Salary Tutor

Any help on negotiating a higher salary (and finding a more satisfying and rewarding job or career) is always a good thing!

From SalaryTutor:

Salary negotiation is tricky business, but this infographic offers some insight into the best times for bringing up your request and and other interesting job statistics to remind you that money isn’t everything.

In addition to noting that the best times to request raises are the weeks before the “J” months, the infographic shows the correlation between income and job satisfaction for a number of careers. Some really highly paid workers, like lawyers, aren’t happier than less well-paid ones, like writers.

The moral of the story may be to time your raise negotiation request but also find the job you like, hopefully one that pays $75,000. (Click here for why that is the magic income number for happiness: we’ve noted previously).

Wolfram|Alpha & Warren Buffett

I had almost forgotten about Wolfram|Alpha. It is really a cool engine, if you can get your head around it!
For example (and I will have more examples soon!) take a look at this:

From Wolfram|Alpha:

If Warren Buffett divided his wealth evenly among all living peoplehow big would your check be

Wolfram|Alpha & Warren Buffett

Each person would get $7.36.

Similar calculations can be done with other Forbes 400 billionaires. Say Bill Gates split his wealth with the population of the United States

What fun calculations can you do with the Forbes 400?

Best Buy has $50 iTunes Gift cards for $40, today only

Today only! Can’t beat this deal:

$50 iTunes card for only $40 at Best Buy!

Thanks 9to5Mac for the details:

Best Buy has $50 iTunes Gift cards for $40, today only

As one of its daily deals, Best Buy offers the $50 Apple iTunes Gift Card for $40 with free shipping. The card contains an iTunes Store code redeemable for music, movies, TV shows, games, iOS/Mac apps, and more.

Lunchbox Icepacks out of Sponges

This IS a clever idea! My Kitchen Escapades details how to easily make your own ice packs from cheap sponges:

The first week of school was 89% disaster-free.  I consider that a complete success.  My kindergardener doesn’t start until tomorrow and I am anxious for that beautiful day to arrive.  He was completely insulted that all his older siblings got to start last week and he was stuck at home with his mom and 2-year old sister.
A certain child of mine, and I won’t name any names (Luke), tends to go through at least 3 lunch boxes a year and countless reusable containers and ice packs.  Last year, I made him pay for his own replacements in an attempt to make him more responsible.
Lunchbox Icepacks out of Sponges

I was thrilled when I found this method for making your own ice packs.  So simple and if when he loses them, it won’t cost him his college savings to buy new ones.  I buy the cheap pack of 4 sponges from the dollar store to make the loss-impact even less.

To make, just saturate a clean sponge with water and place into a ziplock bag.  Lay flat in the freezer and freeze overnight.  In the morning, just toss them into the lunch boxes.  As they melt, they will reabsorb the water so just toss them back in the freezer after school!!!

Where to Sell Your iPhone 4S for the Most Money

It is coming – tomorrow (don’t you wish it had the feature shown here: iPhone 5 New Concept Featured?)! Well at least it will be announced. IF you want to sell your existing iPhone and maximize the dollars you get – here are some great tips from Gizmodo:

Where to Sell Your iPhone 4S for the Most Money

Apple’s next iPhone is coming tomorrow. If you’re planning cashing in your old phone, you need to do it now. Here’s where to look for the best deal while there’s still some time left.

ebay
How much: $309-$400
How to do it: You can go one of two ways with eBay—you can either sell it right now for about $330 or you can wait it out and let it go to the highest bidder. Many of those sales seem to be closing below $400 at this point. With the announcement coming tomorrow, it might be better to cut your losses and take the cash now—if you wait around, there might not be as many people interested in the iPhone 4S once there’s a new model running around.

Amazon
How much: $104-$405
How to do it: Amazon is offering Amazon gift certificates in exchange for your phone. $405 sounds really enticing, but this is only if your phone is in absolute mint condition and you’re willing to trade your charger too (that shouldn’t be a problem considering the 30-pin connector is expected to shrink). Most iPhones in good condition should earn around $344.

RadioShack
How much: $73-$250
How to do it: Just want the cash without the hassle? RadioShack will straight up fork over a nice $250 if you’re ready to part with your phone, if it’s in perfect condition. But if you accidentally ran it through the spin cycle, RadioShack says it will still give you $73, which is something. You can recoup your pesos by visiting your local RadioShack or mailing your phone off.

Craigslist
How much: $199 and up
How to do it: You’ve got to be willing to put in some work here. That means wading through spammers, scammers, and people with awful email etiquette. But if your phone has taken a beating, this is your solution. You’ll see everything from brand new phones to devices that are totally borked. Be sure to check out your local Craigslist page to gauge the kinds of prices iPhones are going for. Though this takes more work, you’re bound to get at least a little cash back.

