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If you're interviewing with people who are half your age, there are certain things you'll want to avoid doing.

By Karen Datko Feb 22, 2010 7:30PM

Old dogs can learn new tricks, but not everyone believes it.


So, when you’re of a certain age (like me) and interviewing for a job, you need to be aware of not emphasizing how many years you’ve walked the face of the Earth, Pamela Redmond Satran, blogger at the delightful How Not To Act Old, advises in a post at CBS MoneyWatch. (Female readers, the underwear photo at the top of her blog should give you some inkling on whether you’re acting old or not.)

Her tips aren’t over the top -- they don’t scream, “I’m not over the hill” in an inappropriate way -- like, say, getting multiple piercings. Just as appearing past your prime can be “more subtle than simply offering your interviewer a nice piece of hard candy,” she writes, diverting attention away from your age involves avoiding certain behaviors.


Among them:


With the April 30 deadline for the homebuyer tax credit approaching, gambling that a lender will close the deal in time is risky.

By Teresa Mears Feb 22, 2010 4:53PM

If you want to buy a home in time to take advantage of the $8,000 tax credit for first-time homebuyers (or the $6,500 credit for some move-up buyers), you’d better get moving.


You are probably already too late to snag a deal on a short sale.


Or why smart people fall for stupid cons.

By Karen Datko Feb 22, 2010 3:55PM

This guest post comes from Pop at Pop Economics.


Sometimes it mystifies me that so many people can fall for the oldest tricks in the book. Bernie Madoff’s operation was nothing more than a Ponzi scheme -- you know, that scam that was invented in the 1920s. Do people really think that a random Nigerian prince selected them to handle gigantic sums of money? Does it really never occur to a tourist that a street-side card game probably isn’t on the up-and-up?

It mystifies me, that is, until I fall for one. Then the excuses get rolled out. Even in hindsight, you try to convince yourself that you’re not a sucker: There was no way you could have seen that coming.


So why is it that we fall for these silly cons?


Collective-buying sites offer low prices, but there's plenty of fine print.

By Karen Datko Feb 22, 2010 12:55PM

This Deal of the Day comes from Kelli B. Grant at partner site SmartMoney.


Get enough people together and you can leverage discounts of 50% or better on spa services, dinners out, yoga classes, event tickets and other services.


The key concept here is “enough.” Group-buying sites have carved out a niche promising deals if more than a set number of people opt in during a short window of opportunity. The idea works great when supply and demand line up:


Everyone outsources any number of tasks. So are you lazy if you hire someone to clean your house?

By Karen Datko Feb 22, 2010 10:21AM

This post comes from Kris, wife of partner blogger J.D. Roth at Get Rich Slowly


J.D. and I have been employing an independent housekeeper for about 10 years. The one who’s been working for us for almost five years, Michele, is fantastic and we feel lucky to have her. (We found her through Craigslist). Housecleaning is her full-time job.


It took us some time to get over our self-imposed barrier of hiring some help with the house chores. I’m not lazy, and it struck me as a weak, self-indulgent thing to do. But, as J.D. freely admits, he’s a slob.


Save some dough with these easily digestable tips, and use the savings to pay down debt.

By Stacy Johnson Feb 22, 2010 9:47AM

This post comes from Stacy Johnson at partner site Money Talks News.


According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2008 the average American family spent $6,443 on food. To put that number in perspective, that "average" family consists of 2.5 people with an annual income of $63,563. So from these numbers we can surmise that our average family spends about 10% of their income on food.


Depending on whom you choose to believe (there's some dispute about this) the average American family also carries a $5,000 balance on credit cards. If that balance comes with a 15% interest rate, that's $750 a year in interest. 

Conclusion? We could materially affect two expenses simultaneously if we could persuade the average American family to eat their credit cards. But if that doesn’t sound like an appetizing solution, here"s another thought:


Radiohead, Sister Hazel and country stars are all on the free playlist this week.

By Teresa Mears Feb 19, 2010 5:21PM

While rounding up this week’s selection of food deals and freebies, I came across free stuff you can’t eat that seemed too good not to share.

How about some free music that you actually want to hear:


Free Pretzel Day and National Pancake Day are just three days apart. Or would you prefer bagel poppers?

By Teresa Mears Feb 19, 2010 2:11PM

It’s Friday, so that means it’s time for food deals and freebies. And we have some good ones, with thanks to our friends at Cities on the Cheap.


In the next few days, the world is celebrating pretzels and pancakes, and why not?



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