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News and Blogs: Thursday, November 20, 2008

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Happy New Year? Not For Some. At the beginning of 2009, employees who take part in a 403(b) plan, which is like a 401(k) plan for non-profit organizations, will have fewer investment options. This change will bring 403(b) plans in line with the expectations for 401(k) plans. The change will probably mean higher expenses and more paperwork for everyone involved: employers, employees, and plan managers.

Dow 8,000: The Psychology of Round Numbers. This is a short article that doesn’t get deep into the topic. It is interesting how psychology is attached to round numbers, whether it’s 14,000, 10,000 or 8,000 for the Dow Jones Industrial Average. These numbers are seen as triggers.

100 Money Saving Tips for the Holiday Gifting Bonanza. Do not shop for gifts this year without memorizing Jim’s list of 100 tips. If not, at least skim through. There are bound to be several dozen that could guide you this year with the economy in a mess.

Save Time and Effort With a Personal Shopper. This is often a free service clothing stores offer, and they may not even advertise it. Carson Kressley’s fee is too high, and apparently, it’s easy to get the same service. All you have to do is prepare a list of what you need, bring your measurements or have yourself measured in the store, and answer some of the personal shopper’s questions about your lifestyle and preferences, and he or she will bring you items to try on with no obligation.

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Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published November 20, 2008. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.

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Luke Landes is the founder of Consumerism Commentary. He has been blogging and writing for the internet since 1995 and has been building online communities since 1991. Find out more about Luke Landes and follow him on Twitter. View all articles by .

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avatar Barb

Ahh, the info about the 403(b) explains the somewhat frantic letters from a previous employer about options for changing investments.

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avatar My Journey

I’d love to be added to your feed.

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avatar Aya @ Thrive

Perhaps reading through all 100 of those tips will stall me from going shopping long enough that by the time I’m done all the good stuff is gone. Or, having to memorize 100 tips might be too stressful for me to handle and will make me hide away until the holidays are over :)

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