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Dear Penny: Do I Get My Ex’s Lottery Money if We’re Still Legally Married?

Dear Penny,

I left my husband in 1990. We were in a bitter custody battle for two years before I left. I was awarded sole custody. He had visitation rights, which he never used. Long story short, he never saw our children from the time I left him.

He was on Social Security Disability, which meant the children received money from Social Security. He had to pay child support, which he was behind on for several years. Child support enforcement was very new at that time in my state, so trying to get them to go after him became a nightmare.

My attorney at the time had the support order changed so it came directly from his SSD check. For me, it was the end of a nightmare of endless court battles. We never got divorced. There was no reason other than I was mentally drained with him trying to financially ruin me.

I raised three wonderful sons. Recently, my oldest son informed me that he was told my ex won a substantial amount of money in our state lottery.

As I mentioned we are still married legally, so I know I am entitled to a portion of that money. How would I go about finding out how much he won and if he claimed it himself or had someone else do it?

I should also mention he cut off the family’s health insurance that he was ordered to pay until the youngest child turned 21, which caused me financial strain. At the time, I was paying $650 a month for a family plan in 2004. Child support also ended at that time. He was supposed to pay for insurance for three more years.

My sons want nothing to do with him and don’t want me to pursue this. I’m torn on whether to proceed or not. 

-Separated for 30 Years

Dear Separated,

You can check your state’s lottery website to see if your estranged husband is listed among the winners. Even if he didn’t accept a giant check at a news conference, his name may be listed in accordance with your state’s open records laws.

But it’s also getting easier to keep your name private when you win the jackpot. Eleven states — Arizona, Delaware, Georgia, Kansas, Maryland, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas and Virginia — now allow lottery winners to stay anonymous.

The other 39 states require that winners’ names become part of the public record, at least in theory. What that means is that even if the state doesn’t display the names of all winners on its lottery website, you should be able to ask the state’s lottery for the names of winners.

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But in practice, these records are often ridiculously difficult for the public to obtain. A team of six journalists from the Columbia Journalism Review made 100 public records requests to state lotteries and found that many ignored or declined the requests, redacted information, or claimed the request would result in exorbitant fees. Also, winners can often avoid making their names public by setting up a trust or an anonymous LLC.

That was my long-winded way of saying: Just because you don’t find evidence that your ex won the lottery doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. I’m curious about the person who told your son of your ex’s winnings. Was it someone your son trusts who would actually be privy to this information? Or did this news come from a friend of a friend’s second cousin twice removed? I get that your sons don’t want you going after this money. But convincing your eldest to get a few more details from the source may be the easiest starting point.

It would certainly make for poetic justice if your husband had to split his lottery winnings with you. Unfortunately, though, you shouldn’t assume that you’ll be entitled to your husband’s money — that is, if it actually exists.

The laws for assets acquired after a couple has separated vary by state. Many states treat property one spouse acquires after a permanent separation as belonging solely to them. Talk to an attorney in your state. Your attorney may be able to help you figure out whether your husband actually won. If he did win, your attorney can tell you whether you have a legitimate claim.

Obviously, you can expect a nasty fight if you proceed. But I think it’s worth pursuing if this money exists and your attorney thinks you have a reasonable shot at getting part of it. You deserve to be made financially whole after all these years.

Even if this turns out to be a rumor, consider finalizing your divorce already. Walking away with your ex’s lotto money would certainly be a sweet parting gift. But even if there is no money, it’s time to sever your ties with this guy after 30 years.

Robin Hartill is a certified financial planner and a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. Send your tricky money questions to

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10 Smart Ways to Save Money on Spices (Herbs, Too!)

November and December bring a slew of our favorite holidays. While we get nostalgic about Christmas trees and New Years’ parties, what we really love is the food. Cookies, brisket, droolworthy mashed potatoes, spicy hot chocolate — they’re all important parts of the holiday season.

Do you show love by making a ton of food for friends and family at this time of year? Does your neighborhood or work place organize potluck gatherings? If so, a word of caution: Holiday meals are expected to cost more this year, so all that feasting could take a big bite out of your budget.

Now’s a good time for some common-sense ways to save money, and your spice rack is a great place to start.

Spices are an essential part of holiday cooking, but they can be so expensive. Herbs, too. With all your other holiday costs, why spend a ton of money on them? You can beat high costs with just a little organization and planning.

