Health https://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/14/all en-US Ask the Readers: What Changes Have You Made for Better Health? https://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-changes-have-you-made-for-better-health <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/ask-the-readers-what-changes-have-you-made-for-better-health" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_healthy_water_669861900.jpg" alt="Woman making changes for better health" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><em>Editor's Note: Congratulations to sweepermom, Sue, and Gina for winning this week's contest!</em></p> <p>For most of us, good health doesn't just drop into our laps. We need to adopt lifestyle habits that allow us to maintain or improve our body's well-being, and these can change when we develop unexpected health issues or simply as we age.</p> <p><strong>What changes have you made for better health?</strong> What convinced you to make the changes? 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Winners will be announced after August 6th on the original post. Winners will also be contacted via email.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered, or associated with Facebook or Twitter.<br /> &nbsp;</li> <li>You must be 18 and U.S. resident to enter. Void where prohibited.</li> </ul> <p><strong>Good Luck!</strong></p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-blog-teaser"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tell us about the changes you&#039;ve made for better health and we&#039;ll enter you in a drawing to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! </div> </div> </div> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/ashley-jacobs">Ashley Jacobs</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-changes-have-you-made-for-better-health">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-what-will-you-buy-with-your-tax-refund-win-turbo-tax-prizes">Ask the Readers: What will You Buy with Your Tax Refund? (Win Turbo Tax Prizes!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/ask-the-readers-do-you-honestly-follow-a-budget-chance-to-win-20">Ask the Readers: Do You Honestly Follow a Budget? 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(A Chance to win $20!)</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Giveaways Health and Beauty Ask the Readers changes Health Tue, 31 Jul 2018 08:00:13 +0000 Ashley Jacobs 2161516 at https://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways to Embrace Having to Work in Retirement https://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-embrace-having-to-work-in-retirement <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-to-embrace-having-to-work-in-retirement" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/confident_mature_businesswoman_sitting_at_desk.jpg" alt="Confident mature businesswoman sitting at desk" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>We all know what retirement is supposed to look like: You get a nice farewell luncheon and a gold watch from your employer &mdash; and then you get busy golfing, traveling, spoiling the grandkids, and generally living it up in your golden years.</p> <p>So if you find yourself with an underfunded nest egg and the realization that you have to continue working in retirement, you can be forgiven for wanting to throw an epic temper tantrum. Working in retirement is not what we were promised, and if that doesn&rsquo;t warrant some flailing and crying, I don&rsquo;t know what does.</p> <p>But not being able to fully retire doesn&rsquo;t have to put you in a permanent bad mood. Once you&rsquo;ve stopped shaking your fist at the heavens, consider these ways to not only accept, but also embrace the reality of working in retirement.</p> <h2>1. You may be happier than retirees</h2> <p>Though it might seem like retirement is the key to happiness, psychological researchers have found that working is actually better for your subjective well-being. According to a 2014 study by Dr. Elizabeth Mokyr Horner in the Journal of Happiness Studies, retirees do experience a rush of well-being and life satisfaction in the first few months after they retire &mdash; but they feel a sharp decline of their levels of contentment within the first few years of retirement.</p> <p>There are a couple of reasons for this decline in happiness. First, anything you spend years planning for is unlikely to live up to your expectations. It&rsquo;s only natural for retirees to feel let down when they realize their new chapter in life isn&rsquo;t exactly what they expected. In addition, when you end a career that has helped define who you are, it&rsquo;s common to feel adrift once that career has ended. Finally, retirement can often lead to a shrinking social circle, since you no longer see co-workers on a daily basis. Lack of social contact can increase feelings of loneliness and depression, which can be a major problem among retirees.</p> <p>Even if you are not happy about the fact that you have to work past retirement age, remember that working may actually be improving your happiness by helping to define you, giving you a broader social circle, and providing you with a reason to get up every morning. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-find-your-new-identity-after-retirement?ref=seealso" target="_blank">How to Find Your New Identity After Retirement</a>)</p> <h2>2. You can make your workplace better</h2> <p>One of the benefits of working past traditional retirement age is the amount of knowledge and experience you bring to your job. Not only does that make you a valuable member of your workplace, but it provides you with an opportunity to help encourage and shape the culture there. By taking younger co-workers under your wing and making suggestions based on your depth of knowledge, you can potentially improve the company you work for. It&rsquo;s tough to do this without the kind of clout your experience lends you.</p> <h2>3. You can put off taking Social Security</h2> <p>According to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, approximately 42 percent of men and 48 percent of women begin taking their Social Security benefits at age 62, the earliest you are eligible to receive them. But Social Security benefits are permanently reduced by up to 30 percent by taking them so far in advance of full retirement age.</p> <p>If you are still working in retirement, you can put off taking your Social Security benefits, and thereby increase your monthly benefit by as much as 8 percent per year that you put off Social Security. In addition, you may also be increasing your Social Security monthly payment by continuing to work, since the Social Security Administration calculates your benefit based on your 35 highest earning years. If you are at the top of your lifetime salary while working past retirement age, these high earning years will replace lower earning years from your youth &mdash; and potentially increase your monthly payment. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-ways-to-boost-your-social-security-payout-before-retirement?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Smart Ways to Boost Your Social Security Payout Before Retirement</a>)</p> <h2>4. You are in a retirement investment sweet spot</h2> <p>Though working past retirement age may not be your idea of fun, it does give you an unparalleled opportunity to invest. First, since you are over the age of 50, you can take advantage of the catch-up provisions that allow you to contribute up to $24,500 to your 401(k) and up to $6,500 to your IRA, allowing you to reduce your tax burden while funding your retirement accounts.</p> <p>In addition, since you are working longer, that means you have a longer investment timeline to play with. This can allow you to invest for growth in ways that a typical retiree could not, since she would be trying to protect principal. Since you anticipate working for a few more years, you get a few more years of the magic of compound interest working to build your wealth. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-reasons-to-invest-in-stocks-past-age-50?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Reasons to Invest in Stocks Past Age 50</a>)</p> <h2>5. You can keep using your employer&rsquo;s health insurance</h2> <p>All Americans are eligible for Medicare as of age 65, but the program costs more than you might expect and covers less than you might think. Not only do you have to pay a premium of at least $134 per month for Medicare Part B, but you will be on the hook for 20 percent of the Medicare approved amount for health care after you have met the annual deductible of $183. In addition, Medicare does not cover prescription drugs, dental or vision care, foot care, hearing aids, or dentures.</p> <p>Being able to stay on your employer&rsquo;s health insurance could be a major benefit to working, since you are likely to have more comprehensive coverage under that insurance and it may be less expensive for you, as well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-common-mistakes-to-avoid-when-you-enroll-in-medicare?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Common Mistakes to Avoid When You Enroll in Medicare</a>)</p> <h2>No need to curse the heavens</h2> <p>Working in retirement may not be what you planned, but it doesn&rsquo;t have to feel like the end of the world. If you take the time to recognize how working in retirement can actually help your emotional, mental, financial, and physical well-being, you can embrace the reality of working when you&rsquo;d expected to be golfing.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-ways-to-embrace-having-to-work-in-retirement&amp;media=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Ways%2520to%2520Embrace%2520Having%2520to%2520Work%2520in%2520Retirement.jpg&amp;description=5%20Ways%20to%20Embrace%20Having%20to%20Work%20in%20Retirement"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Ways%20to%20Embrace%20Having%20to%20Work%20in%20Retirement.jpg" alt="5 Ways to Embrace Having to Work in Retirement" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/emily-guy-birken">Emily Guy Birken</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-embrace-having-to-work-in-retirement">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/8-ways-to-preserve-your-net-worth-in-retirement">8 Ways to Preserve Your Net Worth in Retirement</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-help-your-parents-retire">How to Help Your Parents Retire</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/8-signs-its-time-to-retire">8 Signs It&#039;s Time to Retire</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-overcome-these-4-common-retirement-fears">How to Overcome These 4 Common Retirement Fears</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/9-expensive-mistakes-of-the-newly-retired">9 Expensive Mistakes of the Newly Retired</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Retirement back to work Health health insurance investing medicare quality of life retirees social life social security well-being Thu, 28 Jun 2018 08:00:15 +0000 Emily Guy Birken 2148704 at https://www.wisebread.com 6 Worries You'll Always Have No Matter How Rich You Become https://www.wisebread.com/6-worries-youll-always-have-no-matter-how-rich-you-become <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-worries-youll-always-have-no-matter-how-rich-you-become" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/magnifying_glass_over_a_newspaper.jpg" alt="Magnifying glass over a newspaper" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Benjamin Franklin once said, &quot;Do not worry about trouble, or what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.