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Sam is currently a Money & Career, Health & Fitness, and Culture Writer at The Cheat Sheet. He’s previously worked in radio and marketing, and lives in Seattle, Washington. Sam spends time with his dog, reads and likes a good road trip when not furiously typing out articles.

The 10 Main Ways the Government Spends Your Tax Dollars

Personal Finance

The 10 Main Ways the Government Spends Your Tax Dollars

The 10 Main Ways the Government Spends Your Tax Dollars

Federal government spending is closing in on $4 trillion a year. Even though a new administration is promising a wave of change, it’s still going to require a lot of money to keep the country running. A big chunk of that money comes directly from you, the taxpayer. The government gets most of its spending money... Read More

How to Write a Resume Computers Will Notice

Personal Finance

How to Write a Resume Computers Will Notice

How to Write a Resume Computers Will Notice

Growing up, your parents may have told you getting a job was simple. You may have heard that asking to speak to the manager of a local business and giving them a firm handshake was what would be required. That may have been true at one time. But these days? You have to face background checks and... Read More

How Much Notice Should You Give When Quitting a Job?

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How Much Notice Should You Give When Quitting a Job?

How Much Notice Should You Give When Quitting a Job?

As the saying goes, all good things come to an end — and often times that’s true for awful things too. If that good or awful thing is a job or career phase, having it end typically means planning an exit strategy, bowing out gracefully and telling your manager you’re quitting. Quitting a job isn’t always... Read More

The One Thing Managers Say Will Get You Promoted

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The One Thing Managers Say Will Get You Promoted

The One Thing Managers Say Will Get You Promoted

Your career path is filled with important moments. Like when you decide to quit a job. Or when you take a calculated risk and ask your boss for a raise. You may stick with your current trajectory, and hope that you eventually get that promotion you feel you’re owed. There are thousands of decisions to... Read More

Election Anxiety? Here Are 5 Popular Job Openings in Canada

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Election Anxiety? Here Are 5 Popular Job Openings in Canada

Election Anxiety? Here Are 5 Popular Job Openings in Canada

It seems like the 2016 election has everyone on edge. Though threatening to flee the country during an election year has become somewhat of a tradition in recent years, this particular election — between two wildly different candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump — has given those threats a tinge of seriousness. People are seriously... Read More

These Are the Only People Who Can Afford the American Dream

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These Are the Only People Who Can Afford the American Dream

These Are the Only People Who Can Afford the American Dream

If you’ve paid any iota of attention to the ebbs and flows of the American economy, you know that the “American Dream” — the idea that given enough hard work and dedication, you can become a self-sustaining individual with a house and family — is out of reach for most. That description of the American... Read More

How a Personal Finance Failure Can Be a Good Thing

Personal Finance

How a Personal Finance Failure Can Be a Good Thing

How a Personal Finance Failure Can Be a Good Thing

Just about everybody experiences money problems. Unless you’re born into the upper crust, odds are you or your family will go through some sort of personal finance catastrophe at some point. Actually, in all likelihood, you’ll probably go through many trying financial times over the course of your life. Financial issues can harm family relationships and impact... Read More

Are Democrats or Republicans Better With Money?

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Are Democrats or Republicans Better With Money?

Are Democrats or Republicans Better With Money?

With America being greatly divided these days — be it red versus blue states, Democrats or Republicans, etc. — it’s easy to get caught up in the fray. Americans will argue and try to differentiate themselves in just about every way. Do you believe in the concept of working together toward a common good? You... Read More

How Getting a Promotion Can Backfire

Personal Finance

How Getting a Promotion Can Backfire

How Getting a Promotion Can Backfire

Earning a promotion can be (and usually is) a huge undertaking, and is a step forward that most people only make a handful of times during their career. In some cases, it means you actually have to switch jobs or work for a new company in order to earn another title. Or, you may just have to play the part... Read More

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