You Won’t Believe How Much Money Is Wasted On Unused Gift Cards

Sometimes we give a gift so someone can throw it away in our stead. It may be sense of pride or of entitled status. Still, waste is waste. When I was a kid, people would complain about receiving Christmas fruit cakes. I loved them, but it was TV trope for TV characters to throw them away. I know people who throw away gifts instead of re-gifting. Unused gift cards are just an awful waste. Have you...

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Is Working Overtime Worth It?

  I’m wary of workaholics – I think escapism, not an enhanced work ethic, drives them to endure 40+ hour workweeks.  If you are lucky enough to be working in this economy now, do you work overtime? The typical American works 40 hours a week and makes $48,700 annually. Is Working Overtime Worth It? I am not referring to government employees. They make 1 and ½ times their hourly salary for...

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Posted in: Career, Career and Work, Fitness and Exercise, Health, Money, Online Income, Personal Finance, Philosophy

Do You Tip House Painters?

When I was a young college student, I took a date to a fancy Asian cuisine restaurant near our college. The food was good, but as we ate dessert, I noticed there was a penny in my ice cream. I am getting queasy culinary flashbacks now from the memory. I balked at paying a tip and the hostess argued with me. Young and naïve, I paid a dollar. I wish I could go back in time and change that. Does every...

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4 Odd Investments With Surprisingly High Returns

There are three keys to profitable investing – possessing something of high financial value, understanding the financial market in which its’ value is cherished, and understanding how to get profitable returns from your investment. Investments don’t always involve stocks. An “investment,” can be a relative term depending on what you, and buyers, think is valuable. Do your research and learn...

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