&quot; In other words, don't fret.</p> <p>But it's not always easy to follow Ben's advice. Worrying is a normal, natural thing, and it happens to the poorest and wealthiest among us. Money can help ease some fears, but there are ultimately things that will cause us to worry no matter how financially secure we are.</p> <p>Here are things that we all worry about, regardless of our income. What else keeps you up at night?</p> <h2>1. Your health</h2> <p>One of the sad ironies about building wealth is that once you actually have accumulated enough to achieve financial freedom, you may not be young enough to enjoy it for very long. As much as older Americans worry about having enough saved, they also worry about whether they'll remain healthy enough to have the active and happy retirement they dreamed of.</p> <p>Financial wealth can help you get access to good medical care, but aging can win over even the richest among us. And even young people with money worry about falling ill or getting injured. The good news is that this worry can motivate us to do those things necessary to maintain good health, like eat well and exercise. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-problems-you-cant-solve-with-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Problems You Can't Solve With Money</a>)</p> <h2>2. Your loved ones</h2> <p>Having money may ease your worries a bit, as you can help protect your loved ones from financial hardship.</p> <p>But you can't protect them from the consequences of their own bad choices. You can't cure their illnesses. You can't prevent them from having their hearts broken. Their health and happiness will be a perpetual source of worry. Even when we're old and gray, we'll still worry about our kids and other relatives. We'll always worry about our spouses. But that's OK. What kind of monsters would we be if we felt differently?</p> <h2>3. The health of our institutions</h2> <p>We can do a lot on our own to ensure financial security, but much of it also depends on outside entities to function properly. We need the federal government to operate smoothly and play a role in keeping our economy stable. We need a banking system that works. We need stock markets that operate effectively and in the best interests of investors. We need education systems that are working to make America stronger and smarter.</p> <p>At various times in recent years, these institutions have had shaky moments. No matter how wealthy you are, you'll always be keeping an eye on our governmental and financial systems to see if they are working the way they should.</p> <h2>4. Global conflict</h2> <p>There's a reason the stock market took a major dive after the events of September 11, 2001. That's because as a nation, there was genuine fear that we'd be roped into a major conflict or war that might have hurt our nation's economy. We worry about war and global instability due to the potential impact on our finances.</p> <p>But we also worry about global conflict because we are human. Having money in the bank means nothing when you're worried about terrorism, or concerned about a friend or loved one serving overseas. We worry when we hear about global tensions that might turn into something worse. We actually live in one of the most peaceful times in human history, but until there's peace on earth we will worry, regardless of how wealthy we are.</p> <h2>5. Change</h2> <p>Fear of change is so prevalent that it actually has a name: <em>metathesiophobia</em>. It is natural for people to worry about changes in their lives, particularly those they can't control. Having wealth can help mitigate some negative impacts of change, but there is some change that is inevitable no matter how financially prepared you are.</p> <p>In fact, some of our biggest life changes &mdash; retirement, kids moving out, new living situations due to health declines &mdash; come later in life when we have achieved financial security. Consider that many older workers choose to remain in their jobs for no other reason than they fear the lifestyle changes that retirement might bring.</p> <p>Change is inevitable, no matter how rich you are. Do you have the ability to embrace it when it comes?</p> <h2>6. Money</h2> <p>Yes, you'll worry about money even when you have a lot of money. That's because there's a good chance you've spent all your life worrying about having enough. So even when you reach a point when you're financially comfortable, your brain defaults to worrying. Even when you're rich, there may be things that happen to throw you financially off track.</p> <p>The stock market can take a dive. Your family may be faced with a string of bad events. You never know what's around the corner. We all want to reach a point when we don't have to worry about money, but perhaps worrying about having enough money may be the very thing that ensures we have enough. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/why-even-millionaires-arent-happy-about-their-finances?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Why Even Millionaires Aren't Happy About Their Finances</a>)</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F6-worries-youll-always-have-no-matter-how-rich-you-become&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F6%2520Worries%2520Youll%2520Always%2520Have%2520No%2520Matter%2520How%2520Rich%2520You%2520Become.jpg&amp;description=6%20Worries%20Youll%20Always%20Have%20No%20Matter%20How%20Rich%20You%20Become"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/6%20Worries%20Youll%20Always%20Have%20No%20Matter%20How%20Rich%20You%20Become.jpg" alt="6 Worries You'll Always Have No Matter How Rich You Become" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/6-worries-youll-always-have-no-matter-how-rich-you-become">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/9-essential-personal-finance-skills-to-teach-your-kid-before-they-move-out">9 Essential Personal Finance Skills to Teach Your Kid Before They Move Out</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/9-best-free-financial-learning-tools">9 Best Free Financial Learning Tools</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/8-money-moves-to-make-the-moment-you-get-a-promotion">8 Money Moves to Make the Moment You Get a Promotion</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-financial-obstacles-that-are-especially-tough-for-women">5 Financial Obstacles That Are Especially Tough for Women</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-reasons-to-cut-millennials-some-slack-about-their-money">10 Reasons to Cut Millennials Some Slack About Their Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance change Economy Health investing retirement saving security worries Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:00:06 +0000 Tim Lemke 2107216 at https://www.wisebread.com 5 Reasons a Big Paycheck Is Not Worth Staying in a Job You Hate https://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-a-big-paycheck-is-not-worth-staying-in-a-job-you-hate <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-reasons-a-big-paycheck-is-not-worth-staying-in-a-job-you-hate" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-510231594.jpg" alt="a paycheck isn&#039;t worth a job you hate" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Life is a journey filled with conundrums. An unwritten rule of thumb is that in order to gain something, you have to give up something. And the place this truism is experienced the most is in the area of finances.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">One of the biggest dilemmas people face at some point in life is should you sacrifice quality of life and personal happiness for money? And if so, for how long?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Working a job you hate to gain financial independence is a sacrifice worth considering. However, before you sell your soul and doom yourself to a life of misery for the almighty dollar, here are a few reasons that choosing a paycheck over passion may not be worth it.</span></p> <h2>1. &nbsp;Purpose trumps paper</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Millennials are thought to be idealistic dream chasers. McGraw-Hill Education conducted a 2014 study called </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Grad Gap</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">, and found that 73 percent of graduating college students value finding a job that allows them to do what they love over a job that pays well. They also found that 45 percent of students prefer a job that benefits society over a job that pays a high salary.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">And while millennials may be starry-eyed idealists, they may be onto something when it comes to living a fulfilled life. Having a purpose not steeped in materialism is the key to true prosperity. Financial independence is a noble goal, but the sum total of your life has to be about more than being able to retire comfortably. Who did you help? How did you make the world better? If you died penniless but profoundly impacted the lives of those around you, would you count your life a success or a failure? Financial independence is important, but is it the most important thing?</span></p> <h2>2. &nbsp;Money can't buy happiness</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">&quot;Money can't buy happiness.&quot; So cliché, yet so true. Meaningful work helps to motivate, challenge, and fulfill you more than money does. According to renowned psychologist Frederick Herzberg &mdash; author of </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">The Motivation to Work</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> &mdash; people seek gratification based on higher-level psychological needs such as achievement, recognition, responsibility, advancement, and the nature of the work itself. Things such as pay raises, working conditions, and job security are secondary.