July 16, 2013 |
How can a person live on just McDonald's? The pay for employees, that is, not the food itself. As it happens, neither possibility is very attractive. In an effort to help its low-wage employees manage to stay afloat financially, the golden arches teamed up with Visa to produce an online brochure to guide workers through the process of paying their bills and even saving money while living on a cheap-food paycheck. It could be that the authors of the online site learned more about finances than the employees.
March 7, 2011 |
Dear Karen: You recently advised hiring professionals to build websites, but are there cheaper alternatives for start-ups? Answer: On a tight budget, try to barter services with a Web design firm. Or hire a freelancer to design the site and take that template to a developer, said Erin Presseau of SilverTech, a digital marketing agency in New Hampshire. "Although the company may charge a nominal fee for graphic production work, they won't pad the estimate for the initial design," she said.
January 24, 2012 |
Here's your tears-on-my-pillow Tuesday roundup of consumer news from around the Web: --We're managing our money better. The consulting firm McKinsey says that since 2008, all types of U.S. private-sector debt -- such as mortgage, credit card and corporate loans -- have fallen as a percentage of the broader economy. Household debt in the U.S. has fallen a total of $584 billion over the last four years, a 15% decline relative to people's overall disposable income. Debt carried by businesses has also declined.
May 14, 2012 |
Dear graduates: It's that time of year again: graduation season. Across the country, the Adults are scrambling to their lecterns and op-ed columns for one last chance to tell you what to do, despite ample evidence over the last couple of years that the Adults have no idea what they're doing. (Full disclosure: This reporter is a Young Person.) Some of this advice will be useful. Some of it - such as in 2005, with Steve Jobs' commencement speech at Stanford University ( “Connect the dots” )
August 9, 2009 |
On the eve of the first practice of training camp, Aaron Corp sought counsel from former Trojans quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Mark Sanchez . Both NFL players offered the sophomore quarterback the same advice. "Take over," Corp said they told him. "That's what I'm trying to do." Corp got off to a solid, if unspectacular, start Saturday as the Trojans practiced for the first time in preparation for their Sept. 5 opener against San Jose State at the Coliseum. Corp's confidence began to grow after he finished spring practice No. 1 on the depth chart.
May 15, 2012 |
As Britney Spears and Demi Lovato prepare to take their new judges seats on "The X Factor," a diva who's gone before them, Jennifer Lopez, has offered advice. "I was like, 'Live TV! Eek.' It's a big thing to take on, but I think they're both more than capable to handle it," the "American Idol" judge told "Access Hollywood" Monday night after Fox execs finally made it official earlier in the day that both pop singers would join Simon Cowell and L.A. Reid in the talent search.
September 6, 2012 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Four hours to go before President Obama speaks, and the mood in the Time Warner Cable Arena is jubilant. Democrats beam as they greet each other in the halls, sharing wide embraces. Delegates dance on the floor as James Taylorsings “Carolina In My Mind.” Anita Lovely sits by herself, watching the proceedings raptly. The first-time delegate from Lumberton, N.J., is still trying to wrap her mind around everything she has experienced this week. “I got this close to the first lady,” Lovely says.
January 18, 2013 |
I'm thinking Lance Armstrong needs a reality show. Maybe a wife, a couple kids, then just have some cameras follow him around as he attempts to lead a normal life, living strong and all that. After all, if his confessional with Oprah doesn't work out, what's a guy with a recognizable face, a notoriously prickly demeanor and no apparent work skills to do? PHOTOS: Lance Armstrong through the years So far it looks like Armstrong is attempting to following the Pete Rose path to redemption -- the road the disgraced all-time Major League Baseball hits leader took when he was caught gambling on his sport and his own team as a manager.
November 5, 1995
Advice to Bill Clinton. Veni, vidi, vici. Veto! CARL ZIOLKOWSKI Arcadia
June 19, 2011 |
Question: I'd like to travel to Istanbul, Izmir and Ephesus, Turkey, with a 78-year-old friend. We are experienced travelers and multilingual, but neither of us knows Turkish. My husband has many reservations about this. What advice do you have that would put my husband at ease? -- B. Snyder, Walnut Creek, Calif . Answer: Here's a discussion I had as winter rains began. Me: I need to get up on the roof and put on these plastic covers on the turbines so water won't leak into the kitchen and living room.