Personal Finance Roundup

How Much Do Compact Fluorescent Bulbs Really Cost? [Get Rich Slowly] “We’re saving $15.98 per billing period..”

Making the most of your flexible spending account [Bankrate] “A little knowledge and planning can keep you from wasting the money in your flexible spending account.”

Strategies for Answering Weird Interview Questions [Career Journal] “If your alma mater was a cereal, what would it be?”

Ten Tips For Writing A Resume That Will Get The Right Kind Of Attention [The Simple Dollar] “Here are ten things I would always do when writing a resume, regardless of the conventional wisdom about resumes.”

Change careers without going broke [MSN Money] “Switching professions late in your working life is a high-risk, high-reward move. Here’s how to pull it off successfully.”

A Question From a Reader: How to Calculate Taxes [AllFinancialMatters] “When you read something that says someone is in the 28% tax bracket, it doesn’t mean they pay taxes of 28% on all their income.”

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  1. DarthSensei says:

    I wish I would have seen the resume tips a few days ago. I’m off to edit my resume.

  2. dripdrop says:

    My boyfriend and I switched almost all of our bulbs with CFLs and our power bill has already gone down $37 and it hasn’t even been an entire month. Granted, the a/c has been running a lot less, but $37 is quite a difference.

  3. Sian says:

    A flex spending account is just a way to get your tax money back now instead of the end of the year, and comes with too many risks of its own for my taste. I don’t like begging a company and having to show receipts to get my own money back. I’ve been burned once by FSA, never again. I’ll just deduct medical costs on my taxes and get the money that way.

  4. suburbancowboy says:

    I just paid 2.99 for an 8 pack of cfls at Costco. So the initial costs are just not there anymore.

  5. JustAGuy2 says:


    That strategy only works if your out of pocket medical costs are at least 7.5% of your income (i.e. if they’re 7.4%, you can’t deduct any of them – it’s designed really for people who have huge one-time medical costs) which for most people is a LOT. If they’re less than that, you should use the FSA, since that’s the only way to deduct those expenses.