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Melissa Pashak, Marketing Assistant

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Staying On The Job: Four Practical Ideas For Making Yourself Indispensable

Posted by Melissa Pashak, Marketing Assistant on Oct 25, 2016 2:39:03 PM

Wondering if it will be your last day on the job every day is emotionally taxing. Trying to be productive, let alone happy, with the constant threat of job loss is an impossibility. On the other hand, security in a position can do wonders for your morale. Sadly, though, that goal is out of reach for many Americans. A recent Pew Forum study shows that 40% of Americans fear they will lose their jobs in the next 12 months.

That's bad news both for companies and their employees. Workers who worry about their job security are less likely to be effective. At the same time, low job security tends to exacerbate the effects of work-related stress, resulting in poor sleep, feelings of hopelessness and fatigue. In short, it's exhausting to worry about your job constantly, and when you're exhausted, your work suffers.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to improve your position at work. While they won't fix a toxic workplace or calm an easily angered manager, they can make you feel better about your skills and more secure in your position. Try these four steps to boost your value to your employer!

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Topics: careers, job security, job advice

Bring Back The Brown Bag: Saving Money On Lunch The Old-Fashioned Way

Posted by Melissa Pashak, Marketing Assistant on Sep 30, 2016 1:58:52 PM

Although it's been said breakfast is the most important meal of the day, there may be a new contender rising. Recent studies are showing that employees who take a designated lunch break are more likely to be productive in the afternoon and avoid long-term burnout. Breakfast has clearly been shoved out of its once-coveted role of "most important meal," and the reign of lunch has begun.

Lunch's sudden rise to popularity hasn't come without one or two negative side effects. The most worrying of these is how often Americans are dining out for lunch per week and how much they're spending when they do. If you're looking for an alternative to eating gourmet sushi five times a week, the best option is one that's been with us since we were children: the brown bag lunch.

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Topics: Saving, Lunch

Effective Cost-Cutting Tips You Haven’t Tried

Posted by Melissa Pashak, Marketing Assistant on Jul 25, 2016 11:47:13 AM

When times are tough, many of us do the usual things to save money. We download coupons, carefully plan trips to save gas, and replace Netflix with Redbox. While these are effective, you’re only scratching the surface. Check out these other creative ways to cut your household budget:

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Topics: Saving, budget

Fresh Produce All Year Long

Posted by Melissa Pashak, Marketing Assistant on Jul 15, 2016 12:58:43 PM

You know the importance of eating fruits and vegetables, but fresh produce can be expensive. Here’s how you can add fruit and vegetables to your menu without breaking the budget.

Produce is cheapest when it is in season; right now we are lucky to be able to enjoy locally grown cucumbers, tomatoes, blueberries, onions and many other delicious summer fruits and veggies.

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Topics: budget, Shopping, Local, health, Produce

Twenty Budget Friendly Ways To Celebrate Father’s Day

Posted by Melissa Pashak, Marketing Assistant on Jun 17, 2016 11:56:56 AM

We all want to show our dads that we care on Father’s Day. Many people panic and run straight for the ties. But unless your father is a necktie aficionado and you can land him the rarest of rare finds in men’s fashion, you may want to consider something else that shows how well you know and appreciate your dad. Here are 20 ways you can honor your father this Father’s Day.

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Topics: budget, Father's Day, Dad

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