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The "What Is This Stuff, Anyway?" Laundry Supply
Not only do dryer sheets contain toxic chemicals (this Scientific American post explains just what's so bad about them), but they're also an unnecessary laundry expense. There are cheaper, safer alternatives, depending on why you use the sheets. If you just like the scent, toss a lavender sachet into the dryer with your clothes or linens. If you use them to soften your laundry, pour a half-cup of vinegar into the fabric-softener compartment of the machine. And if static is your issue, throw a tennis ball in with a load--it'll help keep the pieces of clothing from clinging to each other.
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The Phone You Never Use
A landline can cost between $180 and $480 every year, so it isn't surprising that more people are dropping the service. As of June 2012, 34 percent of U.S. households had gone wireless-only, according to the U.S. National Health Information Study, and the
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Thu, Apr 11, 2013 1:54 PM EDT
In many hotels across the world designers have left their artistic fingerprint right there on the pot. Well, maybe not right there, but you get what I mean. Relax in a tub at Atlantis and watch as sixty-thousand types of sea creatures pass you by. You don't even have to lift a finger when you're at The Peninsula Tokyo - the fully automatic toilet raises the toilet seat for you and comes complete with seat warmers. Who knew the loo could be so stunning, tech-savvy, and a hot spot for sightseeing? Click through for 7 of the most incredible hotel bathrooms in the world! -By Jacinda Boneau
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Thu, Apr 11, 2013 1:53 PM EDT
cell phone photoCell phone cameras. We all carry them but how often do we use them? And if we use them, then what do we do with the photos? Most of the time they stay hidden away in the phone, forgotten until one day we hit the delete button.
And if we do manage to figure out how to transfer the photos to a web site or a computer, we're often disappointed with the results. We're left with the impression that cell phone cameras are the digital equivalent of those 12-shot throwaways that used to be so popular. OK for a night out with the girls but not for the serious photographer.
However, it doesn't have to be that way. Led by smartphone technology, there have been some dramatic improvements in the quality of phone cameras, including more megapixels, better lenses, and higher storage capacity. In fact, phone cameras are one of the fastest growing segments of the digital camera market, winning market share from the low-end offerings of more traditional camera manufacturers.
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- Astrology.com FinanceScopes | Work + Money – Thu, Apr 11, 2013 11:40 AM EDT
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 progress on whatever it is that has you so excited. And if
- Good Housekeeping | Work + Money – Thu, Apr 11, 2013 10:00 AM EDT
Make money by sharing with these helpful tipsBy 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.
Here are a few of the shared economy approaches available:
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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 »from 4 Myths We Tell New Grads
taxesIt 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 orRead More »from Tax Hacks: 5 Great Ways to Maximize Your Refund
- Redbook | Work + Money – Wed, Apr 10, 2013 2:13 PM EDT
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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 to
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, Apr 10, 2013 12:13 PM EDT
Why Mike Rice should never coach againMost of the time when I hear about a college coach overstepping his bounds and striking a player, I think the concern is a little overblown. Mike Montgomery of Cal pushed his star player early in the college basketball season. Tommy Tuberville, formerly of Texas Tech, ripped a headset off one of his graduate assistants. The head coach of Virginia Tech, Frank Beamer, once got in a bit of trouble for striking a player. None of those situations were ideal for a coach and student athlete situation, but none of them were that egregious either. I saw a video this past week, however, where the coach was way over the line, and I'm sure most of you have seen the same video.Read More »from When Tough Love Goes Too Far: Why Mike Rice Should Never Coach Basketball Again
Rutgers head basketball coach, Mike Rice, was caught on video throwing basketballs at the heads and crotches of his players. He was also caught shoving, kicking and hitting his players. He yelled at them and he berated them as well. It wasn't like someone sneaked a camera into Rutgers practices and happened to catch
- Astrology.com FinanceScopes | Work + Money – Wed, Apr 10, 2013 11:01 AM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Your earning ability is not a thing of permanence. Unfortunately it fluctuates with everything else in life. But as long as you can count on the basics, you should be able to talk yourself down from the ledge today -- and any other day your income takes a dive.
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Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
If you've been feeling weak and uninspired lately, then you're in for a pleasant surprise. You should begin to feel some of your former strength returning today. It's faint at first, but then it's unmistakable. You'll be back in the saddle in no time, though being in the black may take a while.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Life Path Reading
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
You still have some catching up to do, but at least you're ready to tackle your 'issues' regarding money.
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