I’ve been on a book reading tear of late. I’ll post more about that in the coming weeks, but as you can see by my post frequency, I’ve been reading more than I’ve been writing. Hope you’re enjoying your summer.
Yes, I know. This is a random picture, but it made me laugh.
Breaking Through Stereotypes – Bethenny Frankel has 120 million reasons to feel vindicated. I love the whole Skinny Girl Margarita story and Frankel’s rise from living paycheck-to-paycheck to making it big.
“I worked hard, I did it on my own, and I busted my ass the whole way. It’s been a long time coming.”
Ask the Readers: How can I earn an extra $1000 per month? – Enough said. Worth the read.
4 Reasons Why Your Boss Should Take A Vacation – If your boss doesn’t take vacation, read through this post and get them to take one.
1. Taking time off work recharges your productivity and ability to perceive new directions
2. Serve as an example of the importance and value of taking time off work
3. Show your team you trust their ability to manage without you
4. Reminds employees that vacation time is part of their remuneration; it’s not a job perk
20 personal money practices that got me to a place of grooving prosperity – A wonderful post that bring a nice feeling of approachability to handling money and the mentality you need to gain control of your finances.
Ten Things College Graduates Need to Know About Finances and Careers – Simple advice worth memorizing for yourself or sharing with college age kids.
1. That thing you really want? You don’t need it.
2. Increasing your debt level is an extremely bad idea.
3. Believing that “your future self will take care of it” ensures a miserable life.
4. Start retirement savings the first day you possibly can.
5. If you don’t have any specific long term goals, use your money to eliminate debt.
6. If you don’t have any specific long term goals and no debt, keep your extra money in a savings account.
7. It is unlikely that you’ll stay in your first post-college job – or even your first post-college career path – forever, so plan accordingly
8. Don’t be ashamed to live with your parents for a while, but don’t view it as a long-term solution.
9. Your specific investment choices matter less than the simple fact you’re investing.
10. You have an incredibly long life ahead of you. Use that knowledge to your advantage.
6 Lessons Learned From The Recession – J Money over at Budgets are Sexy comments on an MSN article about lessons we should have learned from the current recession.
- Use cash and borrow less
- Make sure you build an emergency fund
- Setting priorities is critical
- Budget is not a dirty word
- Being a penny-pincher makes you smart, not cheap
- Stay in charge of your investments
What’s It Take to Be “Rich”? – How much do you think it takes? Here’s the number a recent survey of millionaires came up with…
Why Smart People Make Bad Spending Decisions – Another smart post from J Money at Budgets are Sexy. Why do you think smart people make dumb spending decisions? If you’re struggling with spending and debt (and you’re obviously smart because you’re reading this blog), then check out this post. It just might help you eliminate a few spending issues and leave you with extra cash at the end of the month.
From Billionaire To Broke: One Wealthy Heiress And Her Slide Into Bankruptcy – Not exactly MC Hammer type of “interesting” expenses to read about, but this is a cautionary tale to learn from with good lessons learned at the end of the post.
A Home Is a Lousy Investment: Today’s young people would be foolish to imitate their parents and view ownership as the cornerstone of personal finance. Blasphemy? Maybe not.
Picture via Alberto.Gar