Is it just me, or is it a lot harder to get work done in the summer? Especially working from home, I find that making time to sit at the computer and get stuff done is almost like pulling teeth. I guess part of it has to do with where I live, because up here we only get a few short months of nice weather before the snow starts to fly so you try to make the most of the warm months.
But summer isn’t a time to slack off on your finances. The markets keep moving, your debt still needs to be paid, and money has to be made so you need to stay sharp. One way to do that is to keep up with the latest financial news and tips from around the web, so here is a collection of good reads from the past week.
These are the reasons why I spend – Finance sites talk a lot about how to cut spending, but what is the point of money if you’re afraid to spend it? Here, Steve goes over some of the reasons why he spends.
Buying a New Hybrid to Save on Gas: Smart Move or Financial Folly – With gas prices about a dollar higher than last year people are again looking at hybrids to save money. But is the savings really there?
Are You Still Bullish on Investing in the Long Term? – Markets are choppy and we’re still in the midst of an economic downturn, so are you still bullish about investing for the long run? I am, but not everyone shares this view.
Major Stock Market Indices – We hear about stock market indicies all the time, but may not fully understand what they mean. This provides a good primer on the major indicies.
Investing on a Budget – If money is tight it can seem impossible to invest at the same time. Well, there are still ways to tuck some money away for retirement or a college education even on a budget.
Should You Liquidate Savings to Pay off Debt? – Debt is bad and savings is good, but is it worth liquidating your savings just to pay off your debt?
Are You Living Below Your Means? Benefits of the Minimalist Lifestyle – Living below your means is vital to maintaining financial stability for more reasons than one.
The Fall Of Blockbuster: A Lesson On Keeping Your Business Model Current – Blockbuster = epic fail. Take a page out of their book and learn how to keep your business above water in the ever-changing business environment.
5 Part-Time Jobs with Health Insurance & Benefits – Jobs are hard to come by these days, and part-time jobs with benefits are even harder. But there are some out there. Here are a few to look for if you’re in the job market.
A few more good reads:
- Investing VS Speculating: The Difference Between Building Wealth and Gambling
- Networking To Advance Your Career
- Building Our Baby Fund
- One Day Your Roth IRA Will Fund Itself
- Dave Ramsey Comments On My Post About His New House, His Debt Philosophy And Giving
- How To Go Without Cell Phones
- Why Are Financial Tools So Important?
- Social Security While Working: The Earnings Test
- Better investment fee and performance disclosure might help
- How to make money with your blog.
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About the Author: Jeremy Vohwinkle is a Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor® and spent a few years working as a financial planner. Today, he helps people make the most of their money by writing about personal finance here and elsewhere on the web. Jeremy is also Coach at Adaptu and a regular contributor for other publications such as Intuit, and American Express. Be sure to follow Jeremy on Twitter or Google+.