Best of the week – August 2, 2014

Here are some articles that caught my eye this week…

Why we didn’t buy our “dream” home

Great example of a wise approach to the home buying process. So many people get house fever and the dream home becomes a nightmare. There is also nothing wrong with renting for a time until you are able get your debts paid off, get an emergency fund, and save up a good down payment.

12 Items You Should Buy Generic (and 4 You Shouldn’t)

Experimentation is the key. We have found many generic items that are almost indistinguishable from their name brand counter parts. (Other than the much lower price tag!!) But we have also tried a few that were clearly inferior. I remember a case of store brand canned green beans that I’m pretty sure were made of cardboard. But in general I have found the bad experiences to be the exception more often than the rule. Next time you are shopping, try a generic. You might be surprised.

5 types of credit unions worth joining

I have used a credit union as my primary banking institution for almost 20 years. I love it. Rarely do I have fees to pay, and when I have it has almost always been my fault for doing something really dumb. They are friendly and service-oriented and they have good products.

Squished! What to Do When Financially Supporting Two Generations

Many people are finding themselves in the position of having to help support elderly parents as well as children who have moved back home after college because they are unable to find a job. This presents some real challenges. Communication is an important key.

5 products on deep discount in August

Looking for air conditioners, back to school supplies and backpacks, dehumidifiers, outdoor furniture, or snow blowers? This might be a good time to find a deal and Consumer Reports provides some tips to not only find a good deal but make a wise choice when you do.

10 Things To Do After The Job Interview

So you got your foot in the door and you got the interview. Sounds like a good job opportunity. Here are 10 good suggestions of things you can do to make yourself stand out from the other candidates who may have been interviewed.

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