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The Pre-Layoff Checklist: What to Do Before Being Laid Off

Pre-Layoff Checklist: WHAT TO DO BEFORE BEING LAID OFF

Sure, there are times your departure from a job comes as a complete surprise. More likely, though, you’ve begun to observe subtle and not-so-subtle signs of an impeding layoff. If you’re pretty sure your Friday meeting with HR is about to send you into a tailspin, now is the time to go through our 10 […]

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How Does Social Security Disability Insurance Work?

Man in wheelchair researching Social Security disability

It’s not something most of us think about on a daily basis, but injury and illness prevent millions of Americans from earning an income each year. In fact, according to the Social Security Administration (SSA) a little more than 1 in 4 of today’s 20-year-olds will become disabled before reaching retirement. While Social Security benefits […]

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Budget Meals: How to Cook with Less

Budget Meals: Bread, pasta and pastries on a wooden surface

You might be surprised to learn that the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion has determined this year’s “moderate” food cost plan for a family of 4 is just a little more than $1000 per month. Their “thrifty” family plan puts that monthly expenditure at less than $650. If you’re like most of us, […]

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How to Know if Layoffs are Coming: 5 Warning Signs to Look Out For

Woman at computer concerned about being laid off

Gwen H. had enjoyed several years at a well-established nonprofit when a series of events suddenly led her to question the security of her job. “There were a lot of power leadership changes happening,” she remembers. In the first few months she watched warily from the sidelines, unsure what to make of the jockeying executives. […]

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Short-Term Disability Insurance Comparison: SafetyNet™ Vs. Aflac

Comparing short-term disability insurance: Aflac vs. SafetyNet

Disability is a personal matter, with circumstances that are unique to each of us. Your short-term disability insurance should be, too. When comparing options for short-term disability insurance, the more you know about your own challenges and preferences, the better able you will be to choose the option that’s right for you. Both SafetyNet™ and […]

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Money Saving Ideas for New Parents: Seven of the Quirkiest—and Easiest—Internet Tips

dad and baby - easiest money saving tips for parents

If there’s one universal truth about new parents it’s that they are frazzled, sleep-deprived and riddled with other people’s advice. The internet is replete with tips for parents looking to economize on their new-baby lifestyle. But when you hardly have time to read them, you most definitely lack time to do them. Let’s face it: […]

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Income Loss from Work-Related Injury Is a Costly Problem

Prevent work related injuries

When you think of on-the-job injuries, some trades probably come to mind: construction, manufacturing, nursing, trucking. The fact is, the risk of work-related injury and illness span every industry, and their consequences are expensive and complex. In 2015, U.S. employers reported 104 cases of nonfatal occupational illness or injury per every 10,000 full-time employees, many […]

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Smart Shopping with Your Smart Phone: Digital Couponing Helps You Save and Track Spending

Digital couponing - shopping smart with your smart phone

Thanks to a growing number of digital couponing apps you can download onto your smart phone, gone are the days of flipping through newspaper inserts, scissors in-hand, just to save a buck or 2 on toothpaste. Now that going everywhere with our phones is a part of life, coupon savings are now just a swipe […]

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Wondering What to Do with That Tax Refund? Ask Yourself: “What Keeps Me Up at 3am?”

1040 Tax Return: What to do with your tax refund

Seeing that last year’s average tax refund hovered above $2500  (though in Wisconsin it’s a little less), you may well be expecting a hefty check in the next few months. But before you start Googling “Vacations in Veracruz,” consider finding some better ways to spend your tax return. Especially if you’re among the 63% of […]

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Look Good on Paper: Resume Trends for the Modern Job Market

Resume Trends for 2017

Whether you’re updating your resume as part of an inspired New Year’s resolution or because you’re begrudgingly back on the market, knowing what says “modern” (and what looks old-school) is essential to opening doors with potential employers. Especially if it’s been a while (say, from the pre-LinkedIn era), a lot has changed since you last […]