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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Jan 15, 2020. 6 comments

When to Walk Out of a Job Interview Early

When to Walk Out of a Job Interview Early

Let’s say you’ve gotten to the interview stage of your job search, and five minutes into the conversation you realize that this particular job won’t be a good fit for you after all.

Can you end the job interview early?

According to Ask a Manager’s Alison Green, it is possible to walk out of a job interview—especially if you’re in a situation where the interviewer is unexpectedly rude or the...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Jan 14, 2020. 19 comments

Does Your Spending Match Your Position on the 'Wealth Ladder'?

Does Your Spending Match Your Position on the 'Wealth Ladder'?

The last time I went grocery shopping, I bought the name-brand cheese instead of the store-brand cheese. The price differential between the $2 cheddar and the $6 cheddar used to feel impossibly vast; now it barely matters. It still registers, though, every time—and reminds me how much my life has changed, over the past ten years.

How Have Your Finances Changed Between 2009 and 2019?

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Jan 09, 2020. 6 comments

Preserve Data From Your Apps on a Spreadsheet

Preserve Data From Your Apps on a Spreadsheet

I use a lot of different tools and apps to manage both my workflow and my personal life: Airtable for scheduling, Toggl for time-keeping, YNAB for budgeting, RescueTime for productivity tracking, Fitbit for health tracking, and Exist to sync and synthesize the data I get from my other apps and draw correlations between activities and habits. (Believe it or not, Exist reports that I get more...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Jan 04, 2020. 5 comments

Don't Quit Until You Ask Yourself These Questions

Don't Quit Until You Ask Yourself These Questions

If you can’t decide whether it’s time to quit a job, end a relationship, bow out of a social organization, or simply say goodbye to something in your life that might be kinda okay but not great, ask yourself three questions:

What aspect of this situation is making me want to quit? What’s the problem here?Can I fix the problem?If I can’t fix the problem, will it improve on its own in the...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Dec 21, 2019. 5 comments

How to Choose Between the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Chase Sapphire Reserve

How to Choose Between the Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Chase Sapphire Reserve

The Chase Sapphire Preferred and the Chase Sapphire Reserve are two of the best travel credit cards on the market—but before you decide to apply for a Chase Sapphire card, it’s worth taking a close look at your spending habits.

Why? Because while the Chase Sapphire Reserve card comes with a more valuable rewards structure than the Chase Sapphire Preferred card, it also comes with a...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Dec 20, 2019.

The Best Digital Gifts That Aren't Gift Cards

The Best Digital Gifts That Aren't Gift Cards

If you’re looking for a last-minute gift that doesn’t require any shipping or handling, don’t assume you have to send a boring old gift card. Here’s Lifehacker’s guide to gifting ebooks, audiobooks, digital games and more.

Books

I love ebooks—they don’t take up any space, I can read them nearly anywhere, and when I’m done, they disappear into wherever ebooks go when you’re not reading them....

Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Dec 19, 2019. 5 comments

Did Your Spending in 2019 Match Your Personal Values?

Did Your Spending in 2019 Match Your Personal Values?

Earlier this week, I ran a report on all of my 2019 spending to date, divided by category. While I’m sure I’ll have a few more expenses before the year ends, I was still able to get a fairly accurate picture of where my money has gone this year—and whether I allocated my money in accordance with my values.

Use a Values-Based Budget to Put Your Money Where It Matters

No matter how much...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Dec 17, 2019. 11 comments

Fancy Versions of Inexpensive Items Make the Best Gifts

Fancy Versions of Inexpensive Items Make the Best Gifts

If you’re holiday shopping on a budget this year, put your dollars towards the best-quality products possible. Buy the nicest version of something inexpensive, rather than a lower-quality version of something pricey.

As Seth Godin explains, on his blog:

If you want to please someone with a gift, it’s unlikely that you’ll succeed by buying them a pretty good version of the item in question, even...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Dec 10, 2019. 6 comments

How to Digitally Detox While Still Carrying a Smartphone

How to Digitally Detox While Still Carrying a Smartphone

Most of us want to spend less time staring at screens and more time interacting with the world around us—which is all very well and good until you realize that you can’t navigate that world without a map, and you can’t meet up with someone without reaching out to them in some way beforehand, and it’s a lot easier to use an app to pay for parking instead of trying to come up with enough...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Dec 07, 2019. 10 comments

Why Your Budget Needs 'Sinking Funds'

Why Your Budget Needs 'Sinking Funds'

In yesterday’s post on

How to Budget for Unexpected Expenses , I described sinking funds as “one of the best budgeting hacks ever,” which means it’s time for me to tell you how they work.
How to Budget for Unexpected Expenses

We’ve all been there: you make a budget, you start making purchases based on your budget, and then…

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Essentially, a sinking fund allows you to sink money into a...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Dec 06, 2019. 6 comments

How to Budget for Unexpected Expenses

How to Budget for Unexpected Expenses

We’ve all been there: you make a budget, you start making purchases based on your budget, and then you get stuck with some expense that isn’t in your budget.

