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Aug 1, 2014

Jason Mraz’s first summer job? Sweaty, hard work

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Summer jobs: The very mention brings up memories of low pay, long hours and sweaty, clueless teenagers who don’t really know what they’re doing.

Memories like that are still vivid for some of the nation’s greatest achievers. Since last August, Reuters has been gathering the first-job stories of successful Americans, including sports legends, business titans and media superstars.

Jul 29, 2014

Couples fight for control in Battle of the Thermostat

NEW YORK, July 29 (Reuters) – When Harvey Montijo first
moved in with his wife Natalie, he remembers exactly how long it
took to get into a tiff about household temperature.

“Right from the get-go,” remembers the 31-year-old
orthopedic resident in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Jul 23, 2014

Raid your kid’s college savings? Sometimes it is OK

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Lauren Greutman felt sick.

She and her husband Mark were about $40,000 in debt, and were having trouble paying their monthly bills. As recent homebuyers, the couple from Syracuse, New York, were already underwater on the mortgage and getting by on one income as Lauren focused on being a stay-at-home mom.

“We were in a really bad financial position, and just didn’t have the money to make ends meet,” remembers Greutman, now 33 and a mom of four.

Jul 3, 2014

Square One: How trailblazing women got their start

NEW YORK, July 3 (Reuters) – Since last fall, Reuters has
asked prominent achievers about the first job they ever had.
From Mia Hamm to Margaret Atwood, Bob Schieffer to Tavis Smiley,
they have shared their memories about the humble beginnings of
their careers.

This month we talk about some extraordinary American women.
They came from very different places and followed different
paths, but all ended up at places of impressive achievement.

Jun 24, 2014

Coping with the high costs of raising an autistic child

NEW YORK (Reuters) – (The writer is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.)

When Linda Mercier’s son Sam was around two years old, she knew something wasn’t right.

Jun 19, 2014

How to launch a financially successful adult

NEW YORK, June 19 (Reuters) – It’s the secret fear of every
American parent: failure to launch.

What if, despite your best efforts, your adult kids just
aren’t able to sustain themselves financially?

Jun 9, 2014

How much would you spend to save your pet?

NEW YORK, June 9 (Reuters) – When Marion Asnes’ beloved cat,
Herman, was injured by a coyote, she had to make one of life’s
gut-wrenching decisions.

After the incident, Asnes and her husband, who live in
Westchester County, New York, raced to the vet to save their
pet. The bill for stitches, antibiotics and IV drips added up to
almost $2,000.

Jun 6, 2014

For these commencement speakers, first jobs taught people skills

NEW YORK, June 6 (Reuters) – It’s graduation season, and for
the newly minted members of the country’s workforce, it is a
supremely scary moment: Time to get that very first job out of

As part of Reuters’ continuing series, which accompanies the
nation’s monthly jobs reports, we asked some of the country’s
top achievers about their first gigs.

May 27, 2014

Your commute is costing you more than you realize

NEW YORK, May 27 (Reuters) – Kay Phillips has been dreading
this moment for a very long time.

The 59-year-old from Elon, North Carolina, has often
wondered how much her commute cost her over the years. She
decided to sit down and tabulate it once and for all for

May 22, 2014

Factbox: Best places to retire, by the numbers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – So, you’re looking beyond just Florida or Arizona as a potential retirement landing spot. What exactly can you expect from some of the winning states on’s list of Best Places to Retire?

Here’s a sampler:


Avg. home value (Sioux Falls): $153,100

Avg. temp (July): 72.7

Avg. temp (January): 17.3

Dinner for two at Sioux Falls’ Minerva’s: $62-$120

Two prime tickets to Sioux Falls Canaries baseball game: $49


Ranking: 3

Avg. home value (Salt Lake City): $233,200

Avg. temp (July): 72.6

Avg. temp (January): 25.9

Dinner for two at Salt Lake City’s Pago: $62-$120

Two prime tickets to Salt Lake Bees: $52


Ranking: 9

Avg. home value (Des Moines): $152,700

Avg. temp (July): 73.7

Avg. temp (January): 19.1

Dinner for two at Des Moines’ Centro: $22-$60

Two prime tickets to Iowa Cubs: $24


Ranking: 10

Avg. home value (Richmond): $202,400

Avg. temp (July): 74.5

Avg. temp (January): 35.1

Dinner for two at Richmond’s Acacia: $62-$120

Two prime tickets to Richmond Flying Squirrels: $28

(The writer is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.)

(Editing by Lauren Young)

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      "Chris Taylor is an award-winning freelance writer in New York City. A former senior writer with SmartMoney, the Wall Street Journal's personal-finance magazine, he has been published in the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek,, Fortune, Money, and more. He has won journalism awards from the National Press Club, the Deadline Club, and the National Association of Real Estate Editors. The opinions expressed are his own."
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