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    Tips for Deducting Work-Related Expenses

    Tips for Deducting Work-Related Expenses
    Commitment to your job sometimes requires digging into your own pocket to purchase a uniform or treat a client to 18 holes of golf. But such unreimbursed expenses can pinch financially, unless you learn IRS rules for deducting work-related costs from your taxable income. Fastidious record keeping and advice from a tax professional can also help mitigate the suffering. "Many of ...
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    Streamlining Your Personal Financial Documents

    Streamlining Your Personal Financial Documents
    Every week you introduce more paper into your home, in the form of newspapers, magazines, fliers, coupons, schoolwork, correspondence, bills, and other documents. It may or may not be difficult for you to ensure that reading material and advertising is discarded when you are finished with it, but when it comes to financial documents, it can be much more challenging to ...
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    Help Your Family Adapt to Your Home Business

    Help Your Family Adapt to Your Home Business
    Transitioning to a home-based job can solve many work/life balance issues facing your family. You'll be able to pick up your children from school and spend quality time with your family. But you must realize your schedule is not just about you and your work. Five years ago, Linda Horsley started a marketing and communications business from her home, which she ...
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    What to Do if You Can’t Pay Your Bills

    What to Do if You Can’t Pay Your Bills
    Lacking the cash to pay your bills is a bad situation, but avoiding the problem is worse. If money is scarce and bills are coming due, don’t panic. Gather your statements and a calculator, and go into planning mode. Tackle the crisis as a whole, rather than dealing with issues as they arise, which raises the risk of making poor financial ...
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    4 Things That May Trigger Your Spending

    4 Things That May Trigger Your Spending
    Overspending is easy to do. Everyone falls for it every now and again because sometimes you just feel the need to spend. However, there may be things that trigger our overspending even when we know that we are on a budget and cannot really afford to spend money. 1) Stress – Work, family, friends, sickness, money…all these things (and many more) ...
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    7 Common Mistakes of First-Time Homebuyers

    7 Common Mistakes of First-Time Homebuyers
    Buying a home for the first time can be an invigorating yet scary experience. Here are some pitfalls to avoid when you’re buying your first home: 1. Buying Before You’re Ready Although you may hear people say you’re “throwing your money away on rent,” it isn’t always wise to buy a home. If you make a good salary and have an ...
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    Shred It Up: Which Financial Docs Can Go Now

    Shred It Up: Which Financial Docs Can Go Now
    Knowing how long to keep an important financial document is the key to maintaining your personal security as well as managing clutter. Some documents can be shredded after short periods of time, while others should be kept indefinitely. Here’s a handy guide to help you figure out what to keep and what to shred, beginning with the short-lived documents: Keep for ...
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    5 Big Bills You Can Cut Fast

    5 Big Bills You Can Cut Fast
    As the economy weakens and prices soar on everything from gas to groceries, Americans are looking for quick ways to cut their expenses and hold on to more cash. Fortunately there are plenty of ways to chop your spending without a lot of time or hassle. Some of these cuts will save you just a few dollars, while others can net ...
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    Five Habits of Millionaires

    Five Habits of Millionaires
    According to a study of college students at the Ernst & Young International Intern Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, 59 percent of these young leaders expect to be millionaires within their lifetime. What's more, 5 percent of them expect to hit the million-dollar mark while in their 20s. And the super-rich are a growing group. The top 0.1 percent of the ...
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    Personal Budgeting Strategies: Managing Stagnant Pay in Tough Times

    Personal Budgeting Strategies: Managing Stagnant Pay in Tough Times
    As economic concerns among families persist, workers struggle to make the most of their incomes and refuse to give up their summer vacations. Kate McLaughlin’s paycheck doesn’t stretch far enough these days. “We already take the subway to work, walk to the library and post office, and drive used (9 and 18 year old) cars,” says McLaughlin, a cooperative education coordinator ...
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    How Would You Spend a Raise or Bonus?

    How Would You Spend a Raise or Bonus?
    When we asked Monster readers what they’d be most likely to splurge on if they got a big salary bump -- a new car, wardrobe or home entertainment technology -- the car topped the list with 51 percent of the votes, followed by the wardrobe with 30 percent and the home entertainment center at 18 percent. But quite a few readers ...
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    5 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Rising Inflation

    5 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Rising Inflation
    We all have our little fears: The frayed wire on the coffee maker. That knocking noise from the left-rear tire. The zombies staggering around in the backyard. For investors, one of the biggest fears today is inflation — a period of rising prices. Inflation erodes the buying power of your money at home and abroad. In a worst-case scenario, it can ...
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    5 Money Mistakes Smart People Make

    5 Money Mistakes Smart People Make
    Everyone has at least one frugal friend who always crows about how much money he saves by clipping coupons or frequenting discount stores. And while this friend’s behavior/bragging is a great reminder of how you should be more financially savvy — especially when the U.S. economy isn’t in the best shape — he may overlook some simple savings strategies that you’ve ...
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    Understanding Benefits Can Be a Key to Employee Satisfaction

    Understanding Benefits Can Be a Key to Employee Satisfaction
    As employee benefits enrollment season kicks off, there’s some good news for employers seeking cost-effective ways to help boost engagement in the workplace. “Employers are looking for ways to show employees they care without breaking the bank, and effective benefits education can be a low-cost, high-impact way to affect worker satisfaction,” said Bill Dalicandro, Unum’s vice president for enrollment. A study ...
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    401(k)s: Employer Contributions Get the Ax

    401(k)s: Employer Contributions Get the Ax
    When times are tough, companies find cost savings wherever they can. Now some employers are doing away with the 401(k) match, a benefit once considered almost sacred. The list of companies that have suspended or cut back corporate matching in their defined-contribution retirement plans this year is not trivial. It includes General Motors (GM), Frontier Airlines (FRNTQ), car-rental company Dollar Thrifty ...
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    Five Ways to Cut Your Commuting Costs

    Five Ways to Cut Your Commuting Costs
    Ever wonder how much money you can save by cutting your commuting costs? How about enough to pay for two trips to Ireland plus several major home improvements? As chief of marketing for the Maryland Transit Administration, Buddy Alves set out to see how much money he and his wife could save on their commute from the Baltimore suburbs to their ...
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    Past Bankruptcy Can Haunt Your Job Hunt

    Past Bankruptcy Can Haunt Your Job Hunt
    If you’ve declared bankruptcy in the past, be prepared to defend that decision to a potential employer. It’s illegal for an employer not to hire or promote you because you filed bankruptcy, but it’s sometimes OK to consider bad credit, which usually precedes bankruptcy. Companies often check credit when a job involves finance, accounting, cash or valuable merchandise and when a ...
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    18 Financial Terms Every HR Leader Needs to Know

    18 Financial Terms Every HR Leader Needs to Know
    There are hundreds of finance and accounting concepts, formulas, methods, and terms, most of which the majority of HR leaders will never need to learn. That’s why we have our friendly neighborhood finance and accounting professionals. However, there are a few critical financial terms that most HR leaders need to at least be able to define, better yet, have a basic ...
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    Financial Savvy in the Business Sense

    Financial Savvy in the Business Sense
    One of the areas most critical to the survival of any business is also the area that gets the least proper attention. Smaller businesses that don’t have corporate legal teams at their disposal often fail to grasp the full import of what their needs are until they come across a need that they can’t fill. Especially recruiting agencies, many of which ...
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    HR and Finance: A Vital Relationship

    HR and Finance: A Vital Relationship
    There is nothing funnier to me than watching my financial friends looking high and low for the last few cents to ensure their books balance to the penny. Get me in the ball park and I am more than happy to call it a day. I laugh, but I do so with the utmost respect. My route to HR was not ...
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