Do you have the career you always wanted? If so do you think you have the best job in America?
Or maybe you're the opposite, where you might have the worst job in America!
The website CareerCast.com just released their list of 200 of the most popular jobs in the U.S., ranked from best to worst.
The jobs are ranked in five categories: Physical demands, work environment, income, stress, and hiring outlook.
The best job is ACTUARY. If you've heard of that but aren't quite sure what it is, an actuary calculates financial risk, usually for insurance companies or other big businesses. It's challenging, pays well, and good ones can have jobs for life.
The rest of the top 10 best jobs are biomedical engineer, software engineer, audiologist, financial planner, dental hygienist, occupational therapist, optometrist, physical therapist, and computer systems analyst.
The worst job in the country is . . . NEWSPAPER REPORTER. Obviously. The newspaper industry is dying, so their future is up in the air . . . and they don't get paid particularly well even if they DO have one of the few reporting jobs out there.
The 10 jobs that finished just ahead of reporter are lumberjack, enlisted military personnel, actor, oilrig worker, dairy farmer, meter reader, mail carrier, roofer, and flight attendant.
For most of my adult life I've been in the eat out category, and people always say it's bad because of cost. Well it looks like the tables have turned if you're like me!
According to a new study, based on the way food prices have gone up in the past decade, you're not really saving money by cooking at home anymore. Eating out costs around the same, and might even be cheaper!
Based on estimates from the USDA, the cost of food for a family of four has gone up 38% since 2003.
Back then, it cost $601.50-a-month to feed a family. Now it's up to an average of $830 on the low end and $1,257 on the high end.
That's anywhere from about $28 to $42 per day and you can probably eat cheaper than that at fast food. Of course, it would be WAY less healthy than what you're cooking, but you're not saving a FORTUNE by cooking at home.
The study also found that if you try to make a 10-ounce ribeye steak, soup, salad, and a vegetable, it costs you $2.53 more per person than eating that exact same meal at Outback Steakhouse.
And if you make seafood alfredo, breadsticks, and salad, it's costs $3.79 per person more than eating that same meal at Olive Garden.
I don't know about you, but I'm gonna go eat out now that we're talking about Olive Garden!
I've been on vacation in Minnesota for the past week, but I feel like I haven't missed a thing since like you, I'm glued to the radio, TV, and other news sources following the Massachusetts manhunt.
Unfortunately, since everyone is trying to give the most current scoop, there's been quite a bit of false information about the Boston Marathon bombing, reported every single day, but this might be the most embarrassing media mishap so far!
Yesterday here, the "Minneapolis Star Tribune" ran a Macy's ad for PRESSURE COOKERS right next to their Boston Marathon bombing coverage.
Know If you don't get the awkward irony here, a pressure cooker was used to make at least one of the two bombs at the marathon . . . just like the one in the ad from Macy's.
To make matters worse, the ad ran in both the print version AND the online version of the paper.
Obviously, this isn't a funny matter, and like you my thoughts and prayers are with those who have been affected by this tragedy, but I guess I'm saying that I appreciate the outlets that are just trying to report accurate accounts for us, rather than the ones that are trying to break every part of the story even if they get it wrong!
Whether you're proud of it or not, the fact is everyone swears or has sworn, here's some random interesting facts about swearing for all you potty mouths!
1. About 0.7% of the words we use on a daily basis are swear words. That's about the same amount as words like "we" and "our." I don't know about you, but a few people I work with are WAY above average!
2. The average child learns a swear word before they can recite the alphabet. This is funny to me, because I hear parents all the time that cuss non stop, yet think their kids won't!?!
3. The people who swear the least are generally people who are upper-middle class . . . basically people who are "rising" in status. Upper class people swear the most. This is surprising to me, you?
4. Swearing can help you with pain. A study found that if you put your hand in a bucket of ice water, you can keep it there longer if you say the S-word instead of saying "Shoot." This is NOT surprising to me!
Are you a speeder? Have you gotten some tickets lately? Maybe you're on the verge of going broke from paying for those tickets.
Then check this out, there's a company called TicketsBite that offers you insurance against your SPEEDING TICKETS. And other traffic tickets too. You pay a small monthly premium, and if you get a ticket, they pay it for you.
Their plans start at $8 month for up to $400 a year in ticket coverage. That plan only covers speeding, illegal U-turns, failure to signal, red light or stop sign violations, and seat belt violations.
Their top plan costs $29 a month. It gives you up to $1,450-per-year in coverage, and pays tickets for things including texting and driving, parking tickets, and even DUIs. Of course, those can run more than $1,450 . . . so you would have to cover the difference.
The insurance doesn't cover legal fees or your REAL car insurance . . . which will certainly go up if you get a couple tickets a year.
They also say that if you buy the insurance for a year and don't make any claims, you'll get some percentage of your money back.
You do realize that the best way to find out about you is by monitoring what you do online right?
We might as well throw our resumes out the window, because employers are just looking at our Facebook pages now and they're not the only one!
According to reports, this year, the IRS plans on checking your Facebook page and Twitter accounts, to see if you're cheating on your taxes.
Like, let's say you went to Key West for Spring Break, but you wrote off the flight and hotel as a business trip. An IRS agent might look for your photos to see if there's proof you were actually just hammered drunk and half-naked.
Fortunately, it's too much work for them to Facebook stalk ALL of us . . . so they're only going to use social media as a tool when someone's tax forms have been red flagged for an audit or a potential audit.
But still, let's call this reminder number 1,037 that you should triple check your Facebook privacy settings!
