‘Suddenly, I Have Purpose Again.’ Former Toys ‘R’ Us Employees Are Spending the Holidays Fighting for Their Severance Pay

Sarah Woodhams lost her job not long after she lost her son. The Babies ‘R’ Us registry department supervisor was rushed in an ambulance from her home in Harleysville, Pa., to the hospital when she delivered her son – and he was stillborn. She was still in the hospital when …

The One Huge Mistake You’re Making With Your Resume, According to a Team of 482 Hiring Managers

Conventional wisdom holds that your résumé should be no longer than one page. At least that’s what most résumé coaches will tell you. But new research suggests that job recruiters were more than twice as likely to prefer two-page resumes over one-page résumés — a conclusion that surprised even the …

Jeff Bezos Tells New Amazon Employees There Isn’t a Work-Life Balance. Here’s What He Says Instead

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos isn’t a fan of the phrase “work-life balance.” At an April awards event hosted by Axel Springer and Business Insider US editor in chief Alyson Shontell, Bezos revealed the counterintuitive advice he offers new Amazon employees. Bezos believes that his new hires should stop attempting to …

The One Thing Married Women Should do to Protect Their Finances Before They Retire

When Kathleen M. Rehl lost her husband, she remembers, beyond the grief, how much fear she felt. There was an underlying burden of worrying whether she would survive financially. That was unexpected, considering Rehl was a financial advisor. She was 60 when her husband died at age 72. The two …

If You Own a Mutual Fund, You Could Face an Unexpected Tax Bill This Year

Some mutual fund investors, including ones at fund giant Vanguard, could face an unexpected tax hit this year. Typically, mutual fund investors only have to worry about capital gains when the market is booming — not this time around. Despite the fact that the market is up only about 1% …

This 100-Year-Old Has Been Retired for 40 Years, Has a Healthy Savings Account, and Is a Track Champion. Here’s His Impressive Path to a Rich Retirement

Orville Rogers was forced into mandatory retirement from his pilot job at age 60. Refusing to let company policy keep him grounded, he flew his own planes until age 79. “I owned three different airplanes, and I enjoyed every one of them,” says Rogers, now 100, of Dallas. While he …

The Powerball Jackpot Is Up to $750 Million. Here’s When You Need to Buy Tickets

Just a few days after somebody won the highest Mega Millions jackpot ever of nearly $1.6 billion, another enormous lottery grand prize is on the line: The Powerball jackpot is up to $750 million. No one had the winning Powerball numbers on the last drawing on Wednesday, when the jackpot …

Desi Linden Lost the Boston Marathon by Two Seconds Before She Conquered it 7 Years Later. Here’s the Mindset That Could Help Her Win the New York Race

Desiree Linden was just two seconds short of her dream. The elite marathoner saw the 2011 Boston Marathon as an opportunity to emerge as a star on the competitive scene. But, after 26.2 miles of running at her fastest marathon pace to date, she crossed the finish line just two …

The Stars of ‘This Is Us’ Just Scored a Huge Raise and Equal Pay. Here’s What They’ll Make Per Episode

Those tearjerking moments are worth a lot of money. The cast of NBC’s This is Us negotiated substantial pay raises for each of the show’s five main stars ahead of the drama’s third season. Milo Ventimiglia, Mandy Moore, Sterling K. Brown, Chrissy Metz and Justin Hartley will all earn $250,000 …

Jeff Bezos Thinks Amazon Will Go Bankrupt One Day. Here’s What He’s Telling His Employees About the Company’s Future

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made a stunning acknowledgment last week in an all-hands meeting, a recording of which was heard by CNBC. With the company valued at just shy of $1 trillion and Bezos being the richest man in modern history, the Amazon CEO said his 24-year-old firm was far …

The Secret to Avoiding Checked Bag Fees Every Time You Fly

Gifts aren’t the only thing to bust your budget this holiday season. Most major U.S. airlines have recently raised their checked bag fees, which means transporting presents home may cost a little bit more this year. American Airlines baggage fees, JetBlue Airlines baggage fees, United Airlines baggage fees, and Delta …

6 Things You Should NEVER Buy at Walmart — and 6 Things That Are Great Deals

As the world’s largest retailer, Walmart boasts a massive selection on everything from staples like groceries and clothing to camping equipment and pet supplies. However, don’t let the retailer’s 5,000 location footprint lead you to believe that you’re always getting the best deal. Here are the 12 best and worst …

Major League Baseball Teams Lost $93 Million This Season Because No One Is Going to Games

Major League Baseball attendance dropped 4 percent this year, continuing a steady decline for “America’s Pastime.” It’s the lowest league-wide attendance since 2003 and the largest single-season drop in a decade. What does that mean for a team’s bottom line? Bloomberg News crunched some numbers to get a better understanding. …

Here Are the Biggest Stores Open on Thanksgiving 2018, and Their Hours

Are stores open on Thanksgiving this year? Like it or not — and there are people who feel strongly on both sides of the debate — there are indeed plenty of stores open on Thanksgiving Day 2018. Black Friday sales at these stores actually go live on Thanksgiving (Thursday, November …

These Are the 15 Fastest Growing Jobs Over the Next 5 Years. Is Yours on the List?

