September 2013

Saving Money for the Inevitable

Something could change to stop the federal government from shutting down this Tuesday. Weren’t we here this past March? It doesn’t matter. Whether the government shuts down this week or not, we’ll be right back in this same position at some point in time, and millions of federal workers will scramble to figure out how long they could survive before things get desperate.

If You Only Knew What I Really Thought

How many times have you found yourself wishing you’d said what was on your mind but didn’t because you were afraid of offending someone?

I used to have a boss who often spoke before she thought. It would make the victims of her sharp tongue cringe with the brutality of her honesty. When that tongue came lashing out at me, I’d sometimes forget the boss/subordinate role and lash right back. It could sometimes make for an uncomfortable working environment, but so far, she is the boss for whom I still hold the highest respect.

A Good Example of a Bad Thank You

It’s always good etiquette to send a thank you note after a job interview invitation; however, do not follow this person’s example. I have changed names and dates to protect the clueless, but otherwise the message reads exactly the way it was received.

Actually, I did not include the fancy border and the photo the individual included of themself in the body of the e-mail, but I think you’ll find the note stands out all on its own without those eccentric bonuses.

The e-mail follows:


Mr. Burns,

How to Win Debates and Everyday Arguments

Have you ever met argumentative people you wish you could beat at their own game? I'm talking about the Hermionies in your life. You know who they are. It's those arrogant so-and-so’s who are so convinced they know it all that nothing you say will matter because in their eyes, your intelligence is so inferior that the very thought of you proving them wrong about anything is so astonishing as to be redonkulous!

Well, fear no more. I give you the Sun Tzu Art of Mental Manhandling. Or, Joe's Starter Guide to Making Those Egos Cry Uncle.

The Best Financial Blog You Must Follow

Of the 30 plus blogs I follow, there is one I go out of my way to ensure I don’t skip a post. Well, there are a few, but there is one in particular I would read first if I only had time to read one, and you too should consider subscribing.

Here is a list of sample entries:

5 Tips for the College Freshman

It's crazy to think twelve years ago I was settling in as a freshman at Texas State. It was sometime in August when my parents dropped me off at my college dorm and I remember thinking after the door closed behind them: "Crap, this is it. I'm something of an adult now!"

Maybe you've already started attending classes, or maybe you'll come across this post after your freshman year. The advice should be as relevant today as it could have been for me twelve years ago.

If I could give tips to my college freshman self, they would be: