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You have until Dec. 31 to go through your stuff and make a noncash tax-deductible donation. Here's how.

By Karen Datko Dec 29, 2010 9:59AM

This post comes from Meg Favreau at partner blog Wise Bread.


If you've ever thought about moving during December, I have one contraction for you: Don't.

I was stupid enough to do so this year, taking the stress of hauling my belongings to a new apartment, finding a storage unit, and trying to remember how my bed frame fits together and adding it to an already busy schedule of shopping, baking and holiday parties.


There is, however, one great thing about moving during December:


Starting early next year, new first-class stamps will no longer have a denomination.

By Karen Datko Dec 28, 2010 9:13PM

Finally, some good news from the beleaguered U.S. Postal Service: New first-class stamps will no longer have a denomination on their face. That means the new stamps you buy next year can be used to mail a letter or pay a bill no matter how many times the first-class rate goes up. 


Every first-class stamp will be a "Forever" stamp -- those denomination-free stamps that first appeared in April 2007. The change is expected to debut with a new stamp issued on Jan. 22. 


We can see several pluses in this:


Some people do, and some also love their computers and their guns.

By Karen Datko Dec 28, 2010 5:22PM

This post comes from Sara Huffman at partner site


We all know people who seem so attached to their car, they spend all their free time working on it, all their extra money buying accessories for it, and even call it by a pet name.

If it seems like those people are in love with their car, they might actually be.


According to a new study in the Journal of Consumer Research, when it comes to possessions like cars, computers, bicycles, and even firearms, many owners exhibit love-like emotions.


Mother got tired of her daughters always asking for more stuff, so she made them listen to other people's stories.

By Teresa Mears Dec 28, 2010 3:50PM

If you're a parent, you've probably been in this situation: You're doing something special for your kids, like taking them out for ice cream.

And then they whine, because a small cone isn't enough. They want more.


When Sharon Dunki Vermont's 11-year-old daughter threw a fit in the ice cream shop because she wanted a larger scoop, the St. Louis mother decided it was time to teach her two daughters a lesson.


In reality, they defy the stereotype of the young college dropout who goes it alone.

By Karen Datko Dec 28, 2010 2:43PM

This guest post comes from Pop at Pop Economics.


Recently, I detailed the results of several studies on entrepreneurship, all of which started with certain hypotheses -- like "entrepreneurs are risk-takers!" -- but came up empty when they were actually put to the test.

After that post, you might, rightly, be wondering what entrepreneurs do have in common? They're not risk-takers or go-getters -- at least not any more than regular high-performing managers at big corporations are.


Researchers have had success finding behaviors and backgrounds -- rather than traits -- that successful founders have in common. There are things that entrepreneurs do that can heighten their likelihoods to surpass $1 million in sales or sell out in an IPO, in contrast with the things that entrepreneurs feel that we were looking at in the last post.


So, what are the behaviors of entrepreneurs who hit the big time? Read on.


When it comes to charity, most people have good hearts, but many don't use their heads.

By Stacy Johnson Dec 28, 2010 12:32PM

This post comes from Brandon Ballenger at partner site Money Talks News.


Americans are known for their charity. According to the Giving USA Foundation, Americans gave close to $300 billion last year, and the Charities Aid Foundation ranks the U.S. in the top five of global givers.

But although we're a giving nation, we could help even more if we used our heads as much as our hearts. Unfortunately, a lot of charities aren't what they claim to be.


Hunting, fishing and raising chickens are intriguing to this urban-dweller.

By Karen Datko Dec 28, 2010 10:06AM

This post comes from Jim Wang at partner blog Bargaineering.


One of the really fascinating parts of the recession is the effect it has had on news stories.


During the boom, mainstream media focused heavily on the excesses of those who had money. You had stories about the most expensive wine or the most expensive dessert. There were stories about luxury cars and of fantastic mansions on enormous estates.

Nowadays, the stories are focused on more pedestrian subjects. They're focused on people who grow gardens on their deck or raise chickens in the city. I find those stories infinitely more interesting because it shows our creativity and our resourcefulness, not our ability to write a check or swipe a card.


PC Magazine's 'top 100 websites of 2010' includes some with a money slant you may not have run across before.

By Karen Datko Dec 27, 2010 9:18PM

What are the coolest personal-finance websites you've never seen? We found some gems among PC Magazine's "The top 100 websites of 2010."

A tip o' the hat to NPR for mentioning this terrific compilation of "classic" and "undiscovered" sites, covering topics like fun, food, news, social, shopping, travel, and tech (of course). Oh, and they're free.



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