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Best Career and Money Stories Sept. 15 to 22, 2013

How to Turn a Thank-You Note Into a Job

  • Use this email to follow up after a job interview: It's very important to stay in touch after a job interview, because even if you think the interview went badly, keeping in touch may improve the interviewer's perception of you. It reflects persistence, and it's also polite to thank the hiring manager after the interview.
  • Make a career jump this Fall: Now is the perfect time to start pulling out all the stops to shine at work. With December fast approaching, it's your last chance to attain certain goals you set for yourself before the year's end!
  • Use fruits to make natural dyes: When your spinach isn't as fresh as it used to be, use it to make homemade dye. Fruits, vegetables, and flowers have been used for years to alter the color of clothing. And making homemade dyes is easy, eco-friendly, and costs close to nothing.
  • Take advantage of birthday freebies: Your birthday is a special day, and what better way to celebrate your birth than to spoil yourself with freebies? Here are 138 of them to save you big (birthday) bucks.
  • Successfully fix a broken appliance: While a broken appliance can immediately evoke panic, there are certain steps to follow to make sure you don't overspend on repairs or toss it before it's too soon.
  • Recycle paper bags in a pretty Fall wreath: All you need are a few paper bags and a foam round to make this pretty Fall wreath that will look great on your front door. Adorn with a few acorns or an arrangement of silk flowers from the dollar store for an extra pop of color.
  • Save money while traveling: Although you usually associate traveling with relaxation, you can definitely get stressed out by some aspects. Here are awesome travel hacks to help.
  • End a bad day on a good note: Rough day at the office? You can go shopping — or you can try these wallet-friendly ways to turn around a bad day.
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