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Turning Layoffs into Opportunities: Tips to Take You from Surviving to Thriving

Woman using layoff as opportunity

If you are someone who embraces change and new challenges—even when unexpected —finding yourself out of a job may bring you more inspiration than paralysis. After all, what feels like crisis in the moment merely looks like another life change once you do (and you will!) land your next job. For others, however, maintaining good mental […]

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Parent-Centered Ideas for Cheap Summer Fun

Cheap summer fun ideas with the Beckers

When Jessica Becker set out to publish reviews of her city’s playgrounds she wasn’t primarily motivated by the fact it was an inexpensive activity. In fact, she says, it was inspired by a city planning meeting more than anything. “The playground near our house was having new equipment put in,” she says. “We received a […]

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Can You Afford a Pet? Check Your Budget Before Bringing Fido into the Family

Dog in car on country road .Can you afford a pet?

The benefits to living with pets are well-documented. Their companionship improves our mental wellbeing. They can keep us physically active and lower our risk of heart disease. They teach children responsibility and can even keep young ones from developing allergies. Some also make excellent under-foot vacuum cleaners in the kitchen. A lesser known—and less popular—fact, […]

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Infographic: 10 Cheap Fruits and Veggies Under 30 Cents per Portion

Cheap Fruits and Veggies Infographic

Everyone thinks it costs a lot more to eat healthy, but this infographic shows 10 cheap fruits and veggies that are under 30 center per portion, including broccoli, carrots, oranges and plums. Replace your afternoon bag of chips with something from this list, and you’ll save money and get a little nutrition while you’re at it. To […]

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Adjusting to a New Boss: Tips from a Pro on Weathering Leadership Transitions

Adjusting to a new boss or manager

“There is always some disruption to the flow of things when a new leader takes over,” says Karen Konrath, executive coach and owner of Transitions Coaching, who spent more than 20 years leading human resource teams in a range of industries. And why wouldn’t there be? “It’s natural that team members view the arrival of […]

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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 […]