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Your 5 Minute Career “Homework”

Posted October 20, 2013 by Career Girl Network in Features

Sure, it’s been a while since you’ve been in school. But here at Career Girl Network, every Sunday night, we’re bringing you “Homework” – a simple task that will take less than 10 minutes (most less than 5) and still have a significant impact on your career.

Here’s your homework for tonight!

Your career homework for tonight isn’t actually career related, it’s financial. But we all know our career gives us a paycheck, and our paychecks and spending can cause personal stress that helps or hurts our careers. So it’s a big one:

Make a BIG Money Change

Tonight, log into every single one of your online accounts and delete the “saved cards” from all of them except your debit card.

What does this do?

  • It forces you to “feel” every transaction exactly when it happens. Pay for it in real cash money and it hurts more!
  • It makes you second guess the things you buy knowing I might return them later. If you’re known to order 3 things on RueLaLa, try them on, and return 2, but probably could have narrowed it down to that one in the first place and saved time and money, this will push you to do it!
  • If you do want to buy something that requires more cash than is in your pocket (or account) at the moment, it forces you to make a conscious decision to use a credit card. Instead of dropping that $500 on a ticket to a conference immediately via PayPal, you’ll do your research to make sure it’s a worthwhile experience before walking across the room and grabbing your purse for the credit card.

Do it! Trust us!

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