A Look at Consumer Greed in a Post-Recession Economy

The following is a guest post from Anna W. of ASerialLife.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @aseriallife. The Great American Recession is over. However, many are still recovering from its devastating effects. Of course, the level of “devastation” varies, depending...

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A Guide to Switching Careers

If you’ve thought about switching careers, you’ve undoubtedly encountered this classic dilemma: Pursue dream but struggle to pay bills vs. Pay bills but stay in a mediocre job Wow, those are some lackluster options. Should you give up on your dream so you can afford a...

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How to Write a Book (Without Losing Your Mind)

I have some exciting news this week! After busting my ass all summer, I have officially written a book. It's titled Get Money, and it's slated for March, but you can now pre-order your copy! The process of getting my book deal was one of the most exhilarating...

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What Happens When You Negotiate and Get a “No”

"You should always ask a client or potential employer for more money," negotiation experts like to tell you. "After all, the worst they can say is no." But if you're a soft-spoken, mild-mannered gal who's not used to ruffling feathers, the word "no" can be scary. And...

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My Favorite Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block

Whether it's an article or a book or just a sentimental email to a loved one, you've probably experienced writer's block. It's real, and it's frustrating. I once read that what separates a professional writer from an amateur one is that "a professional writer never...

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How to Invest When You Don’t Have a 401(k)

At 24, I had no clue how investing worked. I didn't know a stock from a bond. Index fund? What's that? My idea of investing was the hope that my childhood Beanie Baby collection might be worth money someday. However, despite my lack of even basic knowledge around the...

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Hey! I’m Kristin, a freelance writer and journalist (you can find my stuff at Lifehacker, NY mag, the NY Times, and more). Here, I share what I learn about the freelance life, from managing money to digital nomading to figuring out why the Wi-Fi isn’t working.

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A Look at Consumer Greed in a Post-Recession Economy

The following is a guest post from Anna W. of ASerialLife.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @aseriallife.

The Great American Recession is over. However, many are still recovering from its devastating effects. Of course, the level of “devastation” varies, depending on who you are and how you were affected.  You may be fine now or on the upswing, or you may still be unemployed or underemployed, trying to recover from debt incurred, or compensate for lost savings. It doesn’t matter what the national statistics are, it matters what your personal statistics are. 

Who’s to Blame?

If you battled through the Great Recession, it’s easy to look back and blame corporate greed: Wall Street, Big Banks, the housing industry (If anyone is still unsure as to how the housing market crashed, I recommend watching the movie The Big Short.  It is not only entertaining-  but informative as to how this all really went down, in words the average person can understand),  the auto industry, the big box companies, all with their golden parachutes, stressful ‘productivity’ mandates, wage freezes, and general ransacking of the average citizen.

Corporate greed is bad. Very bad.  Those jerks are just in it for themselves.  They’re only looking out for Number One.

We all agree on that, right?

But what about consumer greed?  How do we, as average citizens, contribute to the overall state of economics in our country?  read more…

Hey! I’m Kristin, a freelance writer and journalist (you can find my stuff at Lifehacker, NY mag, the NY Times, and more). Here, I share what I learn about the freelance life, from managing money to digital nomading to figuring out why the Wi-Fi isn’t working.

What You're Saying

A Look at Consumer Greed in a Post-Recession Economy

The following is a guest post from Anna W. of ASerialLife.com. You can follow her on Twitter at @aseriallife. The Great American Recession is over. However, many are still recovering from its devastating effects. Of course, the level of “devastation” varies, depending...

read more

A Guide to Switching Careers

If you’ve thought about switching careers, you’ve undoubtedly encountered this classic dilemma: Pursue dream but struggle to pay bills vs. Pay bills but stay in a mediocre job Wow, those are some lackluster options. Should you give up on your dream so you can afford a...

read more

How to Write a Book (Without Losing Your Mind)

I have some exciting news this week! After busting my ass all summer, I have officially written a book. It's titled Get Money, and it's slated for March, but you can now pre-order your copy! The process of getting my book deal was one of the most exhilarating...

read more

What Happens When You Negotiate and Get a “No”

"You should always ask a client or potential employer for more money," negotiation experts like to tell you. "After all, the worst they can say is no." But if you're a soft-spoken, mild-mannered gal who's not used to ruffling feathers, the word "no" can be scary. And...

read more

My Favorite Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block

Whether it's an article or a book or just a sentimental email to a loved one, you've probably experienced writer's block. It's real, and it's frustrating. I once read that what separates a professional writer from an amateur one is that "a professional writer never...

read more

How to Invest When You Don’t Have a 401(k)

At 24, I had no clue how investing worked. I didn't know a stock from a bond. Index fund? What's that? My idea of investing was the hope that my childhood Beanie Baby collection might be worth money someday. However, despite my lack of even basic knowledge around the...

read more