Do any of us really feel like we have enough money? If we're lucky, the answer is yes; we can pay for housing, food, medical care, clothes, and Legos. But what if we had more than enough? What if we got a million dollars - with no strings and no taxes - dropped in our laps? This is a favorite fantasy of mine. I like to think about all the ways I could configure a million bucks to make things better for my family and my community. With no winner in last night's Powerball drawing, the jackpot has grown to a whopping $475 million dollars! While winning that would be a nice chunk of change, I asked my readers to tell me what they'd do with a mere million dollars, and the results were interesting. Nearly everyone jumped to pay off debts first. Lots of people wanted to set up trust funds for their kids' futures, especially the parents of special needs kids. And nearly everyone wants a vacation. Funny or sad, these wishes tell stories of what real families really want. Click through to readRead More »from With Powerball Jackpot at $475 Million, 7 Women Reveal What They'd Do with $1 Million
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Thu, May 16, 2013 11:12 AM EDT
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, May 15, 2013 6:51 PM EDT
Ring Ring! The phone rings. It's 6 at night, and, if your house is anything like mine, you're making dinner, packing lunches for the next day, feeding a hungry baby, telling the dog not to bark at the cat, and trying to remember what you signed up to bring for the teacher appreciation lunch. It's not exactly a great time for a phone conversation. So, I don't answer.Read More »from The Surprising Reason Why You Shouldn't Donate to Charities Over the Phone
You might not, either. But if you do, and you find you're speaking to a professional telemarketer fundraiser, consider hanging up. Or, tell your mother (or grandmother) to hang up and not to send a check the next time a fundraising phone call from a stranger comes to her home phone.
Don't make donations to these companies over the phone.
Nonprofits need donors. Most of them are run by passionate, dedicated people who want to make the world a better place, whether it's providing shelter for families fleeing domestic violence or training midwives in India. Support well-run nonprofits you know and believe in.
- Astrology.com FinanceScopes | Work + Money – Wed, May 15, 2013 3:13 PM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Life will show its generosity today, and you'd better be thankful for it if you want more where that came from. Assuming you deserve all the best will backfire on you, Aries. Don't take anything for granted.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Chinese Luck Prosperity and Longevity Reading
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Power struggles are sapping your energy -- but you can't back away from them, either. You have to put up with this ridiculous phase while it lasts, Taurus. Once your opponents are defeated, your energy will be freed up for more profitable pursuits.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Intimacy Secrets Reading
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
You can be kind without being foolish today. If you can't afford a financial contribution, then that's that -- but you can help in other ways that are just as valuable.
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Wed, May 15, 2013 1:16 PM EDT
tweens and money management For elementary-aged children, money lessons are something that should not be avoided. While young children do not need to understand all of the goings-on concerning household income, they can and should learn age-appropriate lessons that will carry through adulthood if properly reinforced.Read More »from Richie Rich: How to Talk to Your Tweens About Money Management
The 'tween age group, those who are not yet teens but still tend to spend a lot of money due to the large amounts of marketing being thrown their way these days, can learn many things about money to help prepare them for their years ahead. If parents are not teaching kids how to be responsible with their money, no one else is really doing that job for them. High schools and even colleges do not often cover the basic financial foundation lessons people need to know for the rest of their lives. Starting while kids are still young and impressionable can help instill habits that will help them manage their money more effectively in adulthood.
Parents also need to stay on top of their own financial
By Louis DeNicola, Cheapism.com
It seems that every month the official job report tells a different story. First it's all bad, then we're slowly climbing out of the recession, then there's a retreat. For all the back and forth uncertainty, the simple fact is you need a steady income to sustain yourself, and your family.
For many people these days the temp agency is a surefire way to land a job, even if it's part-time or short-term. For employers facing ambiguous economic signals, temporary workers provide the necessary labor without the cost of benefits or the complicated process of letting someone go if work dries up.
If you're shying away from a temp job while continuing your search for a full-time position, don't. Here's why you should consider pursuing both routes simultaneously.
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1. They're working for you. Temp agencies, also known as staffing agencies, respond to the needs of their paying customers -- the companies thatRead More »from 6 Reasons Why Temp Jobs Can Be Great
- Lylah M. Alphonse, Senior Editor, Yahoo! Shine | Work + Money – Tue, May 14, 2013 2:23 PM EDT
"Kitchen Nightmares" first. In the latest episode, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay got so fed up he refused to help a pair of restaurant owners, Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, of Amy's Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona, salvage their business.It was a
In spite of the episode's predictable "trainwreck" outcome, the couple proudly promoted it on their company's Facebook page in April before it was shown on television. When the episode aired on Friday, a storm of social media criticism ensued—and the feisty Bouzaglos fought back.
After finding a freezer filled with packaged ravioli and a bakery case displaying "homemade desserts" that were actually bought elsewhere, Ramsay struggled to stop the combative couple from cursing out the customers and taking away their servers' tips. Finally, he got up and walked away, saying, "I can't help people who can't help themselves."Read More »from Kitchen Nightmare Comes True for Arizona Restaurant Owners
- Babble.com | Work + Money – Tue, May 14, 2013 12:29 PM EDT
family trips on a budgetThere are many families today that have nixed the idea of a family vacation because of the expense. Those living from one paycheck to the next are often hard-pressed to justify time away from home but with the stresses of everyday life, families need a break from reality to recharge their batteries if only for a few days. There are many ways to make a family vacation both fun and affordable. Even if you plan a weekend road trip to locations close by, you can still benefit from getting away from it all and spending quality time with your spouse and kids. Here are 5 tips for a more cost-effective, family-friendly trip.Read More »from Pinching Those Pennies: 5 Tips for Spending Less on Family Trips
1. Drive There
There are likely many locations within a 2-3 hour drive of your home you can plan to visit. If traveling with young children, that length of time may be all they can reasonably handle. Plus you can save on gas by staying relatively close to home. Don't overlook off-the-beaten path locations either. You don't have to go with a high-priced travel agency to
Can Your Sun Sign Handle a Job Promotion?Read More »from Can Your Sun Sign Handle a Job Promotion?
You've earned the promotion you've been working toward for ages, and now it's time to step into your new role of greater responsibility. But, can you rise to the occasion -- and above potentially envious colleagues -- to make the most of your newfound success? Assuming a leadership position comes more naturally to some Sun signs than it does to others.
The two signs who will stride most confidently into a promotion are Leo and Capricorn. Leo adores being looked up to, and they'll relish the chance to be above the common crowd; in fact, they'll truly come into their own with higher professional status. Capricorn will ignore any digs from co-workers and simply get on with the job -- with their mind focused on their next move up the ladder!
Scorpio has always been one of the top signs for military leadership because they're so determined and resourceful. They'll rise to the challenge and do well -- just beware of anyone whose spiteful remarks get under their skin. They certainly won't
- Astrology.com FinanceScopes | Work + Money – Tue, May 14, 2013 11:37 AM EDT
Aries (March 21 - April 19)
Which do you enjoy more, cooking or eating? You have a chance to do one but not the other today, either figuratively or literally, so pick wisely. As long as you stay within budget, the choice is yours.
Today's Aries Reading: Free Sample Daily Grind Reading
Taurus (April 20 - May 20)
Your cozy bed, the couch, the television -- things around the house sure look appealing today. Can you afford to loll around in your robe for a change? You certainly deserve a day of rest -- take one.
Today's Taurus Reading: Free Sample Celtic Love Tarot Reading
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Gemini (May 21 - June 21)
You're not the type to mope or get moody when you don't get what you want -- you get right back up and try again. You aren't letting the 'if at first you don't succeed' part stop you in your tracks today.
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