Read through our tips before you start baking and cooking for Diwali, Thanksgiving, Hanukkah,  Christmas, Kwanzaa, New Year’s Eve or whatever holiday you’re celebrating.

In this post, we’ll cover:

  • First Steps: Plan Before You Shop
  • 1. Buy Bulk Spices
  • 2. Shave Costs With Whole Spices
  • 3. Make Your Own Spice Mixes
  • 4. Try Dollar and Discount Stores
  • 5. Save Money (and Shop the World) at Immigrant Grocery Stores
  • 6. Don’t Overlook Spice Stores
  • 7. Buy Fresh at Farmers Markets
  • 8. Shop the Bargains at Online Spice Stores
  • 9. Look for Off-Brand Spices
  • 10. Try Herb and Spice Substitutions

    First Steps: Plan Before You Shop

    First, let’s review some smart-shopper basics that will help you save money when you buy spices and herbs.

    Understand the Shelf Life of Herbs and Spices

    Herbs and spices come from plants, but from different parts. Herbs are the leaves of a plant. Common herbs are basil, oregano, and thyme. Spices come from the roots, stems, berries, and other parts. Cinnamon is bark. Nutmeg is a seed. Though fresh garlic and onions are considered vegetables, once powdered, they are spices.

    This means that they all last for different amounts of time.

    Loose herb leaves will last longer than powdered herbs. Whole spices, like cloves, cardamom pods, and chili peppers, will hold on to their flavor longer than ground spices. Conversely, fresh herbs and spices, like basil and ginger root, should be used quickly or frozen.

    Know Just What You’ll Need — and How Much of It

    You can definitely save money on spices. The first step is to see if you have everything you need for your holiday meals and treats.

    Glance over your list of recipes. For instance, Thanksgiving recipes often call for sage, thyme, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Is it in our cupboard already or do you need to shop? Then ask yourself some questions.

    • How much will you use? Maybe Grandma’s stuffing recipe calls for fennel seeds and this is the only time of year you ever use it. Don’t buy a whole container of anything you just need a pinch of. Instead, this is perfect for a store that sells bulk spices.
    • What do you already have? Costly panic buying at the last minute can be avoided with a little planning. It is well worth your time to pull out all your spices and see what is still good.
    • Don’t forget  the leftovers! Plan on making turkey tacos? You can mix up your own taco seasoning with chili powder, onion and garlic powder, red pepper flakes and oregano.
    • Are spice blends an option? Spice blends can save money if there are a lot of exotic ingredients in them that, individually, you only use a few times a year. And if it’s something you will use often, you might save money making your own herb or spice blend.

    How To Tell If Your Herbs and Spices Are Still Good

    It is the simplest test in the world: Just smell them.

    You can sniff the jar, but to be really sure take a pinch out and rub it between your fingers. Does the color look good or faded? If there is a nice strong smell or flavor, then it’s a keeper. When you can’t tell what it is by smell and need to look at the label, time to toss it.

    While you might read that certain spices only last six months or a certain amount of time, that isn’t exactly true. A lot of factors can influence the strength and shelf life of your spices. Time certainly is one, but the way spices are stored is another.

    How To Protect Your Spice and Herb Investment

    With a little care, you can make sure your spice mixes or jars of dried herbs last a while.

    • Storing. Keep your spices and dried herbs in glass or metal jars stored in cabinets or drawers, away from light. Make sure there is a lid (not just a shaker top) on the jar.
    • Freezing. You can freeze herbs, but be very careful about freezing spices. Once you open a jar or bag of frozen spices, humidity gets into it and it should not go back in the freezer.
    • Labeling. When you buy herbs and spices, write the date on each so you can keep track of their age.
    • Organizing. Does cleaning out your spice cabinet turn up three little bottles of cream of tartar? Those little stubby bottles are easy to lose track of. A well-organized person might keep a list of all the spices they have. But a trick used in restaurants is just as helpful in the kitchen: group them by use. The three common category groupings are for savory foods; for either savory or sweet; for sweets. Grouping them this way makes what you need easier to find, and helps prevent double buying.
    You can visit a great discussion on The Penny Hoarder community page for more tips about saving on spices.
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    10 Clever Ways To Save Money on Spices

    Consumer Reports studied herbs and spices and determined that cheap can taste just as good as pricey. So why spend too much? Now that you know what you need, let’s figure out some ways to save money when you buy spices.

