Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

This week: How to entertain yourself for $10 or less, how to find a job that isn’t advertised, how to pay less for funerals, why you should quit your job, and why you’ll never get rich by budgeting.


1. Why You Will Never Get Rich Cutting Your Budget

[Budgets are Sexy] I was just talking about this with some staffers the other day: Nobody wants to budget. What people want is to have enough so they don’t need to worry about budgeting. This article highlights what everyone knows — or should know: Wealth comes from creating income, not reducing expenses.

2. Why I Decided to Quit My Job (and Think You Should Too)

[Careful Cents] In 1981, I left an accounting job making $18,000 a year as a fully commissioned stock broker. The dire warnings I received from friends and family are the same as those cited by the author of this article, Carrie Smith. They include fear of losing a steady paycheck, increased stress and not having enough in the bank to make the transition. If you’re thinking of going out on your own, read this.

3. The Hidden Job Market – How to Find a Job That Isn’t Advertised

[Cash Money Life] Personal finance websites are full of advice on job hunting, but few talk about how to get jobs that aren’t advertised. Author Ryan Guina suggests that many jobs, even most, are filled in-house or through recommendations or referrals. So how do you get a hidden job? You do what it takes to meet people within companies who might be in a position to help you. It’s a good article — check it out.

4. How to Save Money on a Funeral While Honoring Your Loved One

[Christian Personal Finance] I’ve done several stories over the years on this topic, as well as dealing with funeral costs personally following the death of my parents. If you haven’t considered ways to confront the high cost of dying, read articles like this one now. Trust me: When the time comes, you won’t feel like reading them then.

5. 53 Fun Nights Out for $10 or Less

[Wise Bread] With this quantity of ideas, you’ll find something you’ll like. It includes ideas in almost every leisure category: arts, sports, nature, socializing with friends, eating out and hanging with the family. While there’s nothing surprising here, you might see something you knew but forgot you knew.

Stacy Johnson

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