Thursday, June 4, 2009

Someone Is Hiring!

Signs of hiring!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wal-Mart to add 22,000 jobs in U.S.

BENTONVILLE, Arkansas (Reuters) - Discounter Wal-Mart Stores Inc says it will add more than 22,000 jobs in its U.S. namesake stores in 2009.

The forecast points to lower growth compared with last year, as the world's biggest retailer opens fewer of its U.S. Wal-Mart discount stores to focus on expansions and renovations.

Last year, the company created 33,800 U.S. jobs, though that figure also included new jobs at its much smaller Sam's Club members-only chain of warehouse stores.

Wal-Mart has gained market share despite the poor economic climate as shoppers seek out its low prices on everything from food to electronics.

But the retailer has not been immune to the downturn. At an October analyst meeting, executives said the company would slow expansion of new U.S. Wal-Mart supercenters to focus instead on spiffing up existing stores.

Last October, Wal-Mart announced plans to open 157 to 177 new or expanded stores and clubs during the current 2010 fiscal year in the United States.

Numerous retailers including Target Corp and department store operator Macy's Inc have announced job cuts in recent months as the recession slows sales.

Overall, the U.S. economy is expected to shed 520,000 nonfarm payroll jobs in May alone, according to a Reuters poll of 79 economists.

Wal-Mart said the new positions will be in all levels of retail operation, including cashiers sales, store management to pharmacists and other positions.

Benefits, including affordable health plans that offer customized health coverage options, will be available to full- and part-time associates, the company said.

The announcement comes as the retailer readies for its annual shareholder's meeting on Friday, and just four months after it slashed 700 to 800 jobs at its Wal-Mart and Sam's Club home offices in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Source: Reuters

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

17th edition of the Carnival of Everything Money

Welcome to the 17th edition of the Carnival of Everything Money. I wanted to give my thanks to everyone who is contributing to making this carnival a success! I would appreciate it if anyone who is featured in the carnival links back to this post. If you want to submit an article for next week's edition, the submission form is here. Just a reminder: I am not including articles that are not submitted with a category. If your article wasn't included, that's most likely why. Please change it because the more articles I can post, the better!


The Budgeter presents Let the Bad Press on the Economy Work in Your Favor posted at Keep Your Cash, saying, "The recession, while painful, can help you find bargains when you are out shopping."

Silicon Valley Blogger presents Best High Interest Savings Accounts In Online Banking posted at The Digerati Life.


Pinyo presents How To Improve Your FICO Credit Score posted at Moolanomy, saying, "Improve your credit score with these easy to follow tips."

Jim presents How to Review Your Equifax Credit Report posted at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity.

David presents Discover Card Doubles Rewards for Military Families posted at Credit Card Offers IQ, saying, "Discover Card is doubling cash back and points rewards this summer for families in the military."

The Dough Roller presents Starwood Preferred Guest American Express Card Review posted at The Dough Roller, saying, "The Starwood Preferred Guest card by American Express may just pay for your next vacation."

Patrick @ Military Money presents Discover Card Double Cash Back on Military Installations Worldwide posted at Military Finance Network, saying, "Discover Card is offering Discover Card holders a special bonus for purchases made on military installations - double cash back from Memorial Day to Labor Day (05/25/09 - 09/07/09)."

Mr Credit Card presents American Express Membership Rewards Review posted at Ask Mr Credit Card.

Bob Brooks presents New Credit Card Laws - Victory for the Credit Card Industry and Congress??? posted at Bob Brooks - Prudent Money Blog, saying, "Why can't politicians write laws that are easy to interpret? The Credit Card Accountability Responsibility and Disclosure Act of 2009 favors the credit card companies rather than the consumers. This bill just defines how credit card companies can raise rates on you. This is just another dog and pony show by our politicians."


NetBiz presents How To Negotiate Credit Card Debt posted at Your Finish Rich Plan, saying, "These days credit card companies are much more open to negotiation"

Leave Debt Behind presents Yes, Debt Settlement Will Affect Your Credit Score posted at Leave Debt Behind.

Raj Patel presents UNBROKE: What You Need to Know about Money posted at DebtGoal.

Kristjan presents Option ARM Defaults Looming On the Horizon posted at Personal Development for Awesome People.

Brian McKay presents Mortgage Rates: APY vs. APR posted at, saying, "Mortgage Rates: We have all seen rates offered as APY or APR. APY means annual percentage yield and APR means annual percentage rate. The different between the two is compounding interest."


Darwin presents How to Save Money with a Contractor - Patio Example posted at Everyday Finance, saying, "This article highlights an approach to reducing the cost of contractor jobs which requires a different approach than your standard frugal savings tips."

Buck Weber presents 10 Free Barter & Swap Sites posted at THE BUCK LIST, saying, "During the current economic climate people are rediscovering the advantages of bartering and swapping. If what you are looking to barter or trade for is not available from friends and family here are some online options you can try."


