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Erik Folgate
Erik and his wife, Lindzee, live in Orlando, Florida with a baby boy on the way. Erik works as an account manager for a marketing company, and considers counseling friends, family and the readers of Money Crashers his personal ministry to others. Erik became passionate about personal finance and helping others make wise financial decisions after racking up over $20k in credit card and student loan debt within the first two years of college.

Earn Extra Money By Getting A Job Over The Holidays

By Erik Folgate

The past 14 months have been one of the hardest time period for Americans looking to find work. The recession will not be over until the unemployment rate stops rising and starts receding again. Our economy cannot flourish without people contributing to the workforce and making enough money to put it back into the economy. I came across this article on Career Builder the other day revealing 10 companies hiring for the holidays

AT&T
Industry: Communications
Number of openings: 1000+
Seasonal positions available: Retail sales associates; store managers; and sales support
Location: Nationwide

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How to Save Money While Vacationing In A Big City

By Erik Folgate

chicagoMy wife and I just got back from a trip to Chicago. I surprised her for her birthday and took her to the Windy City for four days. We have a best friend that just moved there, so that was part of the reason for picking Chicago to visit. Visiting big cities can be really pricey, because hotels, eating out, and entertainment are usually very expensive. We didn’t go frugal on this trip, but there were certain things we did that helped us save some money during the trip.

Use The Entertainment Book

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Is Your Car Payment Destroying Your Life?

By Erik Folgate

You’ve heard me get on my soap box in the past about car payments and how they can soak up a lot of your monthly income. I really don’t like car payments, and I don’t think you need one to have a reliable car that serves your transportation purposes. As Americans, we’re obsessed with having nice, new cars. We have been taught from a young age that car payments are inevitable. You buy a car on credit, you pay the payment for five years, then you sell it. Follow that cycle, and you’ll actually never own a car outright. Here is an email that I received from a reader recently.

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3 Reasons Why You Should Avoid Bankruptcy

By Erik Folgate

I listen to the Dave Ramsey Radio Show every once in a while on my way home from work, and one of the most common topics I hear from callers is the question about bankruptcy. So many people call in for advice about whether or not they should file for bankruptcy. Ramsey, having gone through a very messy bankruptcy himself 20 years ago, almost always talks people out of filing for bankruptcy. There are some cases where bankruptcy is the only option, but after listening to his show for a while now, I’ve realized that bankruptcy doesn’t need to be the first option for someone in serious financial trouble.

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The Carnival of Personal Finance #228: Halloween 2009 Edition

By Erik Folgate

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Welcome to the 228th edition of the Carnival of Personal Finance! This week’s theme is Halloween, even though I think Halloween is a big waste of time and money! I’ll try not to be the Scrooge of Halloween, because I know it’s fun for kids, it gives us something to do before Thanksgiving and Christmas, and there have been some great scary movies spawn from the Halloween “holiday”. I have included a couple of scary images, so if you don’t like those, then I apologize in advance! So, does your bank account scare you? Does budgeting give you the creeps? Is your credit report haunted with collection ghosts? If so, use this collection of spook-tacular articles to help you improve your financial situation.

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How To Deal With A Claims Adjuster When You Disagree On Price or Scope

By Erik Folgate

A reader sent this question to us about a water damage claim she is dealing with that occurred in her home. I was a claims adjuster for three years, and I definitely know that adjusters and insurance companies love to pay the least amount possible for a claim, and they try to get away with as much as possible, hoping that the homeowner won’t push back or question their decisions. It’s the job of the insurance company and the claims adjuster to “indemnify” you, which means they have the responsibility to put you and your home back to its original condition. Here is the question from the reader:

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Best Jobs In America in 2009 by CNN

By Erik Folgate

CNN has come out with their 2009 list of best jobs in America. Jobs and career opportunities are at a premium in this economic recession, and the unemployment rate is 10% across the United States. It’s even higher than that in some parts of the country. Young people are getting hit the hardest, and they are being forced to take jobs that they don’t want. Many young people sail through college without direction, and they choose majors and career paths with no potential. This list will help you get some ideas of jobs and careers with high potential for future growth. Here are the top ten jobs:

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Avoid Spending Too Much Money On The Weekend

By Erik Folgate

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If you are like me. then you don’t spend much money during the week. You’re too busy MAKING money to have time spending any money. But the weekend is my financial weakness. I eat out more and I spend money on crap that I don’t need. I am s\ure that I am not the only one that is guilty of this, because it’s natural spend more money on the weekend when you aren’t working and you want to relax and have fun. However, if you have financial goals like getting out of debt, saving for retirement, or saving for large purchases like a house or a car, your weekend binge spending is probably hindering those goals. Here are a few ways to curb your weekend spending.

