The Wednesday Fave Five

Today’s Fave Five will focus on finances because in light of this ridiculously bad economy, we could all use a little cheap advice on how to save money, where to find great deals and who is giving the best advice during these trying times.
1. As much as I love surfing the web, I also enjoy reading insightful articles from The Bottom Line, a custom published weekly newsletter offering tips on everything from investments to retirement, health and much more. If you’ve got 10 minutes, then that’ll give you just enough time to read Bottom Line from cover to cover.
2. If you’re looking to save big on the homefront, then visit Mom Advice, whose founder, Amy Clark is featured in this month’s Redbook Magazine. Check out her blog on the No Spend Challenge where Amy offers tips on how to make it through 30 days without splurging on useless items.
3. If you’re looking for deals on the best shopping finds on the web, then here’s a simple solution…visit The Find and their new blog, The Find Buzz which shares the inside scoop on the latest steals and deals.
4. I never really watch financial news, but lately, I’ve found my self gravitating toward CNN and MSNBC since they’ve been featuring stories and experts offering great advice and leads on how to find a job, reinvent yourself, pursue a new passion and much more. Favorite segment yesterday was on CEO’s who became pizza delivery men and taxi drivers. Maybe we should all just go back into farming and call it a day.
5. On April 2, Jean Chatzky, author of the new bestseller “The Difference” will be doing a free chat on Liveperson.com. If you’re in need of some great advice on how to manage your finances and prosper even in tough economic times, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear directly from Chatzky who will be available to answer your questions at Liveperson.
To hear some of Jean’s tips in the meantime, the click on the video below…

MBA Moms Weigh in On Work Life Balance

Just received a link to this post from the Wharton School of Business regarding parenthood and the work life balance. If you’re on the run – here’s what these women in finance had to say about pursuing a career in their field. If you’re a junior associate on Wall Street don’t expect anyone to give you any sort of break if you have kids and still plan to climb the corporate ladder. Translation – it’s better to start out without kids, put in those monster hours and then by the time you get married and become a mom, if you’ve earned respect among your peers as well as your colleagues in your professional network, then you’ll be able to call the shots and achieve the work life balance.
While I tend to agree with these panelists, there are plenty of women I know who were in finance or law and had to jump off the corporate ladder because their bosses felt it was an all or nothing prospect. What I hope for my own daughter is that one day she’ll be able to truly select the career of her dreams without having to stop halfway because she can’t figure out how she’ll put in an 80 hour work week without shortchanging her kids.
Do you believe the work life balance is truly attainable or are we all just kidding ourselves? And as a former VP I have to say, a big title is nice but nothing beats having my own work schedule where I can call the shots and be there for my kids when they need me.
In other work related news…a sad day for Blackberry…
And while we’re on the topic of work/life balance, did you hear that President elect Obama is going to have to give up his Blackberry when he takes office? According to the NY Times it looks like Obama’s days of texting friends, family and co-workers may soon be a thing of the past. As a fellow crackberry addict, I have to say I think we all should join Obama in solidarity on inauguration day and take a break from our gadgets – but thank goodness for us we’ll be able to turn them back on. Here’s a suggestion – maybe Obama can buy Malia a phone and log on as her alias. And that’s why I will never be President of the United States.