in on someone in your field with more experience and power. These are the kinds of contacts that could evolve into mentors.
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Know what you're looking for. If you want a mentor, focus on a notable person in that segment of the industry. (If you're hungry for a publicist position, find someone in that position.) Don't be afraid to use flattery to get what you want. You'd be surprised how well people respond to it! Bring a stack of business cards-but don't just hand them out to everyone. Be selective, and show your appreciation by having some appropriate talking points ready.
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It's always best to approach someone by speaking about something other than work. Break the ice. Remark on details from the event - "These canapés are delicious!" That's a more organic segue into your ...Read More »
- Woman S Day | Work + Money | Fri, May 31, 2013 12:51 PM EDT | CommentsBy Woman's Day Staff
Fill up your shopping cart without emptying your wallet
With those frequent trips to the supermarket, every penny saved counts. Stash lots of cash with these smart-spending tips.
1. Visit the freezer aisle
Out-of-season fruits and vegetables, like berries, corn and peas, are far less expensive (but just as nutritious) when you buy them frozen.
2. Think beyond the supermarket
Pharmacies often have low prices on nonperishables like spices and crackers.
3. Supersize your shopping
Supercenters, like Target and Walmart, tend to sell staple items like coffee, rice, sugar, flour and cereals for up to 15% less than grocery stores.
Related: Discover 9 buys that are cheaper online.
4. Snap for the best deal
Use a free price scanner smartphone app (try RedLaser) to scan barcodes while you shop. It compares prices at nearby stores so you can find the best deals.
5. Follow the sales
Items are typically discounted in six- or eight-week cycles. Scan circulars for deals on foods that won't expire, and buy enough to l...Read More »
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