The Best and Worst Thing About Financial Independence

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Happy Friday!

Here are a bunch of great articles from around the web this week, including from yours truly ;) Although, I’m just realizing I haven’t done one of these in a while, so this will actually be the “Best Of” version from the past three weeks, haha…

Should make you nice and wealthy by the time you’re done reading them though! You’re welcome!!

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Favorite articles on Budgets Are Sexy recently:

READY MONEY. — A money poem I found circa 1909 ;)

The Problem with “Free” (and My 2 New Yard Sale Rules) — “Rule #1: No more getting anything for FREE!… Rule #2: For every new item you bring in the home, you must get rid of another.”

Log Cabin Ruth & Her Fantastic Side Hustles 💪💪 — “The other day I randomly stumbled across this old email thread with a reader who was about to pay off her log cabin (that’s right – I said log cabin!!), and now years later I was curious to see if she ended up making it happen ;)… SPOILER ALERT: She did it!! And scooped up some excellent side hustles along the way…”

Phrases to use instead of “I Don’t Want to Spend Money” — “So many of us struggle with saying “no” to stuff, but it’s not because we don’t care or *want* to do a lot of these things, it’s simply ’cause we’re trying to keep our $$$ reigned in! So having an arsenal of lines like this is smart to have in your pockets for whenever you need to whip ’em out…”

How Getting Sober Changed My Life — and My Money — “A powerful story by a friend of mine, and new(ish) blogger on the scene, Deanna from Recovering Women Wealth, who’s not only found her path towards financial freedom, but freedom from the devil’s work too. A beautiful, and positive!, person putting herself out there in hopes of inspiring others! Thank you Deanna!!! ”

What’s Your Wealth Number? — “If you’re tired of thinking about money in terms of “net worth,” here’s another way you can do it and more sneakily compare yourself to others ;)”

“Just one time!” — “You ever catch yourself saying that whenever you’re about to splurge on something?? “JUST ONE TIME!” And then that one time becomes two times, and then three, and then before you know it you now have yourself a regular line item in your budget? ;) Me too.”

14 Wildly Different Allowance Strategies :) — “A look at some of my favorite [allowance techniques] for anyone else in need of finding or tweaking their own systems. We’ll start with the more humorous ones for all those who couldn’t care less or don’t have kids ;)

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Favorite articles around the web recently:

The Best and Worst Thing About Financial Independence via Mad Fientist — “If you’re unhappy when you’re working and you blame your job for all your problems, you may struggle after FI if you’re still unhappy. What do you do when your biggest scapegoat disappears?”

What We Flipped To Make $21,105 In One Month via Flea Market Flipper — “Do you love flipping used items? We do! I don’t think I will ever be able to have a ‘real job’ ever again… Today we are going to dive into what we flipped last month (which includes our largest flip of the year!)”

Why Some Think It’s a Smart Money Move to Give a 6-Year-Old a Debit Card via Money.com — “The piggy bank is so passé – get your kids some plastic. That’s what supporters of a growing group of tools aimed at teaching kids money skills claim. The new products – debit cards designed specifically for joint parent and child accounts – were created as a solution for parents who were bombarded with requests for money from their kids and who rarely had cash on hand to pay weekly allowances.”

Forgetting to pay your bills on time may be a warning sign of Alzheimer’s via DailyMail.com — “Forgetting to pay your bills on time may be an early warning sign of Alzheimer’s, a study has suggested. Researchers have found an inability to keep on top of finances strikes many patients shortly before they are diagnosed.”

Arianna Huffington, Founder and CEO of Thrive Global via NY Times — “Arianna worked around the clock on her company HuffPost until she collapsed on the floor. This “wakeup call” launched a new mission: To help people avoid burnout.”

A Million Nameless Joys Await via Raptitude — “In an era when it feels as though we’ve somehow seen everything already, or at least photos of it online, it’s comforting to know that out there, just beyond the boundaries of our own routines, await subtle flavors of joy we can’t conceive of. ”

Barbie’s Malibu Dreamhouse will be on Airbnb for $60 per night via CNN — “Call three friends, jump in the bubble gum pink Jeep, and hop on the Pacific Coast Highway. The Barbie Malibu Dreamhouse is available to rent. It is beachy and dreamy, and it is very, very pink. Better yet? It’s only $60 per night on Airbnb.”

And lastly, this hilarious skit by Victor Borge on “Inflationary” Language (video) — (Shout out to Clyde Forsland for recommending this one!)

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Blessed weekend, everyone 🙏🙏

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