Tools for Surviving the Current Times

While your cruise director was in the unemployment line this week, he thought about some changes to be made in the upcoming months and weeks, especially since he, and the rest of those thrown off the S.S. Heller Ehrman, are not expecting any payment of accrued vacation or WARN monies anytime soon.

Heller Drone was raised in a simple home with simple tastes.  And there are some of those frugal ways that he has never forgotten.  Some he loves to always forget.  And he’s always looking for new ways to save money.

So while pondering over what he’ll have to do without this year (live holiday tree – no, tacky aluminum tree from basement – big yes!), he found that Mashable has a great list called 200+ Tools for Surviving the Economic Crisis.

This weekend take a minute and check them out.  Lots of stuff I already use but some great new stuff like:

Mint.com – A completely free financial management tool that offers nice perks like integration with numerous banks, retrieves new transactions daily and even puts them into categories for you automatically, sets budgets that will warn you when you’re close to going over and much more.

InterviewUp – Is a mixture of a job board along with a community of people who share their interview experiences from different fields so that you can get a feel for what types of questions you may get when you go in, and what sort of answers work best.

Avego.com – Avego is a service accessible via the iPhone or an average cell phone that allows you to get rides at a moment’s notice. The service uses GPS to allow drivers and riders to find each other. Via the GPS function you get exact directions indicating where to pick up and drop people off, and also get a running tally of how much the ride costs. After the ride is over, both the driver and passenger can rate one another.

511.org – The San Francisco based 511.org site provides a ride share area where you can find other commuters to pool with in the Bay area. Carpoolers get free bridge tolls during peak hours, and if you start a Vanpool, you can receive up to $900 in gas cards.

CoolSavings.com – Tons of printable coupons divided up by style of shopping with listings of free samples you can get.

RetailMeNot.com – One of the more clearly labeled coupon sites with clear labeling of what the coupon does, what the code is and when it expires. THIS IS YOUR CRUISE DIRECTOR’S FAVORITE!

 

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4 Responses to “Tools for Surviving the Current Times”


  1. 1 Legal Secretary 17 October 2008 at 5:19 pm

    I received the termination email yesterday – Thursday, October 16, stating that today, Friday, October 17, is my lsat day of work at Heller.

    Do I apply for unemployment insurance today or Monday?

    Please advise. I really am not sure what to do.

    Thanks.

  2. 2 (burp) 17 October 2008 at 9:57 pm

    LS-file on Monday morning.

  3. 3 Patti 18 October 2008 at 8:29 pm

    In California, you can apply online.

    http://www.edd.ca.gov/Unemployment/

    And you must “look for work” while collecting unemployment. Remember, the state is broke, and this money does not just fall from the sky.

  4. 4 Anon2 18 October 2008 at 9:48 pm

    FCOL, who can live on the max of $450 a week anyway? That is like 2 days of pay! Of course we’re going to look for work. Get real.


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