Friday Open Thread: I Didn’t Yet Know About These Moneysavers

How much money have we all overspent because of something we didn't yet know about? For example: I didn't know until this year that I could deduct part of both my smartphone bill and my Internet bill from my taxes. (Business expense.) If I had known that a few years ago, I might have saved myself a little money.

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— Companies that provide their employees with perks like catered lunches and workout classes have also created a role for people to manage those perks. The WSJ has a profile of one of those people in that role: Jen Nguyen, the "head of workplace" at Pinterest.

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He said they’re also planning to innovate on Halloween night. Turned off by the people who came to their door last year, many of them adults or kids in street clothes, and few who said “trick or treat,” he decided to try something new: candy tiers. This year, they’ll reward those who play by Halloween’s basic rules — wear a costume, say “trick or treat” and be more or less a kid — by giving them pretty good candy. Those with amazing costumes will get better sweets. Those who don’t dress up at all or are of voting age or older will get a consolation prize: Dum Dums, which our neighbor considers the dregs of the candy pile.

— Roxana Popescu, in the New York Times, talking about a neighbor’s tiered candy-giving system this Halloween.

Photo: Vicki Watkis

Open Thread: Parental Assistance

Today's post about the 31-year-old who lives at home gave me the idea that we should have an open thread about how much help we take or took from our parents, or how much we help our parents instead. I'll volunteer to go first!

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— From The Washington Post, examining companies that have policies geared towards work-life balance.

Open Thread: Share Your 2015 Budget

As requested, here is an open thread in which you can share your 2015 budgets.

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— Dana McMahan, in an essay for The Morning News, about buying a vacation house in Detroit.