Best Money Tips: Alaska Doesn't Want You

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Welcome to Wise Bread's Best Money Tips roundup. We look at why Alaska really doesn't want you (unless you have a job, that is) and how you can choose the right type of baby carrier for your little bundle. You'll also have a chance to speak your mind on some "ethics" in frugality (like if it's really OK to take those little shampoos home from your hotel stay).

Top 5 Articles of the Week

Choosing a Baby Carrier: Slings, Harnesses, and Everything In Between — Those of us who have tried baby wearing may or may not have found it to be a pleasant experience. This lovely tutorial by Carrie Kirby gives the pros and cons of several popular styles and offers us a better chance of making the right buying decision. (You can also enter to win one of 2 Snugli Sways!) Parenting Squad

Save Money: How to Talk to Customer Service — It seems there are proven tips to help you save money, and they are all listed here — for FREE! The best part? They apply to any customer service employee, not just over the phone. Debt Free Adventure

Alaska Doesn’t Want You — This eye-opening look at the Alaska job market reminds those of us with big dreams to think again. An 8.5% unemployment rate and declining job offerings in energy and fishing sectors are just a few of the reasons Alaska isn’t keen on welcoming newcomers with no job set up ahead of time. Smart Spending

Navigating Your Career Through Cancer — It affects so many, and yet, no one really talks about how they go about coordinating treatment around their work schedules. This well-written article on how to handle cancer care while keeping your job is a must-read for anyone who has a loved one dealing with cancer. WowoWow (The Women on the Web) Via WalletPop

Sell it Now: How to Make Hundreds of Dollar in 37 Minutes — Yes, you will have to have something worthwhile to sell, and Ebay is the way you’ll get it done. That being said, these stellar tips for selling stuff on Ebay the RIGHT way are priceless. I Will Teach You To Be Rich

Other Essential Reading

3 Easy Steps to Dump Your Resentments (And the Money You’ll Save When You Do) — Going through life angry is a waste of energy, and in some instances, a waste of money. Read this story of how to get rid of all that angst and step onto a better path. (Your wallet will thank you.) Frugal Dad

Consumerism Commentary Podcast Kicks off Second Season — We love this podcast, and not just because it has featured great personal finance talent like Adam Baker, Penelope Trunk, and Liz Pulliam Weston. With 6 months of inspiring episodes to catch up on, you have to give it a try! Consumerism Commentary

The Frugal Traveler: Shop Outside the Retail Box for Travel Items — Unexpected travel items got your budget down? Come to your next travel destination prepared and armed with goodies from your local dollar store, beauty supply shop, and even a hardware store.

Ethical Frugality Week: Hotel Visits — So the conversation begins…do you take the little shampoos from the hotel room? What about the towels? Just one of many discussions Trent brings up in his Ethical Frugality Week, the comments are lively, to say the least! The Simple Dollar

How to Save on Halloween Candy — Yes, one of the tips involve not being home when the little goblins come to your door. I promise, however, that the others are not so stingy. Bargaineering

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the Alaska post was really eye opening but i think that those with big dreams must find other ways of accomplishing them other than having to travel to the ends of the world to get the dream jobs. It was just a matter of time before the economic upheavals caught up with the beautiful Alaska