When a huge storm moved in and the lights went out, she knew she wasn't ready.
Quite a little storm blew through two nights ago. Apparently it started about 11:30 -- that’s when my power went out -- and carried on into the wee hours. Cassie woke me at 1 in the morning, barking at the distant thunder and fretting to go out. The wind was blowing so hard it made a weird, symphonic noise -- like an orchestra of kazoos.
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Almost 300,000 utility customers lost power. Mine came back on about 8:30 the next morning. By then, the refrigerator’s interior appeared to be about room temperature: 62 degrees. I haven’t dared to open the freezer, but I expect it will be OK, even though, being a cheapie, it’s not well-insulated.
This minor episode brought one issue sharply to my attention: I am not prepared for a serious emergency lasting any length of time.
Before bailing out offspring, ask yourself whether you're really helping.
A new poll by CreditCards.com found that 42% of people with adult children have paid a debt for their children at some point. But should they?
The debts most commonly paid off were auto loans (40%) and medical debt (37%). But the survey also found that parents had paid utility debt (31%), credit cards (30%), student loans (29%) and mortgages (11%).
"It used to be that kids would be embarrassed to ask for help. Not anymore," Michael McAuliffe, president of Family Credit Management, a Chicago nonprofit credit counseling agency, told CreditCards.com’s Connie Prater.
These real-life examples go way beyond fruitcake and socks.
One oven mitt -- half of a cheap set. A loaf of store-bought white bread. A used breast pump. These are some of the “worst” gifts we found on the Web.
For a thorough examination of how to avoid the most common pitfalls and also extreme gift-giving mistakes, read MP Dunleavey’s “15 worst holiday gift ideas” at MSN Money. But we thought it would be fun to find real-life examples.
People are still falling for bogus lotteries and work-at-home rip-offs.
Every time you turn around, it seems as if someone has come up with a new scam. And then there are a few that never seem to go away.
Just last week, the Ohio attorney general warned about a new scam related to H1N1 flu, in which an e-mail directed consumers to create a “personal vaccination profile” on a site that mimicked the Web site of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Follow the instructions, and you won’t get an e-mail but a virus, in your computer, reported Jill Kelley on the Dayton Daily News’ Here’s the Deal blog.
If 66% of jobs are found through networking, it's time to learn how to do it effectively.
Competition for jobs is fierce, but networking is one way of differentiating yourself as a stellar candidate.
Recently, I read the e-book, "Stop Job Searching, Start Networking" from Job Bound, a career-services company. According to Job Bound, 66% of all jobs are won through networking, so much of your job-search time should be concentrated on spreading the word about your credentials, in addition to applying for open positions found through publicly available listings (a target company's Web site, online job boards, Craigslist, etc.).
Here are some of their tips on networking basics.
Psychologists have noticed an increase in drinking, smoking and other vices.
But some people appear to be taking the economy out on themselves by drinking too much, smoking or stuffing the old pie hole with fattening foods -- all of which, we might point out, cost money.
Kiri Blakeley wrote at Forbes.com:
Debbie Mandel, a stress management expert and author of "Addicted to Stress," says that in times of uncertainty people turn to bad habits to either numb their pain or experience an adrenaline rush. "They seek to replace the low with a high," she says. Apparently so -- Mandel reports seeing an increase in her clients' marijuana use.
Some merchants offer free shipping on other days, too.
We’ve observed Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but the special shopping days aren’t over yet. Are you ready for Free Shipping Day?
Free Shipping Day, which will be celebrated Dec. 17 this year, is a one-day shopping event in which participating merchants offer free shipping with guaranteed delivery by Dec. 24. Last year, the first year for the promotion, 250 retailers participated. More than 490 have signed up so far for this year’s event.
Are tweeting and facebooking at work a distraction or a productivity boost?
Rainy-Day Saver tackled a good issue: Are people wasting too much work time on social media, or are they so adept at multitasking that tweeting and texting don’t detract from their performance -- or are they even a plus?
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Call us old or old-fashioned, but we think multitasking is highly over-rated. But research on this issue has produced seemingly contradictory results.
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