September 20th, 2013
Link Roundup: 5 Ways to Stay Motivated While Saving
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5 Ways to Stay Motivated While Saving “Saving money is a long and sometimes difficult process, so while you’re on the road to reaching your goals, it’s important to stay motivated. Here are some tips on how to stay focused and enthusiastic.” My Bank Tracker
A Pocked-Sized Guide to Financial Success “There’s not much of a backstory to the image, but it’s important to know its author: University of Chicago professor Harold Pollack. A finance teacher he is not (health policy is his expertise), but Harvard/Princeton/Yale PhD he is. Needless to say, dude’s smart. And beyond smart, he knows how to distill a mountain of financial guidelines, best practices and opinions into a notecard of 10 simple tips. Here’s my brief analysis:” Our Freaking Budget
6 Rules for Smart Credit Card Use “The reality is that credit cards are financial tools. They provide convenience and access to funds. They come with protections that you don’t see with some of the other forms of payment (including debit cards). When used properly, credit cards can actually help you reach your financial goals. If you want to take full advantage of credit cards, here are 6 rules for savvy use.” Financial Highway
Protecting your wallet from #YOLO, #FOMO and #FONSY “It’s easy to hop on a trend and add a hashtag to your latest tweet about going over the family budget. While these trendy lifestyle philosophies seem like harmless fun on your Twitter feed, it’s another thing when you realize the real-life budget consequences of living life by a short-sighted acronym. Torn between between dismissal and adoption? Take a look at the following best and worst case scenarios to find out how to put these philosophies to work for you:” Budgets are Sexy
3 Great Reasons to Use Credit Cards “Mention the term credit card and depending on who you’re around, you could get quite the range of responses. You have one side that’ll be on the extreme of churning credit cards all the time to earn rewards to those on the other side who swear them off with the belief that they’re a blight on society. Certainly, if you’re struggling with credit card debt now, or in the recent past, then credit cards probably are not the best for you, but if used as a balanced approach to managing one’s finances I believe there are a number of benefits to be found in using credit cards. The key is knowing what those benefits are and using them if appropriate.” Narrow Bridge Finance
Why So Many People Fail at Becoming Debt Free “Here in the PF blogging world, we’re surrounded by people who either have or are working to become debt free. We know that this is the norm in our little world, but almost all of us also know a not-so-small handful of people who have tried, failed and given up at becoming debt free. So what’s the difference between those who make it to debt free and those who don’t? And how can you be sure that you’re one of the ones who will achieve your goal of becoming debt free or wealthy? Consider these reasons for failure, and then make sure you don’t fall into these sabotaging traps:” Frugal Rules
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