Take 5 — A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

This week: getting rid of the hard to get rid of, how Trump is hurting honeymoons, reaching your goals, combating financial ignorance and the saving secrets of 13 popular stores.

Take 5 — A Roundup of Reads From Around the Web

1. “13 Stores That Offer Cash Back or Rewards on Every Purchase”

[MSN.com] “Savvy shoppers know that with a little planning, they can earn cash back or rewards almost every time they shop. From cash-back websites such as Ebates to discounted gift card websites like Raise and Cardpool, there are endless ways to save.”

This MSN story is actually a MoneyTalksNews story. We’re highlighting it in case you didn’t know that in addition to seeing our stuff on our site, you can also read and watch some of our most popular stories on some of the world’s most popular websites, including MSN, Yahoo, AOL and others.

So how can you get cash back every time you shop? Using a cash-back site like those mentioned above is one way. Another is to sign up for rewards programs offered by stores. This article offers links to savings programs at a baker’s dozen of popular shops, from Ace Hardware to CVS.

2. “What Financial Ignorance Could Cost You”

[The Dollar Stretcher] “None of us like to make mistakes, even though they’re frequently part of the learning process. Still, if you could avoid making mistakes, especially with your money, you’d probably prefer to do so rather than wasting your hard-earned dollars on bad decision-making. If that’s you, take heed. Here’s your chance to learn from others and avoid their mistakes…”

This article uses studies to highlight various financial fundamentals that many consumers, especially younger ones, need to get a better handle on. They include putting money aside, tracking spending, paying bills on time, being aware of your credit standing and lots more. A great read for those who need to understand how much simple money mistakes can impact your financial future. Check it out, then see “Beware These 12 Common Money Mistakes.”

3. “15 Ways to Get Closer to Reaching Your Goals”

[AOL] “Better time management and minimizing procrastination are two areas that I started working on in the first 3 months of 2017. Even though I had a few hiccups along the way, I think I am better today than I was at the beginning of the year.”

It’s nearly midyear; the perfect time to look back on the goals you set back in January, assess your progress and recommit to crossing the finish line. This article can help with some simple tips, including going to bed and waking up early, getting some exercise, establishing routines, keeping a journal, learning to say “no” and more. Check it out, then find more inspiration here.

4. “Trump’s Travel Ban Is Hurting Honeymoon Trips”

[Debt.com] “First comes love, then comes marriage, then skipping the honeymoon because you’re unsure if you’ll be able to get back into the country.”

This article isn’t just about the hundreds of millions of tourism dollars which could be lost due to the president’s proposed travel bans, which we also covered in our recent article “12 Ways Donald Trump Is Crushing Consumers.” It’s also about the high cost of weddings. If you’re about to tie the knot, give it a read.

5. “You Need to Get Rid of These 16 Household Items — Pronto!”

[Wise Bread] “Once I’d gotten rid of the usual suspects — clothes we don’t wear anymore, books we haven’t read in years, several metric tons of outdated magazines — I was left with the difficult-to-dispose-of items. These are the things that I want to get rid of, but I don’t know how. Once I get to these items, I generally end up tossing them back into their drawers to deal with ‘later.'”

This article is about disposing of the hard to dispose of: things like knives, hangers, small appliances, shoes, medications, batteries, light bulbs and more. To be honest, I hadn’t considered many of the items on this list all that hard to throw away, but apparently this author finds this stuff to be too dangerous or potentially recyclable to put in the trash. If you agree, give this one a read.

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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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