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Once you have enough money and all of your needs and some of your wants are met, an incremental pay increase loses its motivational force. Loving what you do (or at least not hating it) is what makes you happy. Working a job you loathe and perpetually chasing the dollar will make you far unhappier than wearing secondhand clothes and driving a hooptie. (See also: </span><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-money-lessons-you-can-learn-from-the-joneses?ref=seealso" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">4 Money Lessons You Can Learn From the Joneses</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">)</span></p> <h2>3. &nbsp;Earning a high wage is not the only path to financial independence</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A misconception connected to the dilemma of staying in or quitting a dreadful job is that you can't maintain financial freedom if you take a pay cut. That simply isn't true. Earning a high wage will get to your goal quicker, but at what cost?</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Financial independence isn't gained or sustained by earning a good wage. What if you lose your job, encounter an expensive health crisis, or have to provide long-term care for a friend or family member? Your ability to become and remain financially independent is determined by your ability to use what you have wisely. It's linked to your capacity to live frugally, cut costs, and use creativity and ingenuity to solve financial challenges. Your financial independence lies in your aptitude for working smarter, not harder. </span></p> <h2>4. &nbsp;Your mental health is affected</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Going to a job you hate, day in and day out, slowly transforms you into a different person. Your mental health suffers. Countless studies show that workplace stress can lead to depression and anxiety. A 2011 BMJ Publishing Group study even found that being unemployed can be better for your mental health than having a job you hate.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Staying in a negative environment saps your strength, drive, and ambition. And all that negativity affects your relationships. It can lead you to lash out and mistreat your loved ones, or it can cause you to withdraw. You miss important moments and find yourself riddled with guilt because even when you are physically present, you are emotionally absent.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A bad job is akin to being in a toxic relationship. If your best friend were in a relationship where they were being taken advantage of, mistreated, and unappreciated, you would encourage them to value themselves and leave. That advice is apropos for you in a terrible job, too. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">(See also: </span><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-signs-you-should-quit-your-job?ref=seealso" target="_blank"><span style="font-weight: 400;">8 Signs You Should Quit Your Job</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">)</span></p> <h2>5. &nbsp;It can kill you</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Staying in a job you hate drastically diminishes your health. Research shows that continuous amounts of stress can compromise your immune system and make you more susceptible to cancer, Type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. High-stress work environments also cause sleep deprivation, weight gain, brain fog, and can exacerbate mental illness.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a 2015 study, a research team from Harvard Business School and Stanford University measured harmful workplace conditions' influence on life expectancy. The study found that stressful workplaces make it more likely for workers to die earlier than those in jobs they love. The study found that working a stressful job that you hate can shave years off your life. Let that sink in: Is higher pay worth a shorter life?</span></p> <h2>Develop an exit strategy and quit</h2> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">If you hate your job, feel stressed, depressed, and grossly unhappy, it's time to act. Develop an exit plan. Set a date to quit and begin working toward that goal. Get more training, find an internship, and begin networking with people in the industry where you desire to work. As you begin your career search, you should also start scaling back financially and lower your cost of living. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Save as much money as possible while aggressively paying down any consumer debt you have. Be willing to accept less pay and work a side gig to help cover the loss. Be intentional about changing your work situation, and see it through. Your wellbeing depends on it.</span></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-reasons-a-big-paycheck-is-not-worth-staying-in-a-job-you-hate&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Reasons%2520a%2520Big%2520Paycheck%2520Is%2520Not%2520Worth%2520Staying%2520in%2520a%2520Job%2520You%2520Hate.jpg&amp;description=5%20Reasons%20a%20Big%20Paycheck%20Is%20Not%20Worth%20Staying%20in%20a%20Job%20You%20Hate"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Reasons%20a%20Big%20Paycheck%20Is%20Not%20Worth%20Staying%20in%20a%20Job%20You%20Hate.jpg" alt="5 Reasons a Big Paycheck Is Not Worth Staying in a Job You Hate" width="250" height="374" /></span></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/denise-hill">Denise Hill</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-reasons-a-big-paycheck-is-not-worth-staying-in-a-job-you-hate">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-3"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/13-hacks-to-avoid-burnout-at-work">13 Hacks to Avoid Burnout at Work</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/6-reasons-its-never-too-late-for-a-career-change">6 Reasons It&#039;s Never Too Late for a Career Change</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-must-do-before-you-quit-your-job">5 Things You Must Do Before You Quit Your Job</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/congratulations-on-your-promotion-or-maybe-not">Congratulations on Your Promotion… Or Maybe Not!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Career and Income bad jobs burnout financial independence happiness Health mental health quitting stress unhappy Fri, 09 Feb 2018 09:30:09 +0000 Denise Hill 2101408 at https://www.wisebread.com 15 Unexpected Expenses of a New Baby https://www.wisebread.com/15-unexpected-expenses-of-a-new-baby <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/15-unexpected-expenses-of-a-new-baby" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/i_never_thought_i_could_love_one_being_so_much.jpg" alt="I never thought I could love one being so much" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Can you afford to have a baby?</p> <p>You may have calculated obvious costs such as diapers, clothing, food, and day care, but don't be too quick to assume that you've accounted for everything. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, middle income families spend an average $12,980 a year on each kid, and $233,610 in a lifetime, <em>not including college</em>.</p> <p>When I was expecting my first baby, I thought there was no way I could spend that much. I may have been more frugal than most, but I still ran into all kinds of expenditures &mdash; and decreases in income &mdash; that I hadn't anticipated.</p> <p>Watch out for these unanticipated ways a baby may impact your family budget. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/24-tips-for-having-a-baby-without-going-broke?ref=seealso" target="_blank">24 Tips for Having a Baby Without Going Broke</a>)</p> <h2>1. A birth that doesn't go as planned</h2> <p>If you have a high-deductible health plan or no health insurance at all, you may have carefully planned for a low-cost birth. That's smart. But one thing I learned from having three babies is that &quot;birth&quot; and &quot;plan&quot; can be oxymorons. So many factors are outside your control, such as when and where your labor begins, whether the baby has any trouble making their big entrance, and what kind of care you and the baby need after the birth.</p> <p>I know couples who planned a homebirth with a midwife, but ended up being transferred to the hospital in an ambulance for a C-section. If you are birthing at home or at a non-hospital birth center, both of which can be great choices, please have a financial plan for what happens if you get transferred. You will be under enough stress on the day of without adding financial unknowns to the mix. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-newborn-costs-that-took-me-by-surprise?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Newborn Costs That Took Me by Surprise</a>)</p> <h2>2. Higher utility bills</h2> <p>When my husband and I were childless, we lived in a San Francisco flat with no central heat and we typically ran our electric wall heaters an hour a day or less.</p> <p>Once we brought home our first child, our electricity bill jumped for two reasons: One, we felt that baby needed a warmer room to sleep in at night, not to mention the fact that I had to leave the cocoon of blankets multiple times a night to feed her. Two, since I took a six-month maternity leave, then left our child at home with a nanny, our apartment was suddenly occupied nearly 24/7 instead of only on evenings and weekends. We ran the heat much more, kept more lights on, and certainly ran more loads of laundry and dishes. If you decide to use cloth diapers, expect your laundry use to increase even more than average. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-cloth-diapers?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Everything You Need to Know About Cloth Diapers</a>)</p> <h2>3. Convenience food</h2> <p>When I stopped working full-time to stay home with my new baby, I expected to make more home-cooked meals. In the long run that was true, but in the early months, I had trouble getting dinner on the table. Like many babies, my infant fussed most in the late afternoon, and often I couldn't put her down without her screaming. Many things can safely be done with a baby strapped to your body, but stirring a dish over a hot stove or putting a casserole in the oven aren't among them.</p> <p>For many households &mdash; especially if both parents work and have limited time between day care pickup and dinner &mdash; bringing home a baby is going to mean also bringing home more pizzas, ordering Chinese, and heating up Trader Joe's fake out. Don't guilt yourself about it; just budget for it.</p> <h2>4. Health care</h2> <p>Your health plan may not charge copays for the well baby visits scheduled frequently during the first year, which is great. But keep in mind that these may not be your only doctor visits. An ear infection may lead to two visits and a prescription. For one of my babies, a cold turned into a hospitalization for pneumonia. Another had frequent chest congestion that necessitated a breathing machine at home.</p> <p>If you have been on a health care plan that only covers major illnesses, you may need to look into a plan that covers more frequent visits before your baby is born.