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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!
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!
By now, I’m sure most of you have heard the story of Steven Slater, the infamous Jet Blue flight attendant that had enough of putting up with psychotic general public and told everybody to go f*** themselves…literally. He then proceeded to grab two Blue Moons (delicious) and slide down the plane’s emergency chute. Good for him.
While going to school and leading up to me eventually finding a job, I worked in the service industry. I spent over 8 years working in retail for a big box retailer and those years were nothing short of pure hell. I’ve dealt with yuppies, idiots, arrogant assholes, hoodlums, psychotics, and the like all while politely grinning and bearing their bullsh*t.
Customer service jobs like those found at hotels, restaurants, and retail establishments have become so unbearable and intolerable. People in general have become so utterly rude, disrespectful, and demanding. They’ve been brainwashed into thinking that because they are handing over a dollar that they have the right to abuse and degrade the people on the front lines of these industries. Just because you are spending $50 at a store does not give you the right to prance around the store like Queen Elizabeth and treat the help like the peasants and servants under your rule. Just because you are spending the night at the Hilton does not give you the right to act like a Hilton. You must play by the establishment’s rules and conduct yourself in an acceptable manner. A $150 a night hotel bill does not give you the right to smoke where there is no smoking or defecate on the floor because someone else is responsible for cleaning up after you. Your purchase does not give you the right to act like an animal.
I applaud Steven Slater as he did what I wanted to do the 8 years I was working in retail. My part-time career choice should not have given maniacs the right to abuse me. Sadly, it did and anytime I tried to put a customer in their place, the clichéd response was, “But I’m a customer and I put money in your paycheck.” I can only hope that in this down economy, these very same people that sneered at retail help and people in the service industry are forced to get a job that was previously “below them” so they can get a taste of the crap they forced poor souls to endure for way too long.
I came across an article from New Jersey’s Star Ledger that detailed the realities of modern day job searching. The article talks about Becky Cole, who lost her job two years ago due to the recession, and has steadily been looking for work since. Like most, she began attending every job fair she came across and didn’t like what she saw. Several recruiters refused to take her resume or give her a business card while others had plenty of brochures but no jobs to offer. Everybody told Cole to apply online instead, regardless of whether or not they had any openings. Cole didn’t get quick, in-person job fair interviews or have the opportunity to further discuss her resume. Rather, she received smug directions to the company’s career website.
The article suggests such practices are very common these days and are defended by HR managers as a means to process the plethora of resumes they now receive for a job opening. However, there are many job seekers frustrated and demoralized by the online process, as they have spent countless hours applying to jobs online only to never hear anything back. The article noted job seekers are actually happy if they receive a rejection letter because at least it’s something and proves that maybe someone actually looked over their resume. A recruiting firm noted that they posted a job for a front desk receptionist and received 500 applications in 4 days and larger corporations usually receive even more. HR managers are often overwhelmed and defend the online submittal process by noting they simply do not have the staff to look over all applications.
I’ve been there and done that. I went to a few job fairs only to vow never to return again. Not only wasn’t I impressed with the quality of the jobs being offered, but everybody directed me to their company’s career website oftentimes handing me a pre-printed card with the website link on it. There was simply no benefit to attending. Why bother traveling to a location only to be directed to a website that you already knew about? The online application process is garbage anyway because it’s essentially like submitting your resume and personal data into an online black hole, never to be seen or heard from again. I’ve submitted countless applications online and have only received a grand total of 2 responses, both of which were laughable. The only way I’ve gotten better responses was from having contacts inside a company.
Reuters is reporting that the economic recession (soon to be a depression, in my opinion) have taken its toll on young Americans in particular. Since the recession began in late 2007, young people, particularly black and low-income young people, have found it increasingly difficult to find a job according to a new report published by Reuters.
Reuters stated, “Overall, 26 percent of American teenagers aged 16 to 19 had jobs in late 2009, said the report, which was based on U.S. Census Bureau data. That figure is a record low since statistics began to be kept in 1948, the researchers said.”
It’s no secret young people are having a hard time finding jobs in this economy. Just think why I started this blog in the first place. You have a plethora of recent college graduates that have great degrees that are doing nothing with themselves post-college. No jobs, no cars, no moving out of mom and dad’s house. Instead, they wallow with no work at all, temporary work, part-time work, or low-level service jobs (i.e. retail). Being that a good deal of college graduates or recently laid off skilled works now apply for temporary jobs, part-time work, or retail jobs, imagine how this effects those without a work history, hard skills, or a degree. What does the high school grad or G.E.D. grad do when jobs they once sought are being filled by those with higher credentials?
For all you old bags out there that have yet to marry and regularly have cat dress up night with your baker’s dozen of cats, there’s still hope! In what is one of the strangest bits of news to come across my eyes, a 112-year-old Somali man married a 17 year old girl! Hugh Hefner has nothing on this leathery dinosaur!
According to London’s Telegraph, a crowd of hundreds attended the wedding between Ahmed Muhamed Dore and Safia Abdulleh in Guriceel, Somalia. Ahmed was quoted as saying, “Today God helped me realize my dream.”
Ahmed and his “lucky” bride are from the same village and said that he waited for her to grow up before proposing (weird). He said: “I didn’t force her, but used my experience to convince her of my love, and then we agreed to marry.” Even weirder.
The bride’s family said she’s happy with her new husband. In this writer’s opinion, she’s probably happy only because her family got a chicken and a bag of rice in exchange for, well, their own damn daughter.
He already has 18 children by his other five wives.
P.S. Would this even be legal in some US states?
What do you do when you go to a haunted house and a monster spooks you? Well, if you’re off duty Baltimore City, MD Sgt. Eric Janik, you pull a gun on the haunted house employee. The employee was dressed up as a character from the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” and wanted to get “one last scream” out of the veteran off-duty police officer. That’s when the cop pulled out a gun and pointed it at the employee’s chest, making the employee drop his prop chainsaw.
The employee, Michael Morrison, said, “I was doing my normal scene at the haunted house, and as I was going out the backdoor with the chainsaw, the officer pulled his gun on me. Basically, he put his gun to my chest and as I was going back in, he said he was a cop.”
This cop must be the life of the party at every function he attends. What does he do at Christmas when Uncle Ed dresses up as Santa and pretends to come through the chimney for the kids? Grab him by the throat and wrestle him to the ground?