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This week: 10 ways to find some motivation, Darth Vader's money-saving tips, purchasing mistakes, job search rules to break, and substitutes for expensive recipe ingredients.

1. 10 Ways to Make Some Motivation Today

[Time Management Ninja] “Do you need some motivation today? Maybe a gentle nudge toward action? Or perhaps a swift kick to get you moving? When you can’t get yourself motivated, you need to break through.”

This article isn’t long, but if you’re in need of a motivation injection, it may do the trick. Suggestions include getting up early, preparing for your day, doing something physical, doing things differently, celebrating the small wins and planning your dreams.

Don’t you feel better already? Get more jazzed by reading the entire post.

2. Darth Vader’s Top 5 Tips for Saving Money

[Wealthy Turtle] “Let’s face it, running a galactic empire isn’t cheap. And how embarrassing would it be to call home to Emperor Palpatine begging for beer money?”

This author is admittedly a Star Wars geek, which I’m not. But I thought it might be interesting to see exactly what Darth Vader can contribute to a dollar discourse. One of his tips? “Shell out the cost of shielding exhaust vents on massive, planet-destroying space stations. Especially when they lead directly to the main reactor where a single torpedo could destroy a trillion-dollar installation.”

I understood the movie reference in that one, and the meaning: Don’t be penny-wise and pound-foolish.

But some of the others were — pardon the pun — over my head. My father-in-law is a Star Wars fan. Maybe he can check out this post and explain it to me. Are you reading this, Howie?

3. Common Purchasing Mistakes and How to Fix Them

[Yes I Am Cheap] “Our pursuit of bargains can sometimes land us in hot water, however, and even cause us to overspend. Here are seven common purchasing mistakes and how to fix them.”

This article essentially warns against becoming overly enthusiastic about common savings strategies. For example, while buying used stuff is a money saver, there are things you shouldn’t buy used. There are also things you shouldn’t buy at dollar stores. See the post for more.

4. 4 Job Search Rules to Break

[20s Finances] “When it comes to job searching and submitting resumes, most job seekers follow the same tried and true rules. But what if these rules were actually preventing you from landing your dream job?” 

My last job interview was in 1981, so I can’t claim personal knowledge of job search rules. But what this author says makes sense. Rules he suggests breaking include giving your resume to a personal friend within the company, saying whatever you think they want to hear, submitting a standard resume, and applying only for posted jobs.

5. 8 Expensive Recipe Ingredients That Are Easy to Replace

[Wise Bread] “I learned some pricey ingredients can be taken out of the picture entirely without compromising the finished product.”

While I occasionally do some cooking, it’s not my thing. In fact, I was unfamiliar with most of the expensive ingredients listed in this article. But maybe you won’t be. They include vanilla extract, arrowroot, fish sauce, mirin, cream of tartar, sour cream, ghee and tahini.

If you know what these things are and want to substitute them in your next recipe, here’s your post.

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