Advice

Have You Changed Your Passwords?

News about Heartbleed encouraged people to start changing their passwords. Have you changed yours?

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Contract PSA For Comedians (And Other People, Too)

Nato Green is “either a comedian who moonlights as a union organizer or a union organizer who moonlights as a comedian,” he can’t really tell anymore. Regardless, he knows a thing or two about contracts, and knows how common it is to be screwed over by not reading or understanding something before you sign it. Care of the Comic’s Comic, Green shares some helpful tips and real talk about contracts.

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Here Is Your Open Thread

Carl Richards, Sketch Guy columnist for The New York Times and the Director of Investor Education for The BAM Alliance tosses little nuggets of wisdom regularly from his Twitter account.

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Things I Wish I’d Known Before Plunging Blindly Into My Role as a Manager

There are so many things I wish I’d known before plunging blindly down the management road. Here are some of the things I’ve learned on the job, challenges I’ve faced and how to approach them, and other random thoughts on managing a team that might hopefully be helpful to others facing similar situations

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Dealing With Telemarketers (Using Advice From a Telemarketer)

From Lifehacker, a servicey post about how to deal with telemarketers:

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Nothing Leprechaun Gold Can Stay: Financial Lessons From “Harry Potter”

• Witches and wizards apparently operate in a cash only society. Maybe you too can get by without a credit card!

• “One can never have enough socks. Another Christmas has come and gone and I didn’t get a single pair. People will insist on giving me books.” –Dumbledore, who should start celebrating Hannukah

• The wizarding world does not seem capitalist; in fact, it seems barely post-industrial, perhaps in line with JRR Tolkien’s shire. Everyone is pretty happy even though no one makes it onto Forbes’ Fictional 15. More leaning back, drinking butterbeer, and watching Quidditch for us all.

• 1 Galleon = 17 Sickles = 493 Knuts. This must be mocking the pre-1971 British currency system, where 2 farthings = 1 half-penny, 12 pence = 1 shilling, 5 shillings = 1 Crown, and so on. Decimalization FTW.

• Keep your money safe by hiding it in a locked vault at the bottom of a goblin bank protected by blind dragons. Or the modern equivalent: a CD.

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Stop Thwarting Yourself With All That Positivity

In today’s edition of Convenient Theories for Me, Weekly, Adam Alter at the New Yorker’s Currency blog outlines why ‘thinking positive’ tricks your brain into complacency and keeps you from achieving your dreams:

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Some Money Saving Advice from Dr. Ruth for Feb. 14

Noted!

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On Leaving Your Day Job

Fantasizing about having your Jerry Maguire moment? My internet friend Austin Kleon would be the first to tell you to keep your day job. Then again, he quit his own day job a couple years ago to focus on promoting his new book, then write another one. He wrote about the reality of his situation on his blog yesterday, and I appreciated it so much.

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Cure Your Financial Anxiety, Ask Me How

I have the cure to financial anxiety

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From the Comments: Slow Cooker Innovation

When B. Benson wrote about the money he has spent in an attempt to save money this year, many of us were most struck by his mention of two little words: “slow cooker.” It seems that if there’s anything that gets you guys talking, it’s kitchen appliances (and this is why you are all the best).

There were many helpful tips, tricks, disavowals, and stew recipes, but there was one comment in particular I haven’t been able to shake. It comes from Billfolder Derbel McDillet, and it kills me in the best way possible:

I will admit leaving my slow cooker on in the bathroom when I’m at work because I also have a fear of my dog pulling it down onto himself. It does seem weird to have my bathroom smell like BBQ for a few days, but it’s worth the peace of mind.

I support this wholeheartedly, though I do have a few questions. Primarily: does your hair smell like meat, and where in the bathroom do you put the slow cooker — the floor? the edge of the sink? Ooh, maybe out of the way in the bathtub?

At any rate, the more I think about this, the more genius it becomes. Let us never live in fear of pets coexisting with slow cookers again! Or else let us put doors on our kitchens! Or live in places with big closets! Where all of our coats smell like vegan chili but we will have saved so much money not going to Chipotle! Hooray.

Photo: cookipediachef

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Secret to Job Security: Have a Bunch of Jobs

Kim Palmer, author of The Economy of You: Discover Your Inner Entrepreneur and Recession-Proof Your Life has found the secret to financial security. Unfortunately, it sounds like a lot of work:

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