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This week: productivity wins to celebrate, tips for traveling with youngsters, retirement moves to make in your 20s, cheap honeymoon ideas and 15 ways to pay back student loans faster.

1. 10 Small Productivity Wins You Should Celebrate

[Time Management Ninja] I don’t know about you, but I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself. I take on too much, then feel like a loser when I don’t accomplish it all.

Sound familiar? Then you’ll like this article. Rather than urging you to be more productive, it urges you to give yourself a pat on the back for the things you do accomplish: stuff like clearing your email inbox, meeting a deadline, or even leaving the office on time. Check out the post for more examples, and the opportunity to feel good about yourself.

2. 6 Tips for Traveling With Young Children

[Wealthy Turtle] Although we’ve published stories like 6 Stress-Free Tips for Holiday Travel With the Kids and 9 Low-Stress and Low-Cost Ways to Fly With Your Toddler, additional advice on traveling with kids is always welcome.

This post is offering advice on car travel, and includes things like bringing a DVD player, sticker books and car games, along with plenty of water and snacks. Check out the story for more ideas.

3. Retirement Moves to Make in Your 20s

[20s Finances] I’ve been out of my twenties for a very long time, so I wondered if this article would match the things I did back then, as well as those I wish I’d done. It pretty much did.

The advice includes getting a good job (did it), learning to invest (check), opening a Roth IRA (no such thing back then, but I wish there was) and more. If you’re young or know someone who is, this is a rewarding read.

4. Cheap Honeymoon Ideas

[And Then We Saved]  When I got married, we initially planned to honeymoon in Paris. But by the time the day approached, we were so stressed out and tapped out, we decided instead to hit the nearest beach and relax. For us, it was a great decision.

Whether you’re looking to save money, or just do something off the beaten path, this post offers nine cool ideas, ranging from hiding at home to a road trip. And who says you have to be a newlywed to appreciate the suggestions?

5. 15 Ways to Pay Back Student Loans Faster

[Wise Bread] I could be remembering wrong, but when I attended the University of Arizona back in the ’70s, I think tuition for out-of-state students was less than a thousand bucks a semester.

Times have changed. If you’re one of the many current and former students with a crippling debt load, this article can help. With advice ranging from maintaining a positive attitude to exploring income-based repayment, there’s lots of good stuff here.

What do you like?

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