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Six Ways Giving Back to Your Community Boosts Your Career

The happy glow you get from volunteering in your community can do more than make you feel good – it can also help advance your career. Here are six of the many ways it pays to be a great volunteer: Expand your professional network. When you volunteer you meet new people. As you get to know them better, you may chat about your job and your goals. You never know if the person raking leaves next to you is looking to hire someone with your skills and ambitions, or can lead you to a new opportunity. Bond with your coworkers.…

Extreme Home (And Car!) Makeover

Budgets being what they are, renovating your home or getting a new car may not be in the cards. And while it’s not the same as brand new, here are 10 tips to renew your love for your home and car  – without putting a major dent in your bank account. HOME Lighten up. No need to install an expensive lighting system to completely change the look of your home. A few strategically-placed lamps can add dimension to any room. Even changing bulbs to more energy-efficient LEDs available in “warm white,” “soft white” and “bright white” can completely transform your…

5 Significant Health Benefits of Pets

According to the APPA National Pet Owners Survey, a 65 percent of American households have opened their homes and hearts to pets, with dog ownership swelling to 79.7 million households and cat ownership growing to 42.9 million. When it comes to pet ownership, besides simple companionship, there are a number of proven physical, mental and emotional health benefits pet ownership can provide. Here are five of the top benefits of pets: Pet Benefit 1: Lower Risk of Allergies and Asthma University of Wisconsin-Madison pediatrician James E. Gern has conducted a number of studies that indicate having a pet can lower…

5 Ways to Show your Love for Less this Valentine’s Day

Love is in the air because it’s almost Valentine’s Day. For that special someone you want to treat this year, don’t wait until the last minute. Just a little bit of planning and creativity can help make this Valentine’s Day extra memorable without breaking the bank. Did you know Americans spent close to $20 billion for Valentine’s Day last year? That’s a lot of flowers and chocolates.  Men spent almost twice as much as women, averaging close to $196 on gifts versus a $100 by women. Those between the ages of 25-34 were the most active spenders on Valentine’s Day,…

3 Work Life Insurance Drawbacks: Is it Enough?

Is the life insurance you’re getting through your employer enough to take care of your family? And are you paying too much for that coverage? While basic employer-provided life insurance is low-cost or free, your policy’s face value still may not be high enough. If your premature death would be a financial burden to your spouse and/or children, you may need coverage worth five to eight times your annual salary. Some experts have recommended getting coverage worth 10 to 12 times your annual salary. Both millennials and seasoned professionals alike commonly mistake work life insurance as enough life insurance for their needs, but there…

5 Super Tips to Achieving New Year’s Resolutions Success

Ah the excitement of a brand new year is upon us. You can feel and almost taste the change in the air. With a New Year comes the opportunity to once again select some of those all important New Year’s resolutions. About every other person will make at least one resolution this next year, but how many of them will succeed? Studies show that roughly 77 percent of people can stick with their resolutions for the first week. The first week is all. But by weeks three and four, the numbers have dropped to 64 percent. They continue to fall even…

Hanukkah: How To Get The Gelt!

Hanukkah is just days away and that means it’s time to play the dreidel game. If you don’t know what that is, read on. If you do know, but have forgotten how, we’ve got a sweet cheat sheet to get you back in the game! But first, a little background… The 8-day Jewish holiday of Hanukkah is often called the Festival of Lights because the main activity is the nightly ritual lighting of a menorah— the Hebrew word for candelabra. Each afternoon during Hanukkah, the whole family comes together and at sundown the menorah is lit and the prayers are…

7 Highly Interesting Facts About Money

What is money? By definition, it is something of value.  But, over the last 10,000 years or so, the material form of money has taken has changed considerably – from cowrie shells to cattle to today’s electronic currency. The United States, and the world over, has an interesting love affair and history with money. Those paper bills in your pocket can be traced back to 7th century China, while the oldest coin dates back to the year 600 BC. With thousands of years of history, money offers some interesting facts from its colored, storied history. Original US Paper Money Paper…

Pet Expenses: How Much Do Pets Cost Us?

How much is that doggie in the window? What about that cat, guinea pig, bird or fish? When it comes to calculating pet expenses, “sticker price” is just the tip of the iceberg. To understand how much a new pet actually costs, you have to take into consideration the amount of money you’ll spend on pet food, veterinary care and other miscellaneous expenses for the rest of your pet’s life. Here’s a list of the five most popular pets in the US, which we’ve ranked in order from the least to the most expensive based on data from the ASPCA…

How To Be A Successful Person Without Talent

Now more than ever, we are conditioned to believe talent is what it takes to succeed. From athletes and artists to technology titans, doctors and politicians, we are constantly inundated with profiles of uniquely successful people who have risen to the top of their respective fields because of one thing: their talent. While talent certainly comes in handy, it’s far from required when it comes to succeeding in business or in life. Whether you seek success in work, relationships, finances or other aspects of your life, it is said that hard work bests talent. These 10 habits require no talent,…

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