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Traveling with Kids? US Airports with the Highest Fares

Traveling with Kids? US Airports with the Highest Fares

Average domestic fares have been on the way up.   Up 4.8 percent in the first quarter compared to last year at the same time.  According to the Department of Transportation, the average round trip fare was $373- an all time high for any quarter. Of course, then you have to add on all those pesky [...]

Where the Jobs Are

Where the Jobs Are

Ask moms and dads what they are worried about and they are likely to say the economy.  The nationwide US unemployment rate is 8.1%.   But the unemployment rate varies greatly depending on where you live. According to the Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics, the states with the highest unemployment rate (and where it [...]

5 Great Work at Home Jobs

5 Great Work at Home Jobs

Customer Service Rep  Companies are looking for people with strong communications skills to provide customer service.  The best part of all is that you can do it in your pajamas from the comfort of your own home. 1800flowers.com is currently looking for individuals who own a PC with high speed internet for seasonal work.  Flexible [...]

Tax Day Promotions

Tax Day Promotions

It’s no fun filling out all those tax forms. But several national restaurant chains are offering tax day promotions to sweeten the day.   Check the links to see if restaurants near you are participating. Most of these are based on “while supplies last.” Arby’s Restaurants Free curly fries with coupon. To get a coupon click [...]

Looking To Pay for College?

Looking To Pay for College?

The Show-me State is now showing you the money.   On March 1st Missouri became the 12th state to offer matching funds to participants in the state’s 529 plan.  www.most529grant.org The match is dollar for dollar up to $500 a year, for a maximum benefit of $2,500 over the lifetime of the account. Missouri’s 529 grant [...]

How to get your share of 1,000,000,000?

How to get your share of 1,000,000,000?

The IRS has a $1 billion waiting for more than a million taxpayers. These are refund checks that have been unclaimed for 2008 . THERE IS A DEADLINE OF APRIL 17TH.  AFTER THIS DATE, UNCLE SAM GETS TO KEEP IT. The refunds are for people who did not file a federal income tax return in [...]

7 ways to ease pain at the pump

7 ways to ease pain at the pump

In early January I wrote about rising gas prices.  That was about six weeks ago. The average price of regular unleaded nationwide was $3.29 a gallon.   Since then prices have been steadily climbing.  According to the latest government statistics, now the average nationwide price is  30 cents higher. Anyone who has gone to a gas [...]

5 ways to ease the pain at the pump

5 ways to ease the pain at the pump

They’re baaaaack… High gas prices.   Maybe you’ve noticed.   I live in the Washington, DC area and I suddenly noticed the price of gas is getting close to $4 a gallon. It’s not my imagination.    Gas prices are about 22 cents higher than a year ago.  The average gasoline price nationwide for regular is  $3.29 [...]

Hurricane Irene: What is Covered- or Not- In Your Insurance Policies

The I.I.I. Answers Common Questions About Property Insurance Coverage August 29, 2011 INSURANCE INFORMATION INSTITUTE New York Press Office: (212) 346-5500; media@iii.org NEW YORK, August 29, 2011— Insurance companies are already handling claims and working to get people back to normal after the devastation caused by Hurricane Irene this weekend. Because of the widespread scope [...]

Market Mayhem

Market Mayhem

You know the Eric Carle book the Hungry Caterpillar-  On Monday he had one apple. Tuesday he had two pears. Wednesday he had three strawberries…. That’s what the stock markets have felt like this week- like watching a hungry caterpillar eat through our 401ks and college savings accounts (sorry Mr. Carle- to borrow your great classic [...]