Interview Like A Politician: Dominate the Conversation

If you’ve ever listened or watched to an interview of a politician, you’ll probably recognize the “talking points” when they come up. Talking points are ideas, also known as takeaways, that an interviewee wants the audience and the interviewer to learn during the course of the interview. […]

How To Write an Interview Followup Thank You Letter

The courting process doesn’t end with the conclusion of an interview, first round or on-site. After an interview, it’s a good idea to write a follow up or thank you letter so that you can thank the interviewer and maintain an open channel of communication. […]

Mindless Spending: Frequency Matters More Than Height

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Dieting and budgeting face similar hurdles in the American lifestyle. Some of us live to eat; others eat to live. Attempting to reduce our spending is every bit as challenging as trying to slim our waistlines. Some shop to live; others live to shop. […]

Best Deals For Thursday 11/19/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. Jet Blue Sample Sale: 1-Way Airfare From Just $29! Today only, the JetBlue Airways Sample Sale has select 1-way fares starting at $29. […]

How to Answer the 10 Most Common Interview Questions

Bookmark with Del.icio.us! In the course of my career, I’ve been involved in over forty interviews. More than half have been in the capacity of the interviewee and the rest were as the interviewer, with an even mix of on-site and on-campus interviews. […]

Thanksgiving: 3 Ways (This Thanksgiving We're Going to Party Like It's 1621)

By Max Wong Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday. I prefer it to the December holidays, New Years, and even my birthday. I prefer it because it is one of the only holidays that have not succumbed to commercialization and become a special day for candy and home decor companies to push their wares. […]

Tallying the True Cost of Debt

By Bankrate The financial side is easy to quantify, and the numbers are huge. Americans are drowning in debt, carrying a record $972.5 billion in revolving charges at the end of 2007, according to data from the Federal Reserve. "The average household has $11,000 to $12,000 in credit card debt," says Christopher Viale, president and chief executive officer of Cambridge Credit Counseling Corp. […]

Personal Finance 101: How Averages Lie

Whenever a personal finance writer – or a writer of any kind – wants to make a bold, shocking point, they’ll often pull out an “average” of some set of numbers. That average, when read without further investigation, is often really shocking. Could that really be true? […]

Way to Save #123: Hang Up On Frills

The phone company is a master at getting us to buy services. They sell your phone number to telemarketers, then sell you caller ID to thwart them. In round two, they sell services that block caller ID to telemarketers, then sell you a gadget that won’t allow blocked calls to ring through. Don’t play this [...] […]

Does More Detergent Make for More Clean?

By Philip Brewer Given the number of posts at frugality sites on how to make your own cleaning supplies (and the number of reads those posts get), the topic is obviously one of interest to the community. […]

Put Your Finances on Cruise Control, But Stay Alert

My Honda Civic has an option for cruise control. Unfortunately, most of my driving currently takes place on the New Jersey Turnpike and local highways during rush hour and construction, so I rarely have an opportunity to activate this feature. […]

How to Dress for an Interview

First impressions count. No matter what people say or want to believe, people will judge you based on the way you look, what you’re wearing, and how you present yourself. That’s why it’s critically important to dress properly for an interview. […]

Stimulus Programs: Cash for Buyer’s Remorse?

This post is from GRS staff writer Adam Baker. Baker, along with his wife and 20-month old daughter, will be spending the next couple of months exploring Thailand as they continue their recent backpacking journey. Since the start of the economic slump started in 2008, the U.S. […]

DIY Garage Kayak Racks: Fast, Frugal, and Effective

Today I want to share with you one of my recent home projects… Frugal and effective DIY garage kayak racks. As I’ve continued down the path of voluntary frugality, I’ve gotten more and more interested in DIY projects of all kinds. Whether or not you’re handy around the house, most frugal homeowners eventually jump on the DIY bandwagon. Benefits of doing it yourself You control the quality. […]

Gift Catalog Donation Made

Just like we have for the past several years (check out last year's entry for more details on what we do), my family recently completed our annual selections in the Samaritan's Purse Gift Catalog. […]

Mint.com’s Twitter Feature: Money Tweets!

There have been a lot of developments with Mint.com lately, the biggest of which was their acquisition by Intuit (the makers of Quicken software). Mint is known primarily for their free online budgeting tool, which we’ve enthusiastically recommended here; and if you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet, you may want to give them a try. […]

Links Roundup: No Credit Needed Edition

Work on Your Money: The Missing Manual continues apace. I’ve finished the first seven chapters (happiness, goals, budgets, debt, frugality, income, and banking) and have just begun on chapter eight, which is about credit. As part of this chapter, I’d love to profile a GRS reader who gets by on minimal credit. […]

21 Gift Ideas for Adventure Travelers

By Myscha Theriault Gift giving season is upon us. If you have a budding adventure traveler in your life, and are looking for affordable gift ideas, this list has exactly the suggestions you are looking for. The gift ideas on this list aren't necessarily sexy, but they all provide valuable infrastructure for adventure travelers and on-the-fly functionality. Bonus? […]

Women Have Unique Financial Needs

The following is a guest post from Marotta Wealth Management. Retirement planning is even more crucial for women than for men. Although most women are married, 85% outlive their husbands and are alone during their last years. Financial planning must address the unique issues facing older women who probably worked fewer years and earned less money than their spouses. […]

Should I Save for Something or Not Buy It At All?

Andre writes in: I’m interested in replacing a piece of home audio equipment that is experiencing occasional malfunctions, but works OK most of the time. The receiver I’m looking at costs $500 on Amazon. I’m a little conflicted. The more frugal side of me says to not even buy it. Make do with the broken receiver until it’s completely unusable. […]