Websites For The Week of March 18th

March 18, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Posted in Health, Weekly Readings | 2 Comments
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Previous weekly website lists can be found here.

This week’s theme may be one that’s tough to face, especially for the women out there.  Gaining weight while unemployed is very common.  I was on NutriSystem for about 9 months before losing my job.  I lost 23 pounds.  Not only did I gain that weight back, but more.  It made me start to research the correlation between unemployment and weight gain.  I’ve also looked into diets that are a lot more inexpensive. I’ve included both insightful and helpful sites this week.

That’s it for this week.  If you choose to start a weight loss plan, good luck and stay healthy!
See what you like here. I’d love to hear from you about it. This week’s list is on a subject that I really think people can contribute to. Remember you can submit a website for the Sunday Readings on my How-To/Forum page.

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Websites for the Week of August 21st

August 21, 2011 at 3:14 pm | Posted in Economy, Weekly Readings | Leave a comment
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Previous weekly website lists can be found here.

This week is another theme week.  I’ve learned after almost six months of being unemployed that one of the largest budget areas is food.  I don’t know whether a lot of website have popped up because of the need or I just never had the need. This week’s list is became longer than earlier ones so I will probably be doing a Part Two next week. All these websites are now in my bookmarks.

Last week I mentioned a site for planning inexpensive meals.  This week I’d like to add to that list and expand to frugality in general.  Remember once you do get a job, these ideas will continue to help you save.

  • To improve your frugality skills .  Tips and tricks for living the good life on a budget.
  • To have a one-stop website for saving .  This site describes itself as, ‘cheap is good, but free is better’. Tips, tricks, ways to get free samples and printable coupons.
  • To get and share ideas about saving money .  There are two sections to the site that are helpful, the forum for sharing ideas and the blog for learning .
  • To  make saving money as painless as possible.  This site provides help on everything from saving during the holidays to baby care to swapping.
  • To focus on  finance, family,and career.  The site claims to make frugal cool and covers things like 0% credit card transfer to frugal ways to teach your kids to love school.

That’s it for this week. See what you like here.  I’d love to hear from you about it.  This week’s list is on a subject that I really think people can contribute to.  Remember you can submit a website for the Sunday Readings on my How-To/Forum page.

Suggested Websites for the Week of July 31st

July 31, 2011 at 11:24 am | Posted in Weekly Readings | Leave a comment
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Previous weekly website lists can be found here.

  • Make the best of your time .  Top things to do while you’re not working.
  • Make a food dollar go further.   Making food from sources that used to be considered trash, not as bad as it sounds.
  • Help in understanding another reason it’s tough to find a job.   The new prevalence of companies not hiring the unemployed.
  • As a heads up about background checks when you apply for a job. Warnings about where employers look to find out more about you.
  • To look for jobs on niche job.   Look at sites that cater just to particular jobs from accounting to transportation.

Suggested Websites for the Week of July 17th

July 17, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Posted in Weekly Readings | Leave a comment
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If you missed any of the past weeks’ suggestions go to:

Week of 7/3
Week of 7/10

 

  • For your mind.  A self-help forum where you can discuss anything from anxiety to depression to self-esteem
  • To do it yourself .  A DIY unemployment page on various topics.
  • To unwind inexpensivelyStaycation ideas, my husband and I have already decided to try a couple.
  • To help you stay frugal.  Tips on how to get what you want quickly and cheaply.

That’s it for this week. See what you like here. I’d love to hear from you about it. Remember you can submit a website for the Sunday Readings on my How-To/Forum page.

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Suggested Websites for the Week of July 10th

July 10, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Posted in Weekly Readings | Leave a comment
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If you missed it last week’s reading, list is here:

  • To keep you happy. A brief article that gets right to the point, keeping a social life while unemployed
  • To share with others. A site of forums that helps, encourages, and gives you a place to rant among other things.
  • To make you feel rich. Research about money and happiness.
  • To make you ponder. This article has something I hadn’t thought of before: the scars of unemployment once you get working again.

That’s it for this week.  See what you like here.  I’d love to hear from you about it.  Remember you can submit a website for the Sunday Readings on my How-To/Forum  page.

My Stages of Grief

July 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm | Posted in unemployed | 4 Comments
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I think one reason I’m writing this post is to help myself get through one of the stages of grief, Anger, the “why is this happening to me?” stage.

While I was in college, I took a course called Death and Dying.  Our textbook was Elisabeth Kübler-Ross’s book, “On Death and Dying“.  Her model/stages are now used for all types of losses, not just death, from divorce to infertility to disasters.

My loss includes the loss of a regular commute, the feeling of doing something good and worthwhile, a lack of a paycheck, and perhaps most importantly, my reputation and the respect that comes with good dependable work.

That course I took was a long time ago, but it really struck me and now I recognize how it relates to being unemployed because of being fired.  I think a large part of my anger is probably stemming from frustration.  Once I was fired, the state determined I was “terminated without misconduct” and could receive Unemployment Compensation.  In my state employment is “at will”, so there’s nothing I can do about it.

In her model, Kübler-Ross has Anger as the second stage and Bargaining is after that.  In my mind, I bargained before the anger.  The American Psychological Association reports that’s common when the loss is one of a job.  How could I be treated with such contempt?  Why does it seem that no one defended me?  Why have all my co-workers, except one, deserted me?  In the type of job I had relationships were quickly formed because, it was what I call, “an in the trenches job”.  Emergencies and crisis were daily events, sometimes involving life or death situations.  You have to be a great team to be successful.

In my first work scenario post I mention my kudos folder.  This folder is helping me when I apply for jobs, but it also exacerbates my anger.  To expand on that folder, it has certificates of completion for in-house and outsourced training, e-mails from all levels of management from the CEO to Program Managers praising my work, and requests made only to me because I was the only assistant with the skills to complete the task.  Was all this hard work for naught?

After 4 months I am still asking these questions, I’m still angry and frustrated.  After this, I’m supposed to move onto Depression and finally Acceptance.  I can’t stop reading those e-mails, I need them sometimes on my job search.  There’s one co-worker who stays in touch, we were friends outside of work, I don’t want to stop seeing her and she’s still a reminder.

I’ve read two good articles about this:

The Five Stages of Grief Related to Unemployment

The Unemployment Crisis

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