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The Problems with Rebates

Consumer Reports details how many people send in rebates as follows: 47% always/often 23% sometimes 25% never 5% N/A Of the 25% that never send them in, the top reasons are: 52% - too many steps 46% - amount too small 42% - missed deadline 32% - feared placement on mailing list 30% - lost receipt 26% - doubted they'd get the money I have a love-hate relationship with rebates -- […]

Seven Tips for Job Hunters

US News lists 17 rules for job seekers. I especially like these: 3. On the resume and in the interview, don’t talk about how hard you worked. Stress what was achieved. 4. Don’t forget to give credit to others. Employers are suspicious of "solo" performances. 8. Project an attitude of Interested. That’s in contrast to Abnormally Interested and Desperate. 9. Be nice to everyone. […]

Another Extreme Makeover Home Edition Home Being Sold

Add this home to the growing list of Extreme Makeover Home Edition homes being sold. The details: The first home in Arizona to get the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" treatment is for sale, the family blessed with the two-story mansion saying it is looking to escape the crushing bills that came with the house. The extreme-home asking price: $1.3 million. […]

Community College Seems Like a Smart Option to Me

Check out this intro from a recent US News piece: Can't come up with the money for four years at a traditional college? What if you could take the same courses far more cheaply, experience life on a residential campus, and transfer smoothly after two years to complete your bachelor's degree at the university you thought you couldn't afford? […]

Is Speaking More the Way to Grow Your Career?

US News says that one way to look smarter than you are (and thus grow your career) is to talk more. Yep, that's what they recommend. The rationale: Research shows that people who speak up more often in groups are viewed as more competent and more instrumental to a group’s overall success. […]

All the Money in the World Divided Equally

I found this interesting, money-related question in a recent issue of Parade magazine: If all the money in the world were redistributed so that everyone had the same amount, what would it be? My guess was somewhere in the $100,000 range. The real answer shows how stupid and misinformed I am when it comes to the global supply of money and the number of people on the planet. […]

Off My Giving List

I've talked before about how we do not respond to phone solicitations for donations to charitable organizations. Any organizations that call us are asked to send us the details of what they are requesting in the mail. Then we can look over the information and take time to decide whether or not to give -- nice and logical like. […]

Interesting Perspective on Losing It All

Check out this video. It's an ABC News piece that details how the founder of McAfee virus protection software made and lost a fortune -- and how he's ok with it. Lots of lessons to be learned here. One especially interesting note -- his house sold for a bit less than what he spent on landscaping. Ouch. […]

How to Respond to Every Job Offer You Receive

No matter the industry you're in, no matter the firm you're going to work for, and no matter the job offer you receive, there are five standard parts (IMO at least) of what to say when you are offered a new job. They are: Express thanks Convey excitement Reinforce skills Delay answer Determine response timing Here's how these would look in words: "Thank you so much for the offer. […]