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De-Materializing the Holidays: The Connection Between Frugal and Festive

So much for the idea that an abundance of gifts is what contributes to that “most magical time of the year.” The fact is: materialism does not contribute to our happiness. In fact, it has just the opposite effect. In 2014, materialism expert Tim Kasser, PhD, shared research findings with the American Psychological Association that […]

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SafetyNet Now Connects You to Free Financial Resources

We can’t change the way the world works. Emergencies will always occur. Bad things will always happen to good people. But we can change the way that the world helps everyday, hardworking people get through tough times. Our mission at SafetyNet™ is to improve the financial well-being of millions of hard-working Americans by developing innovative […]

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Safety Net or Crystal Ball? Predict your Future with a Financial Statement

So many big life changes depend upon our finances. Deciding when it’s the best time to, say, switch careers or start a new business, take off and travel the world or even retire would be so much simpler if we could see the financial implications of our decisions. While big changes almost always feel risky—that’s […]

Layoff Season is Around the Corner: Here’s How to Prepare

Originally Published on WEAU 13 News  on Nov 22, 2017 By Courtney Everett EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) — December and January are historically the worst months of the year for layoffs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics says around 25% of all layoffs happen in December and January alone. So how can workers prepare for the unexpected? Mark […]

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Top 10 Highest Paying Occupations

Looking for a lucrative career? According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, these are the top 10 highest paying occupations. The numbers below reflect the median annual pay: Orthodontists | $208,000 Anesthesiologists | $208,000 Obstetricians and gynecologists | $208,000 Maxillofacial and oral surgeons | $208,000 Surgeons | $208,000 Physicians | $206,920 General Internists | $196,380 Psychiatrists | $194,740 Family and general practitioners | $190,490 Chief executives | $181,210

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Networking After a Layoff: How to Avoid the Schmooze Blues

If you’ve recently been laid off, perhaps the last thing you want to do is get up at dawn, put on your suit and commute across town to “speed network” with a bunch of strangers to talk about the fact that you are currently unemployed. Depending on your personality, you may love or hate networking. […]

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Tips for Unemployed Dads: How to Lessen the Impact on Your Children

Research reveals some interesting facts about how the children of involuntarily unemployed fathers fare differently than those of involuntarily unemployed mothers. Using data from the 1996 Survey of Income and Program Participation, researchers at the University of Chicago’s Center for Human Potential and Public Policy, found that the children of unemployed fathers faced a higher […]

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The Frugal Closet Challenge: Could You Refrain from Buying Yourself One Piece of Clothing for an Entire Year?

SafetyNet™ Head of Customer Experience Roshni Chowdhry admits to her own materialistic tendencies. Specifically, she says, she is well-acquainted with the short-term thrill of the impulse buy, especially when it comes to clothing. But that was several years and three separate no-shopping challenges ago. Having twice refrained from buying herself any new clothing for an […]

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Top 10 Fastest Growing Careers Infographic

Looking for a new career? Jobs in these occupations are growing quickly, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Wind turbine service technicians Occupational therapy assistants Physical therapist assistants Physical therapist aides Home health aides Commercial divers Nurse practitioners Physical therapists Statisticians Ambulance drivers and attendants Check out the fastest growing careers data on the […]

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Office Work and Back Pain: Why Your Symptoms May Not Reflect the Cause

You may not be surprised to hear that the most common complaint movement expert and physical therapist Theresa Larson hears from office workers is pain in the low back and neck. Walk into any office and you’ll find plenty of people hunched over a keyboard slouching toward a screen. What may come as a surprise, […]