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60 Seconds on Value

"Getting Your Money's Worth", the new TV talk show hosted by Judith West, a
well-known New York manufacturer and longtime guest on other TV and radio talk
shows, is about added value for your dollars and your life.

Extended Product Warranties
Just say "no" to an extended product warranty. They are a bad deal....
More Job Hunters Than Jobs
There are more job hunters than jobs. So during an interview avoid even a minor slip of the tongue....
NY State Debt, National Debt, Your Debt
This is about your owing money, lots of it. According to our city comptroller, you are in debt to the tune of seventy-seven hundred dollars....
Too Much House
For too many years, too many people bought too much house. How to avoid?...
Top Pet Peeves
What are your top pet peeves? METRO NEW YORK asked New Yorker's theirs....
Happiness Index
Is today ranked a happiness day? Yes, there's a happiness index developed by Facebook, based on the number of times people used words such as happy, joy, awesome, sad, tragic, doubt on their site....
Holiday Host Gifts
Holiday invitations make you ask: What can I bring? WALL STREET JOURNAL wine gurus suggest proseco from Italy....
Internet Marriages
Nell Merlino in her book, stepping out of line, writes about the new system of searching for love. There's catholicssingles.com, jdate.com, amigos.com and golfmates.com, among others....
Investing Tips
Emotions rule the market. Warren Buffett calls fear and greed "supercontagious" and cautions against both....
Tips for Common Problems
BOTTOM LINE NEWSLETTER published tips for common problems....
Dollars Stretched Tight
With dollars stretched tight, it never hurts to ask for a discount. But be friendly and polite....
American Pie
Whether you're a lover of blueberry pie or apple pie. Here are some slices of American pie taken from AM NEW YORK Magazine....
Words of Wisdom
Sitting through a graduation, you heard the speaker offering words of wisdom. The NEW YORK TIMES wrote of folks and the best advice folks received....
I'm proud to be an American
Over the Fourth of July holiday I thought about how fortunate I am to have grown up in a country where family background didn't stop me from climbing the ladder to success....
In Defense of Food
You may think you don't need any more rules in your life, but listen to these. They're Rules to Eat By from author Michael Padonne's Book, IN DEFENSE OF FOOD....
Sailing Today's Rough Economic Seas
Life is tough these days. But a smooth sea never made a skilled sailor. Rough patches do build strength. You have to think harder, dig deeper. It's what you do when the going gets tough that defines you....
Is Your Life Full?
A wise professor used this example. In a wide-mouthed jar he placed a dozen large rocks to the top. He asked his students: "Is this jar full?" "Yes," answers the class....
The Real Stars
Journalist Ben Stein wrote a bi-weekly column filled with celebrity tidbits. In his retirement column, Stein wrote about his idea of real stars: the soldier who disarmed a bomb in Baghdad and got killed;...
Facing a Layoff?
If you are facing a lay off, you're probably cutting back on spending. Yet there are escape hatches in the event of job loss. Walgreen's offers free services to members of its health clinics with proof of unemployment....
Jack Kemp - American Hero
Jack Kemp, AFL's all star seven times, died. He was first in number of passes, completions and passing yardage. After football, Kemp turned politician representing his team's home, Buffalo....
Eat for Less
Eat for less and enjoy more when cooking at home. Avoid bottled salad dressings. Instead, mix three parts olive oil to one part vinegar, salt, pepper and Dijon mustard....
An Investment Banker Is Born
This is for those trying to understand the banking crisis. Chuck in Texas, bought a donkey for one-hundred dollars. The next day the farmer told him the donkey died....
Good Quotes Endure
Good quotes endure. A few: Santa Claus has the right idea. Visit people once a year. Victor Borge. I was married by a judge. I should have asked for a jury. Groucho Marx....
The Art of Financial Planning
Recently I heard this: Dan was a single guy living with his dad and working in the family business. One evening his father told him that he was quite ill and Dan was going to inherit a fortune....
Millions, Billions, and Trillions!
A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you're talking real money. In Washington, a trillion is the new billion. How much is a trillion?...
Earning Rich Returns
