Weekly roundup of some of the best personal finance articles from around the web.
“Everyone who thinks the stock market is a game loses” (The Wall Street Journal). The best approach to investing shouldn’t be all that exciting.
House hunters now need pre-approval letters to walk in the door (Money). The new rules of home buying. See also We bought a house during the pandemic, and it got weird (Time).
Mortgage rates hit a 50-year low, flirt with falling below 3% (Yahoo Finance). If you’re willing to deal with the weirdness, this might be a great time to buy a home.
Keep your distance (Humble Dollar). Going with the crowd is not usually the best path for successful money management.
The perfect home (Becoming Minimalist). With so many of us spending so much more time at home, home improvement projects are on the rise. It’s a good time to remember what matters most.
Why is there a national coin shortage? (Fast Company). One more odd aspect of the odd times we’re living in.
HSAs get even better (Kiplilnger). Got a health savings account? You have new benefits.
Where to get rid of old appliances and electronics for free (Three Thrifty Guys). When you upgrade some of the big stuff, getting rid of the old can be a challenge.
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