If you go with this option, we recommend you meet in a public place like a bank, so you avoid getting screwed out of money/murdered.

GazelleInstantSaleBuy My TronicsNextWorthGlyde
How much:$37-$365
How to do it: Hate human contact? Here’s the route you need to take if you want the best price without any hassle. Get an estimate on your iPhone’s worth based on it’s condition, then mail it in. These companies will then assess your phone and send you money for it. Check out various sites to see where you can get the best offer, because it totally varies.

For example, on the lower end Gazelle will give you just $37 for a completely borked phone while BuyMyTronics will fork over just $75. On the other hand, mint condition will earn you $290 from Gazelle or $360 from Glyde. Prices fluctuate often and will just keep dropping, so do your homework before you collect.

Whichever virtual pawn shop you choose to shed your old iPhone, make haste. With every day that passes, these soon-to-be passé phones depreciate. Right now there’s still more demand than supply; the longer you wait, the less that’s true. And that’s money out of your pocket.

Tax Free Weekend Guide 2012

It is coming up again soon – and maybe in your state – Tax-Free Weekend! Take a look at these details from OneDayBuys:

Tax-Free WeekendThis is a complete list of tax free weekends happening throughout the U.S. this summer and fall. Note that a few states have multiple dates with different items designated tax free. Click on your state’s abbreviation below to take you directly to your state:


AL | AR | CT | FL | GA | IA | LA | MD | MS | MO | NM | NC |OK | SC | TN | TX | VA 


Alabama Tax Free Weekend

 

Tax-Free Weekend Alabama
August 3-5
Applies to certain school supplies, computers, clothing and shoes.

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Arkansas Tax Free Weekend

 

Tax-Free Weekend Arkansas
August 4-5
Applies to school supplies, art materials, school materials for teachers, clothing and shoes.

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Connecticut Tax Free Weekend

 

Tax-Free Weekend Connecticut
August 19-25
Applies to clothing and shoes under $300 and layaway items that fit requirements, but are paid in full after the 25th.

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Florida Tax Free Weekend

 

Tax-Free Weekend Florida
August 3-5
Applies to school supplies up to $15 and clothing up to $75 (individual items, not total of purchase).

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Georgia Tax Free Weekend

 

Tax-Free Weekend Georgia
August 10-11
Applies to clothing up to $100, school supplies up to $20 and computers up to $1,000.

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Iowa Tax Free Weekend

 

Tax-Free Weekend Iowa
August 3-4
Applies to clothing up to $100.

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Louisiana Tax Free Weekend

 

Tax-Free Weekend Lousiana
August 3-4
Applies to the first $2,500 of property purchases.

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September 7-9

Applies to ammunition, firearms and hunting supplies.

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Maryland Tax Free Weekend

 

Tax-Free Weekend Maryland
August 12-18
Applies to clothing and shoes up to $100.

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Mississippi Tax Free Weekend

 

Tax-Free Weekend Mississippi
July 27-28
Applies to clothing and shoes up to $100.

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Missouri Tax Free Weekend

 

Tax-Free Weekend Missouri
August 3-5
Applies to clothing up to $100, computers up to $3,500 and school supplies up to $50.

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New Mexico Tax Free Weekend

 

Tax-Free Weekend New Mexico
August 3-5
Applies to clothing up to $100, computers up to $1,000 and school supplies up to $15.

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North Carolina Tax Free Weekend

 

Tax-Free Weekend North Carolina
August 5-7
Applies to clothing up to $100, school supplies up to $100, instructional materials up to $100, computers up to $3,500, other computer accessories up to $200 and sports equipment up to $50.

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November 2-4

Applies to all EnergyStar products.

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Oklahoma Tax Free Weekend

 

Tax-Free Weekend Oklahoma
August 3-5
Applies to clothing up to $100.

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South Carolina Tax Free Weekend

 

Tax-Free Weekend South Carolina
August 3-5
Applies to clothing, school supplies, computers, linens and bathroom essentials, such as rugs and shower curtains.

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November 23-24

Applies to firearms.

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Tennessee Tax Free Weekend

 

Tax-Free Weekend Tennessee
August 3-5
Applies to clothing up to $100, school supplies up to $100 and computers up to $1,000.

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Texas Tax Free Weekend

 

Tax-Free Weekend Texas
August 17-19
Applies to clothing up to $100 and school supplies up to $100.

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Virginia Tax Free Weekend

 

Tax-Free Weekend Virginia
August 3-5
Applies to clothing up to $100 and school supplies up to $100.

Click Here for More Info

October 5-8

Applies to EnergyStar products up to $2,500.

Click Here for More Info 

Also, be sure to check out tips on how to make the most of the tax-free weekends here.

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