</p> <p>Then there are all the nonprescription supplies that you might buy for minor infant health concerns: baby Motrin, teething gel, a humidifier to ease congestion, medicated cream for eczema or rashes, a high-tech thermometer, so on and so forth. All these things add up, and quickly.</p> <p>Babies have to be taken to the doctor so often &mdash; weekly at first, then monthly, plus sick visits &mdash; that even transportation costs for getting to the doctor may have to be taken into account.</p> <h2>5. Loss of income</h2> <p>The last time I earned a full-time paycheck was 13 years ago. I may never earn one again.</p> <p>My family is an extreme example &mdash; many must and do have both parents return to working full-time within six weeks of birth. But I took six months away from my job after my first birth, some of that time unpaid, and then returned as a part-time worker. While pregnant with my second child, I quit my job altogether. I only began contributing freelance income to the family budget gradually as my kids got older.</p> <p>Even for families where both parents plan to keep working full-time, income may decline. Both parents may pass up opportunities for overtime. Time for side hustles evaporates. Parents may have to take unpaid days off if the baby is sick, or for those numerous well baby visits. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/12-side-jobs-for-stay-at-home-moms-and-dads?ref=seealso" target="_blank">12 Side Jobs for Stay-at-Home Moms and Dads</a>)</p> <h2>6. A bigger house</h2> <p>My husband and I brought our first baby home to a 750 square foot, one-bedroom apartment with no immediate plans to move. After all, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends sharing a room with your baby! We were sure we would be cozy.</p> <p>Unfortunately, we almost immediately felt crowded out by baby equipment, not to mention the fact that there was nowhere to escape to if the baby was crying and one parent was trying to sleep or work. Living in a building with shared walls also became a problem, especially when the baby learned to bang her toys on the floor.</p> <p>Housing accounts for around a third of the expense of raising a child, according to the USDA. If you think you won't move after you have a baby, go to some open houses and ask the sellers why they're moving. Lots of them will tell you it's because their family is growing. And if you don't move after the first baby, you will probably want a bigger place once the second is on the way.</p> <p>Our family moved out of that one-bedroom flat into a three-bedroom house around the time that our second baby was born. The mortgage is twice what we paid before having kids. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-make-room-for-baby?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easy Ways to Make Room for Baby</a>)</p> <h2>7. A larger car</h2> <p>You do not need to rush out and buy a minivan the moment you see two pink lines on the pregnancy test. However, it can be shocking how much space today's infant seats take up in the back seat. If you've been driving a two-door compact car, you may find yourself wanting something larger after the baby comes. And if you have more than two children, good luck fitting their car seats in the back of any sedan. The first baby saw us upgrade from a two-door hatchback to a Subaru; the third child sent us from the Subaru to small sport utility vehicle.</p> <h2>8. Life insurance</h2> <p>Before having kids, my husband and I didn't worry about life insurance. If I died, my husband would have been able to handle the payments on our condo by himself, and vice versa.</p> <p>But once you have a child, you have to ask yourself what would happen if one parent suddenly died. Your child would likely receive Social Security payments, but would this be enough to keep living where you live, to pay for child care while the surviving parent works, and to save for college? And what if both parents died?</p> <p>Life insurance costs can vary widely depending on your overall health and lifestyle and the specifics of your plan. However, you need to seriously consider this expense once you become a parent. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/term-vs-whole-life-insurance-heres-how-to-choose?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Term vs Whole Life Insurance: Here's How to Choose</a>)</p> <h2>9. Child care</h2> <p>Of course, you knew before you had a baby that you weren't going to be able to leave it home alone while you worked. But you probably didn't realize just how much child care would cost. According to a recent NerdWallet study, half of expecting parents thought diapering would be the biggest expense of having a baby, not child care.</p> <p>According to that study, the cost of full-time child care ranges from $8,000 at a day care center to $27,000 or more for a nanny.</p> <p>Even if you had realized that child care would be expensive, you may find yourself paying even more than you'd imagined. For instance, when my first child was born, I hoped I wouldn't need child care because I planned to change my work shift to evenings. That plan collapsed when my boss turned down my request. My second thought was to use a day care center, but I quickly found out that all the centers in my urban neighborhood had years long waiting lists for infant care. Home-based day cares were more affordable and available, but each one I visited had a worrisome condition, such as kids sitting in front of the TV for hours or being left crying in their cribs well after naptime. I finally ended up sharing a nanny with another family, at a cost far higher than I had anticipated.</p> <h2>10. All the cute things</h2> <p>You might think that you won't waste money buying clothes and toys for your newborn. After all, you got all those clothes at your baby shower. Then you meet your baby and realize that she's the most beautiful creature on earth and that beautiful creatures need accessories. After my first child was born, I developed a habit of popping into the Gymboree near my work regularly to see if new styles were in and if anything had gone on sale. This routine did not help our family budget.</p> <h2>11. Feeding</h2> <p>If you're planning on breast-feeding your baby, you might expect that to be free, right? Not exactly.</p> <p>A surprising number of newborns have trouble getting the hang of breast-feeding. You might need to consult a lactation specialist just once to help your infant latch and learn to suck, or you may need multiple home visits. You may need to buy products, such as nipple shields, to help the latch happen. All this struggle may wreak havoc on the mother's body and soul, necessitating anything from nipple cream to doctor visits for mastitis to seeing a counselor.</p> <p>Whether your baby succeeds immediately at breast-feeding or not, you still probably need a breast pump. You'll also likely need a better, more expensive breast pump than you thought. I've tried a lot of them, and trust me, a cheap breast pump will not enhance postpartum life.</p> <p>Many parents end up bottle feeding instead of or in addition to breast-feeding, which brings the expense of formula and bottles. You might even buy a sanitizer for the bottles, an insulated carrying pack for either breastmilk or formula, or a mini fridge for the office or nursery.</p> <p>In the second half of the first year, your baby will start eating solids, an occasion you can mark by purchasing many kinds of organic foods for him to spit onto the kitchen walls, and new feeding gadgets such as suction cup bowls and spoons that hold puree in the handle. Expect to throw away most of the food you purchase, either directly from the container because it went bad before your baby finished it, or after scraping it off the floor, walls, cupboards, and your own clothing.</p> <h2>12. Specialists</h2> <p>Taking care of a baby might sound easy before you try it. After all, humans have been doing this since they lived in caves. If that were true, though, there wouldn't be so many specialists out there ready to help you figure it out for an hourly fee.</p> <p>You might realize after you come home from the hospital that you need a postpartum doula or baby nurse to help you get back up to speed and get a few hours of sleep at night. Many more families than you would imagine consult a sleep specialist to help them figure out how to get their infants to sleep.</p> <h2>13. Baby gear</h2> <p>Before my first was born, I read a book called <em>The Baby Book</em> by a certain Dr. Sears. This book, which embraces attachment parenting, convinced me that I wouldn't need anything but my own arms and maybe a sling to care for my baby. After all, I would never want to turn my baby over to a mechanical device like a swing when I could be cuddling her in my arms.</p> <p>Then I brought the baby home, and I realized that sometimes I needed to use the bathroom or shower or cook dinner. This wasn't really covered in the book. We purchased our first baby swing, a weak little portable model. By the time we had our third baby, I had the most powerful swing on the market downstairs, another swing for upstairs, plus a bouncy seat for the bathroom, two strollers, and countless other pieces of baby gear.</p> <p>Even if you think your baby shower will cover your gear needs, the fact is that you will end up spending money on baby equipment. Don't feel the need to buy every single product that's advertised for babies, but accept the fact that there will be gadgets, and some of them really help.</p> <h2>14. Replacing things that baby wrecks</h2> <p>That sweet thing can't even raise his head; how could he destroy your possessions?</p> <p><em>Just wait.</em></p> <p>My babies have slobbered and mouthed a cellphone into oblivion. They've grabbed fragile things that I thought were out of reach and flung them. They have vomited on strangers and caused me to have to pay for those strangers' meals. They have stretched out the necklines of my shirts while reaching for my breasts. One of them even wrecked an expensive ballpark beer before I got the chance to take a sip by throwing a cleaning wipe into the cup.</p> <p>And oh, the pacifiers. I have surely spent thousands of dollars replacing pacifiers that babies flung out of car windows, dropped in the park, and just disappeared into the baby ether.</p> <p>You really can't have nice things with a baby around. And even your mediocre things will need replacing or professional cleaning more often than you'd expected.</p> <h2>15. Entertainment and education</h2> <p>Before I became a mother, I laughed out loud at a colleague who told me he took his infant to a music class. But when I was on maternity leave with my daughter, the hours began to weigh on me. We needed somewhere to go, and you can only grocery shop so many times per day.</p> <p>We signed up for a baby sign language class and later &mdash; yes &mdash; a baby music class.