A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently.
The ultimate alternative investment: happiness (A Teachable Moment). Some uses of money pay much bigger happiness dividends than others.
Your superpower – not sucking at money (White Coat Investor). While I’m not crazy about the language used in the headline, the content of the article made it worth inclusion in this week’s Roundup.
A great day with the kids…on the cheap (The Simple Dollar). Activities with your kids can cost a lot, but they don’t have to. Here are some good suggestions.
Make do and mend? Sweden wants to give you money back for fixing things (CNN). Interesting counter-consumerism move. Extra points to anyone who read “Brave New World” and remembers the phrase, “Ending is better than mending.” Anyone?
The first (and last) step to financial satisfaction? Defining ‘enough’ (NY Times). In a culture that values the pursuit of ever more, “enough is everything.”
Skipping the college tour (Well – a NY Times blog). This has become such an entrenched part of the college selection process that it would be difficult to opt out. But an in-person visit may make you choose a school for all the wrong reasons.
Being content with what you have (No Sidebar). Four practical steps for breaking the habit of thinking you need one more thing.
Hundreds of apps can listen for marketing ‘beacons’ you can’t hear (Wired). Your phone has become a marketer’s best friend, and not for the reasons you may think.
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