With life’s busy schedule, it’s hard for most of us to dig through all the information thrown our way. Each week we go down the rabbit hole and find the most interesting and helpful articles so you don’t have to. Take a look at what we’re reading this week.
How to save $100,000 on a $54K salary
Ever wanted to save thousands of dollars in a short amount of time? Sure you have. See how this woman did it in only three and a half years — and how you can do it yourself. (Time)
Where do all those star-spangled banners come from?
Whether waving above a crowd of parade-goers or fluttering above a federal building, American flags are always a common sight on the Fourth of July.
Now that the Independence Day festivities are over, take a listen to this podcast about a Chinese factory that makes American flags and what those flags mean for free trade and the global economy. (NPR)
Find a hobby — without going broke
Immersing yourself in a new passion is exciting, but buying (or renting) the necessary equipment or supplies can cost you big time. Learn how to take up some of the most expensive hobbies on a budget. (Money Under 30)
What do your parents owe you in their will?
The supposed unfairness of a will can split a family into warring sides faster than you can say “family feud.” But is considering the score of every dollar really going to make you happy? (The Washington Post)
Demystify the budgeting process
The word “budget” often seems to put an instant damper on living our best lives. But a simple monthly budget can actually bring you more financial freedom and lower your stress levels. Learn how to make a one-size-fits-all budget in only six easy steps. (Club Thrifty)
Do millennials have a hold on their finances?
The financial woes of the millennial generation are a common news item these days. But a recent study struck a more optimistic tone for those between 1981 and 1996. See where you fall in the findings — and pick up some advice while you’re at it. (The Balance)
Skimp on this makeup item
Makeup connoisseurs know that stocking up on favorite products can drain your bank account in a snap. See what popular item isn’t worth splurging on, according to Gigi Hadid’s makeup artist. (Bustle)
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