</p> <p>For the parents, there are also continuing education classes to pay for, such as infant CPR. And if you stay home with your baby, there's the cost of being out and about instead of sitting in an office all day. I found myself spending on things like lattes and lunches with other moms, just because I was out pushing the stroller.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F15-unexpected-expenses-of-a-new-baby&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F15%2520Unexpected%2520Expenses%2520of%2520a%2520New%2520Baby.jpg&amp;description=15%20Unexpected%20Expenses%20of%20a%20New%20Baby"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/15%20Unexpected%20Expenses%20of%20a%20New%20Baby.jpg" alt="15 Unexpected Expenses of a New Baby" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/carrie-kirby">Carrie Kirby</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/15-unexpected-expenses-of-a-new-baby">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/why-saving-money-is-harder-today">Why Saving Money Is Harder Today</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-sneaky-vacation-costs-that-add-up-quickly">10 Sneaky Vacation Costs That Add Up Quickly</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/9-college-expenses-you-arent-saving-for">9 College Expenses You Aren&#039;t Saving For</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-you-should-budget-your-social-security-checks">Here&#039;s How You Should Budget Your Social Security Checks</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-unexpected-ways-stay-at-home-parents-save-big">7 Unexpected Ways Stay-at-Home Parents Save Big</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Family babies child care day care expenses Food Health hidden costs income infants newborns unexpected costs Tue, 24 Oct 2017 09:00:06 +0000 Carrie Kirby 2039971 at https://www.wisebread.com 8 Signs It's Time to Retire https://www.wisebread.com/8-signs-its-time-to-retire <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/8-signs-its-time-to-retire" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/senior_woman_relaxing_0.jpg" alt="Senior woman relaxing" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There will come a time when you consider making the shift from worker bee to retiree. But knowing the best moment to stop working is not always easy to determine. How do you know whether your money will last once you stop earning a salary? Is there a &quot;magic age,&quot; when retiring makes sense, or do you just go with a gut feeling?</p> <p>There's no science to knowing when to retire, but there may be some signs to follow. If most or all of these apply to you, maybe it's time to submit that resignation and begin the next chapter of your life.</p> <h2>1. You have enough money for the retirement you want</h2> <p>It's impossible to know precisely how much you'll need in retirement, but there are some basic calculations you can make to see how long your money will last if you stop working.</p> <p>You must first calculate what your annual living expenses will be. Research shows that people tend to spend less as they get older, but be sure to factor in the potential costs of new activities like travel, eating out, and caring for grandchildren. Then, examine how much money you have saved, and what the return on that money might be as you age. Match those numbers up with your expected life span. There are other things to consider, such as whether you plan to draw equity from your home. There are many online calculators that can help you with these figures.</p> <p>Generally speaking, if you take the annual expenses you expect and multiply them by 25, you'll be in the ballpark of what you need to retire comfortably. Once you are approaching this number, it may be a sign that you can stop working. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-you-can-cut-costs-right-before-you-retire-0?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Ways You Can Cut Costs Right Before You Retire</a>)</p> <h2>2. You must collect distributions from your retirement plan</h2> <p>If you have a 401(k) or IRA, there comes a point at which you are required to take distributions. For most people, this age is 70-&frac12;. You can delay taking 401(k) distributions until after you stop working, but not for the money in a traditional IRA. If you are being forced to take distributions, there's not much incentive to continue working.</p> <h2>3. You can collect the maximum in Social Security</h2> <p>The government incentivizes people to retire later by offering them more money from Social Security if they wait longer to collect it. You can begin collecting benefits as early as age 62, but those benefits will be higher if you wait longer. Those approaching retirement age can get full benefits if they wait until age 67, and may get additional credits if they wait until age 70. If you're already getting the maximum benefit from the government, perhaps it's a sign that you're ready to retire for good. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-smart-ways-to-boost-your-social-security-payout-before-retirement?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Smart Ways to Boost Your Social Security Payout Before Retirement</a>)</p> <h2>4. Your expenses are the lowest they've been in years</h2> <p>Your house is completely paid off. The kids are out of the house and college is paid for. You're not yet at the point where you have high medical expenses. Your cost of living hasn't been this low in decades. Sure, you may have big ticket things you want to pay for (travel, for example), but your day-to-day existence no longer requires a bi-weekly paycheck. It's still important to assess whether you have enough saved to last, but if you've downsized your lifestyle to a super-low level, it may no longer be necessary to keep working.</p> <h2>5. You no longer get any pleasure from work</h2> <p>We've all heard stories about older people who continue working simply because it makes them happy. Often, working gives them purpose and a sense of satisfaction that can't be replaced in retirement. But what if you're not one of these people? What if the work itself isn't rewarding, and you find yourself drained rather than energized by it? Then it may be time to consider retiring, assuming that your financial ducks are lined up well. Life is too short to work at an unsatisfying job if you don't have to.</p> <h2>6. Your health is starting to decline</h2> <p>In a perfect world, you will be healthy and spry enough to take advantage of all that retirement can offer. You will be perfectly able to handle that long bike tour through the south of France, and those backpacking trips on the Pacific Crest Trail. You'll have energy to spend time and keep up with your grandkids. But, if you are starting to see your health fade, perhaps it's time to stop working before you're unable to enjoy retirement the way you wish.</p> <h2>7. Your spouse wants you to</h2> <p>If your significant other is done working and has an urge to begin the next chapter of their life, perhaps it's that time for you as well. Many of the happiest retired couples are those that retire at the same time, and make post-work plans together. How fun is your spouse's retirement going to be if you're still schlepping into the office every day? (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-money-conversations-couples-should-have-before-retirement?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Money Conversations Couples Should Have Before Retirement</a>)</p> <h2>8. You are confident in your post-work plans</h2> <p>Many people continue working because they honestly don't know what they'd do otherwise. But if you have mapped out your retirement life, have a good sense of how you'll fill your days, and feel excited about what you want to do, that's a sign you may be ready to retire. If work is actually preventing you from moving forward on your plans, maybe it's time to think seriously about stopping work, assuming you are also ready financially.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F8-signs-its-time-to-retire&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F8%2520Signs%2520Its%2520Time%2520to%2520Retire.jpg&amp;description=8%20Signs%20Its%20Time%20to%20Retire"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/8%20Signs%20Its%20Time%20to%20Retire.jpg" alt="8 Signs It's Time to Retire" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/8-signs-its-time-to-retire">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/8-startling-facts-that-will-make-you-want-to-invest">8 Startling Facts That Will Make You Want to Invest</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/these-5-expenses-will-probably-cost-you-a-lot-less-in-retirement">These 5 Expenses Will Probably Cost You a Lot Less in Retirement</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-face-these-7-scary-facts-about-retirement-saving">How to Face These 7 Scary Facts About Retirement Saving</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-retirement-struggles-nobody-talks-about-and-how-to-beat-them">5 Retirement Struggles Nobody Talks About — And How to Beat Them</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/6-age-milestones-that-impact-your-retirement">6 Age Milestones That Impact Your Retirement</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Retirement 401(k) downsizing expenses Health leisure required minimum distributions saving money social security working Thu, 14 Sep 2017 08:00:06 +0000 Tim Lemke 2020506 at https://www.wisebread.com 10 Ways to Relieve Your Money Stress https://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-relieve-your-money-stress <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/10-ways-to-relieve-your-money-stress" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_grass_music_471950448.jpg" alt="Woman relieving her money stress" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Money is a big part of our lives. It's involved in almost all of our daily interactions, in one way or another. But money is also a big cause of stress. In fact, it's the <a href="http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2015/02/money-stress.aspx" target="_blank">leading cause of stress</a>, according to a 2015 survey conducted by the American Psychological Association. You can't avoid dealing with money, but you can learn how to de-stress with these doable methods.</p> <h2>Where is this financial stress coming from?</h2> <p>Stress about money is greater if you're facing a financial crisis or living in a lower-income household. However, you may have plenty of money and still feel significant stress. That's because the <a href="http://view.ceros.com/ubs/investor-watch-treadmill/p/3" target="_blank">underlying cause of financial stress</a>, even for millionaires, is fear: either fear of not having enough money, or of doing the wrong thing with the money you do have and losing it all. Fear affects all of us, which means that no one is immune to financial stress.