up in Glendale with six siblings in a single-parent household, the
Bendfeldt sisters learned to be resourceful at an early age.
"We were forced to
be MacGyvers," says Amy Bendfeldt Barnum. "If there was
something we wanted, we had to get creative."
employment in today’s marketplace depends on the ability to offer
relevant skills, especially those considered "nonroutine
analytical," says Dennis Winters, chief economist for the
Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development.
us have financial goals, whether it is to retire at a reasonable
age, fund our children’s education, do some traveling or simply
manage debt. While overall plans haven’t changed, people’s
attitudes have gone through a period of adjustment — and that’s
occurring across all age groups, local industry experts say.
the trouble when couples lose jobs 5-21-13
Doyle lost his job in August, it wasn’t a huge jolt. Doyle, 59,
had taken the traveling sales job six months earlier, and it had
become clear the business wasn’t strong enough to support his
see glitches as big banks sell off mortgage rights 5-21-13
N.C. — Millions of homeowners around the country have received an
unexpected message from their banks: Goodbye.
deduction rates vary widely among states, study finds 5-21-13
mortgage interest deduction, widely viewed as a tax break for a
broad slice of middle-class America, benefits the residents of some
states far more than others, according to a new report by the Pew
to be a 'squeaky wheel' 5-21-13
gripe? Whether it’s a faulty cellphone, a cranky washing machine
or a designer dress that falls apart, inevitably something goes
wrong with something you’ve bought. What do you do?
survey questions Gen X, baby boomer savings 5-20-13
YORK — A research report by the Pew Charitable Trusts says younger
baby boomers and Generation Xers face an uncertain retirement
because of reduced savings, high levels of debt, and losses during
the Great Recession.
funds entering new phase of growth 5-17-13
— The headlines about exchange-traded funds suggest there are no
limits to the growth of these low-cost, easily traded alternatives
to mutual funds.
couples may need $220K for health care 5-16-13
— After years of increasing health care costs, the outlook is
improving for seniors worried about paying their medical bills
drug cost disparities seen in health overhaul 5-14-13
— Cancer patients could face high costs for medications under
President Barack Obama's health care law, industry analysts and
advocates warn. Where
you live could make a huge difference in what you'll pay.
business owners slightly more upbeat 5-14-13
YORK — Small business owners were a little more optimistic during
April but are generally still cautious.
Smart: Save your way to soft landing in emergencies 5-10-13
tenet of personal finance that gets short shrift but can
dramatically improve your money life is having a cash emergency
especially important for some to consider this time of year, as new
high school and college graduates make their way in the world and
soon-to-be newlyweds join their finances.
home building is surging, but job growth isn't 5-10-13
resurgent U.S. housing market has sent builders calling again for
Richard Vap, who owns a drywall installation company. Vap would love
to help. And he would — if he could hire enough qualified people.
Moms lead way in discussing family finance 5-7-13
— Who's better at getting a family to talk about money matters,
mom or dad? Taking sides probably won't make for a harmonious
Mother's Day celebration on Sunday.
unlucky few, tax 'help' is just a mirage 5-4-13
Garcia never dreamed she would land in so much trouble with the IRS.
But a few years ago, she found herself owing about $32,000 in back
taxes — a situation she says was partly caused by a family member
fraudulently using her name and Social Security number for work.
ways to cut that doggone pet food tab 5-3-13
YORK — Pet food isn't cheap. Consumers
are expected to spend $21.3 billion on pet food this year, up 3
percent from $20.6 billion in 2012, according to the American Pet
rebound is facing obstacle: Too few homes 5-2-13
RAPIDS, Mich. — Beth Heinen Bell and her husband, Christian, are
sick of renting. They
want more space. They'd like to host friends for dinner. And now,
having seen the real estate market start to rebound, they want to
turn housing payments into long-term equity.
Penney ad apologizes to customers 5-2-13
YORK — J.C. Penney is sorry and it wants your business back.
That's the gist of its
latest ad, a public "mea culpa" which the mid-priced
department-store put on its YouTube and Facebook pages.
things to ask before booking a summer vacation 5-2-13
YORK — It's May. Memorial Day and the end of the school year are
in sight. Suddenly, you're thinking about a summer vacation.
sells $17 billion in bonds in record deal 5-1-13
YORK — Apple Inc. sold $17 billion in bonds Tuesday in a record
deal spurred by the company's plan to placate its frustrated
Google Now useful as a supplement to Siri 4-30-13
Fla. — Google Now is often compared with the Siri voice assistant
on Apple's mobile devices, but its power lies in giving you
information you need to know before you have to ask.
recalls 2013 Altima for spare tire defect 4-29-13
— Nissan Motor Co. is recalling 123,308 Altima sedans because
their spare tires may be over- or underinflated. Altimas
from the 2013 model year that were made between March 21 and March
26 are affected.
managers see opportunity in gold's price drop 4-26-13
— Gold is making a comeback after its biggest single-day price
plunge in three decades. The sell-off happened almost two weeks ago
as investors became less concerned about inflation.
spending is on the rise again 4-25-13
prom is making a big comeback. The
recession forced parents and teens to cut back on spending for the
annual high school dance, but wallets are finally opening again.
lets customers pick delivery time for a fee 4-24-13
— FedEx will let recipients leave detailed instructions for their
driver or reschedule a delivery to their home. FedEx
Corp. said Tuesday it will charge $5 to reschedule the delivery day
or location and $10 to request a 2-hour delivery window.
cautious when investing, even on friends' advice, experts say
after day, week after week, month after month, the headlines keep
screaming the same sad tales.
education still looking for elusive payoff 4-23-13
dapper in a blue shirt and striped tie, 11-year-old Quinn Krueger
leaned over his desk and peered at plans for his company’s next
project — a park bench.