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    1. Buy Bulk Spices

    Buying bulk spices makes it sound like you’re buying a lot, but it can be exactly the opposite.

    Bulk buying allows you to get whatever amount you want rather than a predetermined amount that might be far too much for your recipe. You might need just two tablespoons of Cajun seasoning for your New Year’s Day Hoppin’ John (lucky black eyed peas). You can get a $4 bottle for a little over an ounce at the grocery store or spend less than a dollar thanks to bulk bins.

    Be aware, though, that some bulk stores have a minimum order, often $2. Bulk sections in health food stores like Whole Foods usually don’t have that minimum.

    And when you are buying bulk herbs and spices, look for stores that store them in glass jars, not plastic bins.

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    2. Shave Costs With Whole Spices

    Whole spices that you grind as needed can be more economical. They last longer, too, and freshly ground spices in a dish really blooms the flavor.

    Is it hard to grind your own spices? Not at all, but it helps to have the right equipment.

    A handy nutmeg grater costs $4. Cinnamon sticks can be ground up in a blade coffee grinder ($6.88). (Dry roast them in a pan on the stove for a couple of minutes over medium heat and let them cool off before grinding to get better results. Some sites also recommend adding a little granulated sugar to provide extra friction.)

    And there’s always the old-fashioned mortar and pestle, which can be your best friend for grinding spices and working out your upper arms.

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    3. Make Your Own Spice Mixes

    Planning to make big batches of pumpkin-spice desserts? You’ll need pumpkin pie spice mix. Organizing an Italian or Mexican feast? The herb and spice mixes they use are easy to create.

    This can save you money if you have a decent herb and spice collection or if you plan ahead when you shop. After all, a pumpkin pie spice mix is made up of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. The grocery store sells the McCormick’s version for $4.73 (2 ounces). Making it at home costs less than a third of that.

    A bonus: Hand-mixed spice and herb blends make great gifts.

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    4. Try Dollar and Discount Stores

    Dollar stores and discount department stores are great places to find spices.

    Since you can’t open the containers before you buy, make sure the color of the herbs and spices looks good. Retailers like Aldi’s, Target and Wegmans sell spices at prices a little lower than you’ll likely find at your local grocery store. These are great places for stocking up on spices that you use regularly.

    One thing you want to be careful about is sizing when you shop for bottled spices. Maybe a 10-ounce bottle of garlic powder for $4.50 looks like a steal, but Aldi’s sells a 2.62-ounce bottle for $.95, or 80% less.

    And these aren’t always the best places for less common spices. For that, hit up the immigrant stores.

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    5. Save Money (and Shop the World) at Immigrant Grocery Stores

    Many Indians will be celebrating Diwali at the beginning of November, and their recipes call for the same cardamom and cinnamon used in traditional Hanukkah desserts. If you’re making a delicious spice rub for your Kwanzaa meal, you can pick up your curry, chili powder, coriander and fennel at the same place. And the Hungarian kolaches cookies my family devours at Christmas have almost the same ingredients as nankhatai, an Indian cookie for Diwali.

    A store specializing in foods for immigrant cultures – whether Indian or German, Italian or African — might be the best place to pick up the right herbs and spices for your dishes.

    Your local Latin market will have a wider selection of chiles than any grocery store, and they will be fresh, canned, jarred, or dry. The ingredients for many popular Day of the Dead dishes like calabaza en tacha, a candied pumpkin treat, are similar to Christmas dishes in Northern Europe — cinnamon, cloves and anise stars.

    You have to be strict with yourself when shopping in the immigrant stores – the prices are usually very low and everything is tempting!

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    6. Don’t Overlook Spice Stores

    You might think that spice stores are definitely NOT the place to save money on spices. That probably is true for common herbs and spices.

    On the plus side: They have whole versions of ground spices like allspice, which is a better value. They’re ideal for finding hard-to-find specialty spices. You’ll get advice about what you need.

    Many of these stores guarantee that there are no hidden additives like MSG. And, like all small businesses, they offer extras to attract and keep customers.

    “We do run specials at VSpicery,” says Kym Page Jenkins about her family spice store in Tampa, Florida. “We generate coupon codes for internet-only deals. We also discount as the order volume increases.”

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    7. Buy Fresh at Farmers Markets

    Depending on your state’s rules, herbs and spices can be found at farmers markets. Fresh herbs are very common, and you can dry them easily in your oven. Spices like turmeric and ginger, which are roots, and are often sold fresh at markets, too.

