Money Roundup: Why It’s Good For Your Kids to Help Pay for College, Specialized Job Search Sites, and More

Friday, April 20th, 2012

There’s lots of good personal finance advice floating around in cyberspace.  Here are 10 of the most helpful, interesting, or otherwise worth-your-time-to-read articles I came across over the past week.

The Upside to Not Saving for Your Child’s College Education (MSNBC).  A new study finds that students who pay for at least a portion of their college costs do better than those whose parents foot the entire bill.

What Broke Athletes and Celebrities Can Teach Retirees (Forbes).  Being excellent in one field doesn’t necessarily translate into being excellent in another, like money management.

Why New College Grads Should Aim High (CNNMoney).  Encouragement to stick with your passions even in a tough job market.  There’s more on this topic below.

Cheap Ways to Improve Curb Appeal (Kiplinger).  Putting your house on the market this year, like we are?  Here are some inexpensive ways to make a good first impression.  And here are a few more ideas from

Should We Stop Referring to People as “Consumers”? (Time).  I’ve been encouraging all of us to rethink our financial identity for a long time.  Good to see more people championing the cause.

And from the blogosphere…

10 Alternative Online Job Search Sites (PT Money).  Job search sites for teens, seniors, and lots of people in between.

Borrow Stuff You’ll Only Use Once or Twice (The Simple Dollar).  Great advice.  Does everyone on the block really need to own a snow blower?  Sharing can save money and build community.

What’s Your 10-Point Manifesto? (The Happiness Project). I’ve done something similar with my financial philosophy, although I have 11 essentials for simple meaningful success. Do you have a manifesto or mission statement for your finances?  Your family?  Your business?

Study Shows Following Your Passion Leads to Greater Success (One Money Design).  It can be scary to pursue your passions instead of what seems practical.  This study may give you encouragement to venture out onto the skinny branches.

Clear Out That Clutter: 15 Places to Sell Your Stuff (Wise Bread).  Just in time for spring cleaning.

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

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Categories: Psychology of Money

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