You may not have earned rich returns on your money, but you can earn rich returns in your life. Research shows that thankful people live healthier, happier lives....
Roll Up Our Sleeves
You used to know people who made money investing. Now you know people who've lost money. Who's responsible? The government, the banks, who's in charge? We've lost faith and trust....
Thrifty, Not Cheap
I speak often about cutting back on spending. That doesn't mean I'm cheap. I just don't like debt. I've had my share of bad spending: the dress on sale that I wouldn't buy at full price, the shoes that are only good in a car and the stocks I didn't know. But I haven't lived beyond my means....
Improving Recipes with Science
Kenneth Chang in his New York Times food article combined science with folk lore. His mom added a dash of sugar to the vegetables insisting that they tasted and looked better. Chang asked bio chemists to answer some kitchen folk lore....
Meet Bill Creep
Karen Blumenthal of The New York Times writes about "bill creep". You've met him if you have a cell phone or cable TV. And you've run into him with video rental service or the storage unit. Bill creep runs up your monthly bills....
Showing Integrity, Leadership, Caring
Marilyn Carlson, Chairman of Carlson Hospitality brands, in a letter to her family wrote: We are emerging from a period of American business where desire for gain led many to act against the common good....
This Too Shall Pass
One night, King Solomon who had everything except happiness dreamed that there was a ring with magical powers able to make him happy. He offered a reward to anyone finding the ring....
Where Is Happiness?
You may be wondering. Where is happiness? Is it in romance, in driving a Ferrari or the rise of the stock market?....
Avoiding the Panic
With stocks swinging wildly, it's easy to panic. The word "panic" comes from the Greek god who startled people with loud outbursts in frightening places....
Be a Cheapskate
Neal Templin, New York Times Cheapskate, writes "Food prices have soared." His guide to grocery shopping: shop at one store that has reasonable prices for most everything....
The Importance of Forgetting
Inside every sixty year old is a thirty year old asking, "What Happened?" What happened is that countless meetings, functions, days and nights, went by. They've been forgotten....
Spending Creatively
Are you finding it hard to spend extra money without feeling guilty? We're all feeling poorer, but according to Ron Lieber of the New York Times, we should remember that the majority of us are still working....
The Importance of Kindness
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. Andrea Nirenberg tells the story of Charlie Plumb, Navy jet pilot during Vietnam whose plane was hit....
The Truth about Chicken Soup
You may ask, "Is chicken soup really good for a cold?" Anahad O'Connor, columnist for The New York Times, writes: "How proud Mama would be if she knew that chicken soup was all it's cracked up to be....
Parental Guidance
Everyone seems to complain about the schools. Yet, there is a specific change that only parents can bring about, writes David Akst in the Wall Street Journal....
Yankee Stadium: The End of an Era
Memories are passed from generation to generation. So it is with Yankee Stadium. Derek Jeter gave the final farewell, where Gehrig, Ruth, Dimaggio and Mantle had spoken before....
Secrets of Public Speaking
When I first started speaking publicly, I was afraid. At times, I still am. I learned a few tips: have something to say. That's eighty percent of the battle....
Saint Paul
Paul Newman died at eighty three an unpretentious man. Despite all the Oscars and Academy Awards, he wore his fame lightly. Decency seems to have come easily....
What Money Can Teach Us about Love
Economist and New York Times columnist Ben Stein uses economics to write about lessons in love. High-quality bonds consistently yield better returns than junk. And, so it is with high-quality love....
The Importance of Listening
Gail Collins in the New York Times writes about listening. She tells this story: Once upon a time, there was a woman searching for a man ready to commit....
Who's Your Friend?
New York Times writes of a secret society of 30 million. That's the population of the world of social networking. What does friend mean when the connection is accidental on myspace or facebook?...
Memories from the Road
Memories can often be linked to miles spent on the road. Bryan Gruley wrote in the Wall Street Journal of his parents 1994 Bonneville, big as a boat, red as a tomato....
Leaders Stay Involved