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    8. Shop the Bargains at Online Spice Stores

    Just like brick-and-mortar specialty spice stores, it is easy to be leery of prices when shopping for spices online. Just adding the cost of shipping can bring spice prices to ridiculous amounts. But online retailers know that and have become responsive to cost cutters.

    Most offer free shipping over a certain amount ($40-50), and a few do offer discounts and free shipping on your first order (Spice Jungle, Savory Spice).

    When you sign up with Penzeys you get an email with lots of deals for dollar spices, and they keep coming. One recent email offered an ounce of steak seasoning rubs for $2 and trial bags of spice blends and more for $1.95-$3.49.

    Of course, there is always Amazon. By choosing the deal of the day, I found a highly rated 10-pack of whole Madagascar vanilla beans for $12.74. Overall the prices aren’t all that great, but if you are a Prime member shipping is free and you can find deals.

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    9. Look for Off-Brand Spices

    Just because you haven’t heard of the brand doesn’t mean it‘s not worth a try. On example is Badia Spices, a popular Florida brand that people in Seattle might never have heard of. Compare their flavors and prices with McCormick, Schilling and Spice Islands, and Badia comes out ahead.

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    10. Try Herb and Spice Substitutions

    Sometimes you can’t find the spices listed for the traditional Three Kings Bread, or you’re just too busy to run to the store. Substitute!

    There are many easy substitutions to make instead of panic-buying a big jar of something.

    Don’t have any chervil sitting around the house? You can use parsley or tarragon. Ran out of cinnamon? Use nutmeg or allspice (but only a quarter of the stated amount). Thyme, oregano, and basil can often substitute for each other.

    There’s enough going on during the holidays that can build up stress. Having the right spices for your holiday cooking can save you time and money.

    The Penny Hoarder contributor JoEllen Schilke writes on lifestyle and culture topics. She is the former owner of a coffee shop in St.Petersburg, Florida, and has hosted an arts show on WMNF community radio for nearly 30 years. 

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

ZipRecruiter vs. Indeed: A Head-to-Head Comparison

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If you’re an employer searching for talent, you’ll have to meet job seekers in the places they frequent. ZipRecruiter and Indeed are two of the top job boards that job seekers visit regularly.

Some test the job market monthly; others explore it once or twice a week; and others are on ZipRecruiter and Indeed almost every day, looking for the right opportunity.

While these two job posting websites are both hot spots for job seekers, there are some key differences in the way they work and the people they attract. Exploring these differences can help you get a firm idea of which job board you should direct more resources toward to find new talent quickly and efficiently.

Our comparison of ZipRecruiter vs. Indeed will help you make an informed decision on which job board will suit your business needs best.

What is ZipRecruiter?

While similar to popular sites like CareerBuilder and Monster, ZipRecruiter is more of an employment marketplace than a conventional job board. Rather than finding jobs or job seekers on ZipRecruiter, you find them through ZipRecruiter.

The platform syndicates job postings across multiple job-search sites, so your job openings can reach people at various hubs all across the web. It uses AI to help determine where your job openings go and who they’re promoted to.

You can buy sponsored posts to give your help-wanted ads premium placement. You subscribe to ZipRecruiter for a flat fee on ads or choose its pay-for-performance option to focus your recruitment spend on ads that attract engagement from job seekers.

ZipRecruiter’s AI will promote your job posting and send job alerts to people who are more likely to be interested and qualified. The AI tools can also help employers right-size their recruitment efforts to keep spending efficient and on budget.

The platform can also assist in the tracking needs of businesses of all sizes, and it offers hands-on help to integrate your current applicant-tracking system into its platform.

What is Indeed?

Instead of AI at its core, Indeed is built on its job board — and it’s one of the biggest online job boards around for employers and job hunters alike.

The Indeed Hiring Platform helps employers tap into that job board to find qualified candidates who are available. Recruiters can expedite the screening process, automatically moving candidates forward who indicate they meet preset conditions in hiring questionnaires.

To streamline the interview process, Indeed has video conferencing tools built right in. The virtual interview tools offer employers the ability to reference a candidate’s resume and attach notes to their profile during a call, all from within the platform.

Like ZipRecruiter, Indeed lets you pay to bump up the placement of your job posting in search results, and you can create targeted ads to advertise to more qualified candidates.

