15 tips: How to plan a wedding in 3 months, on a budget (and not kill anyone)

Dear all,

In my last post, I shared some great news with you: we got married! I also promised to tell you all about it my next post, so here goes.

We planned our wedding in less than two months, and I guess you can call it a “shotgun” wedding – we found out I was pregnant on May 27, already 6 weeks along. We settled on July 20, a Saturday, for an evening wedding. We planned 100 guests and 2500€, but ended up at 150 guests and 3500€.

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13 tips: How to negotiate a higher starting salary for a new job during interview

There are two kinds of salary negotiations. One is when you are negotiating a starting salary & perks with a new company at the interview stage. The other is when you are negotiating a salary raise within a company you’ve been with for a while.

Let’s talk about the first kind: negotiating a higher starting salary for a new job.

job negotiation Here’s something no one will tell you: what you can get out of a salary negotiation is very much predetermined by your starting position. It’s not about using clever words (#3), deceipt (#13), or keeping a poker face (#1) (although that helps). But ultimately, it all starts with this:

Tip #1: Beggars can’t be choosers.

Who’s the beggar? Who is more desperate? Who’s got more to lose? Do you need this job more than the company needs to hire you of all applicants?

These factors outline the field where you’ll be tossing the negotiation ball around. And these factors are not set in the interview room; you come with them in the interview room.

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Hate your job? Here’s how to cut the cord

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Building a Foundation for Life Without a Job

I know many readers are interested in alternative ways of supporting themselves that don’t require becoming corporate slaves. I’ve gone about 20 years without a job now, so let me share some observations and insights to help you succeed on this path.

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10 tips: Improve your chance of getting rich

Dream bubble
Dream bubble. Src: Google images

One winter night in Sofia, all dorms were dark except for one: ours.

Sitting in bed in our pajamas, my roomies and I were talking about how we’ll decorate our houses some day. Imagination knows no limits: we talked about pools and gardens and romantic dark bedrooms.

We chirped well into the little hours, and then my roommate said: “You know guys, no one ever sees themselves being poor in the future. Everyone imagines they are rich, or at least much better from now. But it doesn’t always turn that way.”

I could hear our three dream bubbles go pop, pop, pop.

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