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Your unexpected bonus

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Check out this article from Budget is Sexy. It introduces the concept of bonuses you get throughout the year if you get paid weekly or biweekly. I get paid 1 time a week. That’s 52 paychecks per year. There are 4 weeks in each month, or are there? Four months out of the year, I [...] [Read More]
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Best cities for salary growth

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From Yahoo Hot Jobs: The recession has been kinder to many college graduates, as new data from online salary database PayScale.com shows. For people with degrees, some cities have shown median wage growth of up to 15 percent since 2007. Across the nation, wages for college grads rose an average of 3 percent in the [...] [Read More]
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Free Wi-Fi: coming to Starbucks July 1

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History is being made here, guys. Not just because you won’t need to already have an account or pay $6 to check your email while you’re sipping coffee at Starbucks, but also In addition to the new free WiFi program, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz told Wired’s Chris Anderson that the company is also planning on [...] [Read More]
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How do you feel about shopping?

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Read our article which summarizing Siena research on consumer confidence:
statewide gain [in consumer confidence] was largely resulted from confidence gains in the New York City area. Consumer confidence in upstate New York actually dropped. [Read More]
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AT&T ditching unlimited data plans

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Just when I thought my – seemingly – neverending question of whether or not to get a new phone came to a successful resolution (yknow, the one where I buy an iPhone and leave Verizon as soon as my current regular phone dies), I come across this article: AT&T: No more fixed-price unlimited Internet Whaaaaaaat? [...] [Read More]
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When money is just a side effect

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Warren Buffett, and investor and one of the richest and most generous people in the world, likes to say that money is just a side effect of something he really really likes to do. He is known as one of the most frugal billionaires. Surprisingly, he’s not the only frugal ridiculously rich person. Check out [...] [Read More]
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‘Welcome to Detroit; here’s a ticket’

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Here’s a very interesting article about police enforcing traffic laws as a way to bring in money to the state.
Of note: the article does not mention NYS (I don’t think) and page 3 talks about sanctions when towns take this too far [Read More]
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Ask for discounts & shopping at farmer’s markets

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Two great posts from getrichslowly.org Don’t wait for discount – ask for one The title says it all. Cable companies, your bank, some stores (Express is awesome about this; Macy’s – not so much, although they do offer to hold stuff while you go home and get the coupon. Like I’d go back, ha!) The [...] [Read More]
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