Courtesy of BALANCE, this week we have an interesting guest blog to share with you:
Spring Clean for Extra Green
Hold a Power Yard Sale
There’s no shortage of television programs featuring people turning household antiques into piles of money. Even if your basement is not lined with hugely expensive keepsakes, you can still turn your spring cleaning efforts into a few extra dollars in your pocket.
Yard sales can be a great way to turn your clutter into cash. But there’s no reason to limit it to one yard. To attract lots of buyers, team up with other people in your neighborhood to have a multi-family sale. The shoppers who regularly visit garage sales love the idea of having lots of items to peruse in one small area.
How College Work Experience Gets You a Job
Getting some work experience while in college can help secure you a job in your chosen field. This has always been sage advice given to young people, but now the findings of a new survey back that wisdom with some hard numbers.
The survey – from specialized staffing service Accountemps – asked 2,100 chief financial officers which factors made them more likely to hire a job candidate.
Georgia Power Adds 600+ Authorized Payment Locations
If you’re a Georgia Power customer, take heart: the company’s latest move makes it really, really easy for you to pay your electric bill.
The company said it has added more than 600 new Authorized Payment Locations (APLs) across Georgia – paying particular attention to places where Georgians shop.
Poor, Misunderstood Health Savings Accounts
Health savings accounts offer a way for people with high-deductable health insurance plans to save up for medical expenses while earning returns and avoiding federal taxes. But few Americans understand how they work, according to a report from online insurance quote provider insuranceQuotes.com.
NAFCU: Credit Unions Generate Big Economic Benefits for ALL Americans
Credit unions are exempt from paying federal taxes but they still generate around $17 billion in benefits to Americans each year, according to The National Association of Federal Credit Unions.
In a new study, NAFCU said that credit unions directly benefit Americans – regardless of whether they are CU members or not. The study found that credit union members realized $51.5 billion in benefits over the nine-year span of the study by enjoying the lower fees and loan interest rates offered by CUs vs. banks.
Death, Taxes and Fraud
Most Americans find that the stress of tax season is heavy enough that there’s no need to add to it. However, this is exactly what some fiends plan to do this year.
According to the AARP, tax filers need to be on their guard against fraudsters – who scheme, scam and Dumpster-dive in an attempt to separate honest Americans from their money.
AARP warns that 15.6% of all ID theft complaints lodged across the U.S. in 2010 were rooted in taxes or wages. A full 24.1% of all ID theft complaints in that year pertained to taxes or wages, AARP said.
Don’t Buy Car Insurance in March
The price of auto insurance can vary a lot depending on which month you buy it in, according to a new report from insuranceQuotes.com.
InsuranceQuotes.com said that, during last year, the difference in prices paid could be as much as 50% between the cheapest and most expensive months. We’re talking about the same insurance policy, for the same vehicle.
Tech Pays Off for U.S. Automakers
Efforts by U.S. automakers to incorporate the latest technology into new vehicles are gaining traction with buyers, according to some new data from J.D. Power.
Clearly, U.S. automakers have been on a roll of late, with sales way up for Detroit’s “Big Three.” Domestic auto plants from all makers have been running at capacity, and churned out 16 million cars last year.
How Did You Celebrate Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day?
Whether you think it’s a legitimate national celebration — or a shameless publicity stunt – Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day is now in its 14th year. What did you do to celebrate?
There’s no question that the famous packaging material has become a welcome fixture of American life. Not only does it protect valuable items in shipment, the material provides adults and children alike with hours of pleasure once out of use.