Where You Live Dictates Where You Work

Where you live will often heavily influence where you work. The two go hand in hand and depending on your career and personal preferences, selecting where to live will often determine where you work and vice versa. If you live by an ocean, you have a far more possibility of being a marine biologist or fisherman. However, in the mid-west, the chances of this career path are quite limited. There you might work in the city or on the farm. Sometimes where we decide to live influences our career path. Sometimes, we choose where we live based on the career … Continue reading

Pop Culture Potpourri–Ebay No-No and Star Tells Students to Just Say No

EBAY NO-NO They insist it was a joke, but police and millions of Internet users around the world aren’t laughing one bit. Sad but true; according to police near Berlin, Germany a young couple has been taken into custody for allegedly trying to sell their baby on eBay. The 7-month-old boy is now in custody and his parents are behind bars after they reportedly posted an ad on eBay offering to sell the child for one euro, which is the equivalent of $1.57. While the child remains in the care of youth services authorities are investigating the case and could … Continue reading

From Soggy to SOLD

It was the story that had cereal lovers examining each and every cornflake BEFORE putting it in their mouths. And one that made me nearly gag on my morning muffin. Now the drama is finally over and two sisters from Virginia are $1,350 richer for it. For those of you who haven’t had your breakfast subjected to this corny tale allow me to get you caught up: Twenty-three-year-old Melissa McIntire and her 15-year-old sister Emily were innocently filling their bowls with cornflakes earlier this month when they came across a flake they swore looked exactly like the state of Illinois. … Continue reading

Pay those Taxes

Do you own a business? Are you an independent contractor? Do you do freelance work on the side? If you answered yes to any of these questions you are faced with a unique opportunity, the ability to pay taxes or not. For the mainstream employee who works for a company, money is removed from his or her paycheck each month for taxes. This payment goes to the government, and then he or she can file to either pay more or receive a return. The process is basically automated. If you are the business owner or if you do work on … Continue reading

Selling Your Stuff

You may be in a situation when you need to raise some quick cash, or you just want to jumpstart your debt snowball. If you are in this situation you may want to consider selling something that you have around the house. If you have not run up your credit cards solely on eating out, then you should have a few items that are available for you to sell. You should consider the best way to get the most for the items that you are selling. Here are five things to consider when selling your items. 1) If you have … Continue reading

Celebrity Updates: Ian and Harry—REJECTS!

Frankly, I didn’t even know he was a serious contender. (Actually, I didn’t even know he was in the running at all.) But, according to former “Beverly Hills, 90210” star Ian Ziering, he was stunned to hear Drew Carey beat him out for “The Price Is Right” gig. “I guess I was a little disappointed,” Ziering, recently told reporters. “I was really kind of hoping that would happen. Sure, he did a fairly decent job recently lighting up the floor on last season’s “Dancing with the Stars,” but I’m not sure knowing how to shake your groove qualifies a person … Continue reading

Ebay Hoaxes

Well, all you doubters were right–the bid that set an eBay record last week proved to be a hoax. In a previous blog I wrote about the nearly $10 million dollar eBay bid some guy named William Fischer put up to purchase the car made famous by “The Dukes of Hazzard.” The bright orange 1969 Dodge Charger emblazoned with a Confederate flag and the No.1 garnered a winning bid of $9,900,500 just a few days ago. General Lee’s owner – actor John Schneider, who played blond hottie Bo Duke in the 1980s television series– is reportedly livid that the bid … Continue reading

What NOT To Sell On The Internet

You have to wonder how financially strapped some people must be to have the nerve to put the following items up for auction on the Internet. Take for instance the Brazilian man who offered to sell his wife for about $50. It’s not only sad, but it’s true… and it prompted the government to intervene. According to news reports, Brazil’s Secretariat of Public Policies for Women ordered Mercado Livre, which is partially owned by eBay, to remove the ad for the man’s wife and warned it was violating a law banning the offer or sale of “human organs, people, blood, … Continue reading

One For The Record Books–eBay’s Most Expensive Item

Can you guess what it is? I’ll give you a hint. It has four wheels, two doors, a Confederate flag, and is a wash in a shade of orange most people run from. If you guessed: a version of the General Lee – a 1969 Dodge Charger, which, by all accounts, was the most famous character on the television show “The Dukes of Hazzard” – you are correct. The iconic car fetched a winning bid on eBay of nearly $10 million Friday. According to eBay executives, if the bidder comes through with the $9,900,500 price, the car will be the … Continue reading

Do You Have Questions About Your Taxes?

Do you receive a large refund every year and feel like you could use that money in your regular paychecks? Are you self employed and confused about what taxes you need to pay? Do you want to understand the earned income credit (EIC) or how the child tax credit works? If you do, then you should visit www.irs.gov. This site is surprisingly easy to negotiate and has a wealth of information that you can use to make the most of the money that you have. The site has several calculators that can help you figure out what you currently owe … Continue reading