Weekend reads: Bad resume advice, road trips, and some "Bad Blood" on Twitter
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Need something to read this weekend? We've got a full plate for you. First up, learn how to write a resume that will actually get you hired. Then read J. Money's post on mansions versus mobile homes. After that, check out some great budgeting advice, including a savings and investing experiment, and an excellent post about stocking up on groceries. At the end, catch up on pop culture as Grantland helps us explain the whole Nicki Minaj v. Taylor Swift Twitter feud.
Writing a resume is hard. It's pretty much established that you can't really write a good resume – the best you can hope for is that you don't write an absolutely horrible one that makes every recruiter instantly throw it away. This week, Money Under 30 has a few pieces of advice that will help you avoid that terrible fate.
What does your dream home look like? J. Money ponders that question, but the answer has little to do with the actual home – instead, it has everything to do with money, freedom, and options. One big oversight? J. Money apparently hasn't heard of the Tiny House craze.
Like Rob, I've tried a few "Getting Things Done" tools, including Omnifocus and Scrivener (sidenote: Scrivener should NOT be used for anything except planning your next novel). If you're a productivity nut, you'll love his description of how he's applied the GTD approach to his finances. (He also suggests that you try out the app You Need A Budget, which we reviewed earlier this year.)
Speaking of You Need A Budget, check out their founder in this video explaining how to budget using the road trip as an epic analogy. The video also contains some Taylor Swift lyrics, which ties in pretty well with the Twitter feud that confused a lot of adults this week. More on that later.
Nothing gets me more excited than a five-for-four deal on pasta. Okay, well, a lot of things get me more excited than that. But any deal that helps me get groceries I know I'll use at lower prices than usual does make my heart sing a bit.
Apparently, I've made a huge mistake by working and living in New York City.
I'll be honest: I'm not a big fan of any savings or investment tool that takes money out of your account without you realizing it. An automatic debit that you set up is one thing, but Digit is another thing entirely. On the other hand, I also realize that most people have trouble saving, and any tool that can help them can be a life changer. In this experiment, Peter ended up saving over $200 every month. Considering that most Americans don't even have $400 put aside for an emergency, I'd consider this experiment a huge success.
Moving away from personal finance topics: you might have heard of the Twitter fight that happened this week (because our TV news anchors have mostly been reduced to reporting things that happened on Twitter) between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift. The saddest thing about the whole feud? An important issue – institutional racism – got completely lost in the reporting thanks to Taylor Swift (and, to a lesser extent, Meek Mill popping in with gossip about Drake's possible ghostwriter).
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