Purchasing

Don't let tech costs bust your budget

The cost of the technology you use could add up to a serious chunk of change without you realizing it. Jordan Amin, former head of the National CPA Financial Literacy Commission, suggests keeping a close eye on these areas of technology spending.

Work-related office expenses adding up?

Many office professionals take money out of their own pockets to pay for work-related expenses. Is this really something em­­ployees should be expected to do?

Get the lowdown on 7-inch tablets

There are more 7-inch tablets on the market this year, but they’re not all created equal, says Tony Bradley, PCWorld, who explains some common user complaints.

Turn in your 'supply police' badge

If you'd rather spend your workday doing more than dispensing "sticky" pads and policing paper procurements, use these tactics to control the supply monster.

Liven up your day: Fun office doodads

A number of wacky gadgets may be able to help you liven up your workday, writes Kayla Baxter at AdminSecret. A sampling of some of the most off-the-wall devices:

It's the company's dime: Spend wisely

When you’re on company business, sometimes you might not be sure what the protocol is for how much is too much when spending company money. The following tips will come in handy:

What can't you live without at work?

When times get tough, employers may need to dial back some of the extras. But how do you decide what to cut first—and what should be the last resort? Tip: When other perks are cut, keeping a good pot of coffee in the lunchroom is a way of letting employees know that things aren’t hopeless.

Creating a smaller footprint at work

No need to quit your job and join the Peace Corps. These days, you can do “good” in the world no matter where you work. Three ways:

7 ways to trim food costs at a meeting

When you’re planning a day-long meeting, having the right food and beverages keeps attendees’ minds sharp. But those costs can add up. Here’s savvy advice on appeasing attendees’ palates while trimming your meal budget:

New life for old gadgets

Retailers that sell electronics are after your business, and that bodes well for your old electronics and your wallet. A growing cluster of retailers and web sites are snapping up old gear and offering credit toward the purchase of new products: