Money Roundup: Keeping Your Vacation Free From Financial Disaster, The Definitive Discount Guide, and More

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Each week I read lots of personal finance articles.  Here are 10 of the best ones I came across over the past seven days.

How I Got Hit With An Overdraft Fee After Opting Out of Overdraft Protection (Main Street).  As I’ve written before, I believe it’s best to opt out of overdraft protection.  But this article shows just how cautious you need to be with this confusing service.

Solutions to 9 Puzzling Financial Frustrations (Time).  From flex spending account paperwork overload to having too many bills due at once, here’s your action plan.

Employers Ask Job Seekers For Facebook Passwords (MSNBC).  Think your Facebook profile is private?  If you’re in the market for a new job, maybe not.

6 Financial Nightmare Vacations (Bankrate).  Some cautionary tales that may help your next vacation go well.

Lost Cell Phones Added Up Fast In 2011 (USA TODAY).  Did you contribute to the $30 billion in lost mobile phones last year?  Here’s how to hang onto your phone this year.

And from the blogosphere…

9 Simple Ways to Stop Impulse Buying (Wise Bread).  Retailers seem to know our impulses better than we do.  Here’s how to level the playing field.

Living in a Small House: Does Size Matter? (The Digerati Life).  The examples may be extreme, but this article raises a good question about a common assumption that the bigger the house the better.  There are some more good thoughts on this subject in a great book I’m reading right now called All the Money in the World.

The Dangers of Motivating Kids Through An Allowance (Consumerism Commentary).  The perennial parenting debate continues – to tie allowances to chores or not?  There’s a good discussion in the comments section of this post.

The Definitive Guide: 22 Ways to Get a Discount on Anything (Part 3) (Squawkfox).  Getting a deal often starts with the realization that the sticker price isn’t a fixed price.  Here are lots of ways to take the next step.

Are You Chasing Your Dream or Someone Else’s? (Wealth Informatics).  A great post that’ll make you question some assumptions you may not even realize you have.

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Categories: Psychology of Money, Smart Spending, Teaching Kids

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