In the VSECU Blog you'll find financial and lifestyle resources to help empower possibilities for your personal success.
If you are a woman, you may have ambivalent feelings about negotiating. I’ve found that many women don’t practice their negotiation skills because they see negotiating as either taking advantage of others or asking for more than they deserve. The truth is, negotiating is about advocating for yourself. It is about getting what you need at a fair price. And, when done with respect for yourself and the person you are haggling with, negotiating most often results in a win-win situation, from which both parties walk away smiling.
Finding an Apartment off-Campus – Not as Easy as It Seems I could not help but smile as I read this article in U.S. News & World Report, Money by Geoff Williams about helping your college kid through the apartment rental experience. With two children in college, I have newly earned experience with apartment hunting. This is how the article opens: You probably thought getting your kid into a college was the hardest thing about college, and, well, it probably was. But as you've likely discovered, your young adult is still young and could use your help at times – like when it's time to look for an apartment. Your kid is finally entering the real world, and as you know, the real world isn't always as warm and friendly as we'd like it to be. So if you'd like your kid to avoid renting from a con artist or signing a lease that he or she doesn't understand, you have a lot to think about. We were fortunate enough to avoid the con artists (though I encourage you to read Geoff’s article to learn more about that common scenario). However, my daughter’s first rental experience was a learning adventure that I’d like to help you avoid by sharing our story and some tips to help you get it right the first time.