A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently.
Adaptation devaluation: Why a U2 concert is better than a new couch (Forbes). Well written article demonstrating that investing in memorable experiences usually pays more happiness dividends than spending on more stuff.
How to teach your kids to create their own money values (Gen Y Planning). Helpful insights on raising “grounded, compassionate kids with a healthy view of how to handle their finances.”
Emotional intelligence is the real secret to getting promoted faster (Fast Company). Your technical skills might get you in the door, but your “soft skills” will help you move up.
Five signs you need a technology detox (Becoming Minimalist). How many of these “symptoms” are you exhibiting?
Health savings account vs. flexible spending account: Which is better for you? (Kiplinger). HSA? FSA? What do you say?
Only half of job seekers negotiate, but those who do usually succeed (CNBC). It can take some courage to ask for more, but the more you practice, the easier it gets.
Google now knows when its users go to the store and buy stuff (Washington Post). We regularly give up information — where we are, what we like — which fuels the marketing we experience, which guides our behavior more than we realize.
Balancing biblical financial principles of commitment, hard work, stewardship, and generosity (Bible Money Matters). All four are important; keeping them in balance is key.
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