If not, you better because the deadline to file your taxes is a week away.
It's no wonder people hate this time of year, because the U.S. tax code consists of about 4 MILLION words. And since 2001, there have been about 4,500 changes to it.
So to help you out, here are the five deductions and credits you're most likely to MISS, according to "U.S. News & World Report".
1. Dependents. For every dependent you have, you can write off $3,800. But a lot of people don't, because they don't realize that the relative they've been supporting CAN sometimes be claimed as a, quote, "qualifying relative."
Or even the friend who's been crashing in their spare bedroom for the past year. The main requirement is they have to have made less than $3,800 last year.
2. The Earned Income Tax Credit. Which you might qualify for if you're low-to- middle-income. And if you have three dependents, you can claim a tax credit of up to $5,891.
But the IRS estimates that about 20% of people who qualify don't end up claiming it, mostly because if you make under a certain amount, you don't HAVE to file a tax return. And if you don't file, you can't claim any tax credits, which means no refund.
If you're single and under 65, you're not required to file a federal tax return unless you made more than $9,750 last year. Or if you're the head of household, it's $12,500.
But if you qualify for the earned income tax credit, you SHOULD file, so you get a refund.
3. The Child and Dependent Care Credit. If you work and have kids under 13 who go to day care, you might qualify for a deduction of up to $2,100. And you can also deduct the cost of summer camp.
4. Charitable Donations. But that doesn't just mean the amount of money you gave to charity last year.
If you volunteered at something like a local soup kitchen, you can deduct any money you paid for parking . . . and also 14 cents per mile if you had to drive there.
5. Job-Search Expenses. Meaning any money you spent on printing resumes, postage, and even travel expenses . . . as long as the job you were applying for was in the same field as your previous job.
However, job-hunting expenses for your FIRST job are NOT tax deductible.
Good luck, hope this helped you in some way, if nothing else as a reminder to file!
I'm not embarrassed to say that I do, in fact somebody said to me this morning that "If you don't have any regrets, you're not living!"
Well a new survey asked people to name their biggest regret from college . . . and 5% regret how little they experimented with SEX and DRUGS. YIKES! It's good that one out of 20 of us have put our college experience in the right perspective.
Here's the other regrets those surveyed had...
48% of people say they wish they'd STUDIED more.
40% wish they'd done more NETWORKING.
4% wish they'd HAD MORE SEX . . . and 1% wish they'd DONE MORE DRUGS.
Even more interesting, the survey also asked parents to name the LAST thing they'd want to hear their son or daughter was doing in college.
25% said "making FAKE IDs" . . . 24% said "set a record for Jell-O shots" . . . 20% said "hosted a sex ed class in their dorm room" . . . 10% said "broke an ankle streaking" . . . and 8% said "had a farm animal in their dorm room."
Today is the THIRD day of Major League Baseball's extended Opening Day, and if you didn't know, the Brewers won yesterday for opening day!
Anyway, here are nine random facts about your EATING and DRINKING at ballparks this season
#1.) Over the course of the baseball season, we will eat approximately 20.4 MILLION hot dogs. (wow!)
The L.A. Dodgers are projected to sell the most, just ahead of the Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers, Detroit Tigers, and New York Yankees. Do a few more dollar hot dog nights at Miller Park and we'll be right in there!
#2.) Fans will also eat about 6.1 MILLION sausages.
#3.) The average "Fan Cost Index" for a game is $210.46. That includes four tickets, two beers, four sodas, four hot dogs, parking, two programs, and two hats. Geez, no wonder why it's so expensive to have kids!
#4.) The average ticket price is $27.73. That's up 2.7% from last year. The average beer is $6.12 and the average hot dog is $4.14.
#5.) The Boston Red Sox have the highest average ticket price, at $53.38. The New York Yankees are second, and the Chicago Cubs are third.
#6.) The Arizona Diamondbacks have the cheapest average tickets, at $16.89. The San Diego Padres are second, and the Tampa Bay Rays are third cheapest.
#7.) A lot of teams DECREASED their ticket prices this year. The biggest cuts were the Chicago White Sox, who cut their prices by 10.2% . . . and the Kansas City Royals, who cut theirs by 10.1%.
#8.) The Toronto Blue Jays went the other direction, and increased their ticket prices by 29.6%. And the Los Angeles Angels raised theirs by 23.4%.
#9.) The best value on beer per ounce comes from the Los Angeles Angles, at 28 cents per ounce. The Arizona Diamondbacks come in second by charging 29 cents an ounce, and the Cleveland Indians are third, charging 33 cents per ounce.
There you go, some random facts about what you'll be spending, eating & drinking this MLB season, play ball and GO BREWERS!
Today's a local holiday to many of us because it's Opening Day for the Milwaukee Brewers, but it's also a day that we don't believe each other because it's April Fools' Day. Remember, no prank is worth getting fired over... or so they say!
We were wondering where the April Fools' Day tradition actually came from, and the answer is . . . no one's quite sure.
The BEST theory is that it started in the 1500s. Before then, people used the Julian calendar, where the year started at the end of March. In the 1500s, the Gregorian calendar took over, which moved the beginning of the year to January 1st.
So, when April 1st rolled around, people would try to trick other people into celebrating New Year's. And if people fell for it, they were called "April fools." And that turned into the modern tradition of pranking people.
Another theory is that this is April Fools' Day because it's spring . . . but most of the time it's still COLD.
So people started saying the beginning of April was when nature would 'fool' them with unpredictable weather.