Last year it was Wells Fargo, and this time, Bank of America wins your favor as the best commercial bank of the year. It's clearly a cut above the rest with 38 percent of SavvySugar readers nominating it, while the next two favorites, Wells Fargo and JP Morgan, each received 19 percent of your votes.
Your favorite pick has been quite a hot topic as of late, because it's rumored to be the target of the next WikiLeaks attack. In efforts to protect itself, the firm has been registering anti-BofA domain names like BrianMoynihanSucks.com, which refers to the bank's CEO. I'm not sure how 2011 is going to pan out this year for the bank, but I guess we'll get to watch the drama unfold next year!
The job market has suffered greatly ever since the huge financial meltdown. In fact, the December unemployment rate currently hovers around 10 percent, according to statistics from the Bureau of Labor. That's why it's not very surprising that in my Best of 2010 poll, 77 percent of you went on interviews. The 23 percent of you who didn't interview are hopefully in relatively secure jobs or are still in school.
About half of you went on one to five interviews, which speaks big volumes about your interviewing skills since you managed to score a job with such a small handful of prospects. There seemed to be a lot of troopers — 11 percent went on six to 10 interviews, six percent went on 11 to 15, and the remaining five percent went on over 16. If you're someone who has lost count of the number of interviews you've been on, keep in mind that each one is a learning experience for you and a chance for you to hone your technique.
Here's to a good job hunting year, and more savvy job search tips in 2011!
Personally, I think travel is one of the best investments you can make, which it why it naturally has a spot in our Best of 2010 coverage. It broadens your mind beyond the world you live in, and the experience of different cultures, mindsets, and way of lives can be really humbling. Travel is one of those big ticket items we save for, and it ranges from embarking on another adventure in a foreign land or flying home to see mom and dad.
So tell me, how much did you spend on travel this year?
Most of us play favorites with banks because they have a proven track record and maybe even give us goodies like high interest rates and fee waivers. I want to know which commercial bank you think is the Best of 2010. We didn't see many merges and buyouts in America this year, and the recession is gradually winding down, but there are still many challenges ahead for the banking industry. What bank has been your solid rock and saw you through the economic storm — what's the best commercial bank of 2010?
I've polled you before, and there are more SavvySugar readers who hate their jobs than love them. Regardless of whether you love or hate your job, every kind of work has its ups and downs. That's why it's really healthy to have great work-life balance so the stress doesn't overwhelm you and burn you out. For this Best of 2010 poll, what is it that bothers you about your job the most?
Our Best of 2010 coverage won't be complete without a PTO question! Although many of us are worker bees, there's nothing like a day off to clear the mind and rest your soul. Although we're allotted a few days out of the year, not enough of us take advantage of them. How many days did you take off this year?
You've now experienced over 13 different careers from reading my weekly In Her Shoes series, in which we feature someone living your dream job. Every week we brought stories from people all over America, who love what they're doing and were happy to share their lives with us. I was terrified for Samantha Brown when I heard about her narrow escape from a fearsome panda, and I drooled when Kara Lind from Kara's cupcakes shared her fave cupcakes with us. Just for a few minutes, we were able to step into their shoes and dream for a little bit — which is why this question definitely deserves some Best of 2010 coverage. Which dream job did you fancy the most?
You've been reading our savvy posts every day and joining me on on Facebook, but hopefully you've been improving your money ways in 2010. We've given you tips on everything from boosting credit scores to ways of spending less on bills.
As we're coming out from the recession, it'll do everyone good to better their money practices, and it's the reason why personal finance blogs exist in the first place — to help every one get a better grasp of their finance lives. I'm proud of how savvy a lot of you are, and would like to know more about how the past year was for you on this Best of 2010 poll. What money practice did you improve in 2010?