If people’s comments on this blog are any indication (and they are), it’s really rough out there. Really, really rough.
Educated, bright, hard-working, do-everything-right-their-whole-life types are finding themselves out of work. Some for different reasons than others.
Some might be “too smart.”
Some might not have experience (employers love that word, don’t they?).
Some might be overqualified or have “too much” experience.
Others might live in areas that are even more economically depressed than other areas of the country and job prospects are nill.
Regardless, you are still making purchases.
You still have to replace things that broke in your home from Lowe’s or The Home Depot.
You still have to buy dress pants or a suit (because your current suit pants that you have split when you sat down for your job interview).
You still try and buy people birthday gifts, baby shower gifts, etc. from Target, the Home Shopping Network, QVC, Babies R US, Nordstrom, etc.
If you’re lucky, you might even book a vacation through Orbitz, Hotels.com, The Holiday Inn, etc.
During tough times, it makes sense to SAVE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE, right?
Well, I have GREAT news.
There is a way to save money by making purchases at your favorite online stores.
Best Buy, Barnes and Noble, Sears, Disney, Avon, Walmart, Pro Flowers, Sony, Netflix, or whatever store you fancy — you can save money!
How? Through Ebates! All you do is create a FREE and SIMPLE account through Ebates and viola, you’re done!
You find your favorite store on the Ebates site, click a link, and you appear right on your favorite store’s website.
The best part? You can earn from 2-20% back on each purchase for simply doing nothing! You get money back just for clicking a link through Ebates and going to your favorite store’s website.
Don’t be stupid. Save where you can. You have to check this out.
P.S. Between my fiance and I, we got checks back for well over $300 in less than a year for simply using Ebates for everyday online orders. That’s $300 more in your pocket for NOTHING!
You may want to buy a lottery ticket today. Why? Because this site is being updated after being rather inactive far too long and that can only mean that luck is on your side. As a site that I started as an alternative to therapy, I must say it’s no longer all that useful to me. Why? I found a decent job in my field and it’s been keeping my busier than I ever have been in my life. But I’m happy to see the comments section of this website exploding with people sharing their stories. Thanks to all for sharing their stories and a bigger thank you for keeping the site active and interesting during my absence.
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I’m a product of state education and as luring as private schools were with their perfectly manicured lawns and live-on-campus-drunken-sex-fests that seemed to attract many, I am deeply against private education unless you can truly afford (i.e. you have mega-bucks to burn). Why pay $30, 40, 50K for an education that is almost identifical to a state education, which comes at 1/3 the price of the cheapest private education mind you, when there are no special priviledges associated with private education. You’re going to end up asking if someone wants fries with that as you fantasize about working in your chosen field of 13th century basket weaving.
According to a recently Vault.com article, only 56 percent of the 2010 class has worked at least one job since graduation and only 52 percent of grads between 2006 and 2010 took jobs that required their expensive four-year degree. Even Ivy League brass are working in an unintended field or in no field for that matter. One third of the creme de la creme of college education may still be living at home, desperate for parental dollars for support.
The author of this article deducts that grad school is the new college and that many look to employ people with grad school under the auspice that new-hires can hack it with the traditional bachelor’s degree. I couldn’t disagree more. Sure, a graduate degree might make you stick out to some, but to the vast majority, you’ll appear as an over-educated, high achiever that is either going to run as soon as a better job comes along or take the hiring’s manager’s job from him.
The author also suggests that “older folks” are deducting from previously mentioned stats that us young folk aren’t willing to claw our way up to the top by starting out with menial work now. We want it all RIGHT NOW. In other words, we’re just too damn priviledged and lazy to do any of that real work associated with building a career and want, want, want the top positions now.
All past comments were approved! Sorry for the delay.
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By the way, please don’t forget THIS!
