Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

This week: How you're killing your buying power, why you may not want to date an entrepreneur, why your cable bill is too high, how you can hurt yourself on social media and how to change an interviewer's mind.

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

1. Didn’t Get the Job? 3 Things You Can Do to Change the Interviewer’s Mind

[Credit.com] “This is it; it’s the email you’ve been waiting for. As you click open the message, your heart sinks. Much to your dismay, the first sentence starts with, ‘We regret to inform you …’ and that’s when you know you didn’t get the job. But all is not lost. There are some steps you can take that could either change the interviewer’s mind or lead to another opportunity. Here are three things you can do.”

Can you guess the three things? They include asking for feedback, asking to join a training or internship program and following up on an interview question you blew with a better answer. Check out the post for details.

2. 8 Social Media Posts That Can Cost You

[The Dollar Stretcher] “It is good to tweet and share on Facebook and Snapchat, etc. However, there are times that simple actions can compromise a person’s personal security. When you post on social media, be careful what you share with your friends and the public. It may come back to hurt you.”

This article suggests you never mention things like when and where you’re on vacation, personal information, compromising photos, work-related projects and stuff you’ve just purchased. While this may be sound advice, pretty much everyone I know seems to routinely ignore it. As for me, I’m not much of a social media guy. Except, that is, for our fabulous Money Talks News Facebook page, which I assume you visit often!

3. Nearly $20 of Your Monthly Cable Bill Is Just to Pay for Sports

[Money] “Beyond mere greed on the behalf of pay TV providers, the main reason customer bills are skyrocketing is the rising cost of content. And no content costs more than live sports. The Los Angeles Times recently cited data from SNL Kagan showing just how much of cable customers’ bills goes toward sports.”

In my house, it’s not me who’s the sports fan (Yankees, Jets, Rangers), it’s my wife. Maybe she won’t be as much of a fan after reading this article. Whether it’s reality TV, cooking shows or sports, paying for shows you don’t watch is one of the best arguments for cutting the cable. Or at least trying to get the bill as low as possible.

4. Should You Date or Marry an Entrepreneur?

[Debt.com] “Are you a self-soother? Can you lie on the couch watching a movie or reading a book with your legs lovingly draped over the lap of someone with headphones on working like mad on a computer, and still be content? Can you be left at dinner, alone, while your partner rushes off to put out another fire, and not go to pieces?”

I’ve been self-employed pretty much since 1981, and I’m also on my third marriage. I have no entrepreneurial regrets — I wouldn’t know how else to live — but the advice in this article is a good read if you’re dating or about to marry someone like me. Having a job that never stops can be exciting, but for partners with traditional jobs, it can sometimes be frustrating.

5. 5 Habits That Kill Your Buying Power

[Wise Bread] “With the busy shopping season upon us, you’re probably striving to get bigger and better deals. But there are some actions that actually hinder your buying power and cause you to overspend. Here are five things you may be guilty of doing that prevent you from getting the best deal available.”

While the shopping season is nearly over (except for those of us, like me, who wait till the last minute), this advice will work all year long. Bad habits include not doing enough comparison shopping, not knowing your credit score, rushing into purchases, failing to ask the right questions and missing out on cash back (which is something we also talk a lot about!). See the post for details.

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Stacy Johnson
Stacy Johnson @moneytalksnews
I'm the founder of Money Talks News and have spent the last 40+ years in the personal finance trenches. I'm a CPA, author of a few books and multiple Emmy recipient. I'm ... More


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