Store Theft Will Cost You $423 This Year…and Other Hidden Costs in Life

According to a recent Global Retail Theft Barometer (report), Americans will shell out an additional $423 per family this year to account for the theft that occurs throughout the supply chain in various retail shopping segments.  This number for America is higher than the $186 global average, but I guess that shouldn’t come as a […]

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Cool New Top PF Blogs Ranker at Money Crashers

Go over to Money Crashers and check out the Personal Finance Blog Ranker.  It’s the most comprehensive list I’ve seen yet that factors in several different success factors like FeedBurner subscribers, Twitter followers, Alexa rank, Compete rank, Technorati authority, Google PageRank, number of inbound links according to Yahoo, SEOmoz rank, and SEMRush organic search value […]

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Workplace Recognition Goes a Long Way. Take the Time

Employees are feeling nervous and under-appreciated these days.  If they’re not being laid off, they’re thinking about it.  Heck, people are getting fired over 2 cent and for Fantasy Football while they see their 401K Matches disappear.  Companies are cutting back and squeezing every last drop of productivity they can out of their workforce so […]

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Should You Get Your Bonus When Quitting Your Job?

Here’s an interesting one.  One of my friends turned in his two weeks notice early in the year right around bonus time figuring he had put in his time last year, earned a particular level of bonus, and had timed the departure and announcement right.  Boy, was he in for a surprise.  When the topic […]

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Financial Advisors Keeping You in the Dark?

I have nothing against Financial Advisors as a whole.  Most of the time, they fulfill an important void in delivering valuable advice and guidance in an arena where people are very unfamiliar – investments, money management, tax planning, saving for college, and other areas.  This is really no different than getting legal advice from an […]

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Lessons Learned from Selling Our House

Today we finalized the contract on the sale of our home.  It was bittersweet, as my wife and I grappled with the fact that this was a purely voluntary move – we didn’t “need” to move for something like a relo, but we chose to move to get into something bigger, a larger yard, a […]

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Calculating “Your Number”. Mine is $4.9 Million – Or Is It?

The blogosphere was all atwitter today on an ING tool that has you calculate “your number” – how much you’ll need the day you retire to live the lifestyle you desire with a given income, retirement date and life expectancy.  While I appreciate a bank telling you that you need to start saving more (a […]

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Fantasy FootBall Can Get You Fired – Score!

As you fire up your fantasy football leagues for this year, have you considered that you could actually lose your job for participating in this seemingly innocuous bonding exercise with your co-workers?  I was shocked to read an article in this week’s BusinessWeek outlining various stories where employees were brought in, interrogated over their involvement […]

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Fired Over 2 Cents. Where’s the Limit of Reason?

I read a seemingly ridiculous news item today (Reuters) that a company in Germany fired a 19 year employee because he recharged his Segway scooter at work with the company’s electrical outlet and in doing so, consumed the equivalent of 2 cents worth of electricity.  Fortunately for him, a German court reinstated him.  There were […]

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