Personal finance tips: The value of vacation days, and more

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The value of vacation days

Don't bother burning the midnight oil, said Bob Sullivan at Credit.com. While it's no surprise that American workers often leave vacation time on the table, a new study from the U.S. Travel Association found that clocking more hours at the office isn't likely to pay off. In fact, "workers who left 11 to 15 days unused during a year were 6.5 percent less likely to receive a raise or bonus than those who used all of their vacation days." And if you need more motivation to cash in those unused days off, consider this: A separate report from audit firm EY suggests there's value in heading for the beach. For every 10 vacation hours an employee takes, EY found, annual performance review scores increase 8 percent.

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