You remember your mom. She had eyes in the back of her head. She always knew what you were doing without even turning around. This parent skill would go a long way with today's leaders....
Developing Good Habits
James Fallows, print and radio journalist, reminds all of us that in the end we are a collection of our habits. "So," says Fallows, "we really should take time to develop good ones....
How to Reduce Your Spending
Are you looking for ways to cut back on your spending? Jeff Yeager, author of The Cheapskate's Road Map to True Riches, suggests: have buyer's remorse before you buy....
Develop Your People Skills
How are your people skills? Success in life is based on more than IQ writes Dan Golman in Emotional Intelligence. What's the best way to learn and relate better to other people?...
The Mental ABCs
New York Times columnist David Brooks wrote of a book: The Mental ABC's of Pitching. Brooks is no pitcher and neither am I. Yet the book's focus on mental discipline impressed me....
The Secret of Success
In a recent commencement speech, Mayor Gavin Newsom of San Francisco, asked the graduates, What is the secret of all success?...
Decisiveness Leads to Success
The percentage of mistakes in quick decisions is no greater than in long, drawn-out back and forth pondering. Consider this: contrary to popular belief, decisions don't drive your long-term success, it's your decisiveness....
The Importance of Hugging
Jack Mitchell and family run the most successful, independent retail stores. In Hug Your Customer Mitchell describes calling customers to make sure they're satisfied....
The Customer Service Itch
Recently I got a mailer from a large bank announcing their enlarged service department. The only reason for having a customer service department is to deal with all the stuff gone wrong....
Avoid Being Misunderstood
Are you surprised when you find you've been misunderstood? Don't be. Just because people are hearing you, doesn't mean they're listening to you....
Creating Customer Loyalty
Do you live in a world where you can't get a real person on the phone, or ever find anyone to help you?...
Bogged down with stuff and things to do?
Are you bogged down with stuff and things to do? In your mind, does busy equal worthwhile? Let go of unproductive activities....
Money and Power
Jim Bouchard, martial arts master, tells in his book, Power, how to earn your black belt in the art of success. ...
Your Dream Job
The holidays have come and gone and you didn't receive your dream job. ...
Money and Happiness
"Happy people are healthier." But money alone doesn't buy happiness, says Jonathan Clements of The New York Times....
Make Time for Loved Ones
A friend told this story at his mom's funeral. Only weeks before at his wife's urging, he invited his mom to dinner. Though suspicious, fearing bad news, she happily accepted. "My friends will be so envious."...
Balance in Your Life?
Boss driving you nuts? Juggling work and kids? Caring for a sick parent? Is it possible to have balance in your life? Dr. Dale Atkins says, "Yes"....
Listening More Than Talking
Of all the qualities that make one person more likeable than another, nothing rates higher than listening more than talking....
How long a retirement should you plan for?
How long a retirement should you plan for? Last year Hallmark sold eighty-five thousand, Happy One-hundredth birthday cards. Your retirement may seem far down the road, but most of us have no idea how we will spend our second half....

More about "Getting Your Money's Worth"

As the title of the show, "Getting your Money's Worth" implies, the show concerns itself with gaining value as a consumer of education, health services or, indeed, as a tax payer. Everyday consumer spending will be included. The dialogue may not present solutions, but certainly will present alternatives in an entertaining and colorful way with experts in their respective fields.

Ms. West, a former educator, is president of Westco, her own privately held company. Westco designs and manufactures fixtures for such blue chip companies as Disney, Universal Studios, the NBC Experience Store and many others. Business people, authors and journalists, educators, politicians and actors will be interviewed in 15-minute segments with civility and dignity. "I don't care what your politics are, if you have a point of view and have a story to tell that is timely, you'll get a chance to freely air your opinion," says the attractive New Yorker.

For more information, please click here. You may also contact Judith West at 212-685-5050, ext. 228, or Judith@GettingYourMoneysWorthNYC.com.

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