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SafetyNet Review from Eric, a Real Unemployment Insurance Customer

Video Transcription of SafetyNet Review Eric, a Real SafetyNet™ Customer: I’ve been a truck driver off and on for like 20 years. I love driving trucks, but I’m getting older. Anything can happen, you know, I can get hurt. What if I lose my job? Bills don’t stop coming. People are financially strapped. About half […]

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Apples to Apples: Grocery Store Price Comparison by SafetyNet™

Grocery Store Comparison Infographic - Aldi wins

Recently, the SafetyNet™ team hit the pavement (or, rather, the parking lots) to investigate where and how grocery shoppers in the Midwest can get the best bang for their buck. Armed with a list of common grocery staples and a handful of reusable shopping bags, we threw a cooler in the back of the car […]

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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, […]