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June 30

What is the best course of action in this “smonline beaching” situation?

Can the hive mind help me sort out what would be best to do in this work connundrum, where a project has turned into a black hole and I’m way burned out? Thank you in advance because I don’t know what to do and I’m annoyed enough that I’ve been amusing myself with thoughts of extravagant malicious compliance. [more inside]
posted by ec2y at 9:43 PM - 8 answers

I didn't want to be reffered to a better job opportunity

I wanted the foot in the door job we discussed. Then turned down for the second job. After taking steps to improve my interview skills, self-awareness & humility, w/ previous work experience I cannot get an entry level job in my new field. As a recent recipient of a relevant master’s degree w/ little industry experience, I can't get hired for mid level roles. I’m feeling more humble & self-aware than ever, but today is the 5th time this year I’ve been told “thanks for your interest but we are pursuing other candidates” [more inside]
posted by Che boludo! at 2:11 AM - 5 answers

June 29

Not frugal, perhaps prudent?

I love spending money. This needs to stop. I am inspired by minimalism, don't have children or a car, and I rent my home, so housing expenses are relatively low. Fortunately, I have a secure-ish job, but I haven't always, and know there are no guarantees in this day and age. I want to pay off debt and start spending more responsibly. Please do not recommend Dave Ramsey. [more inside]
posted by nathaole at 11:48 AM - 16 answers

June 28

Series I Bonds

U.S. Government I Bonds are currently paying 9.62% due to inflation. A family of four can purchase up to $40k of these bonds every year. Outside of thinking I could yield higher than 9.62% in a index fund or real estate, if I have $40k in cash sitting around, why would I not want to invest in these? Even if I sell after one year, I only lose 3 months of interest. What am I missing?
posted by jasondigitized at 1:51 PM - 23 answers

June 27

Rules for how to start

Ugh, I did it again, overcommitted and overwhelmed. What are your rules for knowing where to start? [more inside]
posted by nouvelle-personne at 9:18 AM - 12 answers

June 26

How to move savings and investments to another country

When one emigrates from the US to another country, how does one legally transfer savings and investments out of the reach of US authorities? Because The Lovely Mrs. Pardo is squeamish about such things, it needs to not involve suitcases of cash and securities.
posted by donpardo at 5:52 AM - 11 answers

June 25

Some questions on financial aspects of working/living abroad in France

My husband is looking at applying for some jobs in France. We are Americans living in the States, and have a toddler. We love a lot about the thought of living in France, but we have some concerns about finances. [more inside]
posted by imalaowai at 2:32 PM - 12 answers

What makes a workplace good for parents/caretakers/families?

I read a lot of articles/stories about how unforgiving work is towards parents, caretakers and families. I agree with all of it. I don't see though articles on what would make a place a good place for parents and caretakers to work (that isn't just a fluff piece intended to make a business look good). [more inside]
posted by Toddles at 8:20 AM - 14 answers

June 24

Paying off fixed-rate mortgage early? In this economy?

The same inflation and low interest rates that are telling me paying of a low-rate fixed-rate mortgage early is dumb are also telling me that leaving money sitting in a savings account is dumb. But what else to do with money we may want when we sell our house, which may be in a couple of years? [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 11:40 PM - 12 answers

I offered to train my colleague on a new system but he refuses. Why?

I am responsible for implementing our fleet's new mobile device management system. Since my colleague has no experience in this system and will have to use it, I have offered him training, but he refuses. Why? [more inside]
posted by 8LeggedFriend at 3:07 PM - 19 answers

How to gracefully withdraw from Job A

I have a more preferred offer in my hands now, I need to rescind my Job A acceptance. [more inside]
posted by j_curiouser at 7:10 AM - 6 answers

June 23

New Apartment, Same Building: Y/N?

I have the opportunity to move into an upgraded but much more expensive apartment two doors down from my current unit. Based on my number crunching, I can afford the hike in rent, and given its proximity, I could start moving my stuff over there on July 1. Can you help me make sure the math maths here? [more inside]
posted by The Adventure Begins at 5:27 PM - 11 answers

tell me about project management training and certs

I'm interested in project management just to acquire the personal skill set, but I'm also looking for a job. [more inside]
posted by fingersandtoes at 11:34 AM - 3 answers

Their daughter looking for her 1st apt. We all need advice.

Friend's daughter & her friend are looking for their 1st apt. in NYC. They asked us for advice, since neither the daughter or the parents have a clue where to begin, and they have stalled. Well, we don't know either. [more inside]
posted by ebesan at 9:10 AM - 12 answers

June 22

Excited to work with you, total stranger!

I have been assigned to a new job by my large, impersonal bureaucracy. Just received a ‘looking forward to discussing things’ email from new manager. Help me respond appropriately! [more inside]
posted by ficbot at 4:27 AM - 11 answers

June 21

Is there any way to do this? Work policy documentation question

For work, I need to keep up with a vast number of tiny policy rules that change regularly and are often promulgated by email rather than added to our policy web pages. I am having trouble with this and I have an idea of what would help - see within. [more inside]
posted by Frowner at 8:06 AM - 10 answers

June 20

Pending Recession-Filter: Should I reduce my 401k contribution?

YANM accounting/financial advisor, etc. The stock market taking a dive and talk of a pending recession has me wondering if I need to reconsider how much money I'm sending to my 401k. Like everyone else, I've seen massive losses in my 401k this year, to the tune of about 4 times what I've put in. I am *not* considering pulling money out, but I am wondering if it makes sense to lower what I'm putting in to a) keep from setting money on fire and b) have a little more emergency cash on hand. Is this a dumb idea? [more inside]
posted by tryniti at 5:40 AM - 17 answers

June 19

ELI5 how to fill out and submit W-9

How exactly do I fill out this tax form and where exactly do I send it? [more inside]
posted by fozzie_bear at 10:13 AM - 3 answers

June 18

Peter not available to rob until next week: short term cash

Recovering from Covid, I stupidly didn't invoice a client until the day of their weekly pay run. Rent is due Tuesday, check is in my hand Friday ... and I'm short. Other than borrowing from good friends (who would probably say yes, and have the funds), how can I fix this? details below the fold [more inside]
posted by 2soxy4mypuppet at 2:21 PM - 22 answers

Former attorney needs career counselor

This is a long shot, I know. I don't think it's likely that a counselor like this exists, but it's worth asking. [more inside]
posted by anonymous at 1:48 AM - 11 answers

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