When It Comes to Buying an Engagement Ring, What’s a (Middle Income) Man to Do?

January 10, 2013 | Posted in Debt, Finance, Men, Romance and Relationships, Women | By


You like it, so you got to put a ring on it. But how?

I recently had a conversation with a young man named Shawn, who shared how he’s been struggling with a decision regarding the woman he loves.

He started off by sharing the story of how he met an awesome woman, and how she has exceeded his every desire. The two of them have been dating for over a year, and they’ve discussed all of the core topics including faith, finances, family and how they envision the future with one another. Shawn is ready to move forward with the next level of commitment and wants to propose to her. Everything seems perfect right?

Here’s his dilemma. Shawn works as a schoolteacher in the inner city and cannot currently afford the ring he knows she wants.

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Jobs with the lowest (and highest) unemployment (CNN Money)

January 10, 2013 | Posted in Business and Professional, Career, Education | By

 Business Discussion

Want a guaranteed job? Get used to being called doctor. And stay in school.

The top jobs with the lowest unemployment rates for 2012 include fields in areas from health care and finance, to social services and engineering — and all require a lot of education and training.

“You look at these jobs, they are all high skilled, high education, and high experience,” said Abraham Mosisa, an economist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. “Therefore, demand is generally high in all those areas.”

On the other end of the spectrum are jobs in construction, sales, and transportation. Not only do many of these jobs require less formal training and education, but some – like telemarketing — tend to have high rates of turnover, said Mosisa.

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