The 7 Personal Finance Articles We Loved This Week

By and | Thursday, January 24, 2019

It’s Thursday, and you know what that means: time for another round of awesome personal finance articles hand-picked by ESI of Rockstar Finance!

I think we can all agree that we’re living in a pretty uncertain time. But I would also argue that anytime is uncertain — especially on an individual level. You can’t always predict when something is going to upheave your life. Unexpected job loss, breakups, family tragedies…any of these can completely change the direction of one’s life, at least in the immediate. But while you can’t prevent major changes from happening in your life, you can prepare for them as best as possible.

I loved this article on learning to deal with massive change, and I think it has a lot of solid points that can be useful for anyone. For instance, you can try “daily training” steps for coping with change by practicing a few things each day that only take a few minutes:

Intermediate: Give yourself some discomfort training. After you do the first two trainings for at least a month (and two months is even better), set aside 5-10 minutes each day for discomfort training. For example, difficult exercise or a cold shower, or a writing session every morning. This session is supposed to be more than mildly uncomfortable, but not crazy uncomfortable. Somewhere in the middle. As you put yourself in this discomfort, practice the steps above. It’s more challenging than morning meditation, but doable.

Be sure to check out the full article, as well as the rest of this week’s great posts!

1. 10 Money-Saving Benefits to Owning an Electric Car – The Fire Lane

“Have you owned an electric car? Do you have a friend or family member who has? If you are considering a new car purchase consider these money-saving benefits to owning an electric car.”

2. Making Baby Food To Save Money: What You Need + Recipe + Tips – Budgets and Kale

“We were six figures in student loans when our daughter was a baby. At that time we were looking for just about any way to save money. But oddly enough, baby food wasn’t something I did only to save money. I wanted to make baby food because I wanted our baby to eat fresh, healthy foods. But what I learned was that making baby food was about 30% cheaper than buying baby food.”

3. Find your Blue Door: How to be Ready to Seize Opportunity – 43 Blue Doors

“People who are successful often attribute their success to their hard work, tenacity, and intelligence. People who are poor and struggling often point to circumstances out of their control that led them to that place. The thing is, both are partially right.”

4. Money lessons from animated series Family Guy – The Poor Swiss

“Have you ever wondered whether you could learn some money lessons from an animated sitcom like Family Guy? If you have, this post is for you!”

5. 13 Lessons Horror Movies Teach Us About Personal Finance – Side Jam Biz

“No joke. If someone jumps out at me from around the corner yelling “Boo!”, I’m gone. You’ll find me two miles down the road, without a thought of returning until the whole house has been purged of evil spirits. I don’t know why I consented to watch all of these films.”

6. How to Get Good at Dealing With Massive Change – Zen Habits

“We all go through times of massive change: a divorce, death in the family, change of job (or loss of job), moving to a new home or city, turbulence in your relationships, political chaos, and all kinds of uncertainties and demands on your time and attention.”

7. This Chart Will Help You Find the Cheapest Month to Fly to 60 Different U.S. Cities – Time

“It’s never too early to start planning your next vacation.”

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