As for applicant tracking systems, Indeed is compatible with dozens of applicant-tracking systems.

Pros and Cons

Pitting ZipRecruiter vs. Indeed in text alone can feel too abstract to see the key differences between the two employment platforms. So we’ve created a table to help underscore the differences.

Key Features ZipRecruiter Indeed
AI Matching X
ATS Support
Mobile Friendly
Premium Customer Support X
Screening Solutions
Sponsored Postings
Skills Tests X
Company Pages X
Pay Per Performance Ads
Syndicated Postings Up to 100 partner
job boards

Screening Solutions: ZipRecruiter vs. Indeed

Candidate screening can slow down the process of filling whatever role your organization needs, but cutting corners here could send you right back to square one, if you waste time interviewing unqualified applicants.

Both Indeed and ZipRecruiter offer screening solutions to expedite this process, without letting an unqualified candidate smooth-talk you into an interview. These tools can complement a standard phone screen by fielding some of the most basic questions for you.

ZipRecruiter’s AI matching technology gives the platform an additional edge with screening solutions. It finds relevant candidates and promotes your job listing to them.

Sure, people with few or no qualifications will still put their names in the hat. But you could find a stronger pool of candidates with the AI matching technology helping moderate the screening process.

Candidate Reach

Alhough ZipRecruiter isn’t an online job board in the conventional sense, its network keeps it on a level playing field with job boards like Indeed and CareerBuilder. While Indeed has built one of the largest job boards around, ZipRecruiter has expanded its reach to talent all across the web.

With ZipRecruiter, a single job posting can be syndicated on over 100 partner job boards. So while Indeed has size, ZipRecruiter’s syndication network can help you reach people who use Indeed as well as those who haven’t even heard of the site.

ATS Integration

Both ZipRecruiter and Indeed support dozens of applicant tracking system solutions.

Through ATS integration, both Indeed and ZipRecruiter will let you post and maintain job listings through their platforms. These solutions can help ensure that your job posts are up to date, eliminating friction for job applicants and making the interview process more efficient.

Both ZipRecruiter and Indeed’s ATS integration can also generate valuable data for employers, from monitoring job-posting quality to helping you tap into a resume database. The analytics can show you how well candidates respond to your job alerts or job ads and help you uncover ways to improve them.


If you still have a few lingering questions, we’ve provided some answers to commonly asked questions people have when comparing ZipRecruiter vs. Indeed.

Is ZipRecruiter Better Than Indeed?

These two employment platforms offer two different paths to get you to the same destination: onboarding a quality hire. Determining which route is more efficient will depend on your unique business needs.

Indeed offers a singular job board that’s massive in its viewership, while ZipRecruiter empowers companies to cast a much wider net to reach candidates on over 100 job boards.

One reason why an employer may find more success with ZipRecruiter over Indeed is that the former routinely purges inactive lists. That means candidates spend more time applying for active jobs and less time chasing ghosts.

Another reason some may say ZipRecruiter is better for employees is that the platform can pull job listings from Indeed.

Does ZipRecruiter Pull From Indeed?

In the past, ZipRecruiter and Indeed partnered on job postings. However, ZipRecruiter no longer posts job openings on Indeed. If you want to reach both audiences and tap into each site’s massive resume database, you’ll need to post jobs to both employment platforms.

What is the Best Website for Hiring?

There’s no singular job site that is the best, as it largely depends on the specific needs of your company. However, there are tiers of quality when it comes to job sites, and both ZipRecruiter and Indeed are firmly in the top tier.

Does Anyone Actually Get Hired from Indeed Job Postings?

Though listings may not be curated as frequently as ZipRecruiter’s, people get hired via Indeed all the same. And the same is true for ZipRecruiter. Both of these sites are popular because of how well they help employers and employees find each other.

The Bottom Line:

ZipRecruiter and Indeed have a lot in common. However, there are some fundamental differences you’ll notice when you pit ZipRecruiter vs. Indeed.

Hiring managers and HR directors will love how ZipRecruiter’s AI streamlines the process of creating job postings, reaching qualified talent and tracking candidates. With help from ZipRecruiter specialists and the company’s AI technology, you’ll get a full range of help in building a hiring campaign for your organization’s unique needs.

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ZipRecruiter vs. Monster: 2021 Comparison

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The job search can be overwhelming — for both job seekers and employers — with hundreds of sites, thousands of companies and millions of positions to sort through. And while some people can get lucky with the perfect network connection or an actual, physical job board at their school or community center, the rest of us have to put in more work to find or fill a job.

