Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

This week: Career-threatening habits nobody will tell you about, debunking dumb arguments against frugality, how to deal with a job you hate, lessons from moving, and some funny jokes about money.

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1. The 1,700-Mile Move: 5 Lessons I Learned

[Beating Broke] “Here’s what I’ve learned so far as we prepare to move from the Midwest to the Desert Southwest.”

I’ve lived in Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Kentucky, South Carolina, Washington state, Maryland, Ohio, two cities in Florida and two in Arizona. (In fact, I lived in Tucson, where this blogger now lives.) So when it comes to moving, been there, done that.

I agree with the five lessons to be learned from moving that were highlighted in this article. They include starting early, radically paring down your possessions, and planning to spend more than you thought possible.

Got a move in your future? Check it out.

2. You Will Read These Money Jokes AND LIKE THEM!

[Budgets are Sexy] “A yuppie was opening the door of his BMW when a car came along and hit the door, ripping it off completely. When the police arrived on scene, the yuppie complained bitterly about the damage to his car.

“’Officer, look what they’ve done to my Bimmer!’

“’You yuppies are so materialistic, it’s ridiculous,’ retorted the officer. ‘You’re so worried about your stupid BMW, you didn’t even notice that your left arm was ripped off.’

“’Oh, my!’ screamed the yuppie, noticing the bloody stump where his arm used to be. ‘My Rolex!'”

The author of this post, J. Money, is a friend of mine and is truly a funny guy. If you’re looking for a chuckle or two, look no further.

3. How to Deal With a Business That No Longer Inspires You

[Careful Cents] “[H]ow do you handle a boring business or career that leaves you depressed and uninspired? Here are three simple steps to take today.”

This post has decent tips to take some of the drudgery out of your work life. They include working outside your normal surroundings by going mobile, scheduling a weekend “retreat” to think things through, and listing the projects and clients you like best and least, with an eye on doing more with the former and less with the later.

4. Debunking Silly Arguments Against Frugality

[Cash Cow Couple] “1. Frugality is boring and restrictive. 2. I earn the money, and I should get to buy what I want, when I want it. 3. Being frugal makes me feel poor. 4. Being frugal is too much work. 5. Being frugal won’t increase my income.”

Any of those excuses for spending sound familiar? If so, welcome to the human race. Now go find out why none of those arguments hold water.

5. 15 Career-Threatening Work Habits That No One Will Tell You About

[Wise Bread] “Passed over for a promotion? Feeling stuck in your job? Maybe you are feeling invisible. There could be a reason — or reasons — your career is going nowhere. And the worst part? Nobody is telling you what you’re doing wrong.”

From being a gossip to not properly promoting yourself, you may have behaviors that are having a negative influence on your job that nobody will tell you about. Take a minute to go over this list, which includes not just potential problems, but solutions as well.

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