Here are some personal finance articles that recently caught my attention:

Think all resumes are boring? Think again. JobMob has put together a collection of 36 beautiful resume ideas that work. I don’t like all of these (why would you scribble on your resume with crayon?), but some of them look outstanding. Do people really submit resumes that look like this nowadays? They don’t when they want to work at our box factory…

Over at Mahalo, there’s a great page about how to save money. “If you’re ready to start saving money, the tips and suggestions in this guide will help get you started on the path to financial responsibility,” writes the author. The main steps:

  1. Make a budget.
  2. Start a savings plan.
  3. Open a savings account.
  4. Curb your spending.
  5. Get out of debt.

This is an excellent guide, which links to a variety of personal finance sources from around the web. It’s worth bookmarking if you’re beginning to save money for the future.

Finally, Flexo at Consumerism Commentary says, “The most effective emergency fund, for use in the event of a job loss or unexpected major expense, is actually a combination of several types of investments.” One of his readers wrote to suggest that a food pantry can be an essential part of an emergency fund. My parents had just such an emergency preparedness pantry when we were young: drums filled with flour, cases of powdered milk, an entire storeroom full of stuff. It actually came in handy during those periods when my father was out of work.

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