Blog Posts by Work and Money The Shine

  • How to plan for retirement to avoid working at 80

    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.

    [Related: Nature or Nuture - Why Women Don't Save For Retirement]

    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

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  • Why women need life insurance

    Recent headlines and hot topic books are buzzing over the rise of women and the decline of men. The percentage of women currently in the workforce is at an all-time high, over 49%. That’s definitely a statistic we're celebrating, but when you look below the surface, you'll find something alarming: 43% of working women have no life insurance. When we polled our Shine Facebook viewers on this topic, 40% of the participants admitted they were uninsured too. So why is this a problem and what are some options? Personal finance expert and certified financial planner, Lauren Lyons Cole, stops by “The Shine” to talk about why women need to purchase life insurance and what policy options are available.


    More on The Shine:  Check out yesterday's episode about how to take some stress out of cleaning.

    Let’s start with the heart of the matter: women are out there in the workforce, they have the majority of advanced degrees, so why have women not thought about life

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  • Office desktop decorating tips to keep you out of trouble

    Candy jars, stuffed animals, children's artwork - all things we love to keep on display at work. Well, guess what? These cute items are actually among a list of things that should NOT be kept near your work space (or at least not in large quantities). According to Shine's Senior Editor, Lylah Alphonse, these objects may seem innocent, but can actually have a negative effect on your office environment. Watch today’s episode of “The Shine” and see what should and shouldn't be kept on your office desk.

    Looking for more advice on office etiquette? Check out our style tips on what not to wear to the office.

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  • Procrastinator's guide to wedding gifts

    Have you been putting off buying that wedding gift? You know, that wedding from last summer? Well, it’s no surprise, everything the couple has registered for… is now gone! Anja Winikka, site editor for has some great suggestions. She recommends choosing a gift based on the couples interests. Think outdoor activities and hobbies.  For example, if they enjoy tennis, buy them a lesson at a local tennis club. If the newlyweds are theater lovers, tickets to a Broadway show. But if you’re really stuck, Winikka says, buy a wedding gift for their kitchen. According to the, the kitchen is the number one area that newlyweds like to upgrade.

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  • The new wave of tricky interview questions

    Have you gone on a job interview recently and found yourself perplexed by a weird question or two? In today’s competitive world, companies are putting you to the test before you even get your foot in the door. Employers want to see your cognitive skills, how you think on your feet, and, in this “sound byte world” we’re living in, how you stand out. Shine’s Senior Editor Lylah Alphonse talks about the latest trends in (what seem to be) wacky interview questions and how to best approach answering them.

    What is the weirdest question you’ve been asked on a job interview? Let us know in the comments below.

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  • Is your job making you fat?

    One in four working women gained weight on the job in a single year, according to a recent study by the International Journal of Obesity. It’s entirely possible that – yes, your job is making you fat. Ugh, the last thing us ladies want to hear - we have enough challenges when it comes to managing our appearance, thank you very much!  Well don’t fret. Fitness Magazine’s Executive Editor Pam O’Brien joined us at “The Shine” to tell us the reasons behind all of this, and, most importantly, what smart changes we can make to avoid weight gain at work.


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  • The Shine: Industries where women make more money than men

    Never before have women worked harder, and many are single moms or the main source of income for their families. As hard working females contributing heavily to our nation’s economy, they should be racking in salaries comparable to their male counterparts, right? The good news is women are making more money than men in certain industries. The bad news? Many of these fields are not great moneymakers. Shine’s Senior Editor, Lylah Alphonse, fills us in on “The Shine” about the industries where women make more money than men – plus the efforts being made for change.

  • Women and Money: What We Need to Know

    Host of Yahoo's "Financially Fit" and personal finance expert Farnoosh Torabi sits down with Alesha Renee to dish on the five things women need to know about their household finances. 

  • Five Things Not to Put on Your Resume

    On today's episode, Shine Senior Editor Lylah Alphonse is breaking down the dos and don'ts of resume writing.

    For more tips on what to do -- and what to avoid -- check out "The Worst Things to Put on your Resume" on Yahoo! Shine.