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11 Things You Can Do Now to Avoid Holiday Debt

Couple holiday shopping

Originally Published on Credit.com on Sept. 9, 2017 By Trae Bodge If you were aghast at how much you spent on holiday gifts when the credit card bills arrived last January, now is the time to start thinking about how to avoid a repeat performance. Even though it may feel shockingly early to begin thinking […]

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Make Money Between Jobs: The Gig Economy Could Save Your Bacon

gig economy making money between jobs

According to a survey by the Pew Research Center, nearly 25% of Americans now earn at least some money through the “gig economy”—also known as freelance, contract or on-demand work. Others put that number even higher. Made up of independent contractors, online sellers, freelancers, artists and more, one thing is for sure: the number of […]

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The Benefits to Being Behind the Trends: Follow the Rhythm of Retail to Save Big Bucks

Save big on seasonal sales

You may have already noticed that certain items see a price slash around the same time each year: Labor Day mattress sales, furniture “blow outs,” a proliferation of car ads or computer deals. Sometimes the reason is obvious. Fall’s new school year or major holidays mean that consumer interests dictate some sale trends. However, other […]

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A Hard-Earned 3-Day Weekend: This Labor Day Remember Its Roots

Old Train: The history of Labor Day

For most people in America, Labor Day means barbecuing with friends, camping with family, or having one last visit to the lake. But the fact that you are enjoying a long weekend before summer’s end has significant historical roots. While Labor Day parades may be a thing of the past, take a moment to pay […]

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How to Nail that Job Interview! Manage Your Apprehension with Preparation

how to nail that interview: businessman being interviewed

So you’ve landed a job interview! And maybe one you really, really wanted. Well, first up: Congratulations. It’s a long slog to get from searching job sites, preparing your resume, writing knock-’em-dead cover letters to receiving that “Good news!” subject line. Assure yourself you’ve done something right. Then prepare to do more. An interview can […]

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Adding It Up: Tips to Resist the Rising Cost of School Supplies

kids in backpacks: cost of School supplies rising

According to the National Retail Foundation, the cost of school supplies for the 2017 school year will be the second most expensive in history, topped only by costs from 2012. Including clothing, electronics, shoes and supplies, families with children in K-12 programs will spend an average of almost $700. That’s somewhere around $180 per child, […]

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Applying for Unemployment Insurance in Wisconsin? 6 Tips to Get You Started

Apply for unemployment in Wisconsin tips: Job search

Well, no one said it would be easy. Losing your job, that is. Turns out applying for Unemployment Insurance (UI) is no walk in the park either. In order to ensure that the right people receive the right support, the U.S. Federal-State Unemployment Insurance Program, financed through federal and state payroll taxes, is less like […]

Making Work a Cornerstone of Your Health: How a Fulfilling Job Helps You—and Your Boss—Succeed

Team exhibiting healthy work

Work Systems Engineer Katherine Sanders, PhD helps companies ensure their systems are sustainably effective. Unlike most industrial engineers, however, Sanders doesn’t analyze the best way to produce things. Instead, as human factors engineer, she looks at the impact making those things has on the mental and physical health of the people involved. With more than […]

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Physical Freedom and Financial Freedom Go Hand in Hand

Low Back Fix with Dr. Theresa Larson

By Dr. Theresa Larson, DPT, CSCS, SFMA and Anders Varner Financial freedom is the hallmark of retirement. The ability to travel, explore the world, and live the final trimester of life without the financial stress and daily grind of work. You can imagine what it will feel like the day you finally walk away from work as […]

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Discount Gardening Tips for Your Green Thumb and Your Greenbacks

Man harvesting kale: Discount gardening tips from SafetyNet

If you’ve seen more gardens popping up in your neighborhood in the past several years, you’re not alone. In fact, when the National Gardening Association (NGA) surveyed American households in 2009, they learned that food gardening was on a steady rise—to the tune of an almost 20% increase in just 5 years. What’s more, 34% […]