Money Roundup: A Case for NOT Giving Kids an Allowance, The Habits of Exceptionally Healthy People, and More

Friday, February 17th, 2012

I’ve been at it again – surfing near and far, looking for especially helpful, thought provoking, or otherwise useful personal finance ideas from around the Web.  Here are my 10 choices for this week.

College Majors That Are Great For Steady Work and High Earnings (Main Street).  Has the Master’s degree become the new Bachelor’s degree?

Why Giving Your Kids an Allowance May Not Teach Them Anything (Time).  Some especially radical thinking on a topic lots of parents struggle with.

Do Rich People Live Longer? (US News).  There is a connection between wealth and health, but explaining the connection isn’t as easy as you may think.

10 Used Cars to Check Out Before Buying New (Main Street).  The recession has driven up the prices of used cars that are two to three years old, but there are some great values to be had if you’re open to buying an older vehicle.

Younger Investors Less Optimistic About Retirement (Financial Planning).  Other surveys show that younger investors have become overly cautious.  As I’ve said before, when you’re young, playing it too safe with your investments is one of the riskiest things you can do.  A better ideas is to make sure you understand The Most Important Key to Investing Success.

And from the blogosphere…

10 Habits of Exceptionally Healthy People (Life Optimizer).  Less than optimal health is a drag – on our happiness, our productivity, our finances, and more.  Here are 10 very doable steps we can all take for better health.

5 Ways to Become More Self-Confident Everyday This Work Week (Pick the Brain).  Confidence is one of those “soft skills” that can pay huge dividends.

Getting the Most Out of Free College Planning Resources (Wise Bread).  Choosing a college can be an overwhelming process for students and their parents.  Here’s a helpful guide through the maze.

Save Money on Food: Join a CSA (One Money Design).  It’s the next best thing to growing it yourself.

Seven Tips For Getting Yourself to Go to Bed On Time (The Happiness Project).  I’m convinced that adequate sleep is the most underrated key to health, productivity, happiness, and more.  I especially need to practice tip number 3.

Got a question or a response to any of the above?  Be sure to leave a comment.

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Categories: Saving/Investing, Smart Spending, Teaching Kids

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