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May 2019

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she went from ‘overdraft queen’ to professional debt coach

SONIA LEWIS KNEW she had a problem when she couldn’t afford nachos.Forced to turn down a friend’s invitation to dinner because her bank account was overdrawn yet again—something that happened so frequently she called herself the “Overdraft Queen”—Lewis realized just how much trouble she was in. Her grandmother, who’d been her “financial security blanket,” had recently died. And her unexpected death forced Lewis to accept reality: Nobody was left to bail her out if she couldn’t pay her bills.“If you fail with money or if you win with money, it’s going to be on you,” she remembers thinking.That was in 2013, when Lewis was making $45,000 a year but owed $80,000 on her student loans and another $6,000 in credit card bills. Today, the 31-year-old runs a popular financial coaching…

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why you should never tell starbucks your birthday

WE’VE GOTTEN A LOT BETTER, collectively speaking, at protecting our identities.Online registration forms now require strong, hacker-proof passwords. Vigilant IT teams have trained us to avoid phishing scams. And it’s been a really long time since Grandma tried to wire cash to a Nigerian prince.But massive data breaches are only getting worse. Earlier this year, a trove of stolen email passwords was leaked onto the dark web—the largest breach ever, Wired reports. And the hacking of cash registers at Saks Fifth Avenue and Forever 21—both of which had their systems compromised last year—suggests that retailers’ cybersecurity woes didn’t end with the 2013 Target fiasco.If you find all of this unsettling, here’s what one cybersecurity expert says you should do.The next time a company asks for your birthday—online store, brick-and-mortar shop,…

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list your house during may, and it could sell for $1,600 more

ANY HOMEOWNER KNOWS a new coat of paint and a well-manicured lawn can make a big difference when it comes to selling your home—but so can the time of year.Across the U.S., homes that hit the market in the first half of May generally sell for $1,600 more than the average $226,500, according to a new analysis by real estate listing company Zillow. That’s because the number of house hunters ramps up in the spring—as does the number of listings, says Skylar Olsen, Zillow’s director of economic research and outreach.“By listing in early May, you’re listing your home at a time when the bulk of home shoppers are searching through their options in earnest,” says Olsen. By waiting until after the first properties hit the market in March and April,…

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7 highly successful people on the best way to avoid burnout and stay creative

WRITER’S BLOCK, procrastination, burnout. The hustle is real—but creative slumps can also be pretty relentless. The good news is that this happens to literally everyone. But some of us are just really good at powering through. Which prompts the question: How the heck do they do it? Is it grit? Discipline? Pure, unbridled genius?To find out, we asked a handful of people in the art, business, and nonprofit worlds—all paid to be creative—how they get their light-bulb moments.Next time you get the blahs, here are some tips for turning on the flow of ideas.MOVE AROUND“I squeeze anywhere from 15 to 45 minutes of fitness into my workday. Sometimes it’s just stretches at my desk or a lap around the Twitter campus between meetings. The quick boost of energy is often…

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this is the fastest-growing six-figure job in america

APPS AREN’T GOING AWAY anytime soon—and neither are the jobs creating them.Application developers—the people responsible for building and updating computer and mobile apps—make a median salary of $101,790 a year, and for the next five to seven years they’re going to be more in demand than any other American worker making a six-figure salary.The U.S. will be adding 255,140 app developers to the job market between 2016 and 2026, according to occupational forecasting website Projections Central. That’s about 26,000 new openings for app developers every year, in addition to the estimated 60,170 positions becoming available annually to replace current app developers.Because platforms like Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android are open-source—meaning the code to build apps that work on them is freely available—anyone with coding and developing skills has the ability…

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you made a typo in a job application. proceed like this

IMAGINE THIS: YOU’RE IN THE MIDDLE of the application process for your dream job.You spent hours scouring your résumé and cover letter, scrubbing away any errors or grammatical missteps. It appears your hard work is paying off as you correspond with hiring managers over email to figure out your next step.Then you see it: that conspicuous mistake on something you just sent. Should you send a quick, follow-up email correcting it? Or ignore it in hopes that the hiring manager will do the same?Don’t panic: We’ve all been there. But the steps you take after discovering a major typo in a job application email could be the difference between getting the position or having the hiring managers move forward with a different candidate. It’s a tricky quandary, but career experts…