ABC presents Investment Time Horizons for Retirees posted at ABCs of Investing, saying, "Discussing investment asset allocations and time horizons for retirees."

Scott H presents 10 Economic and Business Pro Tips from World of Warcraft posted at College and Finance, saying, "The economic recession, investor panic, and the numerous bailouts might have been avoided if only CEO's and Wall Street traders weren’t n00bs, and had played World of Warcraft to learned these Pro Economic and Business lessons."

Silver Investor presents How To Buy Gold Through Your Brokerage Account posted at Gold Investing Info, saying, "Many want to buy gold but do not want to own the physical bullion."

Melchor Reyes presents Property Lien - How Do Property Liens Work posted at tax lien investing.

Praveen presents Three Stock Picking Ideas From Forbes Magazine posted at My Simple Trading System.

Glowing Face Man presents Short Term Assets vs. Long Term Assets posted at Glowing Face Man: Awaken the Badass Within, saying, "Longterm investment and passive income are all the rage these days, and for good reason. But it's also possible to go too far. Sometimes, short term beats long term."

Patrick @ Cash Money Life presents ShareBuilder Review posted at Cash Money Life, saying, "A full review of ShareBuilder, one of the most popular online brokerages for long term invetors."

Finance Tips 101 presents He Said She Said Finances posted at Finance Tips 101.

The Smarter Wallet presents Fibonacci Retracement: A Technical Stock Tool To Predict Market Direction posted at The Smarter Wallet.

Manshu presents List of Gold ETFs posted at OneMint.


Bouch presents Top Rated Money Making Opportunities | posted at MoneyStance - Money Making Opportunity Reviews.

Len Penzo presents 9 Personal Finance Lessons I Learned from Watching "The Simpsons" posted at Len Penzo . Com, saying, "Personal finance advice for those who want to stretch their D'oh!"

Kaushik Chokshi presents Are you unemployed – Lost your job? – Worried about your job? Laid off? Not finding a job? Do you have anxiety about the financial crisis? posted at Beyond Karma, saying, "How to instantly release anxiety about job loss, business downturn, or asset loss during this crisis."

Lazy Man and Money presents Friends’ Influence and Money: A Two Way Street posted at Lazy Man and Money.

Shot presents The Chrysler Trabant and the GM Wartburg posted at

ChristianPF presents Purpose + Passion = Performance posted at Money in the Bible | Christian Personal Finance Blog, saying, "The key to success in every area can be defined by following this simple formula...

Nissim Ziv presents How to make money selling on eBay posted at eBay Business Guide, saying, "There are many ways and tips for selling on eBay. This article provides some essential tips for you to make money selling on eBay.”

These days more and more people are looking for an additional source of income. EBay has given these people an option to earn and to start an eBay business."

Diego Cervantes presents The Amero Currency: Myths, Facts and 25 Great Resources for Further Research posted at Bankling.

Britannica Blog presents How an Inflation Threat Could Make the 1970s Look Like Happy Days posted at Britannica Blog, saying, "When the U.S. financial system seemed on the brink of collapse last fall, Washington undertook the largest monetary rescue in history. The $750 billion allocated to shore up failing banks and AIG was only the beginning. The Federal Reserve has made available hundreds of billions more in assorted “lending facilities.” Many details, including the exact cost, have been kept secret. Some educated guesses put the number at $2 trillion."


Ed Biado presents How to save on utility bills posted at Ed Biado at MST Life | Philippine Lifestyle News.

Four Pillars presents 397 Ways To Save Money - Squawkfox Book Review posted at Quest For Four Pillars, saying, "397 Ways To Save Money - Book review on's new release!"

Bank Savings Review presents Ally Bank Review posted at Bank Savings Review, saying, "Is a bank that's associated with GMAC good enough?"

Bank Savings Review presents FDIC is Running Out of Money but You are Safe posted a Bank Savings Review, saying, "FDIC is running out of money for sure but your money is probably still safe even if your bank goes under."

Praveen presents Easy Ways to Generate Cash posted at My Simple Trading System.

BankMan presents $250k FDIC Deposit Insurance Extended to 2013 posted at High Yield Savings Accounts, saying, "The FDIC has extended the additional insurance until the end of 2013, which will add stability to the banking industry and instill more consumer confidence in our economy."


The Writer presents Stock Charts: What Are They Good For? posted at WeSeed, saying, "Stock charts may not tell us about the future of a stock, but they can certainly teach us a thing or two to become sharper investors."

Mike Pastore presents Invest in Penny Stocks Today To Aquire Wealth posted at Mikes


Wealth-Ed presents Can American Banks Bounce Back posted at Wealth Education - Investment Ideas Personal Financial Advice.

Jared presents General Growth Continues Restructuring Efforts posted at Wealth Education - Investment Ideas Personal Financial Advice.