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1. The Same Job for 72 Years. How One Man Did It

[Credit.com] “A lot of people don’t work for 72 years, let alone live that long, but Sidney Richardson did. The 90-year-old retired from a Goodyear Tire & Rubber plant in Gadsen, Alabama, last week, where he had worked since June 22, 1943. …

The point of this article is that staying in one job throughout one’s career has become increasingly rare. It cites a recent study that concluded one group of baby boomers held an average of 11.7 jobs from ages 18 to 48. What I found odd about this story, however, is its conclusion that “few people will have the job longevity Richardson had, but his attitude seems worthy of emulating.” I disagree. In my opinion, one stimulates both their career and their intellect by facing new challenges.

2. 17 Easy Holiday Party Tips

[The Dollar Stretcher] “Holiday parties are festive and fun and bring together friends and families. But hosting one can become a nightmare. From the decorations to the last goodbye, there are so many things that can go awry; it is enough to make you pull a Scrooge and order takeout the entire holiday season.”

If you’re planning on partying your way through the holidays, you’ll appreciate this advice. Tips include making lists, keeping it simple, advance prep, using holiday scents and serving buffet style. See the post for more.

3. Here Are The 5 Worst Work-From-Home Jobs — And What to Do Instead

[The Penny Hoarder] “You brew a fresh pot of coffee, pour yourself a cup, flip on your favorite morning talk show and sit down at the kitchen table with your laptop. You’re still in your bathrobe, cozy after a hot shower. Your dog wags her tail happily at your feet. You’re ready to start your work day.”

I can relate, having worked from home for about 25 years now. What are the worst work-from-home jobs? They’re jobs that require you to pay money upfront, including envelope stuffing, assembly work and multilevel marketing. Check out this story for more of the worst jobs and better potential alternatives.

4. 8 Ways to Get Your Holidays Off to a Budget-Savvy Head Start

[Debt.com] “As much as we complain when stores deck the halls while it’s still beach season, it turns out that they might actually be on to something. The best time to start plotting your holiday spending is now. Because the more you plan ahead, the less likely you are to overdo it, and the more likely you are to still have some jingle in your wallet when 2016 rolls around.”

This is a story we do every year, most recently in last year’s “6 Steps to Keep You From Blowing the Holiday Budget.” Still, it never hurts to get an additional point of view. This article includes tips like setting a budget, having a designated holiday savings account, using credit card rewards instead of cash and mapping out seasonal sales.

5. 12 Ways to Stop Skipping Your Workouts

[Wise Bread] “Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle, but let’s face it — sometimes we’d rather binge watch Netflix than get up and sweat.”

I can relate, and I’m sure you can as well. Want to spend more time on your feet and less on your tush? This author makes suggestions like getting a workout buddy, hiring a trainer, finding the right time of day, setting goals, focusing on food, and tracking your progress. Exercise your right to learn more by clicking on the headline.

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