October 3rd, 2009


When money's tight ...

OK, so this is the sort of post about purchasing minutia that wouldn't have been interesting even to me, if it wasn't for us pinching every penny.

Both The Wife and I are in job searches, hers is somewhat attenuated in that she's in two programs for re-training her for a new gig (she's wanting to be an "enrolled agent" doing tax work), but we're both kicking around the house using up supplies. I have stacks and stacks of print-outs of jobs that I've applied for, etc. and she's got class work, etc. printed out. We go through a fairly substantial amount of paper in the process.

Now, I used to buy supplies for various companies that I was involved in and I have the "mental price point" on a ream of basic multi-function paper as being around $2.50 to $3.00 (the $27.95/case rate). So, when I see a $6.99 or $8.99 ream in the store, I get agitated. Happily, Staples has been having periodic sales of one-ream buys, which tend to mesh well with our usage.

Recently they had $8.79 reams of 50% recycled multi-purpose paper on sale for $5.99 with an "easy rebate" of $3.99 and a limit of two. This means that we got $19.38 "worth" of paper for $5.23 (the end price plus the tax on the pre-rebate purchase), or $2.62 a ream ... right in my "what it ought to cost" zone.

It's sort of sad how "accomplished" it makes me feel to knock down a deal like this, but saving $14.15 buys The Girls a lunch or something. Needless to say, I really hope to get back into a decent paying gig where this sort of stuff can "fade off to the background" and not require the mental focus that it's had to have had of late!

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When you can tell not to bother to apply ...

I spend a vast deal of my time combing through listings (thankfully, mainly ones that come in via Twitter feeds) for jobs. I open things that look "plausible" in new tabs and eventually run through the application process all at a go.

Every once in a while a job comes through that's in the "right category" and the title seems OK, but then I get into something like:
Demonstrated ability to design complex transactional interfaces, taxonomies and metadata frameworks ...
Am I wrong to assume that my having no idea what they're wanting in that "requirement" means that I'm the wrong guy for the job?

As the sales cliché goes ... "Next!"

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