A look at five interesting personal finance posts from other bloggers around the Web. This week: fast food to stay away from, body parts that can make you money, personal stories of debt, and what to spend on an engagement ring.
[Wise Bread] I love articles like this – inside advice you can’t get elsewhere. (We did that a couple of years ago with a Starbucks barista.) In this case, the items to avoid are the ones that sound the cleanest and healthiest: anything vegetarian and “fresh” chicken. The reasons may shock you.
[Bargaineering] Some headlines stop you dead in your tracks. This was certainly one of those. But yes, you can make money – or “vouchers” – for donating plasma, eggs, even bone marrow. The cons? Those include injections and pills that can ravage your body.
[Get Rich Slowly] Sometimes, the best way to learn about responsibly managing your money is to hear from folks who were irresponsible. “What leads a (relatively) smart person to make almost ten years’ worth of poor financial decisions?” the author asks. She answers her question in an article that will teach you what not to do.
[PT Money] Speaking of personal stories with big lessons at the end, here’s one about the unintended consequences of debt. Yes, you can literally freeze to death.
[Moolanomy] I usually hate articles like this one, because there’s really no proven formula for buying an engagement ring – even though jewelers are greedily pushing for “two months’ salary.” So I was encouraged when I read, “Instead of throwing away two whole months of earnings, here’s a novel idea: spend what you can afford to spend.” This is a good wake-up call for anyone considering settling down.