</p> <h2>What is stress doing to you?</h2> <p>While stress can have some <a href="https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2016/11/161114115346.htm" target="_blank">unexpected positive effects</a>, such as motivating you to save more money, the overall impact is negative. Financial stress is associated with&nbsp;<a href="https://search.proquest.com/openview/56c30fe9789aea1d19e18d668beb19ea/1?pq-origsite=gscholar&amp;cbl=38873" target="_blank">absenteeism at work</a>,&nbsp;<a href="http://theses.lib.vt.edu/theses/available/etd-4198-155242/" target="_blank">and lowered productivity</a> and performance at work. In addition, financial stress could actually be&nbsp;<a href="https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/financial-stress-hurts-literally/" target="_blank">causing you physical pain</a>. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-stress-is-killing-your-finances?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Ways Stress Is Killing Your Finances</a>)</p> <h2>How to effectively de-stress</h2> <p>Financial stress is basically an unavoidable part of life. That's the bad news. The good news, however, is that you can learn how to reduce and manage the stress you experience with these easy methods. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments?ref=seealso" target="_blank">7 Ways to Stay Calm in Stressful Moments</a>)</p> <h3>1. Talk it out</h3> <p>One of the easiest, fastest, and best ways to reduce the stress you feel is simply to <a href="http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/2015/02/money-stress.aspx" target="_blank">get emotional support from someone</a> you know and trust. It can be as simple as a text or phone call to talk about what's stressing you out. Opening up with trusted friends or family leads to reduced stress and helps you feel like you're not alone. Bonus: you may also benefit from tips and good advice you receive.</p> <h3>2. Create art</h3> <p>Break out the paint, the markers, or just write. Really, the kind of art you make doesn't matter. It's the time and attention spent making art that does. Making art has been shown to significantly reduce cortisol, which is a hormone associated with stress. In various studies, <a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07421656.2016.1166832" target="_blank">45 minutes to an hour of art making</a> left people feeling more relaxed, stress-free, and able to concentrate.</p> <h3>3. Meditate</h3> <p>Mindfulness in any form is good for reducing stress, and meditation may be the most powerful method for improving mindfulness in your life. There are many different types of meditation you can do, and any of them can help you focus on the present, reduce negative emotions, gain perspective, and manage symptoms of depression and tension headaches. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-meditation-can-make-you-a-money-master?ref=seealso" target="_blank">6 Ways Meditation Can Make You a Money Master</a>)</p> <h3>4. Exercise</h3> <p>Exercise &mdash; in particular aerobic exercise such as walking or jogging &mdash;&nbsp;<a href="https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/exercising-to-relax" target="_blank">reduces stress hormones</a> adrenaline and cortisol in the body. Exercise also helps your body produce endorphins, which lessen pain and elevate your mood. Of course, a bonus is that you'll be in better physical shape and increase your overall energy and stamina. Those benefits, along with feeling more powerful and in control, will also help reduce stress, so exercise becomes a positive stress-reduction cycle. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-surprising-non-physical-benefits-of-exercise?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Surprising, Non-Physical Benefits of Exercise</a>)</p> <h3>5. Replace your thoughts</h3> <p>An approach from the Cognitive Behavior Therapy playbook referred to as&nbsp;<a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-therapy/201606/talking-about-money" target="_blank">Negative Thought Replacement</a> can help you deal with those nagging money worries that turn into a never-ending mental monologue. Start to notice the negative phrases and beliefs that run through your head; you can even write them down to &quot;see&quot; them more clearly. Then, come up with phrases and statements that are positive and say those instead. For example, &quot;I don't know what I'm doing with money,&quot; could become, &quot;I'm learning how to manage my money.&quot; (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-ways-your-mind-can-make-you-rich?ref=seealso" target="_blank">4 Ways Your Mind Can Make You Rich</a>)</p> <h3>6. Get off social media</h3> <p>Social media isn't a cause of stress for everyone; however, for some people, it can be. Research shows that when social media leads to an increased awareness of stress or crisis in the lives of others, that awareness can trigger more stress in some people. It's referred to as &quot;<a href="http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/07421656.2016.1166832" target="_blank">the cost of caring</a>;&quot; it's as if stress becomes contagious and is transferred through these social media connections. If you find yourself feeling more worried and upset after being on social media, try taking a break. Piling other people's stress on top of your own isn't healthy. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-break-your-social-media-habit?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Ways to Break Your Social Media Habit</a>)</p> <h3>7. Listen to music</h3> <p>Music is therapy. There's plenty of research showing that listening to music can help lower your stress levels. In some cases, having background music, like Pachelbel's Canon, helped <a href="https://greatist.com/happiness/unexpected-stress-busting-power-music" target="_blank">reduce anxiety, heart rate, and blood pressure</a>. In other situations, music can decrease pain and anxiety, and help improve moods. So find your favorite soothing or upbeat tunes and listen while you work, play, or just sit and breathe.</p> <h3>8. Breathe deep</h3> <p>Deep breathing works anytime, anywhere. On a bus? In a car? On a plane? In a house? With a mouse? Dr. Seuss-isms aside, deep breathing works and is always available &mdash; no equipment required, other than your own lungs. <a href="https://www.stress.org/take-a-deep-breath/" target="_blank">Deep breathing triggers relaxation</a> in your body and, as a result, your heart rate slows, your muscles relax, and your blood pressure and metabolism decrease; all these physiological changes bring about a state of calmness. Try taking a deep breath in as you count to seven; then slowly exhale to a count of eight. Do five deep breaths for a full set. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/you-might-be-breathing-wrong-heres-what-you-should-do-instead?ref=seealso" target="_blank">You Might Be Breathing Wrong &mdash; Here's What You Should Do Instead</a>)</p> <h3>9. Laugh it off</h3> <p>Laughter is the best medicine, as it turns out; at least for stress. Laughter soothes tension, induces muscle relaxation, and enhances your intake of oxygen. Basically, you get the benefits of deep breathing, while also kicking up the endorphin production in your brain. Reducing your stress could be as simple as turning on a sitcom you love, playing a funny game, or getting together with that one friend that always makes you laugh. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-serious-health-benefits-of-laughter?ref=seealso" target="_blank">10 Serious Health Benefits of Laughter</a>)</p> <h3>10. Pet an animal</h3> <p>Having a pet is great, but if you can't have your own, no problem; borrow one. Go to a friend's house and snuggle their cat, walk a neighbor's dog, or volunteer at the local animal shelter. <a href="https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19185195" target="_blank">Animal interaction comes with physical health benefits</a>, like lowered blood pressure, and improved psychological wellbeing. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-surprising-ways-your-dog-can-save-you-money?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Surprising Ways Your Dog Can Save You Money</a>)</p> <h2>Develop a handful of your favorite methods</h2> <p>A recent research study designed specifically to help participants reduce Acute Financial Stress (AFS) found that <a href="https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/in-therapy/201606/talking-about-money" target="_blank">having a variety of stress-reduction methods</a> to use seems to be most effective. That way, you can apply the method that seems to be most appropriate for the kind of stress you're feeling. For example, if you feel a headache and muscle tension coming on after paying the bills, it's time for some exercise. Or, if you're struggling with a nagging money monologue, meditation or talking it out might be the best method at the moment. Listen to your body, and do what works best for you.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F10-ways-to-relieve-your-money-stress&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F10%2520Ways%2520to%2520Relieve%2520Your%2520Money%2520Stress.jpg&amp;description=10%20Ways%20to%20Relieve%20Your%20Money%20Stress"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/10%20Ways%20to%20Relieve%20Your%20Money%20Stress.jpg" alt="10 Ways to Relieve Your Money Stress" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/annie-mueller">Annie Mueller</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-ways-to-relieve-your-money-stress">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/6-meditation-alternatives-for-people-with-busy-minds">6 Meditation Alternatives for People With Busy Minds</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/time-to-get-down-with-your-inner-zen">Time to Get Down With Your Inner Zen</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-self-care-can-actually-save-you-money">5 Ways Self Care Can Actually Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-times-a-gym-membership-isnt-worth-it">5 Times a Gym Membership Isn&#039;t Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Health and Beauty financial stress Health meditation money stress saving money self care stress relief yoga Wed, 13 Sep 2017 08:00:10 +0000 Annie Mueller 2020059 at https://www.wisebread.com 5 Ways Self Care Can Actually Save You Money https://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-self-care-can-actually-save-you-money <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-ways-self-care-can-actually-save-you-money" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_happy_meditating_541865750.jpg" alt="Woman practicing self care and saving money" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>&quot;Self care&quot; has become a buzzword. It has become associated with spa days and luxurious vacations, and critics say that it's more of an exercise in self-indulgence. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-self-care-actually-harms-your-budget?ref=seealso" target="_blank">When Self-Care Actually Harms Your Budget</a>)</p> <p>However, true self care doesn't actually have to have anything to do with spending lots of money. In fact, truly caring for yourself, giving yourself what you need, and making your own well-being a priority, will save you money in the long run. Here are a few ways that can work. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/treat-yourself-with-these-7-free-self-care-routines?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Treat Yourself With These 7 Free Self-Care Routines</a>)</p> <h2>1. Exercise</h2> <p>Taking care of your body is important. In fact, it's one of the most important things you can do for your health. And as your body produces endorphins during exercise, it helps your mental health, as well. If you want to run a lower risk of shelling out money at the doctor's office, make daily exercise part of your routine.</p> <p>But wait! Don't gym memberships cost money? Luckily, you don't need a pricey gym membership to get physically fit. Just a quality pair of sneakers, comfy clothes, and an open trail on which to run or walk every day can help protect your ticker. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/these-at-home-exercises-will-give-you-a-gym-quality-workout-for-free?ref=seealso" target="_blank">These At-Home Exercises Will Give You a Gym-Quality Workout for Free</a>)</p> <h2>2. Rest</h2> <p>Another basic tenet of real self care is rest. This means getting enough sleep at night, but it also means taking days off when needed. Just taking a mental health day will give your body and mind a chance to relax and reset, rather than be on all the time. You will also be more productive when you return to work with a fresh mind after a day off. You'll have more energy to tackle additional tasks outside of work, and to work on your side gigs to bring in extra income. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-things-science-says-you-should-do-for-your-body-every-day?ref=seealso" target="_blank">5 Easy Things Science Says You Should Do for Your Body Every Day</a>)</p> <p>Sleep can save you money, too. You'll make better decisions (financial and otherwise) when you are well-rested. And according to a study by Harvard University, <a href="http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/healthy/matters/consequences/sleep-and-disease-risk" target="_blank">sleeping eight hours or more each night</a> lowers your risk of expensive chronic health problems that can push you straight into debt.</p> <h2>3. Healthy eating</h2> <p>What you eat and how you eat it can save you money, too. For many people, part of self care involves eating healthier by planning meals, grocery shopping for fresh ingredients, and then cooking and eating at home.</p> <p>Obviously, you will spend less on your food when you prepare it yourself. You will avoid pricey takeout meals that probably aren't as healthy, you'll improve your cooking skills, and you're taking care of your body, which, again, will help lower your risk of contracting any obesity-caused illnesses.</p> <h2>4. Setting goals</h2> <p>When we aren't caring for ourselves in the most basic sense, it can be harder to focus on our financial goals. Being focused and vigilant in one area of our lives can easily trickle into others. So when we're eating right, getting enough rest, and taking care of our bodies, we become more inclined to keep that positive momentum going. We plan ahead. We want to safeguard our future in every sense, including planning for retirement, paying off debt, and making smarter financial choices.</p> <h2>5. Creating boundaries</h2> <p>Maintaining personal boundaries is a huge part of self care, and it can also save us money. Because boundaries help us define what is and is not part of who we are, solid ones help us prevent poor spending decisions like competitive spending with friends, feeling pressured to lend others money, etc. If we value our financial health, then, boundaries will help us spend when we need to but not so much or so often that it negatively impacts our financial future. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-simple-acts-of-self-care-for-the-sandwich-generation?ref=seealso" target="_blank">9 Simple Acts of Self-Care for the Sandwich Generation</a>)</p> <p>Investing in self care doesn't have to be frivolous or luxurious; it often means changing our daily habits so that we are prioritizing our best interests.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2F5-ways-self-care-can-actually-save-you-money&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2F5%2520Ways%2520Self%2520Care%2520Can%2520Actually%2520Save%2520You%2520Money.jpg&amp;description=5%20Ways%20Self%20Care%20Can%20Actually%20Save%20You%20Money"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/5%20Ways%20Self%20Care%20Can%20Actually%20Save%20You%20Money.jpg" alt="5 Ways Self Care Can Actually Save You Money" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-self-care-can-actually-save-you-money">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/how-to-simplify-your-life-to-avoid-decision-fatigue">How to Simplify Your Life to Avoid Decision Fatigue</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-95-best-ways-to-get-fit-for-free">Flashback Friday: The 95 Best Ways to Get Fit for Free</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-keep-anxiety-from-ruining-your-budget">5 Ways to Keep Anxiety From Ruining Your Budget</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-stay-calm-in-stressful-moments">7 Ways to Stay Calm in Stressful Moments</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Lifestyle budget Health mental health saving money self care Spending Money Fri, 01 Sep 2017 08:00:06 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 2013366 at https://www.wisebread.com Here's How Boomers and Millennials Are Creating Winners on the Stock Market https://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-boomers-and-millennials-are-creating-winners-on-the-stock-market <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/heres-how-boomers-and-millennials-are-creating-winners-on-the-stock-market" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/mother_with_adult_daughter_in_park_together.jpg" alt="Mother With Adult Daughter In Park Together" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>It may not seem like millennials and baby boomers have a lot in common, aside from the fact that they make up a huge chunk of the U.S. population. But the two generations do share some similar traits when it comes to spending and investing. This is already having a significant impact on the economy and the stock market, and will continue to do so.</p> <p>Here are some key ways that baby boomers and millennials are impacting business and the markets.</p> <h2>Health care will be huge</h2> <p>There's a lot of noise related to the Affordable Care Act and a possible replacement. How things will shake out on Capitol Hill is anyone's guess, but there's no doubt that Americans will be spending more on health care. Baby boomers make up an increasing percentage of the U.S. population, and will require more medical attention as they age. This means big profits for pharmaceutical firms, but also biotech companies, hospitals, and manufacturers of medical equipment. The S&amp;P 500 Health Care Index has seen annualized returns of more than 16 percent over the last five years, and is up nearly 12 percent in 2017. Expect the upward trend to continue.</p> <h2>Health consciousness is also big</h2> <p>Millennials are aware of the obesity problem in America, and many of them are making lifestyle choices to counteract that. We've seen a push for more natural and organic food items, and a desire for less sugar and fat. This also means a continued expansion of fast-casual restaurants that offer healthier options, perhaps at the expense of traditional fast food chains. Baby boomers will help fuel this push to health as well simply by following doctor's orders to eat healthy as they age.</p> <h2>Investing costs will go down</h2> <p>Boomers have no interest in seeing their retirement savings cut down by high expense ratios and commissions, and millennials are becoming more savvy about the impact these costs have on their portfolios. These two demographics have led the charge against fees, and we've seen some brokerages respond. In February, Charles Schwab and Fidelity cut their online trade commissions to a mere $4.95, and many brokerage firms have expanded their offerings of commission-free exchange-traded funds (ETFs).</p> <p>Meanwhile, investing in low-cost index funds has ballooned; nearly half of all assets placed in mutual funds and ETFs are indexed rather than in actively-managed accounts, according to Morningstar.</p> <h2>Investing in individual stocks will decline</h2> <p>Aging baby boomers can be expected to withdraw their investments or at least shift their portfolios to more conservative investments like bonds and cash. Meanwhile, millennials are wary of the markets in general after living through the stock market declines of the early 2000s and 2008. Millennials have also learned that trying to beat the market by investing in individual stocks is generally a fool's game. This shying away from individual stocks could impact the overall returns in the stock market over time.</p> <h2>Popular brands aren't a sure thing</h2> <p>There has long been a common thought among investors that big, popular brands will always be surefire investments. Investors have long banked on the notion of brand loyalty as a driver of investment returns. But there have been several recent reports that millennials are not as brand-loyal as their predecessor generations. Millennials will go for value and quality, and aren't going to stick with a single brand out of stubbornness. This may have implications for stocks that have performed well over the years in part due to brand recognition.</p> <h2>Brick-and-mortar retail will go south</h2> <p>We're already seeing retail chains struggling, with H.G. Gregg, Gymboree, Rue 21, and several other brick-and-mortar outlets declaring bankruptcy in recent months. Meanwhile, online retailing giant Amazon just reported a 23 percent increase in sales, to $35.7 billion. Millennials don't mind shopping online, and baby boomers are less likely to go out on long shopping trips as they get older.</p> <h2>Experiences over objects</h2> <p>Millennials don't really care about owning things. Instead, they get satisfaction from experiences like fitness classes, travel, or eating well. To the extent that they need items such as music or movies, they prefer to obtain them through streaming services such as Netflix (one of the hottest tech stocks in America) or Spotify. Meanwhile, baby boomers are getting older and aren't in the habit of acquiring more &quot;stuff,&quot; either.