While I was gone
being lazy working harder than ever and tending to everything else but this blog, I had “surgery” in a not so nice area. In fact, I won’t say exactly where because I would like to at least maintain some modicum of dignity and not expose my life for all to see on this blog. In other words, I’ll leave where exactly I had my surgery up to your wonderful imaginations. Although this isn’t an attempt to field sympathy as I am already healed, I will certainly take any belated sympathy you have to offer. Cookies and balloons will always make me happy, even if their from freaks weird enough to send an anonymous blogger things usually reserved for those you actually, well, know.
I didn’t miss any work and didn’t take anytime off. And my girlfriend always berates me for using the word surgery as I had it done in a doctor’s office and drove myself home afterwards. However, surgery sounds cooler, tougher, and tends to elicit sympathy more than … outpatient procedure. But I think I should note that 25 years ago this probably would have been done in a hospital and required at least one overnight stay where I can enjoy the finest hospital-grade frozen turkey dinner served to me by an mean, obese nurse that sticks her tongue out at death everyday by working around the horrors of poor health while leading a lifestyle that can very well put her in the same rooms she walks into everyday. But I digress. This is an area where modern medicine actually improved things and allowed a once inpatient procedure to be performed on an outpatient basis. And I’m sure if I had the same thing done 150 years ago, the surgeon (re: the person in the town that owned the sharpest knife) would have probably killed me.
I don’t know where I was heading with this, so I’ll just stop typing.
P.S. Don’t forget about Ebates! Read below for more or just CLICK HERE!
Before we get any deeper into the Christmas season, I wanted to share something VERY SPECIAL with you.
I was introduced to this great site known as Ebates. Basically, you create an account and then immediately start saving serious money just by doing your regular shopping through your favorite online stores. Depending on the current rate, you can get anywhere from 2 to 26% cash back just for buying something online through your favorite store’s website. You just click on the link through Ebates and poof, you’re at the very same store’s website just like you typed it into your address bar.
And we’re talking BIG NAME stores…
The Home Depot
Barnes & Noble
The North Face
Babies R US/ Toys R US
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg! There are virtually hundreds (maybe thousands?) of stores listed for virtually any need you could think of. Simply sign up to Ebates, purchase your items (from BestBuy.com or whatever store your choose, for instance), and cash will be credited to your account. And Ebates sends you a check! Simple as that. Imagine saving 4, 8, 10, or 15% on every purchase simply for doing NOTHING!
My girlfriend signed up right before beginning her holiday shopping (she does most of it online). She already saved just shy of $100! That’s money she would have simply thrown away if not for Ebates!
Don’t buy another thing before signing up. You’d be a FOOL not to. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP & START SAVING RIGHT NOW!
Okay, okay, I’m sorry for not updating this blog as frequently I have in the past. But before I make excuses, I would like to wish everybody a very Happy and Belated Thanksgiving! I hope you all had a great one and that you truly did give thanks even though your current situation might not be that, well, great.
Secondly, I got another new job! If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time, you know that I’ve had a job for a while now. This blog started out as an alternative to therapy when I finished grad school and couldn’t find a job besides my crummy part-time retail job. Well, as time progressed, I found a job in my field but it was nothing to write home about. The pay was low (in fact, it wasn’t much more than my part-time retail gig) and there was very little chance of upward mobility. However, it did provide me the ever-elusive exerience that potential employers always made sure to point out that I was lacking. Well, I’m happy to say I found yet another job in my field that pays more in-line with what I expected to make upon graduating while also providing chances for upward mobility (or so it seems). I’ll write more about my experiences getting this job in the future but I just wanted to make sure I updated this little ol’ blog.
And my apologies to all of you that posted comments but didn’t see them posted until recently. I have to approve all comments and have been MIA for a while so I apologize. You guys (and gals) leave excellent comments and I’m thrilled to see this blog has become an avenue for great conversation about people’s situations. You can post your comments anywhere on this site but a lot have taken to the “About Me” section. Feel free to direct your comments here and read everybody else’s great comments.
Back with more soon (I swear)!