My plan is to embark on a year-long round-the-world trip at the end of year (roughly Dec 2016), but I'm having difficulty in deciding how to fund the trip amidst fluctuations in the benchmark currencies. As an expat living in Korea, I'm wondering which currency I should exchange for. [more inside]
I'm finding this more confusing that it probably is, and in the process wondering how part of this doesn't amount to price gouging... [more inside]
I'm not receiving a raise after nine months on the job because I haven't yet worked a full calendar year. This is the first I'm hearing of such a stipulation. Should I bring it up to my boss and if so, how? [more inside]
I'll potentially be working for a small start-up coding as an independent contractor. I need to create a time estimate for the project and quote a pay rate to them. I'm new to contracting though, so I have no idea how to go about this. [more inside]
I have been offered the chance to do some freelance work on the side while I'm on the hunt for permanent employment. But I don't know what to charge. Can you help? [more inside]
I can get POLAR Coded and non-Coded strap-ons that make loud TICKs at 5kHz, but how can I plot those ticks over time on a PC, instead of just having my "heart rate" show up on the watch?
I'm getting conflicting opinions on how often a septic system needs to be pumped, and pumping isn't cheap. My current system is about ten years old, and it's been mostly just me using it. I've heard of other low-use households that have been pumped maybe once in 30 years. Conventional wisdom seems to be thus: pump every 3 years or so or risk anything from a bad smell to a total system wipeout and replacement. Is that for real? [more inside]
A coworker of mine asked me to help his friend out with some excel problems she is having. I am good with excel, so I agreed. We've talked and are all set to go, but I have no idea how much to ask for. [more inside]
Should we get married this year, or will that end up in a tax penalty, considering our incomes are similar and we would end up in a higher tax bracket? [more inside]
I was the executor of my mother's estate after she died in February of 2006. The estate was discharged in March of 2007, and the assets distributed to my brother, my nephews, and me according to the terms of the will. All the assets, that is, except for $6,000 that I left in the estate's checking account as a hedge against unforeseen developments. There have been no further developments, and the money has sat in the checking account all these years. The account is non-interest-bearing. I've been remiss in waiting so long to disburse the funds, and in not obtaining any interest for them in the meantime. I want to make this right. How can I do so? [more inside]
My credit is good. My loan on my new-last-year Toyota Yaris is awful; the interest rate is absurdly high. My credit union, who issued the loan, doesn't want to help. How do I find the best rate I can get on a refinance? [more inside]
What would be a realistic and reasonable bill to expect from a US attorney whom you asked to travel long haul (think China) to work with a client for a week? What about a UK solicitor travelling to Australia? Assume when they get there they will put in a 35 hour week. On the travel expenses front, would business class be typically expected when travelling long haul? I know there'll be a range, but would be interested to hear estimates for mid-size and large firms.
Should we consider an ARM in the current mortgage market? [more inside]
What should my day rate be for copywriting at a major ad agency in New York City? [more inside]
What should I charge as an online marketing freelancer? (Details inside) [more inside]
Tips for urban cycling as aerobic/cardio workout? [more inside]
How do I find out what constitutes a "good" car loan for a given set of circumstances? [more inside]
Heart rate monitors and their bigger-better-brothers: as a follow up to this question about emphysema, I was wondering if the Green had some recommendations for highly reliable, simple to operate heart rate monitors. [more inside]
I'm hoping to find someone with some insight on why we're being presented with really pricey flights from Milwaukee to Orlando, and what options we may have come this November. [more inside]
PersonalFinanceFilter: Given the near-zero interest rates these days, what's the best strategy to use to allocate savings? [more inside]
Photographers: reducing your rate – do you or don’t you? [more inside]
Why does NPR always refer to the US Federal interest rate as "near zero" rather than a specific amount? Googling shows it's between 0 and 25 basis points. What is the exact amount, and why is it not referred to exactly? [more inside]
Is there a proper name for errors in distance calculated by GPS logs resulting from a curving path not receiving enough samples to define it and thus being shortened? [more inside]
What is an appropriate hourly rate for scientific editorial work? [more inside]
How is the following risk assessment from this NYT infographic reached?: "The estimated increase in cancer risk of eating two unwashed pounds of [radioactive cesium-tainted broccoli] is about two chances in a million." Is it based on population studies, or sieverts, or something else? What biological effect do sieverts measure? [more inside]
Why do animated an animated GIF's frame rate vary from browser to browser and can I make it consistent somehow?
