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Dec 3, 2014

Tips for giving beyond Giving Tuesday

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – After the flurry of U.S. holiday shopping days like Black Friday and Cyber Monday comes Giving Tuesday, which is aimed to get people to reach into their wallets and contribute to charities.

The idea is catching on, with online donations for the day projected to surpass $40 million this year, up from $32 million in 2013, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

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Oct 31, 2014

How to donate to help fight Ebola

Oct 31 (Reuters) – Many charities are immersed in the fight
to control the Ebola epidemic, but so far the donors have not
come forward en masse – although scams already are emerging.

For those ready to dig into their pockets, here are four
tips to make an impact with your gift.

Oct 29, 2014

For workers who drive, no more excuses for shoddy mileage logs

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – More than 40 million Americans earn money while driving around in their cars, making them eligible for a valuable business mileage deduction from the Internal Revenue Service.

At 56 cents a mile, less than two business miles equals a dollar. So for someone driving 25,000 business miles a year, $14,000 in deductions is at stake.

Oct 14, 2014

Make your own bed at some hotels and get a reward

By Mitch Lipka

(Reuters) – During your next hotel stay, would you give up clean sheets in exchange for food vouchers or discounted Internet access?

That was an easy choice recently for Glenda Oakley, 31, who stayed at a Westin hotel in Charlotte, North Carolina. When Oakley checked in, she was offered vouchers for hotel services or loyalty points to forego housekeeping – everything from having the bed made to having the bathroom cleaned. She ended up parlaying the hotel credits into $100 worth of Internet service during her nine-day stay.

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      "Mitch Lipka is editor of and is a veteran consumer columnist, editor and reporter. Most recently, he led a 10-person consumer reporting team at AOL’s personal finance channel, He received the 2010 New York Press Club award for best consumer writing on the web and is the 2011 Best Friend honoree from Kids in Danger for his work covering child product safety. Mitch has been a reporter and editor for more than 25 years and has worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and Consumer Reports. The opinions expressed here are his own."
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