Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

This week: bad money habits, how much electricity costs, jobs for dogs, things rich people rent and stupidly expensive stuff at Whole Foods.

1. 3 Bad Money Habits You Should Finally Kick

[Credit.com] “When it comes to personal finance, our habits can really make or break us. When we’re able to adopt positive financial habits, the benefits are endless. … Unfortunately, many of us have also taken on financial habits that could actually end up hurting us.

While there are certainly more than three bad money habits (See “10 Bad Money Habits That Rob You Blind“), this author singled out three she believes deserve special mention: overspending to earn reward points, ignoring your bills and shuffling debt around rather than paying it off. Check out the post and see if the shoe fits.

2. How Much Does Electricity Cost?

[The Dollar Stretcher] “Mom just reminded Junior for the umpteenth time to turn off the light in his bedroom when he leaves. It happens in my house, and I’m sure it happens in yours. Just how much electricity is Junior wasting? In fact, how much does it cost to run most of our common appliances?”

This is an interesting look at exactly how much specific things in your house cost to run. For example, a 100 watt light bulb in average use will set you back about 70 cents per month: not much. Ceiling fans? $2.64 monthly. Your TV? $6.60. Your air conditioning? You don’t want to know. At least, that is, if you live in Florida, where this author and I both live.

3. Tell Fido It’s Time to Earn His Keep: 5 Jobs for Dogs

[The Penny Hoarder] “No, we’re not kidding: There really are jobs for dogs! Here are five potential ways your pup could bring home the bacon — some of which could bring in $120,000 a year or more.”

As you might imagine, many of the money-making jobs for your dog won’t be easy to dig up. They include becoming viral on social media, modeling, acting, turning their fur into yarn and competing in shows.

I’m going to print this article out and leave it by Lola’s bowl. Could be just the incentive she needs to earn her own biscuits for a change.

4. 5 Things Only the Rich Can Afford to Rent

[Debt.com] “Unlike many of us mere mortals who earn modest incomes with our regular jobs, the rich can rent, charter and lease things that are beyond the average person’s wildest dreams.”

If you want to know what you might do with your money after you strike it rich, this article has some valuable tips. For example, once your ship comes in, you might consider renting one. Other ideas include renting mansions, jewelry and even people, in the form of celebrities. You can get a private concert from the Eagles for only $6 million. What are you waiting for?

5. The 7 Most Outrageously Expensive Whole Foods Products

[Wise Bread] “The CEOs of Whole Foods have openly admitted that some of their stores overcharged their customers in New York City and California for certain items. So to help you avoid spending your “Whole Paycheck,” here are seven of the most outrageously expensive Whole Foods products to be wary of next time you’re strolling their aisles.”

I’ve only been to a Whole Foods market once, and did notice how expensive things were. What I didn’t notice, however, were these outrageous buys. They include $70 plants, $400-per-pound mushrooms and emu eggs for $30 each. See the post for more.

Stacy Johnson

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