Crowning The SALT Blog’s March Madness Champion

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College basketball is by far my favorite sport, and the tournament is my favorite event of the year. (Let’s not mention that I’ll be working during the games today and tomorrow. I could write 10 blog posts about how to follow the games at work, but that won’t lead to anything productive.)

Last year, I wrote about the madness, and I did it big—creating my own money-savvy, SALT™-centric metric to fill out a bracket: JAM Score. The post was one of my most read, and ESPN’s resident bracketologist Joe Lunardi even retweeted my tweet about it.

So, would we retire the JAM Score after its one shining moment and move on? Of course not! Hit the music, Quad City DJs! LET’S JAM!

How Many Part-Time Jobs Equal One Full-Time Job?

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Over the last couple months, I’ve chronicled my quest to find a full-time job. Despite not finding one yet, I still need money coming in. After all, I recently began to pay off my student loans and continue to be a functioning 23-year-old human being.

In order to manage that, I’ve been collecting part-time jobs. I now have three of them. Part-time, freelance, consulting—they all have different agreements and requirements, but essentially, I have three jobs, all of which I do from my home.

Do these fit all the needs someone might have met by a full-time job? Not exactly. And here’s why.

What We Learned From This Year’s Super Bowl Ads (Besides Who’s The Coolest Lawyer In America)

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Millions of Americans who care very little about football go to Super Bowl parties to enjoy guacamole and see some very expensive marketing efforts. These ads are usually full of laughs and heartfelt moments, but most importantly, they teach hidden financial lessons.

So, like I did last year (a year the game was actually more entertaining than the ads), I’m highlighting what we can learn from the best ads of the Super Bowl XLVIII. (And thanks to 4 years of high school Latin and a lifetime of deep football fanhood, I didn’t have to look that Roman numeral up!)

How To Tackle A New Year Of Job Hunting

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Because I graduated in May (which feels like a LIFETIME ago), it hasn’t actually been a year since my job search started. We have, however, entered the second calendar year of my search. And even if that difference feels arbitrary, it’s human nature to reflect on the past year and look forward to a new one.

As I flip my search from 2013 to 2014, I know several aspects of it will change in the new year. However, I hope that everything I’ve learned so far still leads to an employment opportunity. Here are three big lessons that I hope will help your search as well.

How To Handle The Holiday Season If You’re Unemployed

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It’s that time of year: Chestnuts are roasting on an open fire; Jack Frost is nipping at your nose.

However, many recent grads like me would rather see their student loan bills in that fire, and it’s employment worries doing the nipping (though with 10 inches of snow here in Philadelphia, I suppose it’s Jack Frost in addition to the worries).

The worst part of this time of year is the cultural pressure to spend money. Gifts, events, and travel add up—especially if you’re still looking for that ever-elusive full-time job, like me. Fortunately, after 4 years as a college student on a budget, I think I can manage. Here are my tips for a fun, yet less expensive holiday season.

Can Career Advisers Really Help You Find A Job?

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The pressure to find employment is finally building—thanks to the combination of a tough job market and the impending end of my student loan grace period.

I knew it was time to look for outside help, so I recently connected to a career adviser and recruiter in my area. (Well, technically. His office is about 35 minutes away and in a different state.)

Fellow job seekers (I know there are plenty of you), you may wonder whether working with a professional is worth it. Everyone’s experience is different, but here are a few things I have learned after a few weeks.

How Your Spending Changes After College

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After 6 months, it finally hit me that I’m not going back to class anytime soon. I certainly miss parts of college, and the number of people who told me it’s “the best 4 years of your life” leads me to believe a lot of other people feel the same way.

Still, other college experiences are thankfully in the past (I’m looking at you, exams and dirty apartments). Enough time has passed that I now have an accurate feel for life as a recent grad. One of the biggest changes has been my spending habits. Some of these have been positive; others, not so much.

If you’re wondering how your wallet will change after college, let me show you your future.