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I Make $75,000 a Year in Washington State — and This Is How I Spend It

GOBankingRate’s Money Confidential series empowers readers through financial transparency. We believe that money shouldn’t be a taboo subject. So you ordered take out for the third night in a row. Maybe you had to defer your student loans. You’re not alone!

That’s why we talk to real people from around the world to get a sneak peek into their spending habits, money regrets and more. By talking openly and honestly about money, our hope is that you’ll stop feeling isolated — and start feeling empowered.

Original article: https://www.gobankingrates.com/saving-money/savings-advice/washington-retiree-spending-diary/

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How to Handle These Awkward (Maybe Even Illegal) Interview Questions

When you sit down for a job interview, you expect to answer some tough questions. What are your weaknesses? Why do you want to leave your current job? When is your baby due? Wait, that last one isn’t only difficult because the only thing in your belly is your mom’s famous Frito pie; it’s also completely illegal.

According to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, there are several illegal job interview questions, as well as some that skirt the line of appropriateness. Employers are meant to stick to the EEOC’s rules but, unfortunately, don’t always. Interviewers might ask a question simply because they’re making small talk, but, sometimes, they do it in an attempt to gain information they shouldn’t have.

Original article: https://www.gobankingrates.com/making-money/jobs/handle-awkward-illegal-interview-questions/

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I Make $50,000 a Year in Hollywood — and This Is How I Spend It

GOBankingRate’s Money Confidential series empowers readers through financial transparency. We believe that money shouldn’t be a taboo subject. So you ordered take out for the third night in a row. Maybe you had to defer your student loans. You’re not alone!

That’s why we talk to real people from around the world to get a sneak peek into their spending habits, money regrets and more. By talking openly and honestly about money, our hope is that you’ll stop feeling isolated — and start feeling empowered.

Original article: https://www.gobankingrates.com/saving-money/savings-advice/hollywood-assistant-spending-diary/

Syndication: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/50-000-hollywood-spend-000000997.html

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16 Unusual College Majors and Where To Find Them

Most people typically major in areas like nursing, political science or English. And then, there are people like your cousin Quincy. Always one to march to the beat of his own drum, Big Q double majored in mime and chemical exposure tolerance. His parents thought it was a joke. Heck, you thought it was a joke. But look at him now, working as one of those gold-painted statue people on Hollywood Boulevard, guilt-tripping tourists into tips. Those weren’t such useless college majors now, were they?

If you’ve been having trouble choosing a major, here’s a look at some unusual areas of study and the universities that offer them. Just choose wisely — not all degrees are created equal.

Original article: https://www.gobankingrates.com/saving-money/education/unusual-college-majors/

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Best (and Worst) Questions To Ask During Your Next Job Interview

Job interviews are stressful. Between researching the company, picking the right outfit and getting to the building on time, there’s a lot to worry about — and that doesn’t even include the interview itself. Trying to come across as effortlessly brilliant while answering a potential employer’s tricky questions is no easy task. So, it makes sense that you’d breathe a sigh of relief when the interview starts to wrap up.

Don’t let your guard down just yet! You’re still being tested. Before you go, you need to ask your interviewer some thoughtful questions to show that you’re invested in the role. Here are the best questions to ask in an interview, as well as ones to avoid — unless, of course, you want to be added to the dreaded list of interview horror stories.

Original article: https://www.gobankingrates.com/making-money/jobs/best-questions-ask-during-job-interview/

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Turn Your Job Into an Adventure With Career Advice From a Fossil Hunter

From April 3, 2019, to Jan. 5, 2020, the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) will be home to an exhibition known as Antarctic Dinosaurs, featuring two newly discovered species from the South Pole. Through graphic novel-like artwork, informative videos and interactive design, guests will learn exactly what the Antarctic explorers went through on their expedition to find the long-lost creatures. The show is the culmination of years of work and something guests of all ages will enjoy — adult tickets cost $22.

Original article: https://www.gobankingrates.com/making-money/jobs/career-advice-natural-history-museum-los-angeles-paleontologist/

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How To Save Money on All Your Monthly Expenses and Bills

Everyone’s financial situation and goals are different. Perhaps you’re saving up for a big purchase like a home, car or trip abroad. Maybe you’re grappling with massive student loan debt and planning to pay it off as soon as possible. You could be barely scraping by, desperate to stop living paycheck to paycheck, or you could be doing well and simply aiming to build a brighter, more secure future for yourself.

Original article: https://www.gobankingrates.com/saving-money/savings-advice/save-money-bills-expenses/

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6 Veteran Salespeople Reveal How to Convince Anyone to Buy What You’re Selling

Understanding how to sell something is an important skill to have — it’s not just for people who work in sales for a living. You can employ basic sales tactics whether your goal is to land a prospective client for your business, unload a used car or convince your husband to take you to Magic Mike Live in Las Vegas. (That last one is called a “hard sell.”)

To get the best sales advice, GOBankingRates turned to real salespeople with years of experience closing deals. Their smart strategies will help you learn how to sell anything to anybody.

Original article: https://www.gobankingrates.com/saving-money/relationships/how-to-sell-anything-to-anybody/

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The Moments That Made These 16 People Pursue Their Dream Careers

You remember the start of your empire like it was yesterday: While cleaning your son’s room, you noticed the heat lamp had gone out in his pet lizard’s tank. Poor Bertram looked awfully cold in there, so — being the master crocheter you are — you sprang into action, creating a sweater for the little guy in mere minutes. As you fit that snug, pink jumper over his writhing body and watched him settle comfortably on his favorite rock, you knew you had found your calling. It was time to start a business.

Did people doubt you? Sure. Mock you? You bet. But look at you now, America’s favorite billionaire and reptile apparel magnate, with plans to release an exclusive line of turtlenecks for turtles next fall.

Original article: https://www.gobankingrates.com/making-money/jobs/people-share-time-for-career-change/

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Inspiring Stories From Ordinary People Who Took a Pay Cut on Purpose

In a February 2018 piece from Forbes, a reader wrote in with a dilemma. She needed to find a new job by year’s end, and after going on a couple of interviews, was lucky enough to be offered two. Unfortunately, they were both low-ball offers. She didn’t know if she should negotiate the starting salary, accept one of the offers as-is or simply walk away. The author responded, “I only know of one good reason to take a pay cut, and the reason is this: you have no better options.”

Although some might find this response to be true, there are a whole host of reasons to take a pay cut that have nothing to do with desperation.

Original article: https://www.gobankingrates.com/making-money/jobs/good-reasons-to-take-pay-cut/

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