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This week: Buying a bigger house, simplifying your life, quitting your job and how to go on vacation without getting behind.

1. 6 Things to Consider When Your Family Outgrows Your Home

[Credit.com] “When you have a growing family, you’re plenty busy — one of the last things you want to add to your to-do list is packing up boxes of your belongings and then unloading them a short while later. But if your family has outgrown your home, it may be what you’re faced with. And there’s a lot to think about during this process.”

As it happens, the advice in this article is applicable whatever the reason you’re switching homes. It includes considering the commute, checking your credit, establishing a budget, weighing amenities, and more. Check it out for details.

2. How to Slow Down and Simplify Life

[The Dollar Stretcher] “Do you feel that there aren’t enough hours during the day to complete all the tasks that seem to keep the wheels of family life turning smoothly? Do you drive yourself to exhaustion trying to be, and do, all things for all people? Do you feel that you are not really living but existing from job to job, crisis to crisis? You are not alone. Lots of families tend to get caught up in the fury of the moment.”

Just reading those lines above made me feel better, because I can’t say I regularly feel any of these things. Maybe I’ve already slowed down. If you haven’t, this post offers some good advice. It includes tips like examining where your time is going, prioritizing and delegating. If you can find the time, check it out. If you can’t, you really need to read it.

3. 7 Things You Must Do Before You Quit Your Job

[Money] “According to job site Monster.com, late September and October see some of the strongest hiring of the year. If you’re planning to move on to a new job this fall, career experts have some advice about what to do right — and what to avoid.”

If you’re ready to move on down the road, here’s your list of things to do and not do. The advice includes avoiding sending a mass email, telling your boss first, not taking co-workers with you, making life easier for your replacement, thinking about how to stay in touch, finishing what you started and keeping your cool.

4. Many of Us Want to Change Jobs – but Not for the Money

[Debt.com] “Almost half of America’s employees are searching for new jobs, but they’re looking for more than money — and that might be the best financial decision they’ll make. Better benefits took the No. 2 spot on a survey from human resources company Aon Hewitt, but just barely. A fun place to work took third.”

The author suggests looking at more than money is a good idea because studies suggest people who hate their jobs tend to make less money over time. With health insurance costs soaring and 401(k) plans now crucial for long-term security, it’s easy to see why benefits are so important. As for fun? Also a great idea.

When I used to complain about any of the various jobs I’ve held, my father used to say, “That’s why they call it work.” He was wrong. What he should have said was, “If you’re going to spend a third of every day doing it, enjoy it.”

5. How to Go on Vacation Without Getting Behind on Work

[Wise Bread] “No matter how much you enjoy your work, there will be times when it has to take a backseat to other personal or social priorities. This is particularly important during the busy summer months when you’d rather spend time outdoors or on a road trip.”

This one caught my eye because I thought there was only one way to play without getting behind on work: Bring your work on vacation with you. As it turns out, that’s not the only way. Tips in this article include setting a vacation auto-reply for your email, coming back a day early, preparing for setbacks and of course, my solution: doing a little while you’re on vacation. See the story for more.

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