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Give Me the Goods: Why I Value Things Over Experiences
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I’ve previously talked about how much I love the money-saving practice of self-massage. That being the case, I recently decided to treat myself by purchasing a top-of-the-line handheld vibrating massage tool. It cost me $300. Before you call me a spendthrift and suggest I should have gone dumpster diving for spare parts and learned to […]

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How to Make Ordinary Experiences Amazing Again
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I recently came across a fascinating article by Ed O’Brien, a professor at the University of Chicago, and Robert Smith, a professor at The Ohio State University, entitled Unconventional Consumption Methods and Enjoying Things Consumed: Recapturing the “First-Time” Experience, which appeared in a very recent issue of the Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin. I’ll let […]

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The Value of Making Little Experiences Meaningful
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There’s a little ice cream shop near where we live that serves some really delicious ice cream. I’m not sure if they make it in their shop or whether they buy it from a vendor, but whatever the case may be, it’s incredibly rich and creamy stuff. Naturally, our kids love the place, especially on […]

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When Experiences Become About ‘Keeping Up with the Joneses’
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There was a time earlier in my life where I was very concerned with “keeping up with the Joneses.” I ran with a crowd that was incredibly focused on buying new things, showing them off to friends and family and acquaintances and neighbors and reveling in their jealousy, and then also being jealous of the […]

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Marriott and Starwood Offer Fan-tastic NFL Experiences
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Last week, Marriott International announced the kickoff of their 2018 Courtyard Super Bowl Sleepover Contest. The contest gives one lucky fan the opportunity to wake up on the field of Super Bowl LII after spending the night in a field-level suite converted into a Courtyard guestroom. Contest winners will enjoy in-stadium experiences and exclusive events […]

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Buying Things Versus Buying Experiences: A Deeper Look
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One of the core ideas that I like to share regarding personal finance success revolves around the idea that it’s better to spend your money on “experiences” rather than “stuff.” For example, I’d rather spend $100 going to a convention for a particular hobby than spend $100 on items for that hobby. An astute reader, […]

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Some Thoughts on the Battle Between Minimalism and Preparedness
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One of the biggest struggles I have in my life is this constant battle between two guiding values: minimalism and preparedness. I see great value in both of these things. In minimalism, I see the value of having fewer things to worry about and take care of, leaving me more time to actually do things […]

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Best Rewards Credit Cards of 2017
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If you want to earn rewards quickly (who doesn’t?), it’s important to choose a card that aligns with your spending habits and goals. With the number of cards out there, it can be difficult to narrow down the options — but don’t worry. We’ve done the research to make finding your ideal rewards card quick […]

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A Guide for Busy People Who Want to Build New Income Streams
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John writes in: Recently, you mentioned in this article that you’ve set up some additional income streams to the point “where any income stream can go away and it won’t really adversely affect my family.” — I’m curious to know what they are and how you’ve achieved that. I’ve been listening and reading up on […]

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Wealth Is Not a Route to Happiness. What Is?
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I recently read a great article by Peter Singer on the general topic of effective altruism entitled The Drowning Child and the Expanding Circle, which was originally published in New Internationalist. In the article, Singer’s primary focus is on personal happiness and whether helping others is aligned with it. The article contained a key quote […]

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A love letter to Music Together
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Yes, I’m endorsing a product/service here. No, I am not being paid to do so.  It’s called Music Together and two past experiences made me decide to recommend this activity. Several of my friends and I had done session-based music and movement class Music Together for three consecutive “semesters” and then we decided to skip […]

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