Archive for July, 2009

Selling Off Stuff: From Garage Sales to Consignment to Ebay

Mini #87

Perhaps it was the recent move that made me realize just how much “stuff” we acquire! WOW! As I looked at going from 6,000 square feet to 1,500 it became apparent that at least 75% of our home contents would need to be donated or sold. In this Mini I have put together information to help you maximize “selling your stuff.” We will look at online options like Craigs list, Ebay and lesser-known sites as well as specialty sites. You will also find tips for consignment and resale shops as well as garage sales. Lastly, tax information is included for items you donate. (For many items, donation is the best choice–saving time and money.)

FM: Exploring the Psalms

Mini #86

In this Faith Matters Mini we will be exploring a portion of the Book of Psalms. The study is comprised of daily readings from the Books of Psalms along with reflection questions and information about the Psalm authors. We will explore how we can learn from the Psalms to enhance our own prayer lives and deepen our relationship with God.

August Featured Mini: Resume Writing with MTM Guest Expert

Mini #84

Includes an online chat on August 19 (Wednesday) 8:00-9:30PM CST
Sara will also be available to answer your questions in the Mini Forums.

Each day Sara Pattow, CSR reviews resumes that candidates send in for jobs. In 30 seconds or less she can decide whether the candidate is one she will interview. Yes–30 seconds–that is why a well-written resume is essential in today’s competitive job market.

As an MTM Guest Expert, Sara is sharing a step-by-step process to help you write and refine your resume. With her guidance you will learn how to create a resume that will get you noticed and increase your chances of getting a job by over 70%!

You could spend $100, $200 or even $500 on a resume writing service. But here is the issue with doing that – it is not in your own “voice” and then what happens the next time you are looking for a job?  Do you hire a resume writer again? Or do you learn to tweak and build the skills necessary to market yourself? In this Mini you’ll learn how to hone your skills to market yourself well.

Shop Smart: Building a Master Spending Diary

Mini #085

One of the best steps we can take to save money is to learn to shop smart on life’s essentials. Most often when we think of curbing our spending we look to extraneous purchases or luxury items. While there is no harm in evaluating those habits, it is important not to overlook the everyday necessities to make sure we are getting the most bang for our buck.  A master spending diary can help us

  • purchase smart
  • take advantage of sales
  • look for better alternatives
  • avoid over-buying
  • avoid excess trips because we “ran out”
  • find out which store has the best deal

In this Mini you’ll complete a template to create your Master Spending Diary.