The 7 Personal Finance Articles We Love This Week

By and | Thursday, May 05, 2016


This week, I had two days off at the beginning of the week, which were mostly devoted to lazing around, trying to cure a cold, and getting freelance projects done. Rainy weather and the cold aside, it was so relaxing to just be able to move at a slower pace, and have fewer hard deadlines, etc. It was really lovely to de-stress, but it also made me notice that my brain will latch on to any stress it can find, which is one of my less-wonderful qualities. So, if it’s not going to be work-related stress, it will be something else. And for me, it was money-related stress that took over.

There are a few things going on in my financial life right now. First, my May rent was taken out of my bank account on the same day that my taxes were taken out of my bank account. I would love to paint you a word picture of what that did to my stress levels, but I truly cannot. Next, my hero of a boyfriend came to visit, which was absolutely amazing, and he brought me a few checks from LA, which was equally amazing. However, my larger checks aren’t scheduled to arrive in LA for another week, so I was still antsy, instead of eased. And then, finally, if anyone followed my healthcare saga in which my provider billed $400 extra dollars to my credit card, I’ll give you a little update: they still haven’t given the money back. So overall, I let my money stress get the best of me this week.

Per usual, in sorting through my own money stresses, I really enjoyed reading through these personal finance articles. This week, the ‘seven lessons I’d give to my 20-year-old self’ piece resonated with me. Though I’m not 20, I genuinely find that reading through other people’s financial lessons propels me through my own financial challenges. As always, those were just a few of my personal reactions to this week and these articles, and I look forward to hearing all of your thoughts, too. Here are the seven PF articles we love this week, courtesy of Rockstar Finance:

1. The Walden Theory — Montana Money Adventures

“How do you beat the one force that will keep you broke forever? First, you need to know your enemy. It’s called the Walden theory.”

2. My Commencement Address to Graduating Seniors — Think Save Retire “Fifty-year careers only exist for people who actually want them, who fail to manage their finances and lifestyle appropriately, who let their egos and superficial desires – honed and exploited by cleverly evil marketing geniuses – get the better of them. Do you want to work the rest of your life or enjoy your time on this planet?”

3. How to Buy a House and Pay It Off in 10 Years — ESI Money

“As a society, we do stretch our finances as far as we can to buy our”dream home,” then we spend decades paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in interest. Is this a great way to grow our wealth? I think you know the answer to that.”

4. 7 Lessons I’d Give My 20-Year-Old Self — Good Financial Cents

“In present day, I’m a successful financial advisor and entrepreneur. Based on some of the boneheaded money decisions I made in my20’s it is a miracle I can even say that.”

5. Dear Debt, Her Name is Cash — Dear Debt

“Her name is Cash. She’s not as seductive as you, but she sticks around longer and I feel good when I’m with her. I love holding on to Cash and I never want to let her go!”

6. A Lifetime of Happiness — Mom and Dad Money

“Your money SHOULD allow you to be happy today. You should be able to do work that’s fulfilling and enjoyable. You should have the freedom to be a stay-at-home parent, coach your kid’s soccer team, travel, or anything else that brings you joy.  You shouldn’t always be working for some future date when you’ll finally get to relax.”

7. Why Everything You Own is Garbage — How Do I Get Rich Quick

“I try to remember this as I buy things.  I keep this in mind as I take inventory of my current possessions… Stuff doesn’t matter.  People matter.”

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