Best of the week – August 3, 2013

Some articles that caught my eye this week…

The 10 most easily stolen ATM card PINs

Identity theft is a major problem and even the careful can sometimes fall victim to it these days. Don’t make the criminal’s job even easier by choosing easy to guess pins like 1234 or 1111, or numbers that could be easily determined like your birthday.

7 Reasons to Rediscover Your Public Library

I am a huge fan of our public library systems. In my state we have an inter-library loan program where you can reserve almost anything as long as some library somewhere in the state has a copy. Rarely do I find something I want that isn’t available somewhere. And often we think books when we think library. Certainly, there is a wealth of learning and entertainment available in free books at your library. But libraries provide so much more. Movies, music, art work, magazines, newspapers, free internet access, classes. If you aren’t using your local library, you really should be.

8 Money Mistakes That Make You Look Dumb

Simple mistakes but so many people fall into these traps.

Stop Screwing Up Your Job Search In These Ten Ways

Some very good advice from a hiring manager. I agree that the bottom line is that networking gives you a huge advantage. There are so many resumes that come in through online job postings that even if you have an awesome resume you can easily get lost in the pile. But if you have an established relationship with someone who can put in a good word for you, you can rocket that resume to the top of the list. Sometimes those connections can come from unusual or unexpected places. I know that was my experience from my last job search.

 10 Ways to Save $10 a Day (or $3,650 a Year!)

I am often convinced that many of our financial problems come from an accumulation of small day to day decisions as opposed to the more major events we often think of. While it is still important to live a little, being careful in those little expenses can add up especially when you are trying to get out of debt and you want to make every dollar count.

10 Tricks to Get Cheaper Textbooks (Because Tuition is Expensive Enough!)

Some of you may be soon heading back to school or you may have children that will be starting a new year of college. New textbooks can be incredibly expensive. Here are some suggestions you can try to reduce the amount you have to spend on textbooks.

Fun link of the week:

Donald Duck’s debut and pro-taxes effort during WWII

Check out this video from January 1943 as the IRS used Donald Duck to encourage people to do their patriotic duty and pay their taxes. “Pay your taxes to beat the Axis!”

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