A cartoon protest to the mere existence of work cubicle farms.

What not to do in a cubicle if you value your job

If you are an office worker, you may be spending most of your waking life inside those sardine cans of woe known as cubicles. If you’re stuck in a cubicle can and depend upon the income you receive for stewing in corporate preservative juices, conduct yourself like a good little fish and display admirable workplace

Working from home a going concern all of a sudden

There’s been a lot of recent buzz about working from home, after the CEO of Yahoo banned the practice. Granted, Yahoo had their alleged reasons but working from home, also called telecommuting is probably going to get more common as reasons for actual office space are disappearing. Yahoo bans working from home, media loses its
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How to negotiate and save a bundle

Everything is negotiable, from salary negotiation to what constitutes cut-off time for breakfast at the drive-thru. Unfortunately, most people are too afraid to ask. As such, they have no idea how to negotiate. Here are some negotiating tips you can put into use immediately, whether the game is saving money or making money. How to

Community college graduates out-earning those with BAs

Educators, parents and politicians alike keep telling us to get that sheepskin, that a middle-class income is not obtainable without at least a bachelor’s degree. Yet, according to new research, more and more community college graduates are out-earning those with fancy schmancy bachelor’s degrees. Community college graduates surge ahead A new study by Georgetown University’s
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Gold investing not the hedge or slam dunk one might think

In the past few years, many asserted silver and gold investing was a good idea as other avenues of investment like stocks and real estate were losing value. It’s also thought to be hedge against inflation, but the truth behind gold and silver is a bit more complicated than the gold bugs let on. Silver
A USPS mailbox.

Startup Outbox takes on USPS by digitizing physical mail

The U.S. Postal Service recently announced cuts to Saturday service in an effort to save money. This is in large part because consumers are opting to save money on message delivery by using electronic transmissions. Now, thanks to a startup company named Outbox, consumers can save money and time (and the USPS may lose more
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Conflicting reports underscore economic uncertainty

A pair of recent economic reports appear to present conflicting assessments of consumer attitudes about the economy. However, taken together, perhaps they simply underscore the economic uncertainty and confusion that is so understandable at this time of political brinksmanship. Consumer confidence and economic uncertainty According the the industry group The Conference Board, the nation’s consumer
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Huge amount of tax money going to funding bank subsidy programs

It would stand to reason that the largest companies in various industries, say banking, wouldn’t need taxpayer help at all. However, the opposite is apparently the case as a Bloomberg report recently found the bigger they are, the bigger the bank subsidy, on the taxpayer’s dime no less. Bloomberg alleges banks make almost no profit
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Almost half the nation has more credit card debt than savings

Debt is for the most part bad, as it is a liability, and cash is good, because it is cash and thus an asset. However, a recent Bankrate survey found almost half the nation has more credit card debt than emergency savings, a worrisome sign. Survey says slim majority has more cash than credit card
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How to save your headphones and save money

If you’re like most people, you know that if you listen to books, music and talk while on the go, your headphones are going to break. Sometimes it’s simple wear and tear, but other times it’s poor quality and manufacturing that lead to broken cabling and cracked earpiece. Or it’s a matter of misplacement. Rather
Spc. Jerome Jackson, patient administrator for the 51st Medical Detachment (Veterinary Medicine), registers a military working dog at the veterinary clinic at Balad Airfield, Iraq. [Photo courtesy of the 51st Medical Detachment (Veterinary Medicine)]

Tips for saving money on vet bills

Pet care can be expensive. Once basic upkeep and maintenance are taken into account, there are still those times when a veterinarian is required. For anyone who has experienced the horror of vet bills, remember that taking some preventative steps can soften the blow next time. Here are some common-sense tips for saving money on
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Gay couples reap benefit of second parent adoption credit

Legally-married same-sex couples enjoy the same tax benefits as traditional married couples, but only as they relate to the income tax levied by their states. Not so when it comes to federal income tax. However, in a bizarre twist of the tax code, that very exclusion may actually give them an advantage when it comes
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Best certificates of deposit for first-time investors

Even though high yield isn’t very high anymore, you’ll still want the best rate of return available when you invest in a certificate of deposit. Your high-yield CD should also have an optimum load of features, from the right length of term and minimum deposit to most frequent interest compounding and other benefits like rate
Gas prices are creeping up again, after being on the decline.

Consumer price index shows slowing inflation

The U.S. Department of Labor’s recent consumer price index report was flat in January for the second month in a row. It is the most recent indication that inflation is leveling off in the United States. Consumer price index slows from last year On Thursday, Feb. 21, the Labor Department said that the consumer price index

Bills can become zombies as inheriting debt can sometimes happen

There really is no such thing as zombies, despite anything one might have seen on “The Walking Dead,” which is totally awesome, at least no zombie people. However, there is such a thing as a zombie bill, as there are a number of conditions under which inheriting debt is possible. Inheriting debt is not what

The basics of hyperinflation

Some people may have seen the word “hyperinflation” and are regaled with stories of doom, gloom and other bad economic tidings for the United States. Hyperinflation is basically regular inflation writ large and while technically a possibility, isn’t guaranteed to happen. What is this hyperinflation you speak of? A few might have seen the term

Cost of unpaid child support not entirely borne by children, exes

Reportedly, the nation’s worst offender in unpaid child support has finally been collared, nicked in the Philippines for an invalid passport and shipped back to face the music. Unpaid child support isn’t suffered only by the children or ex-spouses, there are costs posed to everybody when a person skips it. Fugitive from unpaid child support