We saw it all in 2010. The Great Recession ended. Unemployment skyrocketed. Student loan debt surpassed credit-card debt for the first time in history. The revolutionary CARD Act came into effect, along with new rules for gift and prepaid cards...
Improving our finances is one of the most common New Year’s resolutions and, to do it, many of us resolve to at least attempt to make more money. Wouldn’t it be helpful to know what alternatives there are to help us supplement our incomes or even simply maintain it, aside from asking for more job perks? Here are eight.
Who ever said bad customer service isn’t funny? Case in point: The following collection of videos, which are a must-see for anyone who works in a customer-service job or who has ever had a service problem with a company.
We’ve almost wrapped up yet another year: a time that naturally lends itself to reflection, looking back on what we’ve accomplished and setting goals based on that measurement. This year, take a few minutes to assess your career. Career satisfaction makes a huge difference in our overall happiness. Like it or not, you’ll be spending a huge portion of the next year at your job, and unless you win the lottery, that’s going to be the case for much of your life.
This year has been tough for bank revenues: changes to overdraft coverage, the CARDAct, and the upcoming regulation of debit card interchange fees are all hitting banks in the bottom line. That makes free checking harder to find, and any of the products I discuss could change their terms at any time. For now, however, these are some of the best.
If saving money is one of your New Year’s resolutions, take a hard look at your food bills. But resolving to spend less on food doesn’t mean resigning yourself to a 2011 full of ramen-noodle lunches, or one without a single dinner out. Small changes like the 11 tips below can have a big impact on your food budget.
So one of the things on your wishlist for 2011 is a little budgle of joy. It’s a life-changing decision, to be sure. And not least important in starting a family is the inevitable impact on your finances. So the moment the thought of having a baby enters your mind, you should start a baby fund. Here’s what you should consider.
Everyone knows about the brilliant display of fireworks, along with the famous New Year’s Eve Ball drop in New York City’s Time Square. Over 1 million revelers join in the fun, with many more watching the party from their homes. One of the best parts of this annual event is that it costs nothing to attend – what a great way to start the year. But that’s not the only free and glorious celebration taking place in the country. If you happen to be traveling to, or live in any of the eight destinations below, be sure to check their free fireworks displays on New Year’s Eve.
At a time when we tend to set goals for the new year, there’s something to be said about extracting some strageties and principles that help The Biggest Loser contestants succeed — and apply them to money management. Who knows, following the tips below might help you achieve not only your fitness, health and weight-loss New Year’s resolutions, but your financial ones, as well.