The 7 Personal Finance Articles We Loved This Week
Earlier this week, I was fantasizing about what it would be like to just take off to Scotland for a month. I can work from anywhere, technically, and I don’t love the state of my home country at the moment, and I am currently counting down the days until Outlander returns (which I can’t even do, because there is no release date yet, but no, I’m not bitter…), so Scotland is particularly appealing to me at the moment. I even found myself poking around on Airbnb, comparing private rooms in Edinburgh I could get at a discounted monthly rate that would equal less than what I pay in rent each month.
Of course, I don’t really want to leave for a month — I have friends, roommates, and a boyfriend that I’d miss too much. But still, I sometimes find myself daydreaming about a slightly-different version of my life, not because I’m unhappy, but just because I can.
Sometimes this comes out to daydreaming about what it would have been like to go down a different career path. I was particularly interested in reading J. Money‘s fourth pick this week, “So you want to be a flight attendant?” Being a flight attendant is one of those daydream career paths I sometimes think about. But in my little fantasies, I obviously only focus on the glamorous parts — getting to travel almost anywhere and building up plenty of airline and hotel points in the process.
But of course, there are pros and cons to any job. This article was great, because it offers a positive-but-honest look inside a job path that many people might consider going down. I highly recommend giving it a read, especially if you’re thinking of making a career change (the author worked in everything from retail to real estate before settling on being a flight attendant for over 15 years!). And, of course, be sure to check our other favorite posts this week!
1. Stealth Wealth vs. Visible Wealth – The Retirement Manifesto
“Whether you pursue Stealth Wealth or Conspicuous Consumption, I don’t care. I do encourage you to recognize the trade-offs of your choices, and think about what you’re doing.”
2. The Secret to Out-Earning Your Colleagues – Business Insider
“No one is going to throw money at you if you don’t bring it to their attention!…Everyone is too busy thinking about their own stress and daily to-do list instead of noticing your 7:15 PM departure from your desk, and how you never took a sick day in 2016.”
3. How Many Hours Does That Thing Cost? [Calculator] – Frugal Fringe
“With this post, I unleash the Labor Cost Calculator, an online tool that figures the amount of (a) life hours, (b) life energy, or (c) time in toil that it takes you to buy or pay for anything.”
4. What It’s Like (And How Much It Pays) To Be a Flight Attendant – Think Save Retire
“These perks are A M A Z I N G, but the thing I love most about my job is the interactions that I get to have with people. Every single day I hear a story or have a conversation that reminds me of why I do this job.”
5. The Biggest Change We Made to Start Building Wealth – Club Thrifty
“Here’s the thing: Money skills can be learned. You can learn how to budget. You can learn how to save. You can even learn how to earn more money. In essence, you can learn to become rich.”
6. Budgeting for Cancer – Bare Budget Guy
“What’s more important? Having money you think will make you happy or actually being happy?…Leave it to something like cancer to absolutely blow your financial budget out of the water.”
7. Nobody Is Coming to Save You – Millennial Revolution
“Freedom is never, ever, handed to you on a silver platter. It is never gifted to you. It is fought for. It is ripped from the hands of a tyrant you just punched in the face. It is won.”
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