Daily Interest: Are Waiters An Endangered Species?

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ipad home screen with eight apps

Would apps count as flare for tablets? If so, looks to me like someone is doing the bare minimum …

Here’s the news that caught my eye today while wondering how I get to battle for the title of top finance expert.

(I mean, Jean Chatzky or Dave Ramsey didn’t write one thing about *NSYNC this year! Oh, that helped their candidacies. I see …)

  • Working in food service is a rite of passage, but that passage may soon be dammed up, thanks to new start-up E La Carte. Slate details this company’s mission to replace restaurant servers with table-side tablets. These computers will take your order and let you pay your bill when you want, all at a fraction of the price of actual humans. However, I bet they won’t be nearly as good as people at doing “The Goat.” (Oh? That’s pretty much what the whole Internet is? Shoot.)
  • I don’t know what new year’s resolutions our Twitter follower @sihua_qiu might have, but if getting mentioned in Daily Interest is one of them, she can check that box early! Hat tip to her for sharing this link from Forbes about nine financial resolutions for millennials. Their list includes being your own handyman and getting rid of your cable box, but it omits getting a mention in this space. Don’t let that dissuade you, though. This is instant gratification, people!
  • Speaking of 2014, Business Insider dusts off its crystal ball to come up with three financial predictions that will be good for your wallet next year. So, what do you have to look forward to in the upcoming year? Well, for one, based on some new credit card partnerships from last year, you can expect your credit card company to send more perks your way. Also expected to head your way? A handsome stranger. Wait … I think I may have mixed up my crystal balls.
  • This holiday season, Bargaineering is helping you and (likely) your parents’ wallets take a trip down memory lane. They wonder whether “must-have” holidays gifts are getting more expensive, and the answer, unsurprisingly, is yes—at least over the past decade (an increase of $270.32). However, the fun part of their post is the infographic in the middle of it, which highlights each top toy for the past 50 years. Take a look, and then get mad at your folks all over again for not getting you that Turboman.
  • What would you give up to work at home? Supposedly, 12% of people would happilyforego daily showers to do so, which kind of makes sense if you’re not interacting with people. However, 15% would also give up half of their vacation days—now, things are getting interesting. Luckily, you can work at home without making any of those sacrifices, thanks to these “surprising” jobs highlighted by CBS News. Personally, I think it’s the work that’s “surprising,” not the jobs (unless lawyers “surprise” you). Then again, maybe their writer gave up placing modifiers in the right place to work from home.
  • Earlier today, Shane shared some holiday shopping tips for his fellow unemployed new grads. It’s clear that Shane’s still got some money set aside for the holidays (unless that shopping spree for his girlfriend is at his favorite place: the dollar store. If so, awesome). However, if you’re broke broke, check out these 14 gift ideas that don’t cost anything except your time, like babysitting and chores you don’t want to do. That last one makes a lot of sense to me. For instance, when I emailed those plumbers for quotes earlier this week? That was your gift, honey! Merry Christmas! (Sorry it’s not wrapped.)
  • Another way to give this holiday season if you don’t have the money to do so? Donate some clothes. Sure, your family and friends may not want that old T-shirt of yours, but someone in another country will. Over at NPR, Planet Money has been tracing the economy of T-shirt creation (a really interesting interactive documentary in and of itself). As part of that, they share how your clothing donations could end up on sale all the way in sub-Saharan Africa. (By the way, if a November 1993 “Jennifer’s Bat Mitzvah” T-shirt is on your holiday shopping list, I know exactly where you should look.)

What money-related news caught your eye today? Let us know in the comments. 

(Photo: Sean MacEntee)

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  1. Julie December 11, 2013 / 5:33 pm

    Thanks for the Christmas gift!

    • Ryan Lane December 12, 2013 / 9:17 am

      Best money I never spent!

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