Proofread Your Resume

The Washington Post gives us these startling figures from hiring executives: In interviews with 150 senior executives from the nation's 1,000 largest companies, 40 percent of the respondents said that just one typo on a résumé would kick a job candidate out of the queue for consideration. […]

Borrowing from Friends: The Friendship Killer

By Nora Dunn How many friendships have you lost (or almost lost) because of money? […]

Best Internet Fax to Email Options

I don’t use a fax machine much and we don’t own a fax machine at home, which might be surprising to know since I work from home all the time. In fact, we’re one of the growing number of homes where we don’t even have a landline phone – we rely strictly on our cell phones. […]

Are You Wasting or Saving Money with a Warehouse Club Membership?

By Xin Lu Warehouse clubs or wholesale clubs are large stores such as Costco or BJ's that charge a yearly membership that allows customers to purchase items at prices that are slightly above wholesale. The memberships cost anywhere from $50 to $100 a year and the idea is that you can save more than the membership cost by shopping at these stores. […]

Measuring Financial Progress: Net Worth vs. Net Investable Assets

This is a guest article by Ray, the owner and primary author of Financial Highway, where he discusses investing, saving and practical money management concepts. You can check subscribe to his RSS feed or follow him on Twitter. I strongly believe that tracking your financial progress is crucial to reaching your financial goals. […]

8 Questions to Determine the Health of Your Network

I've talked a lot about growing and developing your network as part of managing your career, but I had never seen anything that helped determine whether or not your networking efforts were doing any good. Then I ran into this piece from Yahoo that lists eight questions that determine the health of your network. They are: 1. How many former co-workers' contact information do you have? 2. […]

Best Deals For Thursday 9/3/09

By Paul Michael Today's WISEBUY. NASHBAR Sunglasses - Up To 65% OFF + Extra 20% Off! (dealnews) Nashbar.com takes 50% to 65% off select sunglasses. Plus, take an extra 20% off any single item via coupon code "LABOR". Shipping starts at $6.99. Deal ends September 3.   1. […]

Your Mileage May Vary

“You should try it! It’s a great way to save money! You could write about it on The Simple Dollar!” She looked at me with her big round eyes, and I didn’t know what to say. To put it frankly, the tip seemed weird and I wasn’t going to try it. I was simply polite and agreed with her that it was a great way to save money. […]

Summer Camp as a Side Business

By Julie Rains My tween son went to a Lego camp this summer so that he could learn robotics, something I wasn’t sure I could teach him since his technical skills typically surpass mine. My initial fascination was with the computer programming aspect of the camp. […]

The Best Ways to Boost Your Retirement

This is a guest post from Robert Brokamp of The Motley Fool. Robert is a Certified Financial Planner and the advisor for The Motley Fool’s Rule Your Retirement service. He contributes one new article to Get Rich Slowly every two weeks. With the S&P 500 still down more than a third from its 2007 high, we’re all a little unsure about our retirement plans these days. […]

MyIDScore.com: What’s an ID Score?

If you’re a frequent reader of this (or any other personal finance blog) you’re familiar with credit scores and credit reports, and the advice to check them often. These resources detail your financial history and provide a measure of your supposed financial risk. They’re also useful tools to determine the safety of your identity. […]

Is Capital One’s Currency Exchange Accurate?

In the last few weeks I’ve had a good conversation with Mark in the comments of this foreign transaction fee post. Mark wanted me to confirm that Capital One was not hiding a fee within the currency exchange rates it was using. Several years ago, there was a lawsuit and subsequent settlement over this very issue. […]

How to Get a Raise (or at Least Keep Your Job)

I’m a huge fan of taking control of my own situation. I don’t like giving mediocrity a place in my life because it gives others power over me, and leaves me less able to steer my own ship. […]

How does $2,500 from Lending Club sound?

You could get enough funds in your Lending Club account for one hundred peer to peer loans — if you just happen to be Lending Club’s 25,000th registered investor! Lending Club has gotten even better recently with its secondary marketplace, so not only is it possible to fund loans — which have had a net average annualized return of over 9.6% — but it’s also possible to buy and sell notes mid-term, […]

Make Your Own Designer Clothes? The Price of Fashion

Admittedly, I’m not the most fashion conscious person in the world. I don’t care about the latest look or what brand people are wearing or where fads and trends are going. It’s just not my style (yeah, lame pun intended ). But there are people in my family who are highly brand conscious and who take fashion *very* seriously (and that’s an understatement). […]

Fixing the Ferret: Lessons From a Faulty Toy

My daughter fixed her ferret with a foot of fishing string. As such, our story about a defective toy has a happy ending. Our quick repair taught us valuable lessons. Here's what we have learned:Hit the return button. Why didn't we return the broken toy, asked one reader after reading the original story: Cheated By a Ferret: One Child's Lesson. […]

Never Eat Alone: Don’t Keep Score

This is the first of sixteen parts of a “book club” reading and discussion of Keith Ferrazzi and Tahl Raz’s Never Eat Alone, where this book on building a lifelong community of colleagues, contacts, friends, and mentors is teased apart and looked at in detail. […]

Why Do Some Wealthy People End Up Broke?

US News covers the recent Annie Leibovitz debt problem that I highlighted awhile back. At the end of the piece they grapple with the question of why so many famous, high-earners spend so much more than they earn and eventually go broke: In all three cases, the celebrities in question spent far more than they earned, and eventually, those habits caught up with them. […]