7 Money Links We Love: Will 2015 Be a Baby Boom Year?

7 Money Links We Love: Will 2015 Be a Baby Boom Year?

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Need another reason to network? A new study finds jobs are growing fastest in the cities where people are most connected on LinkedIn. Jobs Boom in Cities Where People Obsessively Network — Businessweek

Peggy Young, the pregnant U.P.S. driver who sued her company after she was denied paid leave, is hardly alone. Research finds just 13% of full-time workers in the U.S. are eligible to receive paid family leave. The Sad State of Benefits for New Moms on the Job — The Washington Post

Giving gift cards as presents has gone up by 55% over the past six years, but some $750 million worth will go unredeemed this year. Here's how to avoid letting your plastic presents go to waste. What to Do With Unwanted Gift Cards — USA Today

According to a new survey, 40 million Americans spend more than 30% of their income on housing costs. Who fares worse—renters or homeowners? Millions of Americans Are Spending Too Much on Housing — CNN

Sending in a job app? Avoid these seven cover letter sins, like ignoring instructions in the job posting and trying to sound overly sophisticated. 7 Common—and Costly—Cover Letter Mistakes — U.S. News & World Report

Even as home prices continue to increase, a record number of births in 2014 means that many Millennials will soon be buying new places for their expanding families. Could a baby boom solve America's housing troubles? Mini Baby Boom Could Lift 2015 Home Sales — MarketWatch

’Tis the season of giving, but you don’t need to cough up millions to support a worthy cause. Here are other ways to help, like funding a microloan or regularly donating your spare change. Top 10 Effortless Ways to Support a Good Cause — Lifehacker

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From jumping at the sight of a sale sign to falling prey to mood swings, banish these nine spending habits before you hit the big 3-0. Spend Smart! 9 Bad Shopping Habits You Should Ditch by 30

Looking to make the world a better place? Start by switching up your investment strategy so that you give and get back simultaneously. A Season to Give (and Get): 4 Ways to Practice Socially Responsible Investing

While parting with your hard-earned cash might sound hard, being charitable can actually make you happier and healthier. A sociologist explains how you can jumpstart your generosity this year. 3 Ways to Give Happier This Holiday Season

After becoming disenchanted with big-name charities, this man started anonymously donating six-digit figures to people in need. My Secret Money Life: I'm a Secret Santa Who Gives Away Six Figures

Just in time for open enrollment season, we’ll show you how a health savings account can help keep medical spending in check. HSAs 101: What You Need to Know About How Health Savings Accounts Work

Before you wake up New Year’s Day to find your bank account depleted, check out our guide to putting the brakes on holiday spending. 9 Ways to Avoid Holiday Financial Hangovers

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