Despite the conventional wisdom, Black Friday is not the busiest shopping day of the year. Most procrastinators know that honor belongs to the Saturday before Christmas.
Black Friday has changed over the past decade or two, and the Internet has a lot to do with that.
Remember when stores used to give away special gifts for the first 100 customers through the doors on Black Friday? I rarely see that any more.
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You, as a business owner, have more power than you may realize to make a change in the environment. These days, there are countless services and products to choose from to help your business. If you want to stand out, you’d do best to choose the greener options. You’ll feel good when you can show the public that you care about the world.
If you’re not sure what ways you can go
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I love Halloween. It’s one of my favorite holidays — and based upon its mass appeal, apparently I’m not alone.
In fact, even though the wicked economy continues to put a scare into most people, when it comes to celebrating what was originally known as All Hallows’ Eve, spirits remain high.
So just how hot is Halloween? Well, it’s so popular that it’s downright spooky.
To prove it, here are a few bone-chilling
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Before I started up my blog, I spent my free time as a dedicated volunteer for Little League baseball. And although I rose through the ranks over the years to eventually become a league president, looking back, my fondest Little League memories still come from the time I spent managing my son’s tee-ball team.
My first “practice” was a pitiful failure. I was woefully disorganized and, as a result, the 5-year-olds
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Earlier this month, British Prime Minister David Cameron offered $1.54 million to the person who could solve mankind’s greatest challenge, whatever that might be. However, before the challenge can officially begin, Mr. Cameron must wait for an official list of the world’s biggest problems from a committee of extremely wise fellows who are now collecting the best suggestions from abroad.
The first candidate problem that immediately crossed my mind was how
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It’s been said that failing to plan is planning to fail — especially with respect to personal finances. And although you may be prepared, one of the biggest mistakes any household CEO can make is to abandon their financial plan during extended periods of good or bad fortune. Why? Because, for those who lack the discipline to stay the course, raw emotion may erroneously trump the sound reasoning that was
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Most of you know I’ve had a hate/hate relationship with Ticketmaster for a long time now.
After all, this is the company that wrote the book on ridiculous consumer fees that, many people argue, only serve to exploit their hapless customers; it’s a practice that’s all the more galling because of their current market dominance which, if you ask me, borders on a monopoly.
Last weekend, Ticketmaster gave me yet another excuse
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I recently met with Joe Saul-Sehy to talk about his new money podcast, Stacking Benjamins, which debuts this week. We had just finished recording his final Two Guys and Your Money show, and I figured it would be clever to conduct the interview via Skype instant messaging — that way I could reduce my workload by cutting and pasting our conversation directly onto my blog. Bad idea. Unfortunately for Joe,
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Readers: Today’s post was written by my daughter, Nina. — Len
I’m only 13 and I’m worrying about my future. Not in an academic kind of way, but in a financial one. That’s because there are certain things that terrify me about growing up and living on my own.
Here is a list of the top five things that make me nervous for the future:
The thought of paying taxes absolutely terrifies
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Whether we realize it or not, we manage financial risk whenever we take the time to get multiple price estimates from competing contractors. Those who do often get rewarded for their efforts.
As for those who don’t, well … they often end up getting burned.
I learned that lesson the hard way last month after I stupidly decided to forgo the estimates and award a backyard hillside renovation job to the guy
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