Check out the coupons in the paper tomorrow! Might let you know if you should pick up a copy!
I have a strange hobby. Some people build model airplanes, sculpt incredible statues or write amazing music. I also have something I enjoy creating: resumes.
I love working on resumes. Pulling tidbits of potential from someone and showing them on paper is a very rewarding experience!
I have never thought of this as being a frugal venture until my good friend Crystal mentioned I should blog about it. Her point was that getting a better or multiple jobs generally results in an increase in income- which is a helpful thing most of the time.
So here are my five biggest pieces of advice for those of you currently job searching when it comes to your resume:
1- Make sure your full name and contact information are easy to spot. My first job after college I had to draft letters to everyone who had been turned down for the job. One of those resumes had NO contact information- no e-mail, no telephone, no address. Even if she had been a desired employee, there was no way to contact her!
2- Have an objective statement but don’t be obnoxious. When I create resumes the first thing I have after the contact information is an objective statement. Your statement should just demonstrate the purpose of your resume. It’s not designed to be a long, flowery sentence full of adjectives about how amazing you are. Save the lengthy stuff for your cover letter.
3- When possible, personalize the resume. If you are heading to the mall to fill out multiple applications for sales positions, then having a generic sales resume is fine. If you are applying to a specific company for a specific position, make sure you state that in your objective and cover letter. Let them know you paid attention!
4- Look for key words in the job description. In this economy, HR managers are getting hundreds of resumes for single positions- most of which are not qualified. So generally they scan resumes looking for key words. If they specifically say in the classifieds that they want “cash handling skills” be sure the words “cash handling” are on your resume (assuming that you actually have cash handling experience- please don’t lie). This is especially important with computer skills and management experience.
5- Have honest people proofread your resume. I had a friend recently contact me to review his resume- I was the 6th person he had asked. He created his resume on a MAC and when I opened it in Word (which is what most offices will use) the font wouldn’t transfer- it was almost completely unreadable. No one had mentioned this to him- they all assumed he knew! Don’t be embarrassed to ask for help, especially if you have someone like me who considers resume building a great activity for free time! Your pride should not stand in the way of you getting a great job.
I could probably post 30 pieces of advice, but these 5 are the biggies! Hopefully these will be helpful to job seekers!
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I am a big fan of organic foods- lots of times I swear they taste better. Bargain Briana has a bunch of them you can print off the internet. Check out her post here!
Time to start grilling again! To help your cookout cost less, Kingsford is offering items free when you buy their charcoal:
Free Hidden Valley Ranch Salad Dressing
Free KC Masterpiece BBQ Sauce
Free Glad Product
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Free 2.5 oz samples of Baby Barn Baby Wash and Body Lotion. Their products are all natural and organic.
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Not my greatest trip ever but I got some great deals on vegetables! The total before coupons and VIC savings was $55.53.
The total saved using the VIC card was $7.47, making my new total $48.06.
Total presented in coupons was $26.25 making my finishing total $22.02. That’s a savings of roughly sixty percent.
For those who want to see how it works, here is a breakdown of the items. (I will confess that the very first item is not something I would have normally purchased- everything else I pretty much get every time I shop!)
Very Fine Fruit 2 0 $4.19 – $1.20 (VIC) – $2.25 ($.75 coupon)
Final price: $.74 for six pack or about $.12 a bottle
Dawn Dishwashing Detergent $1.39 – $.40 (VIC) – $.75 ($.25 coupon)
Final price: $.24
Tide Detergent $8.39 – $2.22 (VIC) – $1.40 (E-VIC) – $1.00 coupon
Final price: $3.77
Gatorade G2 $1.45 – $.20 (VIC) – $1.50 ($.50 coupon)
Final price: FREE
No Yolk Dumpling Noodles $2.29 – $2.25 ($.75 coupon)
Final price: $.04
Crest Toothpaste $2.99 – $2.25 ($.75 coupon)
Final price: $.74
Satin Care Shaving Gel $2.99 – $1.00 (VIC) – $1.65 ($.55 coupon)
Final price: $.34
Dole Frozen Fruit $3.69 each – $.40 (VIC) – $2.25 ($.75 coupon)
Final price: $1.04 each
Birds Eye Frozen Peas $2.00 – $.25 (VIC) – $1.50 ($.50 coupon)
Final price: $.25
Birds Eye Frozen Mixed Vegetables $2.00 each – $1.50 ($.50 coupon)
Final price: $.50 each
Green Giant Vegetables (for 3 boxes) $5.37 – $1.80 ($.60 coupon)
Final price: $3.57 or $1.19 each
(This is not the greatest deal in the world but I eat a TON of frozen veggies!)
Land o’Lakes Butter Spread $2.35 – $1.20 ($.40 coupon)
Final price: $1.15
So that’s the breakdown of my shopping trip today. If you have a great trip and want to tell me how you did, leave a comment so we can all see!
Yep, triple coupons at Harris Teeter start today at 7 a.m.! Any coupon up to $.99 will be tripled up to the value of the item. You can use 20 coupons a day (and they can track that through your VIP card). I would suggest getting there early, as stuff tends to get picked over quickly!
Below I have put some scenarios from some of the best blogs around. As others load their deals, I will add them to this post. Happy Hunting!
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At a baby shower on Saturday the grandma- to- be (who is a very young, cool grandma) asked me to pass along discounts for Seniors. So I will begin with grocery stores!
Farm Fresh (local store) 5% discount on Tuesdays and Thursdays over 55
Harris Teeter 5% discount on Thursdays over 60
Food Lion, Bloom, Bottom Dollar Food offer no Senior Discounts
Kroger does have discounts but they vary greatly by state. I would suggest calling your local store and asking!
As always I would suggest calling and confirming before you visit the store, in case the people I talked to today gave me the wrong information!
Mrs. Moneysaver has a great post on a Summer Bowling – 2 free games every day for summer vacation. I am going to let her share the details here!
Your kids have been anticipating the upcoming spring break holiday with the zeal of a pack of hyenas circling a hen house. But if the economy has you planning a “staycation” for spring break this year rather than the traditional getaway to warmer climes, RedPlum has five activities to keep your little darlings’ behavior from descending into “we’re bored, what can we destroy now” territory.
KLM Airlines is giving away free custom made luggage tags by way of their Facebook page. This is not just an offer for some free generic luggage tags, you get to actually design your own luggage tags so your rolling suitcase can stand out from the rest!
Outback Steakhouse is offering a FREE Bloomin’ Onion for Veterans and Active Military through March 31st. You will need to provide Proof of military service. As an added bonus, if you order off the Red, White & Bloomin’ Menu, Outback will donate to Operation Homefront!
Kid to Kid is a franchise that sells gently used kids clothes, toys, furniture and equipment at great prices. I visited the store for the first time last weekend, and was very impressed with their merchandise. They are located at 539 Hilltop Plaza in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Friday, March 26th, beginning at 10 a.m., they will be having a “bag sale.” The store will provide you with a bag and anything you can fit it, from their clearance items, will be $10.00 (not $10.00 each- $10 for the WHOLE bag). If you have any questions, you can give them a call at 757-271-3589. The line is going to be long, so you may want to get there early!
Free Pastry Day is back @ Starbucks next Tuesday the 23rd! From open – 10:30am, buy any handcrafted beverage or drip coffee and receive a free pastry, while supplies last. You do have to have a coupon- click here to print it!
Rite Ad is having a triple coupon event this week with their in-ad coupons. There are lots of great deals and printable coupons- check them all out here!