A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently.
How to ask for, and get, a raise (Chicago Tribune). Your boss probably doesn’t care that your cost of living has gone up, but he or she does care about the results you’re generating.
7 steps to get rid of your financial stress once and for all (USA TODAY). Practical ways to take your tension down a notch or two.
Why multitasking is killing your productivity (CBS Money Watch). If you’re trying to do five things at once, you’re probably not doing any of them very well.
Why I only grow four things in my garden (The Simple Dollar). Especially if you’re new at growing your own food, less is more.
Why you can’t concentrate at work (Wall Street Journal). It isn’t just the noise you hear that’s getting in the way of your work; it’s the noise you see.
What are your three money truths? (ESI Money). I like this exercise. Having given it just the briefest thought, I’d choose: 1) It all belongs to God; 2) the whole money thing works best when you give some, save some, invest some, and then live on what’s left—oh, and avoid all debt except a reasonable mortgage; and 3) I’d much rather spend money on a great family/friend experience like a vacation than spend it on a thing any day. What are yours?
The joy of living within your means (Becoming Minimalist). A simple reminder about one of the most important financial truths.
Spiritual dangers of debt (Ron Blue Institute). Taking on debt isn’t always wrong and it isn’t a sin, but we need to make sure we’re not presuming upon the future.
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