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[Planting Our Pennies] When you start reading this post, it seems like a medical article about how our bodies deal with stress: fighting, running or playing dead (fainting).
But the type of stress it’s describing can apply to money, and so can the advice: “When you get stressed out: 1) Let a few moments pass so you’re not in the heat of the moment; 2) slow your heart rate; 3) allow the situation to get foggy in your head for a few moments, blurring together possible scenarios.”
It’s an interesting article. Check it out.
[PT Money] You think you’re buying a $200 cellphone, but what you’re actually committing to is a $2,000 service contract.
That’s the gist of this article. Other examples of taking on expenses you never bargained for: mutual funds, your job, your collections, your house, your car and television.
How do these things introduce expenses into your life? Check out the article and see.
[Save Outside the Box] Here’s how this one starts: “Most folks do what they’re supposed to do. They drive a reliable 2-year-old car. They purchase a four-bedroom, 2½-bath home about 40 minutes from where they work. They hate their commute every day. There’s a 52-inch TV on the wall of their living room. And a few other flat-screens scattered elsewhere. And they’re all obviously hooked up to an expensive monthly TV service. This is the ‘stock lifestyle.’ It’s what the all-too-often referenced Joneses do.”
If that does not describe your dream life, this is your article. How the author suggests discovering your “big why of money”: Make a list of priorities, brainstorm the possibilities, then act accordingly.
I offered very similar advice when I first wrote “Life or Debt” more than 13 years ago.
[Three Thrifty Guys] Having grown up in the burbs, I found this to be a compelling headline.
So what can a farming life teach you about finances? You should read the article yourself, but not surprisingly a farm is a good place to learn how to sell when the market’s hot, take your time, learn from the past, prepare for the worst, and be prepared to occasionally shovel a little … well, you know.
[Wise Bread] This is an inspiring story from someone who learned some of life’s lessons the hard way.
The secrets to success we should all retain: Remain visionary, understand and accept you’re going to occasionally fail, determine and stick to your personal version of success, there’s no such thing as a “permanent file,” and don’t worry about “fitting in.”
If you need a boost, you’ll find one in this article.
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