No matter what kind of skills you have, now is a good time to be looking for a job. Still, some workers have it better than others. The unemployment rate is the lowest its been in decades and wages are slowly beginning to climb, making it no surprise that an …

This 29-Year-Old Makes Up to $2,000 a Month Selling T-shirts Online. Here’s Her Fascinating Strategy

While some people count down the days until Christmas, Jen Smith’s calendar revolves around Halloween and Mother’s Day. It’s not because she’s obsessed with trick-or-treating or brunching with her mom — October and May are the busiest times of the year for her online T-shirt business. Smith, a 29-year-old who …

The Really Surprising Thing People Get Wrong In Retirement — and 4 Steps to Overcome It

Saving money can be difficult. But spending it? That part was supposed to be easy for retirees who’ve spent decades building up their nest eggs for their golden years. Yet for retirement savers, the transition from saving assets to living off of them responsibly can be fraught uncertainty—and is proving …

Moms of Three Are More Stressed Than Those With Any Other Number of Children, Survey Finds

The results are in: Three children give moms more stress than other numbers of kids. A study conducted in 2013 has resurfaced with some insight into the stresses of raising kids. After surveying 7,164 moms in the United States, Today concluded that moms of three are more stressed out than …

An NPR Host Who’s Interviewed Thousands of People Over 45 Years Has the Only Icebreaker You’ll Ever Need, and It’s Just 4 Words

Terry Gross, the host of NPR’s “Fresh Air,” has interviewed thousands of people over the course of her 45-year career in radio. So if anyone would know how to start a conversation with a stranger, it’s her. Gross told Jolie Kerr at The New York Times that her go-to icebreaker …

These Are the Best Days to Buy a Christmas Tree, According to an Analysis of 200,000 Sales

For many Americans, a Christmas tree is a tradition. But when’s the right moment to buy one? These can be fraught family decisions. At MONEY we like to make make financial choices — even small ones — after studying all the relevant data. The good news is credit-card processing company …

Update: CDC Says to Throw Out ALL Kellogg’s Honey Smacks Regardless of Size or Date

UPDATE: After more than 70 people have contracted salmonella poisoning from the popular breakfast cereal, both the Food and Drug Administration as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have asked all households to toss any and all Honey Smacks — regardless of date or package size — …

Warren Buffett Predicted the Demise of Sears 10 Years Ago. Here’s What He Said

The end for Eddie Lampert, CEO of Sears Holding Group and a hedge fund manager, appears near. And Warren Buffett’s decade-old prediction is finally coming true. Sears filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Monday, announced the closure of 142 more stores, and Lampert also agreed to step down as CEO …

Black Friday Online Deals We Love: 20+ Stores Where EVERYTHING Is 40% or 50% Off

Black Friday is loaded with deals on TVs, Instant Pots, electronics and tech, and much, much more. But sifting through the crowded store aisles loaded with deals at Walmart and other retailers to find the true bargains amid all the discounts can be a hassle — especially because there are …

38 Genius Items the World’s Best Travel Agents Always Pack

Fine, call us nosy. But we can’t help but wonder what other people have packed in their suitcases, especially if said people are seasoned professionals at this whole packing-for-a-trip thing. It’s our favorite way of discovering new packing tips and tricks. We’ve asked the editors at T+L for their favorite …

This 31-Year-Old Sold All of His Furniture to Start a Coffee Business. Now It’s Pulling in $1 Million a Year

Jordan Karcher saves dogs and sells coffee at the same time. Not exactly intuitive, but the entrepreneur has built his niche company into millions of dollars in sales and attracted top-level investors. And he owes much of it to his Craigslist couch-selling skills. Karcher, 31, found the inspiration for his …

The One Type of Account You Need to Earn Easy Money Right Now

Rising interest rates and fierce competition to attract new customers have triggered a kind of pricing war among online banks. Instead of lower prices, the result is better rates—and ultimately more money in your savings account. In the year since MONEY last compared bank account terms, the interest rates offered …