Best of the week – March 8, 2014

Here are some articles that caught my eye this week…

The 25 Most Common Job Interview Questions Asked

Very good list of questions. When I was looking for a new job 4 years ago, I took similar lists of questions and wrote out potential answers before starting the interview process. Then the day of the interview I would spend a few minutes reviewing the list so it was fresh in my mind. This was invaluable for me. Interviewing can be an awkward process for all concerned, but doing your best to be prepared will set you apart from those who wing it.

What Does It Really Cost?

I heard a preacher once use the illustration that he and his wife had been given a free bed. But of course that meant they needed a new bed spread to put on it, and the curtains didn’t match the bed spread, and the throw rug didn’t match the curtains… He said before he was done that free bed cost him a lot of money. So true. Often the real cost of things is a lot more than the purchase price.

25 Ways to Lower Your Grocery Bill

Depending on the size of your family, your grocery line item may be one of the larger items on your budget. The good news though is there are ways to at least reduce the amount you spend on groceries and still eat well.

8 Ways to Get Books for Free (or Almost-Free)

I seem to collect books faster than I can read them, but I am convinced that to be successful in today’s world you have to be constantly learning new things and books are one terrific way to do that. “Collecting” books doesn’t have to break your budget. There are many great ways to enjoy great books without spending a lot of money.

ID theft: 8 crucial steps to defend yourself

The Target breach has brought to the forefront once again the dangers of identity theft. While we can’t guarantee that we never become a victim of Identity theft, a few simple steps can greatly reduce our chances of becoming a victim.

Deciphering 529 College Savings Plans 

College costs continue to escalate, and massive college loans have become a real ball and chain around many young graduates necks. If you plan to try to help your children pay for their college tuition, 529 plans are a very good way to invest. There are many different styles though so you need to be careful to choose a good one. I am not a fan of pre-paid tuition programs nor am I fan of plans that force you into a very small selection of investments. But there are many very good plans that give you a wide choice of investments that you can control and it is a very good way to save and get at least part of your education tax-free.

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