Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

This week: a to-do list for home buyers, sage advice about planning a wedding and the five jobs that make you live longer.

1. 30 Things To Do Before You Move Into Your First Home

[Stapler Confessions] “Finding and negotiating a home purchase is only the beginning of the work and stress involved in buying a house. We are in the home stretch of the homebuying and moving process, and my “To Do” list was about five times longer after we found the perfect house at the right price.”

This post has a list of 30 things you have to do — or, at least, this author had to do — before moving into a new home. It includes everything from giving notice to your landlord to setting up the inspection. Buying a home anytime soon? Check it out.

2. How much should a wedding cost?

[Surviving and Thriving] “So hello young lovers, wherever you are, and allow me to give you a bit of advice: Don’t pay attention to what bridal magazines say. If you don’t want a unity candle or a dozen attendants or a destination wedding, then don’t have them.”

As someone who believes weddings rank No. 1 among life’s most overpriced moments (closely followed by funerals), I appreciated this article. While it does have some specific tips to save, it’s really more about attitude adjustment.

3. Millennial Entrepreneurship: The Dream vs. The Reality

[The Broke and Beautiful Life] “Having seen both of my parents laid off after 20 plus years in their respective corporate positions, left with limited career prospects — overqualified, unemployed fifty-somethings — the idea of self-employment became attractive early on.”

Here’s a thought-provoking post encouraging millennials to prudently seek their own path. “Prudently” means working a regular gig while also dipping your toe into entrepreneurship with side hustles to earn something extra and build a foundation for self-employment. It’s good advice, well delivered.

4. 7 Ways to Save Money Through Your Employer

[Three Thrifty Guys] “One of your best allies in saving more money could be right next door to your cubicle: your employer. While every company is different, a majority of employers offer various perks to keep their people happy. Taking advantage of these could save you some decent change!”

From rental car discounts to cheap term insurance to free financial planning, your employer may offer ways to save that you’re not aware of. Check out the post for more ideas.

5. 5 Jobs Proven to Make You Live Longer

[Wise Bread] “Want to live forever? Then it may be time to switch careers. Not all jobs are created equal when it comes to pay, prestige, perks — and the promise of a longer life.”

It’s pretty much impossible to read a headline like this and not click on it. So what jobs lead to long lives? Believe it or not, firefighter was on the list. Other professions included accountant, doctor and farmer. See the story for more.

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