You Call This Work?

Still looking for a sweet summer job? Take the hunt to, an employment site that lists openings in pretty places like Jackson Hole, Wyo.; Yellowstone National Park; Fairbanks, Alaska, and Newfound Lake, N.H.

Blocking That Call

Finally, it's our turn to annoy the telemarketers. The Federal Trade Commission is starting a national "Do Not Call" Registry this week. You'll be able to e-mail or call the FTC and register your phone number as off-limits to phone solicitors.

How To Go For The Gold

Melissa Merson is an Olympics hopeful. The 49-year-old triathlete cheered on the athletes in both Atlanta and Sydney, and hopes to do the same at the Athens Games in 2004. "I'd do anything I can to go to the Olympics," she says. "It is an incredible international celebration of sport."If you also dream of being an Olympics spectator, you'd better get busy.

Money: Tax Cut: Get It Fast

Policy, schmolicy. So what if some critics think President George W. Bush's $318 billion tax cut is a deficit-swelling accounting gimmick? Here's the question for today: what's in it for me?

Investing: Stocks 4 Sale

You've heard of limited- time offers on everything from vacations to vacuums. Why not mutual funds? Fidelity Investments ( is waiving the usual 3 percent sales charge on its popular Contrafund for investors who sign up before June 30.

For Rent: Cheap Summer Homes

Forget to make summer reservations? Not to worry. A glut of vacation rentals stretches from San Diego to Shelter Island. The supply of rentals is up almost 20 percent in two years, according to the Vacation Rental Managers Association.Why the glut?

Sitting Pretty

With all the recent flight cancellations, you'd think people would be happy just to get on a darn airplane. But there's always somebody who's gotta have the extra legroom of the bulkhead, or can't possibly sit over the wing.

Uncorked: Rielings

In 2001, Germany enjoyed its finest vintage in 30 years--lively and fruity, with a mouthwatering balance of sweet and tart. These Rieslings, just arriving in stores now, provide the perfect introduction to this unjustly obscure grape.

Money: Taxpayer Beware

There may be an extra little tax refund with your name on it if H&R Block did your taxes in 2001 (for tax year 2000). The firm is paying $3.3 million to settle charges that it padded customers' bills by automatically adding a $22 "Peace of Mind" guarantee.

Using Your Head

Taxis, sandwich bags, bathroom stalls--and now foreheads. Is there any place you can't place an ad these days?London ad agency Cunning Stunts Communications Ltd.

Money: Revenge Of The Investor

Just in case you weren't steamed enough about the losses in your stock portfolio, securities regulators served up a fresh helping of outrage last week. In announcing their record settlement with 10 Wall Street firms accused of misleading investors with bogus recommendations, they also released new e-mail records showing stock experts chortling about how they were making out like bandits at the expense of the average investor.

Investments: Bonds Dot-Com

Watching the stock market online is so late '90s. Now you can track corporate bonds instead, at investing, the Bond Market Trade Association's Web site.

Money: Keeping Kids Safe

Have you ever wished your kid carried an ID card? No, we don't mean the fake kind too many of them probably already have. But what if--God forbid--they were in an accident while out with friends?

Sitting Pretty

With all the recent flight cancellations, you'd think people would be happy just to get on a darn airplane. But there's always somebody who's gotta have the extra legroom of the bulkhead, or can't possibly sit over the wing.

It Tells Time, Too!

The wrist PDA, due in June, will synchronize wirelessly with Palms. The SPOT (Smart Personal Objects Technology) watch, coming in October, will receive continual wireless reports that wearers preselect at a Microsoft Web site, such as portfolio prices, scores, headlines and traffic reports.The watches are part of the move toward wearable technology, says Fossil's Donald Brewer, who adds that the stylish add-ons can be profitable. "If someone is already spending $200 or $300 for a cell phone or...

Driving A Bargain

High gas prices are bad enough. Now auto-insurance premiums are putting a dent in your budget, rising to an average of $855 this year from about $784 last year, says the Insurance Information Institute.

Vcs Open The Wallets

Venture capitalists are older, wiser and flashing cash for the first time since their tech-happy bubble burst three years ago. "I'd call it a return to normalcy," says Allan Ferguson, a managing director with 3i Technology, a VC firm in Boston.

It Tells Time, Too!

Dick Tracy, eat your heart out. Fossil is coming out with two high-tech watches that also look good. The Wrist PDA (left), due in June, will synchronize wirelessly with Palms.

Investments: Banking On Rates

Banks are back. For decades, they've lagged in offering competitive short-term savings rates. But now the old-fashioned depositories are beating the money markets.

Home Front: A Gift For Soldiers

You want to do something. But last week the Pentagon said overstuffed supply planes can't deliver care packages to the front right now. Here's how you can still show your support: The United Service Organization is preparing boxes of sunscreen, lip balm, writing paper and snacks for soldiers --shipping out.

Financial Library: Balance The Books

These books can help you plot your first million or survive the going-bust blues:The Motley Fool Personal Finance Workbook by David and Tom Gardner. Short, smart, practical and only a little silly.Making the Most of Your Money by Jane Bryant Quinn.

A Foot In The Door

Want to be master of your domain? Low interest rates make it seem doable, but prices are soaring. Relax. You might have to stretch, but it's one of the best investments you'll ever make.SHAPE UP Start saving.

Money: Pump Up A Rebate

Gas prices got you down? The new Chase Freedom Card (866-800-3736) is a platinum Visa that gives you a rebate of 3 percent on your gas purchases, and 1 percent on everything else.

Money: Tax Grab

Just say no to the easy-money offers from tax-preparation firms. You can't afford them. These so-called refund-anticipation loans advance your tax return for a week or two at fees that are beyond usurious: costs of $34.95 to $89.95 on the average $1,980 loan work out to an annual interest rate of 222.5 percent, according to the Consumer Federation of America and the National Consumer Law Center.

Money: Foreign Affairs

Mon dieu! Caramba! Wherever you're shopping, you might be surprised to discover that your credit-card company is adding 3 percent to your foreign purchases as a fee for converting currencies.

Money: Pack Up Your Mom

If your spring break gets broke, TravelGuard can fix it. The insurance company offers 24-hour emergency assistance with its StudentGuard vacation policies ( or 800-826-4919).

Money: New Rules Of The Hunt

Last year James Shaw was pounding the virtual pavement. The 39-year-old programmer from Roswell, Ga., put up his resume on the Internet job site and got "not a sniff" over three months.

Finances: Splitting Up Spoils

Let Jack and Jane Welch battle over the six houses. Most divorcing couples can't afford to fight over divvying up their money, enriching their lawyers. They can save cash and feelings if they hire a pro to crunch numbers and give bottom-line advice.

Travel: Click For Shortcut

It's like butting in line, but you get to do it in the privacy of your home, and without all the nasty looks. US Airways now allows e-ticket passengers to check in for flights online at and print their own boarding passes before they pack up and head to the airport.