Posted in Advice, saving money, tagged budget, budgeting, Entourage, finding a job, freelance writing, getting a job, job hunting, job search, job searching, Jobs, saving money, saving more money, supermarket, surviving a layoff, unemployed, unemployment on December 15, 2008|
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A big part of surviving a layoff (after acceptance) is seeing where you stand financially and cutting back accordingly. When you are trying to cut back on spending, money spent on food is the first to go. No more ordering in or going out to eat twice a week, no more skim lattes and those morning egg sandwiches are going to be home made from here on out. But what about at the supermarket? If you always end up spending more than you planned, check out these tips I wrote for Cheapines.com on avoiding food shopper’s remorse:
- Go on a full stomach. Rule number one of successful food shopping: Never go hungry. I don’t know the exact statistics behind it, but you are way more likely to grab items off the shelf that you don’t need, (read: Oreos) when your stomach is rumbling.
- Take a detailed list. Another way to stop grabbing things you don’t need is knowing what you actually do need. Don’t just write, “milk, eggs, cheese.” Knowing exactly what you are there to get—skim milk, Laughing Cow light spreadable cheese and a dozen large eggs—will also help prevent you from grabbing chocolate milk, two dozen eggs and Monterey Jack on top of what you really needed to get.
- Let go of brand names. I love Honey Nut Cheerios. But my local store’s brand of “honey Os” is just as yummy and a buck and a half less (sorry General Mills). I also get store brand bread, milk, eggs, cheese, turkey, jelly—basically everything I can. If you bought 15 items of store brand products and they were all $1 cheaper than the originally brand, that’s $15 in your pocket, no life change necessary.
- Don’t be too trusting. Always check the unit price to determine if you are really catching a sale, or if your supermarket is just making it look that way. Let’s say Welch’s Jelly is $3 per 16 oz and Smucker’s Jelly is $2 per 16 oz. If Welch’s is on sale 2 for $5, Smucker’s is still cheaper by $.50 per jar. Don’t just trust a sale sign, look into it for yourself.
- Watch the register. Good Housekeeping recommends staying on top of each item at the register. Since stores’ sales often change weekly, their scanners are constantly being updated. Just because Welch’s was advertised as 2 for $5, doesn’t guarantee the scanner isn’t going to ring it up at $3 per jar. Watch as items get scanned and don’t be shy to point out the mistakes.
- Make two trips. This one comes from Good Housekeeping, too. When you are food shopping, don’t head down the personal-care aisle or look for other non-grocery items. Get what you came for and avoid paying for convenience by stopping by a pharmacy on your way home for that mouthwash that would have cost you an extra buck at the supermarket.
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Posted in Advice, Job Strategy, Tale, tagged Entourage, finding a job, getting a job, Job Strategy, Media, Networking, unemployment on November 24, 2008|
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Success! A whole 6 hours earlier than yesterday’s post. Can you guess where I am? Yup, that would be Panera. They should just hire me.
Adrian Grenier (Entourage's Vincent Chase)
While doing my daily dose of ridiculous amounts of news/career reading, I found myself on JakeonJobs.com‘s blog reading about something I blogged about yesterday, Entourage. Jake’s post, Never-Ending Stories of Whining, Waiting and (Vincent) Chasing, took a different approach to the season finale than I did. He agrees that Vinny has lost his confidence and swagger, but argues that he just waited around for his next dream role to fall in his lap. Jake’s right—Vinny just moped around while his best friend/manager E (Eric) did a hell of a lot of work for him. Though Jake has raised a good point, I’m still taking Vinny’s lead role in the Scorsese film as a positive sign. After all, I’ve been doing the work of E and agent Ari, times ten. Plus, Adrien Grenier went to LaGuardia Arts High School, which just happens to be my alma matter, so it is like, totally still a sign.
Bottom line: No one should be just waiting around in this climate. Get up and get out there and find what you are looking for.
Today I did some resume revamping, applying, connecting and contacting—the usual. I’ve landed some freelance assignments as a result! Exciting, indeed. Speaking of assignments, that’s what I’m off to do now.
Tomorrow brings a conference, two meetings and another blog post.
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Posted in Advice, Job Strategy, tagged Entourage, layoffs, LinkedIn, Martin Scorsese, Media, motivation, Networking, Twitter, unemployed on November 24, 2008|
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Banging out this blog entry 35 minutes before my self-imposed deadline of a post before midnight isn’t exactly getting off to a great start. No one said this challenge would be easy! I’m disciplining myself to get all these great thoughts down, even (well, especially) when I am lacking motivation.
Tonight was the season finale of Entourage. Right before the show, I was on the phone with my pal Michael talking about how I feel like Vinny Chase—once feeling on top of the world, now doubting myself without a clue of what my next move is (or in his case, movIE). At the end of the episode, Vinny scored the lead role in a Martin Scorsese film. Totally corny and ridiculous, but I am taking that as I sign that I will end up the star in my own major motion picture (read: dream career).
Next week brings some big things. I should be hearing some news, I will be meeting more people and making more connections. The fruits of my online labor have been showing—some people have contacted me through Twitter and others have reached out on LinkedIn. LinkedIn also has these new guides on how to maximize the site depending on who you are/what you are looking for. This is the link for job seekers. If you are trying to pimp your online presence, I would also suggest checking out Google’s starter guide to SEO.
I leave you with this photo from yesterday’s ice skating
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