There are several major websites that can be used, but in this article we’re going to compare two of the top online job-seeking websites: ZipRecruiter vs. Monster. Whether you’re looking for top-quality applicants or need to find the best job for yourself, this information will be able to help point you in the right direction.

What is ZipRecruiter?

ZipRecruiter has only been around for a little over a decade, but it has already positioned itself as one of the top websites for finding and creating job postings.

Job seekers can use the job search engine to look for open positions. They can also upload their resume and be matched with jobs that ZipRecruiter’s algorithm shows they’d be a top candidate for.

Companies that are hiring can post jobs and find quality candidates through ZipRecruiter’s easy-to-use platform. Not only will ZipRecruiter’s artificial intelligence algorithm find top talent for them, it will also syndicate each job posting to more than 100 other job search websites to open up the applicant pool even more.

What is Monster?

Monster is one of the oldest job search sites, having aided in the job-search process for candidates and the hiring process for recruiters since 1999.

For job seekers, Monster works similarly to ZipRecruiter in that they use the job search bar to look for open positions.

If you’re an employer looking to find candidates, you can post jobs to Monster and search through resumes to find qualified candidates. There is also an opportunity to syndicate open positions to other job boards with certain subscriptions.

ZipRecruiter for Employers

ZipRecruiter was rated the No. 1 hiring site in the U.S. in 2020, earning the top spot, thanks to its ease-of-use for posting jobs and finding quality candidates. ZipRecruiter has customizable templates for different positions and includes the ability to create screening questions for candidates to streamline the interview process. It also uses AI to scan potential candidates and the ZipRecruiter resume database for top matches on the employer’s behalf.

A unique feature ZipRecruiter offers is pre-written job descriptions that make it easy for hiring managers to post jobs and quickly help employers find a quality candidate. They can also swap out job postings whenever an opening has been filled, instead of being stuck with a set time frame to keep each job posting live.

ZipRecruiter has a mobile app, which lets employers create job postings, screen candidates and contact support from anywhere. Support is available via phone, online chat or email.

Monster for Employers

Since Monster was one of the first job search websites out there, it seems most employers have posted job listings on there at some point, to help in their recruiting process.

Monster and ZipRecruiter have a lot in common when it comes to their main service, but the key difference is that some features are only available with higher cost plans on Monster. For example, the ability to proactively search through resumes, text and email job seekers or narrow your search parameters can only be used when paying for a Standard or Premium plan.

You can also reuse job postings on Monster instead of having to recreate a new post for additional similar jobs.

Comparing Costs for Employers

Both ZipRecruiter and Monster have three tiers of membership for employers to find candidates — and each offers a free trial before committing to a subscription.

ZipRecruiter’s pricing starts at $299/month for a single job posting and increases based on a number of factors, including industry, resume downloads and number of users you want on your account.

One money-saving tactic for employers using ZipRecruiter is having a reusable job slot. Meaning job posts aren’t locked in for 30 days, and they can be swapped out for a new job as soon as the other posting has closed.

Monster’s monthly subscription starts at $279 for a single job posting and increases based on the number of active job openings and the ability to send them to other job search sites with their Performance Boost capability.

Monster also has the ability to post ads on the job site, so an employer only pays when someone views their job post.

ZipRecruiter vs. Monster for Job Seekers

People looking for the right job on ZipRecruiter and Monster can search for job openings on the job sites and on mobile apps. Applicants can post their resumes and a cover letter to the job boards to simplify the process when they want to apply to a job opening.

Both job sites allow candidates to search by location and job title or keyword. Monster also suggests top keywords people are searching for, like “work from home” or “part time.”


So, which job board should you use for your hiring needs or to find your next job?

With the ability to simply syndicate job postings, create sponsored jobs, boost team collaboration and take advantage of the job site’s artificial intelligence, there’s a reason why ZipRecruiter has been named the No. 1 website for an employer’s hiring needs. It has a nearly perfect rating on TrustPilot, taking it to the top spot above all the other job boards, including Monster.

As for people hoping to get plenty of resume views as they search for the best job for them, ZipRecruiter has thousands of potential employers and millions of jobs to search through. And with the recruiting process made simple for a potential employer, it then makes it easier for a candidate to make it through the job-search process.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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