talking http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/4248/all en-US Should You Talk to Friends About Money? http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-talk-to-friends-about-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/should-you-talk-to-friends-about-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/friends_talking.jpg" alt="Friends talking in a restaurant" title="Friends talking in a restaurant" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I have a friend (a loose term for this guy) who, whenever I see him, only talks about money. Everything has a price tag with this dude, and it&rsquo;s incredibly annoying. Upon meeting my husband for the first time &mdash; who was my boyfriend back then and a lieutenant in the Navy &mdash; this &ldquo;friend&rdquo; had the audacity to ask, straight out, how much he made a year. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-lend-to-friends-and-family">Should You Lend to Friends and&nbsp;Family?</a>)</p> <p>If it were any of my other friends &mdash; who have manners &mdash; I probably wouldn&rsquo;t have batted an eye (I&rsquo;m sure a lot of people are curious about how much members of the military make), but when I heard it came from this guy, I was offended. Everything has a price tag with him (&ldquo;My truck cost $_________&rdquo;; &ldquo;I paid $____ for this shirt&rdquo;), and it eventually drove me away from being his friend.</p> <p>My close friends who are reading this right now know exactly who I&rsquo;m talking about, and that&rsquo;s unfortunate (albeit telling), because he does the same thing to them.</p> <p>In general, my friends and I don&rsquo;t talk about money together &mdash; at least not the money we make. We all have different jobs and varying salaries, for sure, and I have never once divulged to any of them how much I make, nor have they to me.</p> <p>And that&rsquo;s mainly for one reason &mdash; I don&rsquo;t care.</p> <p>To be my friend &mdash; and for me to be theirs &mdash; doesn&rsquo;t depend on how much money we earn a year.</p> <p>I will be honest that money (or the lack thereof) can cause rifts between friends. Sometimes one party can&rsquo;t afford what the other is doing &mdash; and when that happens enough, new relationships are established with those who are on a level playing field and existing relationships fall by the wayside. Still, in my opinion, loyalty is first and foremost. I have poor friends, and I have rich friends &mdash; but for me, it&rsquo;s all about the person and how we click.</p> <p>While I refuse to discuss base salaries with friends, though, I don&rsquo;t think that discussing money all together is off the table. It just has to be done the right way.</p> <p>For instance, saving. All my friends know that I&rsquo;m frugal. Personally, I think I&rsquo;m a generous guy, but I also don&rsquo;t like to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-dreams-you-wont-achieve-unless-you-live-below-your-means">spend money that I don&rsquo;t have to spend</a>. I&rsquo;m not embarrassed about using a coupon when we&rsquo;re out to dinner, taking advantage of a Foursquare special, or doing anything else that keeps more money in my pocket.</p> <p>Some may call that cheap, but there&rsquo;s a difference. And that&rsquo;s where the generosity comes in. When my friends need something, I&rsquo;m there; I&rsquo;m their biggest supporter &mdash; because that&rsquo;s what friendship is about. It&rsquo;s never about the money &mdash; and it never will be (unless, of course, you have a friend who takes advantage, and there have been those) &mdash; but we all know that our friendship with one another is priceless.</p> <p>Yes, priceless.</p> <p>You can put a price tag on a lot of things &mdash; like that guy I know; he&rsquo;s not worth anything to me. But you can&rsquo;t put a price tag on true friends.</p> <p>Whoever says that money matters is both correct and incorrect. It matters to me because I have to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-cant-you-ever-make-on-time-payments">pay my bills</a>. But my money shouldn&rsquo;t matter to you, because I don&rsquo;t have to pay your bills &mdash; and vice versa.</p> <p>We&rsquo;re all grown, responsible adults who strive to make it. Some of us will make it big, while others will continue to struggle to survive. Neither of those circumstances (or wherever I fall on that spectrum) will ever dictate my loyalty to true friends.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The question of this piece remains, however &mdash; should you talk to friends about money?</p> <p class="MsoNormal">In my opinion, no. In the grand scheme of things, money means nothing.</p> <p class="MsoNormal">It&rsquo;s only the good company you&rsquo;ve kept that will mean ANYTHING when your life is said and done.&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i style="mso-bidi-font-style:normal">What&rsquo;s your opinion on this heated topic? Let me know in the comments below.