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Profitable Ideas: How to Buy Happiness, Downsizing Your Home To Upsize Your Life, and More

A weekly roundup of some of the more interesting and helpful personal finance articles I’ve read recently.

Yes, you can buy happiness… if you spend it to save time (USA TODAY). The frugalistas say convenience costs too much, but maybe they’re missing part of the picture.

Amazon uses ‘surge pricing,’ just like Uber (CBS Money Watch). If an item gets popular, Amazon’s prices will probably rise.

The truth about living in a 4,000 square foot home (No Sidebar). Maybe you can afford the mortgage, but what about all the other costs?

How long does it take to break even with a home refi? (Wise Bread). A lower interest rate may sound appealing, but whether it makes sense to refinance depends on your closing costs, how long you plan to be in the home, and other factors.

Women are better investors than men. Here are 3 reasons why. (The Fiscal Times). Men don’t like to ask for help — not when finding their way around an unfamiliar town, and not when investing. It costs them.

Heat doesn’t just make us cranky. It makes us dumb shoppers. (Washington Post Wonkblog). Reasons not to shop when it’s super hot or super cold.

This key fitness principle can make you more productive at work (World Economic Forum). It’s one of the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” — sharpen the saw.

Three things I should have said about retirement planning (NY Times). How a retirement writer’s perspective has changed as he nears retirement.

What are your thoughts on any of the above? Let me know by leaving a comment below.

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