A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently.
The secret to financial freedom (Pretend to be Poor). It isn’t about how much money you’ve saved.
How much money do you need to retire? (A Wealth of Common Sense). General rules of thumb will only get you so far.
The art of enough (Experience Life). Really good post about where — and how — to draw the line on spending.
8 ways minimalism helps put money in your pocket (Becoming Minimalist). As you can probably tell, I’ve become very interested in the minimalism movement. Here are some of the main benefits.
The min-max theories of spending (The Money Habit). Which camp are you in?
The birth of planned obsolescence (JSTOR Daily). I also have a fascination with the history and workings of our consumer culture. As with most aspects of it, understanding planned obsolescence is an important key to not being overly influenced by it.
10 things I refuse to do to save money (The Simple Dollar). Frugality can go too far.
No, we can’t (Humble Dollar). As one of Clint Eastwood’s characters once said, “A man’s got to know his limitations.”
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