The Sunday Sharies: Volume 26

Sunday Scaries (n): The Sunday evening dread that creeps in when anticipating work in the morning.

Shut down Sunday Scaries with this series: Sunday Sharies! These are the articles, links, and content I’ve read this week that I think are worth sharing.

Finance Articles

How Financial Apps Get You to Spend More and Question Less (Wired / Kristin Wong)

An endless stream of brands, products, and companies compete for your attention online. While some of them take the time to gain your readership and trust, others rely on manipulating your behavior by using your own psychology against you.

The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Forcing Millennial Mothers Out of the Workforce  (Center for American Progress)

Millennial men have largely embraced gender equality when it comes to paid work, but research has found that these attitudes rarely extend to child care responsibilities. Today’s heterosexual couples may aspire to more egalitarian parenting and housework, as evidenced by women becoming a majority of the paid labor force for the first time in nearly a decade in December 2019.

FIRE Articles

How I Saved Over Half My Income on a $30,000 Salary (We Want Guac)

So what are you waiting for??? Give up your humanity and go live in the sewers to save up your income! I provided a very narrow guideline that sucks and was unique to my situation, so you’re an automatic failure if you still can’t do what I did. Best of luck!!!

Even with a toddler, this couple’s cost of living is less than $25,000 a year — this is how they do it

Raising children is expensive, but that hasn’t stopped Nic and Court from keeping their annual expenses below $25,000, even with a 2-year-old daughter.

It helps that the two are masters at the FIRE movement, short for “Financial Independence, Retire Early.” The Calgary, Alberta, couple officially became financially independent two years ago, when their daughter was born. Nic no longer works, and Court works part-time. Even still, they save half of her salary.

You Spent How Much?! Our Cost To See Every National Park (And How We Paid For It)(Trip of a Lifestyle)

Okay, so that’s a lot of money. But let’s put this into perspective: This is the total, all-in cost for two people to live their entire lives, and it comes to about $2,634 per month per person. This isn’t just the cost of a “vacation.” This is a totally inclusive cost of living for seven months, counting entertainment, parking, health insurance, food, shelter — everything!

What do you think?

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  1. Reddit occassionally has a thread that goes something like: “As a non-American, what’s the best thing about America?”.

    The #1 response is almost always about our national park system.

    $37K to see all of it, including cost of living, seems like a pretty great deal really. I enjoyed the post from Trip of a Lifestyle. 🙂

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