</i></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/should-you-talk-to-friends-about-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/11-simple-rules-of-excellent-houseguest-etiquette">11 Simple Rules of Excellent Houseguest Etiquette</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-benefits-of-having-a-roommate-besides-saving-on-rent">The Benefits of Having a Roommate (Besides Saving on Rent)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-frugal-ways-to-pay-it-forward">25 Frugal Ways to &quot;Pay It Forward&quot;</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/avoid-these-7-things-when-living-with-roommates">Avoid These 7 Things When Living With Roommates</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-practically-free-ways-to-make-new-friends">10 Fun, Practically Free Ways to Make New Friends</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Lifestyle etiquette friendship talking Thu, 23 Feb 2012 11:24:12 +0000 Mikey Rox 903366 at http://www.wisebread.com How to Win an Argument http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-win-an-argument <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/how-to-win-an-argument" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/argument.jpg" alt="Women arguing" title="Women arguing" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="150" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>People often tell me that I should have been a lawyer. My friends avoid getting into debates with me at all costs, and I can't tell you how many times I've heard, &quot;I just can't win an argument with you.&quot; This is precisely why I pounced on the opportunity to write a post about how to win an argument. But when I sat down to write, I was overwhelmed with the number of bullet points I could include in an article about the art of persuasion and why it's a useful skill to have, both personally and professionally.</p> <p>You wouldn't necessarily use the same tactics to convince your boss that you deserve a raise as you would in an argument with a partner over whose turn it is to wash the dishes. And while your well-crafted argument that <em>Raising Arizona </em>is the Cohen brothers' best film may work on your friends, your informal style of rhetoric might not be as effective when demanding your money back at customer service.</p> <p>Of course, there are dozens of talking points for winning an argument I could include, but I knew there had to be a few fundamental elements that would span all categories of argumentation. Of all the advice you'll get about making a case for yourself, there are three basic points to remember. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-and-give-honest-feedback">How to Get and Give Honest Feedback</a>)</p> <h3>1. Don't Back Down</h3> <p>Confidence is the key to winning any argument. As British comedian <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MwpuJoIvMyA">Eddie Izzard</a> says, only 10% of what people react to is what you actually say, and the rest of it is really a matter of how you look and sound. I don't know if his figure is completely accurate, but I do know that if you present your argument in a confident manner, people are more likely to listen to you and eventually agree with you. If you sound nervous or unsure of yourself, then your argument will sound weak before you even start making your case.</p> <p>The only caveat here is to remember that it isn't about who is right or wrong. Being confident means making a strong and clear case, not demanding that you are right and everyone else isn't. Make your claim and stick to it without dismissing other viewpoints, which leads me to the next major element of winning an argument...</p> <h3>2. Listen to Your Opponent</h3> <p>Any Debate Team coach will tell you that knowing the other side of the argument is essential to winning the debate. How can you make counterpoints if you don't know what your opponent's argument will be? You can't always know exactly what your opponents will argue in response, but you can usually predict what their major points will be. This also means listening to your opponents as they make their claims.</p> <p>For example, when I was discussing which points to include in this article with a friend, she suggested, &quot;Yeah, don't back down, and don't second-guess yourself.&quot; I argued that both of those statements were really saying the same thing. &quot;No they aren't,&quot; she said. &quot;Yes they are,&quot; I said calmly, remembering that remaining calm is also part of maintaining confidence in an argument. So I <em>calmly</em> listened as she made her rebuttal, &quot;No, what I meant by second guessing is not to have any doubts or change your mind during the argument, no matter what.&quot; I smiled wryly. &quot;In other words,&quot; I said, &quot;don't back down.&quot; She nodded and laughed, &quot;Touche.