How to Get Your Security Deposit Back: Clean Your Filthy Apartment

Having evaluated the cleanliness of many an apartment and done the dirty work required to get it into shape for a new resident I know how to ensure nothing gets overlooked.

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How to Enjoy Being Bad at Something

The basics of how to enjoy being bad are simple: Pick an activity you enjoy doing for fun but are pretty bad at, and laugh when you mess up.

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How to Make a LinkedIn Profile That Will Actually Help You Get a Job

The one thing that makes LinkedIn better than a resume is that you can target it to the next thing you want to do in your career, make it dynamic, and passively share it in public for any recruiter to find. When you create a profile, you can fill in as much or as little as you want, and you can target the information you include to draw the eye of recruiters and business contacts from the industries that you want to notice you.

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Let’s Talk About What We’re Going to Do with Our Tax Refunds

What should I do with my tax refund? The answer to that depends on what your priorities are.

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Meet People, Get a Job (Even If You’re An Introvert)

I’ve been hearing for my whole adult life how important networking is, and when I started doing writing projects on recruiting and hiring a few months ago, I found out that it wasn’t a joke.

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Who Opened My Mail?

How worried should I be about receiving credit card offers in the mail that have obviously been already opened by someone else? This has happened to me twice in the last six months, and I even notified my post office after the first time it happened. What else can I do to protect myself against identify theft and keep my mail secure? — M.V.

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How to Borrow from Your 401(k) to Pay Off Your Debt

I’ve read the snowball vs. avalanche method of paying off debt, and I figured I’d tell you about my own personal method—or at least, the one that I’ve used a couple of times over the last few years that has helped me tons. This method requires that you’ve been saving for retirement via a 401(k).

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Just Say No

Is there a kind and gentle way for C. to say “Mom, I can’t give you any more money?” Are there resources we can suggest to help her develop better spending habits (if it matters, she’s in her mid-50′s and—thank goodness!—has a generous pension when she retires, so retirement saving isn’t a big issue)?

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Finding Flights, The Old-Fashioned Way

Ah, we all want to know how to get good deals on flights, yes?

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How to Avoid a Dental Nightmare

“I’ve had two root canals, deep cleanings, regular cleanings and like a dozen cavities,” I say. “This ain’t my first rodeo.”

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Are You Ready to Buy Your First Home?

Thinking about buying your first home? Here’s one couple’s story about everything they had to go through, starting with the house hunt, going through the closing process, and finally hiring a general contractor to remodel their home.

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Getting An Actual Date and Time Down is Crucial When Networking

I know the onus is entirely upon me to pursue an informational interview with this man; it’s just that figuring out how to politely pick his brain is proving a challenge. I tend to be reserved and to way over-think things; please help me figure out how to smoothly and tactfully request a career chat with this guy. — K.G.

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