- Roll your clothes: "When packing, roll your clothes instead of folding to create more space."
- Layer it: "Layer and wear your heavier pieces on the plane to also avoid an overflowing bag."
- Pick wisely: "When deciding what to take, remember that three-piece suit that you can wear in a number of ways. A little black dress can also work from the office, to meetings, to evening dinner with clients."
- Accessorize: "Use your accessories, such as shoes, jewelry, and even scarves, to change your look from day to night."
- Choose the right fabrics: "Avoid fabrics that wrinkle easily, such as linens, and opt for poly-cotton blends."
- A little spritz: "As soon as you arrive, unpack your bag and use wrinkle releaser to keep your clothes intact."
Contrary to conspiracy theorists' fears, the world did not end on Dec. 20 as predicted by the Mayan calendar. But that won't stop companies from capitalizing on the apocalypse! Our partners at LearnVest break down the disaster economy.
Watch out! There's a giant asteroid coming your way!
Just kidding. Maybe.
According to some interpretations of the Mayan calendar, [Dec. 20, 2012, was] supposedly the end of the world. But even if you believe that you'll live to toast a new year, you may be eyeing another apocalyptic scenario on the horizon:
- Economic collapse
- Environmental disaster brought on by global warming (you know, freak snowstorms, hurricanes, and flooding)
- Third World War and/or nuclear holocaust
- Rogue meteor
- The Rapture
- Zombie apocalypse
- We are definitely missing something here . . .
Welcome to the apocalypse economy, which can equip you with everything that you could possibly need to survive in the event that any of the above scenarios happen.
And as with any growing trend, there are entrepreneurs ready to help. What used to be canned food and the occasional Cold War disaster bunker has grown into a multimillion-dollar-a-year disaster economy that can supply you with a year’s worth of organic, freeze-dried food in your luxury bunker.
Seem far-fetched? Not to the people selling and buying these products.
The disaster market is hard to define, since many products needed for emergencies are normal things like flashlights and duct tape. But the owner of the Ready Store, which sells everything from backpacks stuffed with emergency supplies to portable toilets, estimates that this consumer market makes around $500 million annually.
That said, there are essentially two different types of disaster economies: the End-of-the-World sort and the Natural Disaster sort. Let us explain. Head to LearnVest for the full scoop on Apocalypse Inc.
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If you were to stop and go through the quarters, dimes, nickels, and pennies weighing down your purse or cluttering up your car cup holder, how much do you think you'd collect? $10? $25? Well, according to the experts at Coinstar, the average amount cashed in for eCertificates and/or gift cards at their coin kiosks is a whopping $56 — twice as much as people think they have. Talk about a nice, unexpected chunk of change as we head into the holiday season (especially since so many of us go over budget on holiday shopping!).
Our advice to you: make every coin count! Take a few minutes to grab all the spare change "jingle-belling" in your purses, pockets, car, and desk drawers, then hit your local Coinstar kiosk, where you can turn the contents of your coin jar into cash or no-fee eCertificates from popular brands, including Amazon, iTunes, Gap, and Starbucks. Click here to find the Coinstar kiosk closest to you.
Now that you know there might be more change lying around than you think, what would you do with those extra pennies this holiday?
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When job hunting is your full-time job, you've got to do everything in your power to get an interview. That means using your open-ended days to exhaust all of your resources. Get out of your job-hunting rut and find more opportunities by tapping into these 10 places.
- What people spend on engagements, from rings to proposals — LearnVest
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- How to donate used books — Real Simple
- Most women agree with the "irresistibly attractive" ruling. Do you? — HuffPost Women
- Eight prominent people answer nosy money questions — The Billfold
- Three excuses you should never use at work — The Daily Muse
- Four tips for making New Year's resolutions stick — Wise Bread
- How a little extra income can help your credit score — Credit Karma
- A workplace where half of all women are sexually harassed — The Grindstone
- The best jobs for women in 2013 — Forbes
The truth is everyone needs a little help organizing from time to time. If rearranging your living space is one of your plans for the New Year, try a few of these strategies that will up your storage and maximize your space. We know it might seem like a daunting task, so that's why we've broken up these tips room by room. Start with baby steps, and you'll soon be on your way to a full-blown home makeover.