&quot; I &quot;won&quot; because I stood my ground, and I listened carefully to her and used her own statements to finally prove my point.</p> <h3>3. Use Logic and Factual Evidence</h3> <p>This final point is perhaps best illustrated by one of the most brilliant and popular rhetoricians of our time, <em>The Daily Show </em>host Jon Stewart. Even if you aren't a fan of his comedy and commentary, you have to admit that he uses logic in a way that is both convincing and appealing to his audience.</p> <p>Here's what Jon Stewart does well that can be applied to all types of arguments:</p> <ul> <li>He repeats examples in a way that drives the point home, such as showing several major news clips to demonstrate the absurdities in mainstream media.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>He finds flaws in his opponents' arguments, and even if he has a team of writers to help him research, he is good on his feet.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>He can admit when he's wrong; see the recent <a href="http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-june-21-2011/fox-news-false-statements">battle over the Chris Wallace interview</a> on Fox News for a great example of this.</li> </ul> <p>Even if you are one of those people who says you don't like to argue, remember that getting what you want in life isn't about the argument. It's really about how you state what you want; and if you are <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sound-more-confident-in-one-easy-step">confident</a>, a good listener, and logical, you can't lose.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ashley-watson">Ashley Watson</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-win-an-argument">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-say-no-to-friends-and-family">5 Ways to Say &quot;No&quot; to Friends and Family</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-feel-better-fast">25 Ways to Feel Better Fast</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-powerful-brain-hacks-you-can-do-in-under-2-minutes">8 Powerful Brain Hacks You Can Do in Under 2 Minutes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/change-your-life-by-learning-how-to-admit-youre-wrong">Change Your Life by Learning How to Admit You&#039;re Wrong</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-are-what-you-do-16-ways-to-improve-your-body-language">You Are What You Do: 16 Ways to Improve Your Body Language</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> General Tips Personal Development business skills communication talking Wed, 29 Jun 2011 10:24:28 +0000 Ashley Watson 592333 at http://www.wisebread.com You're Doing It Wrong, Moron: 5 Tips for Giving Better Compliments http://www.wisebread.com/youre-doing-it-wrong-moron-5-tips-for-giving-better-compliments <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/youre-doing-it-wrong-moron-5-tips-for-giving-better-compliments" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/compliment.jpg" alt="Sign: &quot;You are beautiful&quot;" title="Sign: &quot;You are beautiful&quot;" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There&rsquo;s no denying that people love words of affirmation. Everyone enjoys being told when they do an exceptionally good job or when they look nice on a special day.&nbsp;</p> <p>Then again, receiving compliments is a relatively simple and passive experience.&nbsp;Giving legitimate, truly thoughtful, and heartfelt compliments is something else entirely. In an era of instant, faceless communication, the art of giving meaningful compliments might be headed the way of the dodo.</p> <p>Thought and intention are a big part of the problem. A lot of us regularly offer compliments to friends and loved ones. But those words so easily bleed into the background, tossed out with minimal thought or no real consideration.</p> <p>A genuine compliment can boost work performance, change a person&rsquo;s outlook on their day, or do countless other things you'll probably never know.&nbsp;Here are few tips for giving genuine, thoughtful compliments.</p> <h2>Be Sincere</h2> <p>Don&rsquo;t give a compliment just because you want to be in someone&rsquo;s favor. Others can tell when you are being insincere, which can spell bigger troubles and doubts about your intentions and character. When you give a compliment, make sure that you actually mean your words.</p> <h2>Avoid the Usual</h2> <p>Anyone can say &ldquo;good job&rdquo; or &ldquo;nice outfit.&rdquo; These types of generic compliments tend to have little impact on the recipient. When you give a compliment, make sure you wait for the opportune moment and embrace specificity. Choose words that embrace something truly exceptional. Not only will this demonstrate your awareness, but it will also let the recipient know their efforts are noticed and appreciated.