From Secretary to Freelance Writer

Truth be told, I never had a dream of being my own boss. The only aspirations I had were to be the best employee, wife and mother I could be. I was earning a living working at a job with the state and had been employed by the same agency for about four years. I had […]

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Road Trippin’ on a Budget

There’s nothing like hitting the open road in search of adventure. Whether you have a specific destination in mind or are willing to stay flexible and see where your travels take you, road tripping can be a fun, affordable way to get off the beaten path and see parts of the country you never even knew […]

Brain Scams: Supermarkets influence our food choices

There are a lot of reasons we buy what we buy at the grocery store, from lifestyles to economic factors. But something else is at play: a few wily supermarket tricks. Retailers realize their customers are tired and distracted. They also know we process a heck of a lot of information each day, which means […]

10 Ways to Be More Professional

There’s no reason for you to adhere to Mrs. Snooty Mannerkins’ Guide to Fork and Spoon Etiquette for Prim Lads and Lasses, but acting professionally is good sense. To ensure that you’re not dismissed as a slobby fool by peers and bosses, keep these 10 “I learned this the hard way” tips from us staffers in […]

How to Keep Your Wedding Feast From Going Over Budget

‘Tis the season for weddings and wedding planning. It’s crazy excitement all wrapped up in a big ball of money. If you think venues are expensive, just wait until you get to the food part of your wedding budget. And here’s the kicker — you don’t ever want to skimp on the food. Wedding guests […]

Travel Time: How to make your money last

It’s vacation time! Whether it’s because you’ve just finished another term of school, got a promotion or it’s simply time for a break, everyone feels the need to get out there and rub their toes in someone else’s lawn — preferably one in a foreign country. But, before you take off your shoes, pre-trip investigation […]

Are you finding fulfillment outside of work?

In a perfect world, we would all have jobs we love. However, life just isn’t that simple. When we’re not being engaged or inspired at work — and 70 percent of workers fell into this category a few years ago, according to a Gallup poll — we need to find fulfillment elsewhere. Here’s where you […]

Getting an Impressive Letter of Recommendation

Recommendation letters are both a college’s and future employer’s chance to get the inside scoop on an applicant from an outside source, and a seal of approval from a reputable recommender can seal the deal in an admissions or hiring decision. Follow these tips to get recommendation letters that’ll help you get in. Who to […]

Using LinkedIn To Boost Your Professional Brand

Quite frankly, the quality of LinkedIn profiles for people 25 years old and younger is underwhelming. What gives? LinkedIn is a great tool that can be used to connect with industry professionals and to brand oneself as a business samurai, so to speak. No matter how hard everyone tries, they’ll never get anywhere on LinkedIn without […]

Trying to be more efficient? Try out these tips and tricks

There are only so many hours in the day. Use these ideas to help you make the most of them. Manage financial accounts online. Direct deposit your paycheck and log in to your financial institution’s website to check balances and set up automatic payment for bills. Store everything on the cloud. Most new computers come with […]

10 Ways to Make Moving In with Your Parents Painless

There is no shame in moving back in with your parents, but things will definitely be different the second time around. You are still their baby, but throwing a fit about it won’t help. Here are 10 suggestions to help make the move an arrangement between adults and avoid an R rating for violence and […]

How to Better Present Yourself to Future Employers

The job market isn’t just somewhere to look for jobs. It’s where you sell your most valuable asset: experience. Whether you have aspirations of freelancing or climbing the corporate ladder, representing yourself well goes a long way toward getting that gig. On Paper Consider whether the person reading a whole pile of résumés is going […]

Can You Haggle Your Way to a Better Deal?

Modern American shoppers may not practice it often, but haggling is in our blood. The art of haggling was embraced in the U.S.A. until the late 1800s, when the concept of the sticker price was introduced. By the 1930s, sticker prices on everyday purchases were well established. In Asia, Africa and Latin America, however, haggling […]

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