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How To Stay Broke Forever

By Erik Folgate

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Our culture is really weird when it comes to money. We base our financial status on how much stuff we have, rather than how much money we actually have. Banks have brainwashed us into actually evaluating a purchase based on how much the payment is, rather than how much the product really is. When is the last time you heard a car commercial that told you how much the car was? It’s not very often. They often say something like this, “You can sign and drive this great car and pay only $299 a month!”. We have it all backwards about what it means to be wealthy, and that is why you run into so many people that are broke. So, if you want to stay broke forever, follow this step-by-step process.

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How To Talk To Your Parents About Managing Their Money

By Erik Folgate

Dave Ramsey has a saying called the “powdered butt” syndrome, which means that your parents have a hard time taking advice from you, especially financial advice, because they were once powdering your butt as a baby. Some parents have a hard time taking criticism or advice from their children, because they don’t want to think that their kids have more wisdom or knowledge than them. Some of you have parents who were great at teaching you how to handle money, and their finances are in great shape. But, the rest of you have parents that have no concept of managing money. They have no retirement saved, and you find yourself wondering what will happen to them when they are unable to work. Move in with you? Wow, that’s a scary thought. So, what can you do to overcome the “powdered butt” syndrome?

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Quizno Coupons For Quizno Fanatics

By Erik Folgate

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Quizno’s isn’t my favorite sub place. That award goes to Firehouse subs. But, Quizno’s does have some very good subs that I crave from time to time like the chicken carbonara and the peppercorn prime rib sub. I try to use coupons as often as possible, but sometimes you just forget to use them. But for some reason, my wife and I tend to use more coupons for sub shops like Subway, Quizno’s, and Firehouse. Here are two coupons for you

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  • Buy a Sub and a Drink, get a FREE sub of equal or lesser value.

Tips On Negotiating To Get A Better Deal

By Erik Folgate

Negotiating takes practice. Some people are born with good negotiation skills, because they have a natural ability to talk to people. But for the rest of us, it doesn’t come naturally, and practicing your negotiation skills in everyday situations will help you save a lot of money over a lifetime.

Don’t Ask For A Deal Right Away

Some people make a big mistake by asking for a discount or a lower price in the first breathe. Getting a deal takes time. Instead of immediately asking for a discount or a deal, talk about the features of the product with the salesperson. Ask them to research the product on Google Products to check prices on the internet. Ask for a discount without actually asking for it, then if the salesperson doesn’t get the hint, ask outright.

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11 Ways To Exercise and Be Healthy While Saving Money

By Erik Folgate

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Exercising and eating healthy is a multi-billion dollar business. Think of all the weight loss formulas, food programs, membership gyms, and workout equipment, and workout apparel that we buy every day to stay healthy and look our best. Here are 11 ways to exercise and stay healthy without spending a lot of money.

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  1. Workout at home. With a couple sets of dumbbells, you can do shoulder press, curls, tricep extensions, push-ups, crunches, and lunges.
  2. Buy a workout program. I have heard good things about the P90X workout program. It’s a legitimate program, with 15 different workouts. There are no gimmicks with this workout program. It’s the real deal.

Help A Reader: Having A Baby And Looking For A Job Change

By Erik Folgate

A question from one of our most loyal Money Crashers fans!

I have a question for you concerning searching for a job. I found out that I will not be able to keep my current job after we have the baby. I am not willing to work full time, and they are unwilling to let me work part-time. My question is two-fold. Do you have any recommendations for searching for a part-time job (preferably work from home)? Also, if I want to start the job in June, when is a good time to start looking?

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How To Find A Job You Like While Unemployment Rates Continues To Rise

By Erik Folgate

Barack Obama and his administration can claim that the economy is recovering all they want, but I won’t be convinced until I see the unemployment rate begin to decline. The fact is that hundreds of thousands of people continue to lose their jobs every month, which means that finding a job is becoming harder every day. For most people, survival mode comes into play, and just finding something to keep them afloat is necessary.

If you have a little time to spare and you are creative enough, you may be able to find a job that you actually like! Here’s what to do and what not to do:

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