</p> <h2>Consider the Appropriateness</h2> <p>Not only is being specific important, but choosing the right words can also make a world of difference. Always make sure that the compliments you are giving aren&rsquo;t backhanded or gender-specific. Comments about a coworker's appearance can easily tread into dangerous waters; it's always important to consider the setting and the environment for the compliment.</p> <h2>Remain Humble</h2> <p>A compliment is intended to benefit the person who receives it. Once you give someone a compliment, don&rsquo;t repeat yourself until you receive a &ldquo;thank you.&rdquo; Simply give your compliment and politely carry on with your other tasks.</p> <h2>Be Yourself</h2> <p>You don&rsquo;t need to put on a big show to give a compliment. &nbsp;All you need to do is be yourself and deliver your compliment in a polite and efficient manner. Giving a compliment without having to become a different person will also make the compliment more sincere.</p> <p>Delivering great compliments will not only make you feel good, but it will also help brighten the day of others.&nbsp;In a world where everyone seems to always be facing a computer, TV, or phone screen, take the time to let those around you know about the exceptional things they are doing by telling them face to face.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/chris-birk">Chris Birk</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/youre-doing-it-wrong-moron-5-tips-for-giving-better-compliments">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-ways-to-say-thanks">25 Ways to Say Thanks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/gratitude-and-frugality">Gratitude and Frugality</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-win-an-argument">How to Win an Argument</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-one-word-you-need-to-start-using-today-to-have-a-better-life">The One Word You Need to Start Using Today to Have a Better Life</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/get-it-done-how-to-measure-your-goals">Get It Done: How to Measure Your Goals</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Development appreciation talking thankfulness Thu, 27 Jan 2011 13:36:12 +0000 Chris Birk 484123 at http://www.wisebread.com Don't Overpay While Driving - Put Down Your Cell and Save $101 http://www.wisebread.com/dont-overpay-while-driving-put-down-your-cell-and-save-101 <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/phonetalker.jpg" alt="http://www.morguefile.com/forum/profile.php?username=dmscs" width="202" height="207" /></p> <p>My home state of Washington is set to require, by law, that drivers who want to yack on the cell phone <a href="http://www.king5.com/topstories/stories/NW_041107POBcellphonebillKC.123e84a0.html">use a hands-free set or earpiece</a>. Another bill, banning text messaging while driving, which is arguably even more dangerous, has already passed the state House and is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law soon.</p> <p>Car-based phone conversation against the law? But we&#39;re only making it a secondary offense here. Hey, that&#39;s how the whole whacky seatbelt-usin&#39; craze got started!</p> <p class="blockquote">The bill passed on a 59-38 vote in the House, where it has gotten stopped in prior years. It passed the Senate last month, but must head back to the Senate for concurrence before going to Gov. Chris Gregoire, who is expected to sign it. </p> <p>Under the proposed law, if you&#39;re caught holding a cell phone when you&#39;re pulled over for another infraction, such as speeding, you could be slapped with an extra $101 fine. </p> <p>I know that in most states, the people talking on cell phones who nearly run you over tend to be the high-powered exec-holes stampeding across the freeways in their shiny new BMWs. That&#39;s certainly the case in the San Francisco Bay Area (have you noticed that it&#39;s often the jerks who can afford a Blue Tooth headset that don&#39;t buy them?).</p> <p>In Washington, you are more likely to be crushed under the wheels of a soccer-mom&#39;s SUV or a female teenager&#39;s junker-mobile because she was busy gabbing with her girlfriend to notice that other people, also in moving vehicles, are sharing the road with her. I know it&#39;s a stereotype, but it&#39;s borne out of experience and <a href="http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/pdf/nrd-30/NCSA/RNotes/2005/809967.pdf">some actual data</a>. </p> <p>Drivers in the Seattle area aren&#39;t necessarily rude or irresponsibly speedy, but they are flightier than a flock of pigeons. People here regularly run Stop signs, change lanes with nary a shoulder check, and appear surprised when other drivers express horn-based or finger-raising disapproval while simultaneously swerving out of Chatty Cathy&#39;s way.</p> <p>Fortunately, our upcoming law has some <a href="http://www.convergemag.com/story.php?catid=5&amp;storyid=104939">reasonable exceptions</a> to the rule.