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Weekly Roundup: Debuting the “Tweet of the Week”

by Shawanda Greene

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I really hate to say this, but, sometimes, Google sucks. As far as search engines go, they’re the best we got. But still, they suck….sometimes.

In my experience, the most useful sites were introduced to me by way of a blog post, magazine article, news program, podcast, or word of mouth. The point I’m trying to make is that search engines don’t always deliver on the goods. For that reason, the weekly roundup will include links to sites (besides mine) I’ve come across that’ll help you get a better handle on your finances.

Additionally, I’m absolutely fascinated with any software or technology that helps improve productivity, so I’ll be sharing that with you as well. The theory is by running your life more efficiently, you’ll be able to free up time to enjoy all that money you’ve accumulated or explore ways to make more of it. You’ll probably focus on the latter.

If you’re not already on Twitter, I’d highly recommend you set up an account and start tweeting. For me, Twitter is like a news feed. There’s just tons of easily digestible information in the Twittersphere. Going forward, I’m featuring a Tweet of the Week in the roundup. Just to show some love to my tweeps.

You cool with that? If not, say it now.

Since I don’t have any objections, I’ll proceed.

Earlier this week, a You Have More Than You Think reader told me about MissingMoney. Which is a national database of unclaimed property. Each state has its own web site geared towards connecting lost owners with their stuff. If you’ve moved around a bit, MissingMoney allows you to easily search multiple states.

Many people are already prepping themselves for the holiday shopping season. Who am I most excited to buy heavily discounted merchandise for this Christmas? Meeeeeeee! That’s right.

If you’re not taking the it’s “better to give to yourself than anyone else” approach to gift giving, then at least insist on giving and receiving only that which is valuable. As it turns out, gift registries aren’t just for baby showers and weddings anymore. Consider using Wishpot to create a Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa wish list and share it with friends and family. To minimize the amount of useless junk exchanged, insist they do the same.

Last week, the U.S. unemployment rate hit 10.2%. With so many Americans out of work, I can’t assume you haven’t been impacted by a job loss, whether your own or that of a loved one, just because you have internet access. I’d be remiss if I didn’t let you know about the Kmart Smart Assist savings program which grants 20% off “own-brand.” e.g., generic merchandise for unemployed customers.  Thanks to Rona at BerryMorins Bits and Tips for that one.

And then there was Clicker.

The complete guide to Internet Television. Clicker is one part directory, one part search engine, one part wiki, one part entertainment guide, and one part DVR.

I tried it out last night and found The Real Housewives of Orange County Season 5, Episode 2. Granted Clicker took me back to Hulu, but I didn’t even know that episode of #RHOC was even available on-line. Clicker is all right with me.

Now that I’ve gotten that out the way, I’m pleased to announce You Have More Than You Think’s very first Tweet of the Week by @takingcharge:

For 1st time, FICO reveals “damage points” – how many points a credit score will fall for late pays, other goofs http://tr.im/ESTE

The 140 character limitation didn’t allow for the actual article: FICO reveals how common credit mistakes affect scores. I have to tip my hat to @takingcharge for this news. FICO has been hush hush for years about how many points debtors are penalized for negative items on their credit reports. Now we know.

I hope you found this information useful. As for me, I’m off to watch Ugly Betty and finish up the remaining box of wine in the fridge.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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