Friday Estimate

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Are Business Cards Out of Style?

To card or not to card.

Minding the Gap

Marketplace has been asking readers to send in some personal stories, and a contributor named Bill Marshall recently shared his story about being laid off this summer and being asked the question, “What do you do?” while unemployed.

“You’re not going to say, ‘I’m unemployed and living off my savings,’” he said. “It doesn’t really impress people.”

As Jenny Ament points out at the top of the radio piece, lots of Americans had to deal with gaps in their employment histories during the recession. In fact, Ester and I were both laid off from a startup we worked at together during the height of the financial crisis. Fortunately I was able to cobble together some freelance work right after, so when people asked me what I was up to, I just said, “I’m currently working on a story about [x],” and left it at that.

Tax Season

In the past few days, I’ve opened my mailbox and discovered 1099 forms, a W-2, as well as 1098-E forms (student loan interest statements) in my email inbox. The forms are currently being organized in a folder. Our favorite time of year has come and I’m slowly preparing for it. Today, Jan. 20, marks the official start of the tax-filing season.

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Survey: Does It Always Make Sense to Go for the Lowest Fare?

I’m considering traveling to Norway in the next few months and was presented with the above options on the Norwegian Air Shuttle site. The lowest fare seems to make the most sense since I only travel with a carry-on and could probably purchase my own meal for less, but perhaps I’m missing something. What do you think?

The Year America Gets a Raise

The savings rate among Millennials is at negative 2 percent, partly due to stagnant wages coupled with increases in fixed costs. A bad labor market—lots of low-wage work available, but not enough ones with decent pay—have caused many young people to work multiple jobs. As Carl E. Van Horn, director of the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, told the Times: “The only cure for young people in this position is an economic recovery of robust proportions.”

Hey, Wait, I’ve Got a New Complaint

I am, perhaps to my own detriment, a person who doesn’t complain very often.

Monday Check-in

And how were your weekends?

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