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Introduction: Where Does My Money Go?

Where Does My Money Go? is a financial literacy course that provides instruction in essential financial concepts, commonly used terminology, guidance, resources, and everyday tools. Our goal is to empower people to make informed decisions about their financial lives, seek appropriate assistance when necessary, and build the foundation for a lifetime of responsible financial behavior. This blog post offers an introduction to all six lessons.

Where Does My Money Go?

Where exactly does my money go? How can I save money when I’m living paycheck to paycheck (to spend all that you earn each time you get paid, without saving anything)?

How do I improve my credit? What should I do if I have a poor banking history? Are payday loans too risky? How do I protect the money I am making? What can I do to prepare for my future?

Many of us have asked ourselves (and others) these questions. It’s easy to ask the questions; it’s harder to find good answers and perhaps even harder to make the necessary changes.

What Does "Being Professional" Mean?

All working people are told to "be professional." Many of us have asked ourselves, "What exactly does this mean?"

Here are some ideas about the meaning of the phrase.
In general, being professional means behaving in a manner that makes it easier for you and your co-workers to get work done.
Most of us start out our work lives with some bad habits, and some of us keep bad habits well into our work lives. So let's begin by looking at some of those bad habits. Let's look at what not to do in the workplace.

Networking: Your Best Asset in the Job Search

If you're job searching, you are sure to hear people in many employment situations talking about "networking." The word networking means communicating with other people to exchange information. It also means developing contacts, especially contacts who may help you go further in your career.

The most important asset you have is other people. I don’t mean the people you spend time with everyday. They are important, too. But I mean the people you know. Friends, acquaintances, people you meet on the street. Anyone. They can all be part of your network and this network is your key to success. Let me give you an example.

Filling Out Forms - W-4 and I-9

When you start a new job, the amount of paperwork you are asked to fill out can be daunting. This blog can help you get through all those forms.

Basic Information Employers Keep on File Regarding Employees

Employers must keep files on all their employees. They must keep a record of your full name, your employee number (if the employer assigns employees numbers), your home address including zip code, your date of birth, your gender, your job title, and your basic payroll records.

They must also keep your completed job application, your W-4 form, and your I-9 form. 

Legal and Illegal Interview Questions

Job-seekers may not realize that not all questions asked during job interviews are always legal. It is illegal for an employer to ask questions that are discriminatory. A discriminatory question is a question that shows an attitude that could be harmful to certain groups of people. In the United States, it is illegal for employers to discriminate against job seekers because of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or age.

Some employers who ask discriminatory questions may be unaware of legal guidelines, and might ask illegal questions unintentionally. Unfortunately, a few employers do intend to ask discriminatory questions. It is not always easy to be certain about an employer's intentions during an interview.