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Upcoming Training: “Psychological First Aid”

Course Link

This course is being offered free-of-charge on Coursera.org.  The instructor for the course is from Johns Hopkins.

I have not taken this particular course, but it is one I just signed up for and thought I would share a link to it here in case anyone is interested in learned how to respond when they meet someone experiencing a mental health crisis.  I have taken other courses through Coursera, and found them to be worth the time it took to take part.

This Psychological First aid course is a 6 week course requiring 1 – 3 hours of time per week

Dates: May 18, 2015 through June 27, 2015

If you complete the course with a grade of 70% or higher you will receive a certificate of completion.

The course is for people wanting to help someone else who is in crisis and is not appropriate if you are someone seeking help due to crisis.


Money Monday – Jan. 23, 2012

Without money

Image by Toban Black via Flickr

I know I usually pick some sort of “theme” for my Money Monday Topics, but this time I decided to go through my bookmarks and simply list some sites I like to visit when I want to try to acquire new money-saving ideas.  Some of them offer similar suggestions, but at  the same time, I typically find some tidbit I haven’t seen before, or am reminded of something I slacked off on doing.  Some are blogs, while others are sites dedicated to anything that falls under the heading of free or low-cost.  Often times if you look at these sites you’ll find that “Frugal” and “Green” seem to show up together within the same site.

Anyway, here’s some of the link I’ve acquired and enjoy visiting for ideas on how I can get more bang for my buck (so to speak)

Tips in general

  • BeingFrugal.net ‘Live more. spend less.’
  • Sense to Save  ‘There’s more to saving money than common sense’
  • “Thriving on Less” free downloadable e-book with tips and ideas for simplifying and saving money
  • TipHero.com – HUGE site with money-saving tips covering more topics than a single person could absorb in a day … and there’s always more ideas showing up it’s one of my favorite sites
  • The Caregivers Marketplace – offers cash back rebates on items used by people who give or get care the items are typically needed but not covered by insurance and is free to join
  • The Simple Dollar – Financial talk for the rest of us (Down to earth financial information that doesn’t need the reader to have a business degree it’s in plain language that even I can understand and financial stuff confuses me easily)


Money Monday

Here’s some links to sites that may help stretch your dollars just a little bit further

  • ThredUP.com
    • offers free membership, and allow Moms (I assume they would welcome Dads as well) to pick boxes of kids clothes for $5 a box + $10.95 for shipping.  You can also offer boxes of kids clothes for other people to pick so it allows you a way to swap kid clothing without having to transport it to another location.  It’s all handled by mail.
  • FreeCycle.org
    • Freecycle offers localized groups across the US where folks post items they want to get rid of  in an email group, then others in the group who are interested in the item can arrange to pick up the item.  The person posting pays nothing to post and the person acquiring the items pays nothing to get the item … everything must be completely free of charge to both parties.  Great way to eliminate clutter or find some cool item you have been looking for.
  • BetterWorldBooks.com
    • Great place to find used books at a low cost, they offer free standard shipping, and have a huge bargain bin area.  I got a hardcover book through them and paid $4.02 for it from the bargain bin.  In addition to buying and selling used books, it’s also possible to buy and sell textbooks through them as well.  They also give a portion of their earnings to help promote and encourage kids to learn to read around the world in addition to being an environmentally conscious business so everyone wins with this one.
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