Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

What new grads wish they’d learned about money, how to live rent-free, how to make a profit buying and selling books, things people do to kill time at work and more.

1. 5 Things New Grads Wish Their Parents Had Taught Them About Money

[Credit.com] “Maybe their parents didn’t tell them, or maybe they weren’t listening when the parents did, but here’s what newly minted adults — asked via social media — told us they wished they had known more about money.

I won’t spoil it by revealing all five, but the list of things new grads don’t know but wish they did includes how compound interest works (both for and against you), how to invest and how income taxes work.

Actually, there are plenty of people way older than recent grads who need to learn these topics. See the post for more.

2. 9 Ways to Live Rent Free

[The Dollar Stretcher] “According to the Department of Numbers, the median gross monthly rent paid in 2013 was $905; that calculates to nearly $11,000 annually and more if you live in an area where rents tend to be high …”

As it promises, this article offers ways to live cheap or free, although some involve exchanging labor for the roof over your head. Some are predictable, like house sitting, but some I’d never heard of, like sabbatical houses, or thought of, like living in a lighthouse. Check this one out.

3. How to Make $750 a Month Selling Used Books

[The Penny Hoarder] “Today I’m going to show you how to buy textbooks online at sites like Ebay, and then how to resell them online for a profit at places like BookScouter.com. Consider it my sweet revenge against the bookstores that overcharged me as a college student.”

This story involves something we’ve discussed here before: the art of arbitrage. In this case, the author suggests buying books from one venue and selling them at a profit on another. I don’t know whether it will work for you, but it’s definitely worth a quick read.

4. 10 Reasons You Never Get Anything Done at Work

[Debt.com] “If you’ve ever gotten bored of being bored at work, maybe you can relate to the guy who got caught flying a drone around the office. Or the one who was drinking vodka and watching Netflix. Or the guy found asleep on the CEO’s couch.”

Those are all real examples of things people have done when they were supposed to be working. This article offers up the things you’re most likely to do when you’re not doing the things you’re paid to do, then offers solutions so you do them less often.

5. Sex, Drugs, Rock ‘n Roll — And Other Surprisingly Healthy Activities

[Wise Bread] “So much of what we read about health revolves around the stuff we should be doing, ways to change our diet and exercise routines, and similar tips and tricks. Well, I’m here to give us all a big pat on the back for those activities we’re already engaging in on a daily basis that contribute to overall wellness.”

It’s about time someone recognized there are things other than running and dieting that keep you healthy. From laughing to sleeping to yawning, you’re staying healthy every day just by doing what comes naturally. Check out the post for more pleasant surprises.

Stacy Johnson

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