When I make an animated gif it seems to run faster in some browsers. Is there a way to make it consistent for them all? [more inside]
How much does the corporate tax rate really affect jobs? [more inside]
What hourly rate for a 10+ year UNIX (Linux) admin in Bay Area? This is for maybe 2-3 visits a month, each 3-4 hours in duration. [more inside]
My company doesn't do yearly reviews so when should I ask for a raise? [more inside]
How to get the best conversion rate (GB Pound to US Dollar)? I've been working in London for the past year, trying to save up money for grad school when I return to the states. I was told that December was the best month of the year to do a GBP to USD conversion (not too sure how accurate that is). I bank with Barclays (England) and Chase (US) and am in the states at the moment. I've brought the money (in GBP) over because I thought it would give me more conversion options. I know that it can get complicated with conversion rates changing, various banks with their own exchange rates, etc. I'm willing to open an online bank account if that's the best option to transfer pounds to dollars. Are there any conversion geniuses out there who can help give me any tips? Many thanks! D
I'm going to make 2011 the year I keep my New Year's resolution to lose weight. Can you help me figure out a realistic target/loss rate? [more inside]
How can I get information about the crime rate in a given neighborhood? [more inside]
I'm considering an online bank for the higher rates of return available on a large sum of cash that I've been saving, but I'm sort of a Luddite, and I would appreciate your input. [more inside]
Super random question, but does anyone have any data on the survival rate of finches (the house finch, in particular) that are released back into the wild after being reared in captivity (e.g., a rehabilitator)?
I'm curious as to how much taxonomists earn per hour? [more inside]
My wife and I are planning a trip to Europe in September. I understand the EURO has decreased significantly in value. Would a member know a USA Bank or agency to contact to exchange dollars for EUROs this month I would like to take advantage of the dollars strength?
What's a reasonable rate for me to charge as a college tutor? [more inside]
How much should I charge for this freelance writing gig? A small book publisher has offered me a job writing roughly 100 humorous, high-concept captions for a book of illustrations. There's no clear category for this kind of work in the Writer's Market. They've asked me for my rate. Should I base it on magazine per-word rates? Halp!
geek alert! If two humans were to speak to each other using only 1's and 0's, is it possible to determine a baud rate? [more inside]
Despite the lender explicitly loaning me something interest-free and with no firm repayment date, I would like to offer a fair interest rate when I am able to repay them in the future. I'd like your help in figuring out what that rate would be, and your confirmation that I am applying the concept of compound interest correctly. [more inside]
Army filter: How do I refer to a recruit in basic training in the army? [more inside]
What's the going rate for custom iPhone application development? [more inside]
Need formula to calculate a lease rate factor from a %. [more inside]
I will be doing some consulting work. Basically I will be strategizing with a very small company on optimizing their presence on the web and helping them with social networking. Here's my problem-- I have no idea what to charge for my time. I will spend two hours driving to them and probably an hour or two consulting. What do you think I should charge? I don't want to be too low but I am also scared that I might be too high. What do you think would be a good rate? I am located in the Philadelphia area if that makes any difference.
Should I reject a credit card's rate increase if I cannot pay off the balance right away? [more inside]
I have searched through previous posts, but have not found specific info on women's heart rate monitors, specifically those worn on the wrist and that include a chest strap. [more inside]
What are the best ways to find and compare mortgage refi rates and fees? (web sites, or?) [more inside]
Interest rates are down, so my mortgage broker contacted me to see if I want to refinance. I'm under the impression that every time you refinance, you lose value in the house, so is this a good idea? [more inside]
How much should I charge to create a promo video for a friend? [more inside]
What is a normal rate for losing books from a school or public library? [more inside]
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