Best of the week – May 18, 2013

Some articles that caught my eye this week…

How Car Leases Torpedo Your Finances

Consumer Reports studies have shown that a lease is the most expensive way to purchase a car. A lease is almost never a good deal for the consumer. It locks you into years of payments with nothing to show for them. Most often what leases are about is getting you into a car that you really can’t afford.

Five Excuses Why People Don’t Save for Retirement

Which category would you place yourself in?

The Master‘s Principle 

I think this article hits very close to why many people struggle financially. So many people try to find happiness in their stuff. We live our lives thinking if only I had that next item then I’d be happy. It’s an empty finish line because we are trying to fill a God-planted desire with something that will never fulfill it.

6 tips for financial planning in your 40s

Almost like someone at Bankrate is a Dave Ramsey fan. I was amused how their suggestions lined up with the Baby Steps. Bottom line is solid financial advice is true no matter what the source.

Student Debt Will Punish US for Years: Strategist

I think student debt is one of the most damaging problems we are facing in our world today. I am a huge believer in the value of education, but many young people are  entering life in a hole so deep it will take them years to find their way out. Getting a college education without a mountain of debt is not easy, but it is possible.

In Life & Finances, You Are More Adaptable Than You Think

Life sometimes hands us a lemon but humans can be remarkably adaptable.

22 Things Happy People Do Differently

While this article isn’t specific to finances, almost every one of these items has a financial application.

 

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