If it’s a small expense, you can often shuffle a few dollars around or pull money from your budget’s “miscellaneous” category (if you use YNAB, that category is helpfully named “stuff I forgot to budget for”). If it’s a larger expense,...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Dec 05, 2019. 9 comments

Set Up Balance Transfer Autopayments to Pay Off Your Debt Before the 0% Intro APR Expires

Set Up Balance Transfer Autopayments to Pay Off Your Debt Before the 0% Intro APR Expires

If you’ve got a lot of credit card debt and the monthly interest charges are adding up, a balance transfer credit card can be an excellent way of paying off that debt without paying interest. In exchange for a small balance transfer fee (usually 3% to 5% of your transferred balance), these cards give you an interest-free grace period in which you can pay off your balance in full.

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Nov 28, 2019. 12 comments

Don't Give People Presents That Are Actually Chores

Don't Give People Presents That Are Actually Chores

If you’re getting started on your holiday shopping this weekend, here’s a tip: ask yourself whether you’re giving the recipient something they truly want, or something that will add extra work to their life.

Productivity and personal growth expert Nicholas Bate recently listed seven factors to consider before buying a present, and suggests that shoppers take “care with anything which demands...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Nov 27, 2019. 11 comments

What to Ask Your Older Relatives This Thanksgiving

What to Ask Your Older Relatives This Thanksgiving

If you feel like you don’t know what to say to your older relatives, maybe you’re not asking the right questions. This Thanksgiving, think about bringing not only a dish to share, but also a few questions to inspire your grandparents, great-grandparents, and other relatives to share their stories.

If you don’t know where to start, eldercare resource site A Place for Mom lists 20 questions to...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Nov 26, 2019. 9 comments

Have a No-Phone Thanksgiving

Have a No-Phone Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving, give yourself one more thing to be grateful for: a day without smartphones.

Yes, I can already hear you telling me all of the reasons why this won’t work. How can you give up your phone for an entire day, much less a day in which you might be cooking unfamiliar recipes, checking in with traveling family members, or FaceTiming loved ones who live too far away to make it to...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Nov 22, 2019. 8 comments

How Much Rest You Need to Prevent Burnout

How Much Rest You Need to Prevent Burnout

Most of us already know that if we don’t get enough time to rest and recuperate between stressful tasks, we risk burning ourselves out. But how much rest do we actually need?

According to Drs. Emily and Amelia Nagoski, we should try to spend roughly 42 percent of our time at rest. That’s eight hours of sleep and two hours of non-sleep relaxation per day.

What Causes Burnout and How to...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Nov 21, 2019. 7 comments

How to Stop Spending Money on Instagram

How to Stop Spending Money on Instagram

It hasn’t even been a full year since Instagram launched its in-app purchasing feature, allowing us to go from liking an image to buying whatever it is we just liked. If you’ve found yourself buying a little more than your budget can afford, you’re not alone.

When Charles Schwab conducted its 2019 Modern Wealth Survey, respondents identified social media as the biggest “bad influence” in...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Nov 19, 2019. 2 comments

Improve Your Writing With an Observational Notebook

Improve Your Writing With an Observational Notebook

If you’re in the middle of your NaNoWriMo draft and you feel like your novel lacks the kind of sensory detail that other authors seem to include naturally—the kind of writing that makes you feel like you’re inside the story, with the characters, feeling what they’re feeling—it might be time to start carrying an observational notebook.

This kind of notebook is less of a journal and more of a...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Nov 15, 2019. 11 comments

Order Multiple Versions of Something and Return the Ones You Don't Want

Order Multiple Versions of Something and Return the Ones You Don't Want

I know there aren’t infinite versions of every potential product, but sometimes it feels like it—so when you’re shopping for a new sweater or a new electric teakettle or a new lamp, how do you know that you’re choosing the best one?

Yes, you could spend your time scrolling through customer feedback, cross-checking product review sites like The Inventory, and searching Instagram for images of...

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Nicole Dieker Nicole Dieker Nov 13, 2019. 20 comments

These Airports Let You Meet Your Family and Friends at the Gate

These Airports Let You Meet Your Family and Friends at the Gate

I’m old enough to remember what it was like to go through airport security with my family so we could all meet Grandma at the gate—and now, thanks to new TSA-approved tourist passes, some airports are allowing passengers to recreate that experience.

As Bloomberg News explains, these passes were originally created as a way to increase “terminal tourism” (essentially, treating the airport like a...

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