</p> <p class="blockquote">Under the measure, a person operating a moving vehicle while holding a wireless communications device to the ear would be guilty of a traffic infraction, although enforcement would be as a secondary offense, meaning that the driver would have had to commit another infraction in order to be pulled over for this one. Infractions would not be reported to insurance companies. The prohibition would not apply to someone driving an emergency vehicle, using a hands-free wireless device or to report illegal activity, summon emergency assistance or prevent injury. The bill also would exempt tow truck drivers responding to disabled vehicles.</p> <p>Some people have charged that truly unsafe driving behavior is not going to be legislated out of existence with this bill. This might be true. Two days ago, I nearly crashed into a concrete wall while trying to avoid being hit by someone who had bent down to rummage through her purse while driving. She drifted into my lane, seemingly oblivious to the idea that anyone might actually be occupying the lane. My honking did not deter her - she clearly needed something in her purse VERY badly. As we pulled up to a stop light (and she did, miraculously, stop her car), I saw that she had finally managed to dislodge the item from her handbag. Medicine? An inhaler?</p> <p>Lipstick. She applied it carefully while sitting at the stoplight, while I weighed my options, most of which included denting her door or screaming like a madwoman, neither of which would have gotten me anywhere good. Instead, I wrote down her license plate number and reported her erratic behavior to the local police. </p> <p>So, no - this Hands-Free legislation isn&#39;t going to stop Lipstick McDipstick from careening around the roadway while digging through her sizable purse. </p> <p>But this doesn&#39;t mean that the <a href="http://www.forbes.com/forbeslife/health/feeds/hscout/2006/06/29/hscout533489.html">dangers of cell-phone wielding drivers</a> is any less. In fact, as reported on Forbes.com last year, cell phone gabbers fared worse than drunk drivers in a driving test study conducted by the University of Utah.</p> <p class="blockquote">The phone users fared even worse than the inebriated, the Utah team found. There were three accidents among those talking on cell phones -- all of them involving a rear-ending of the pace car. In contrast, there were no accidents recorded among participants who were drunk, or the sober, cell-phone-free group.</p> <p>Oh, that&#39;s great news. I&#39;m better off driving drunk than answering the cell phone in my car while sober? </p> <p>Another problem? In the study, headset-wearing chatters were just as bad as the ones holding the handsets.</p> <p class="blockquote">&quot;We have seen again and again that there is no difference between hands-free and hand-held devices,&quot; Drews said. &quot;The problem is the conversation,&quot; he added.</p> <p>According to Drews, drivers talking on the phone are paying attention to the conversation -- not their driving. &quot;Drivers are not perceiving the driving environment,&quot; he said. &quot;We found 50 percent of the visual information wasn&#39;t processed at all -- this could be a red light. This increases the risk of getting into an accident dramatically,&quot; he said.</p> <p>The reason that there aren&#39;t more accidents linked to cell phone use is probably due to the reactions of other -- more alert -- drivers, Drews said. &quot;Currently, our system seems to be able to handle 8 percent of cell-phone drivers, because other drivers <em>are</em> paying attention,&quot; he said. &quot;They are compensating for the errors these drivers are causing,&quot; he speculated.</p> <p>Of course, I&#39;m not sure how we can legislate against hands-free conversations by drivers. Anyone who sees my mother driving would think that she is talking on a hands-free set, when in fact, she is merely carrying on the longstanding family tradition of talking outloud to oneself.</p> <p>I&#39;m curious to see where this new law will take us - safer driving, or simply more money in the state coffers? Lord knows we need it for our educational funding, and since we don&#39;t have state income tax here, maybe this feeble attempt can help us provide, oh, say, <a href="http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/309149_housing28.html">living wages</a> to our <a href="http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/opinion/124013_seattleschools29.html">teachers</a>?</p> <p>(Photo by <a href="http://www.morguefile.com/forum/profile.php?username=dmscs">David Kitchenham</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-overpay-while-driving-put-down-your-cell-and-save-101">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-to-know-when-renting-a-moving-truck">What to Know When Renting a Moving Truck</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-you-know-how-to-use-a-parking-meter-serious-question">Do you know how to use a parking meter? 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