Will your credit report keep you from getting the job you want?
A recent study says that just might be the case.
Public policy organization Demos surveyed over 1,000 low- and middle- income households with debt to find that individuals are losing out on job opportunities because of their credit scores. The study found that nearly 25 percent of the country's unemployed have been required to undergo a credit check by prospective employers. Of that number, one in ten applicants who get screened are denied based on the results.
The latest trend among employers is one that is keeping the jobless unemployed. It's a catch-22 whereby finding a job is needed to pay off debts yet such financial troubles can keep you out of work.
Now that you have graduated from all the college sweats and oversized t-shirts that once doubled as both pajamas and workout clothes, it is time to learn how to make your sexy and fun fitness gear last. So read on and find out how to "stretch" the wear of your lycra ladies.
More Dough, More To Know. The more money you spend on your fitness fashion the more tender loving care it most likely needs. While most brands are made primarily of lycra/spandex higher end brands such as lululemon or Zobha cost more because they are made using higher quality material (for instance lululemon's signature fabric is luon). So when shelving out multiple $20's for running capris be sure to read the label and surf the brands website for specific care instructions before you hit the laundry mat.
Give Them The Cold Shoulder. No matter what your fitness fashion budget may be a good rule of thumb for extending your sweaty gear is to wash them in cold water. Yes hot water may help remove the stench you picked up on the treadmill but it will also cause the material to both fade and deteriorate much quicker. So don't worry about the stench just yet (I got some foul odor remedies for you boo...keep reading) and flip that dial to cold wash only.
Diversify Your Detergent. Here's the trick: because you are using cold water primarily you are going to have to add a little more detergent to up the cleaning power of your soiled garments. Most detergents are activated by warm temperatures so this extra dose of suds is necessary. And lastly, avoid detergents that have bleach and/or fabric softener. Both don't play so well with technically enhanced fabrics and will ultimately inhibit the garment's wicking capabilities.
Stench Be Gone. The main reason most folks dump their lovely workout gear is because no matter how many times their sports bras have seen the wash cycle they be straight funky! Which is understood considering their main wearability involves lots and lots of sweat. But there actually are ways to get the stench out before it sets in and holds your lycra hostage. First and foremost after you peel of your sweat drenched fit rinse those babies off. Sometimes I hit the gym shower in my clothes. This helps get some of the sweat out until I can get home. Once I get to the crib I toss them into a small tub filled with water, detergent, a little vinegar and little baking soda. I let them soak overnight, hang them to dry and then come laundry day I give them their due wash.
Air On The Safe Side. Last but certainly not least there is one place my fit gear rarely sees: the dryer. When time permits air drying your workout clothes is the best way to maintain their elasticity and technical functions. The heat in the dryer breaks both these elements down and can cut the life or your workout gear almost in half. So air on the safe side and hang dry all things sporty; and if you must use the dryer...set it on low.
What better way to herald the return of Gru from "Despicable Me" than with Eminem? No better way, apparently: the "Despicable Me 2" trailer has arrived, accompanied by the 2002 hit song "Without Me," which includes the dulcet, R-rated boastings of Marshall Mathers. (None of those lyrics, of course, make it into the trailer.)
Detroit Electric, an electric vehicle brand founded in the early 1900s, is returning to MoTown with an all-new two seat electric sports car set to debut at the Shanghai Motor Show next month.
The company had been out of business for more than 70 years, but was revived in 2008 by Albert Lam, former executive director of Lotus Cars in England. The carmaker announced today plans to create 180 jobs in the region by the end of 2013.
The announcement is sure to be exciting news for the city of Detroit, which has been starving for innovative new companies and blue-collar manufacturing jobs for years. Detroit Electric should help on both accounts, as it will set up shop in the historic Fischer Building in downtown Detroit and will physically manufacture vehicles in the area, though the exact location of a factory--which the company says will have the capacity to make 2,500 vehicles--has not been disclosed.
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