The 7 Personal Finance Articles We Loved This Week

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!

We here at TFD have certainly not been immune to the Netflix-influenced Marie Kondo frenzy. Heck, I haven’t even personally watched the show (or read the book), but all this talk of decluttering and organizing has seeped into my brain. I even completely cleaned out and re-organized my closet last weekend, and I feel like a whole new woman. (Keep an eye out for before and after pics coming soon to the TFD Instagram!)

Of course, the KonMari method doesn’t just apply to physical clutter – it can apply to your finances, too. I loved this in-depth post on how one person applied her lessons to their money. It was full of good insights and tips, particularly this tidbit:

Increased flow & efficiency

Not only will you not waste time trying to find something, the flow of your work and actions will be more efficient. How much time may be wasted trying to hunt something down. And we all can feel that in the modern world, quality time is a measure of “True Wealth.”

Be sure to check out the full post below, as well as the rest of this week’s great selections!

1. 8 Extreme Frugal Living Ideas You Probably Haven’t Considered – Melissa Blevins

“Flush toilets once a day. You read that right. It doesn’t matter if it’s a number one or a number two or if someone is sick with diarrhea and vomiting (sorry…had to go there). People legit only flush once a day to save money.”

2. 10 Awesome Ways to Use a Bullet Journal for Budgeting – The Million Dollar Mama

“One of my favorites is to use a bullet journal for budgeting. A bullet journal budget is an excellent tool to help you keep your spending in check, reach your savings goals, track your budget, pay down debt, etc.”

3. A Rough, General-Purpose Retirement Plan – Oblivious Investor

“There are many, many cases in which the suggestions below would not be the best approach for an actual person, due to their personal circumstances. I have mentioned some of the circumstances that would suggest alternative approaches, but in each of the topics below there are plenty of potential factors that I have not mentioned.”

4. Financial Fragility is Real – Pete the Planner

“Fragility. It’s the word, concept, feeling I can’t escape this week. Our financial lives are incredibly fragile. No matter our level of preparation, forces significantly outside of our control can rewrite the stories we’ve worked so hard to pen.”

5. Why We Went Solar: The Economics, The Environment, and The Energy Produced – Frugalwoods

“This is the post you’ve all been waiting for. This is the answer to your prayers and the deliverer of miracles. That’s right, I’m finally writing about our solar panels. I know you’re thrilled.”

6. US vs International Investing – Go Curry Cracker

“What’s more, US corporations are truly global, generating 40%+ of revenue outside the US. And growing. A lot of people use iPhones outside of Kansas and South Dakota, and I occasionally enjoy a double venti Frappuccino with extra whip here in Taipei.”

7. Applying The “Konmari” Method To Finances (How To Declutter For Greater Energy &Success) – The Money Vikings

“I came to realize not only the awesome power of decluttering and organizing our stuff, but also applying these principals to our financial affairs. Which can also become cluttered and stuck!”

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