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Loose change

Compiled from Times wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 28, 2002

Here's a good incentive to pack your lunch: thrift experts estimate that brown-bagging saves about $2,500 a year and $103,500 over 20 years, assuming the savings are invested.

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More folks are sweating to beat stress. The International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association says U.S. club revenues are up nearly $1-billion, to $12.2-billion a year.

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As a Del Monte Foods Co. product developer, Jackie Curtis often samples dozens of versions of one food daily. She cleanses her palate between tastings with crackers and water. Her pay: about $65,000 a year.

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American Pet Products Manufacturers Association found companies that allow pets in the workplace have lower absenteeism rates and employees who are more willing to work overtime.

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Atlantic City's Million Dollar Pier shopping mall will be transformed into an entertainment and retail complex with a "Monopoly" theme, based on the classic board game that features Atlantic City streets and landmarks.

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