Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

This week: How to improve your memory, how to organize your kitchen, how to properly use Craigslist, how to become invincible, and how to go through life without a credit card.

Take 5: A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

1. How to Be Invincible

[Budgets are Sexy] “How would you like to be invincible? OK, maybe not truly invincible in the video game sense of the word, as even Superman occasionally meets his match, but you can be financially invincible.”

So, how do you become bulletproof? Some of these suggestions you might guess, like having adequate insurance. But others you might not, like padding your checking account, linking it to a savings account and making regular contributions for irregular expenses. Check out the post for more.

2. I’m 28, and I’ve Never Had a Credit Card. Ever.

[Budget Blonde] “When I was in my late teens, my grandpa said to me, ‘Using a credit card is like taking a mortgage out on your clothes.’ Apparently, I’m very impressionable because that’s all it took. I never questioned it; never thought twice about it.”

I’ve encountered plenty of people over the years who, for various reasons, can’t manage credit. But suggest they do without plastic, and they’ll look at you like you’re crazy. While I do think credit cards can be useful, it’s nice to get a reminder that they’re optional, not mandatory.

3. Craigslist is Failing, Here’s Why

[Cash Cow Couple] “I sell a lot of stuff on Craigslist (which I’ve said before). Just this week I posted a few laptops, a few tablets, a few Bluetooth speakers, two iPod touches, a home theater system … well, you get the idea. I sell a lot of stuff. … But the quality of Craigslist buyers has plummeted in recent years, and the selling process is becoming an absolute nightmare.”

This is a humorous look at how to be a better buyer, and seller, on Craigslist. The author lists pet peeves like people asking questions already answered in the ad, calling at 3 a.m., and being unable to string together a simple email. If you’re a Craigslister, check it out.

4. 30+ Kitchen Organization Tips

[Christian Personal Finance] “A kitchen functions so much better when it is organized. Do you agree? When things are in their place, my stress reduces greatly. Although memories are made in the kitchen, and things will get messy from time to time … a clean and organized kitchen makes things so much better.”

This article is actually a link to dozens of other sites, each with an idea to make your kitchen better arranged. Ideas range from how to store small appliances to how to arrange your refrigerator. Check it out.

5. 11 Easy Memory Hacks

[Wise Bread] “Every single day, week and month, you have to keep track of deadlines, appointments, numbers and bills, and as you try to juggle so many things at the same time, you often cannot remember key things when you need them the most. It’s time to stop lamenting your bad memory and do something about it.”

If ever a post was printed specifically for me, this is the one. I forget things so often, I can’t remember how often I forget. Tips include using visual “pegs” to remember numbers, clenching your fists and chewing gum. If you remember to get to it, read this article.

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Stacy Johnson
Stacy Johnson @moneytalksnews
I'm the founder of Money Talks News and have spent the last 40+ years in the personal finance trenches. I'm a CPA, author of a few books and multiple Emmy recipient. I'm ... More

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