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Note to employee when it comes to salary negotiations and workplace politics: Be a jerk. You’ll make a lot more money. Okay, maybe “jerk” is a little strong. Just don’t be agreeable, according to a new study. The gap is wider for men The study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology find that agreeable workers earn significantly less than their less agreeable colleagues. The gap is especially wide for men…. Read More

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Have you ever had your wallet stolen? If not, there’s probably been a time when you couldn’t find it. It’s not a good feeling is it? Last weekend I was at the Drillers baseball game downtown. I reached for my wallet… and it was gone! I quickly retraced my steps and was fortunate to find it. No one had taken it. The wallet had fallen out of my back pocket while I… Read More

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Your home’s energy usage is probably going through the roof in all this heat. To save money, don’t fall prey to some common household energy-saving myths. This relentless and record-breaking heat is doing a number on your electric bill.  Forbes is out with the truth on several energy-saving myths. A few of them: It says closing the vents in your house won’t save energy, contrary to popular belief. So even if you’re… Read More

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Prescription drugs aren’t cheap, and the prices for the same medication can vary from pharmacy to pharmacy. Prescription meds are much like other things we buy.  Shop around and do a little comparison pricing and you could find it cheaper. The website, FrugalPharmacies.com does the work for you. It lets users search for the best price for hundreds of the most common drugs in a matter of seconds. USNews.com has these other strategies for… Read More

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It may be a tough summer for teenagers looking for work (especially if they’re looking for snow shoveling jobs). USA Today reports that seasonal job prospects are so tight that three out of four teens won’t have a job this summer. The reason for the dismal outlook? Experts say with people spending less, stores aren’t hiring as much.  And local governments are also tightening their belts, employing fewer summer workers at parks and pools…. Read More

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I have a few trips to book in the coming months, so I’ve been checking on airfares in recent weeks. Boy, are they high. And depressing. Until I checked again this week. No doubt about it, flying isn’t cheap. Travelocity says the average price for a domestic roundtrip ticket is $388. That’s up seven percent from last year. But there could be a small window to buy an airline ticket at a pretty good… Read More

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The recent recession took a toll on Americans’ saving habits. Nearly half aren’t ready for a personal financial emergency. We’re always told to have at least six months worth of savings on hand in case of a financial emergency. Fewer people are for whatever reason following that advice. A survey released this week by Bankrate.com found that: 22% of Americans say their emergency savings would cover no more than three months’ worth of expenses…. Read More

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I’m always telling my kids to turn off the TV when they’re done watching it. “Hey, do you want to pay the bill?”, I yell. Turns out, even when it’s off, the TV is still costing me money. And it’s not just the TV. You could call them energy thieves or vampires. These are appliances that zap your energy and drive your bills sky-high. A study shows we spend $2 billion a year… Read More

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My motto in the news biz for the past 30 years has always been, “Don’t kill the messenger.” I just report the news, not make it. Keep that in mind as you read the findings from a study on gender, weight and pay in a recent CNN story. (If you’re a woman worried about carrying that extra weight, this won’t make you feel any better.) Here’s the story:

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Hey, American, US Airways, United and the rest of the big airlines. You have some catching up to do. Delta is WAY ahead of both of you. Delta made $952 million from baggage fees in 2010. A distant second place is American at a paltry $580 million and US Airways with a measly $513 million. Remember when bags flew free? Last year airlines brought in $3.4 billion in bag fees, according to… Read More

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821 and 211. Two numbers that are swimming around in my head this week. I can’t let go of either one of them. And both are tough to swallow. Double take Even though no one heard me, I apologize for what came out of my mouth a few days ago. It wasn’t pretty (what I said AND what I was looking at). I was holding one of the bills that came in the… Read More

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