About Cindy Brick

Cindy Brick is a personal property appraiser, judge and national teacher who loves to write about frugality and other personal finance topics. She has written six books and hundreds of articles, but often focuses on quilting, her teaching specialty. She lives in Colorado with her husband, two golden labs and a flock of very suspicious chickens. Find out more at Brickworks, http://www.cindybrick.com, or visit her personal blog: http://www.cindybrick.blogspot.com


  1. AvatarJon @ MoneySmartGuides says

    When I graduated college I couldn’t find work so I took a low paying retail job. I figured something was better than nothing. Plus, I figured if I busted my butt, I could go back to management and ask for more money. I did that and in 3 months I was able to get a $0.50 raise. Again, nothing earth shattering, but again, it’s $0.50 more per hour than I was making before. You always have to look on the positive side of things and know that you never know what that job might lead to.

  2. AvatarCrystal says

    Back in the late 70s, I was clerk-in-charge of a small, rural post office that was open 22 hours/week. It was a contract job so I figured my bid based on what we needed to make ends meet each month and worked there for $199/mo for well over a year. I was making less than minimum wage but it was close to home (no commute) and I could take my kid along (no sitter). Although I was required to be there six days a week (no vacations except federal holidays), the money I earned got us through a rough time and I gained valuable experience. A paycheck is only part of what you get from any job and sometimes working for minimum wage may be the best (or only) option.

  3. AvatarCindy Brick says

    You both are making an excellent point — that being faithful in little things not only gives you needed experience and/or funds at a time you need them — it points out clearly that you’ll be faithful in larger things.
    And THAT gets you more opportunities and more money.

    I really wish my young friend could see that. Months have gone by since I wrote this post, and she is still unemployed. Reminds me of Eddie in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation: “He’s holding out for a position in management,” says his long-suffering wife.

    Thanks so much for writing and contributing.