</p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this article? Pin it!</h2> <div align="center"><a data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-count="above" data-pin-tall="true" data-pin-save="true" href="https://www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fheres-how-boomers-and-millennials-are-creating-winners-on-the-stock-market&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FHeres%2520How%2520Boomers%2520and%2520Millennials%2520Are%2520Creating%2520Winners%2520on%2520the%2520Stock%2520Market.jpg&amp;description=Heres%20How%20Boomers%20and%20Millennials%20Are%20Creating%20Winners%20on%20the%20Stock%20Market"></a></p> <script async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></div> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/Heres%20How%20Boomers%20and%20Millennials%20Are%20Creating%20Winners%20on%20the%20Stock%20Market.jpg" alt="Here's How Boomers and Millennials Are Creating Winners on the Stock Market" width="250" height="374" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/tim-lemke">Tim Lemke</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/heres-how-boomers-and-millennials-are-creating-winners-on-the-stock-market">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-7"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/with-micro-investing-your-smartphone-pays-you">With Micro-Investing, Your Smartphone Pays YOU</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/7-reasons-millennials-should-stop-being-afraid-of-the-stock-market">7 Reasons Millennials Should Stop Being Afraid of the Stock Market</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/8-things-everyone-should-know-about-the-commodities-markets">8 Things Everyone Should Know About the Commodities Markets</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/are-you-making-the-biggest-investment-risk-of-all">Are You Making the Biggest Investment Risk of All?</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-stocks-your-kids-would-love-to-own">5 Stocks Your Kids Would Love to Own</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Investment baby boomers brand loyalty eating well Food Health health care millennials retail stock market Mon, 24 Jul 2017 08:00:10 +0000 Tim Lemke 1986883 at https://www.wisebread.com 6 Apps That Pay You to Workout https://www.wisebread.com/6-apps-that-pay-you-to-workout <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/6-apps-that-pay-you-to-workout" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_workout_phone_536139771.jpg" alt="Woman using apps that pay her to workout" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>One of the most popular New Year's resolutions every year is to get fit and lose weight. Unfortunately, it's also one of the most broken resolutions as well. Perhaps if there was more of a financial reward tied to getting in shape, it would be easier, or maybe if there was a way to stay more accountable. Fortunately, there exist some highly clever smartphone apps that will help you with both. Here are six of the most popular apps that will actually pay you to workout and help keep you accountable in the process.</p> <h2>1. PACT</h2> <p>The free <a href="http://www.pactapp.com/" target="_blank">PACT app</a> is a clever healthy living smartphone app that keeps you accountable, both in terms of diet and exercise. The app works by allowing you to make weekly &quot;pacts&quot; with yourself to either eat healthier or exercise more.</p> <p>Once your pacts are set, you choose how much money you'll pay other PACT members if you don't reach them. On the flipside, if you do reach your pacts, you get paid by other members. So essentially you make money by staying healthy and you get paid by the members who don't. You might only make a few dollars a week, but the app keeps you accountable and makes for easy goal setting. Plus, it lets you connect to other popular health apps like RunKeeper, Fitbit, MapMyRun, and MyFitnessPal.</p> <h2>2. DietBet</h2> <p>The <a href="https://www.dietbet.com/" target="_blank">DietBet app</a> is a fun way to track your weight loss goals, stay accountable, and tap into your competitive side. Essentially the app let's you join &quot;Games,&quot; pay a small entry fee, and compete against other motivated folks to try and lose a certain percentage of weight in a specific amount of time. Win the game and you'll split the pot with all the other winners.</p> <h2>3. Healthy Wage</h2> <p>The <a href="https://www.healthywage.com/" target="_blank">Healthy Wage app</a> is similar to DietBet, with a couple important differences. While you get paid by winning weight loss challenges, the app focuses more on the user creating challenges with friends and family as well as corporate challenges. The challenges make for a fun way to track your progress and interact with others who are also trying to develop a healthier lifestyle.</p> <p>You can join up to 10 challenges at one time, as well as simply create personal challenges that'll keep you accountable. You pony up some money, join the challenges that interest you, and try to win some substantial bucks. Refer friends to the challenge and your winnings grow substantially.</p> <h2>4. Charity Miles</h2> <p>If you're looking to get into shape and are the type who regularly gives money to your favorite charities, then the <a href="http://www.charitymiles.org/" target="_blank">Charity Miles app</a> is worth a look. The app essentially donates money to <a href="https://charitymileshelp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/214937668-Who-are-your-Charity-Partners-" target="_blank">the charity of your choice</a> any time you &quot;walk, run, bike, skip, dance or any human-centered activity.&quot; By using your smartphone's GPS, Charity Miles can easily track your movement and track your activity. The more you move, the more money your charity receives.</p> <p>Sound too good to be true? Charity Miles is completely legit and pays out via corporate sponsors like Humana, Johnson &amp; Johnson, and Chobani.</p> <h2>5. WellCoin</h2> <p>The folks at <a href="https://www.wellcoin.com/" target="_blank">WellCoin</a> have developed a mobile app that gives you rewards points for doing healthy things. From sleeping seven hours a night, to drinking plenty of water, to going for a jog, you'll earn WellCoins for doing all of the above. Earn enough coins and you can redeem them for workout gear, healthy food, and even exercise classes in your area. The app is a great tool to help keep you accountable throughout the day.</p> <h2>6. FitCoin</h2> <p>The <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-fitcoin/id1008898705" target="_blank">FitCoin app</a> is another fun way to earn rewards with your Fitbit or any fitness tracker supported by the Apple Health app on your iPhone. Once the app is synced to your fitness tracker, you simply start burning calories by walking, jogging, or hitting the gym, and start earning &quot;FitCoins&quot; for your efforts. Your burned calories turn into FitCoins which can be redeemed in the FitCoin boutique for cool stuff like Amazon gift cards.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/kyle-james">Kyle James</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/6-apps-that-pay-you-to-workout">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/the-ultimate-green-workout">The Ultimate &quot;Green&quot; Workout</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-fitness-gadgets-actually-worth-the-money">5 Fitness Gadgets Actually Worth the Money</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-88-easy-ways-to-get-more-exercise">Flashback Friday: 88 Easy Ways to Get More Exercise</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/ready-to-buy-some-exercise-equipment-read-this-first">Ready To Buy Some Exercise Equipment? Read This First.</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/10-no-sweat-workouts-perfect-for-the-workplace">10 No-Sweat Workouts Perfect for the Workplace</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Health and Beauty Technology apps exercise fitness get fit get in shape get paid to workout Health iPhone workout Tue, 07 Feb 2017 10:30:37 +0000 Kyle James 1887741 at https://www.wisebread.com 9 Sweet Valentine's Day Gifts to Give to Your Truest Love — You! https://www.wisebread.com/9-sweet-valentines-day-gifts-to-give-to-your-truest-love-you <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/9-sweet-valentines-day-gifts-to-give-to-your-truest-love-you" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_pink_balloon_539016316.jpg" alt="Woman giving herself sweet V-Day gifts" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The stereotypical Valentine's Day gifts of roses and chocolates are nice, but have you considered giving <em>yourself</em> a gift? Before you dismiss that notion as being selfish, consider the airplane analogy. When the flight attendant gives his or her talk about oxygen masks, what are you supposed to do? That's right, put on your own &mdash; because you can't help others until you help yourself first. Giving yourself a little Valentine's Day self-care gift may help to alleviate stress, and possibly, protect you from sickness.</p> <p>That doesn't mean you need to go on a shopping spree, though. Here are nine self-care tips and treats to help you fight stress, find health, and be your own best Valentine's Day date ever.</p> <h2>1. Make a Spa-Quality Scrub</h2> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/6UpdsuGEGfE" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""></iframe></p> <p>After joining the coconut oil craze, a lot of us now have big tubs of it. That's a lot of coconut oil, so let's put it to good use with a DIY <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6UpdsuGEGfE" target="_blank">Coconut-Oil Sugar Scrub</a>. It's so easy! And yes, I've tried it, and I really like how it exfoliates and makes my face feel smooth. It's nice on your feet, too.</p> <h2>2. Eat Well</h2> <p>Surf N' Turf is traditional for Valentine's Day, but instead, why not consider a month of clean eating? After the holidays and the Super Bowl, I find myself craving healthy foods. Simply Google &quot;month of clean eating&quot; and you'll find several choices for menus and recipes. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-great-clean-eating-slow-cooker-recipes?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Great Clean Eating Slow Cooker Recipes</a>)</p> <h2>3. Take a Class</h2> <p>For around $60, my local college is offering community classes. I can choose from classes such as Beginning Guitar, Conversational Spanish, Qigong, or Hula Hoop Fitness, just to name a few. My husband has enjoyed Sushi Making and Surfing. Check out classes at your local community college, community center, or even free classes online in order to <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-fun-hobbies-you-can-take-up-for-free?ref=internal" target="_blank">learn something new</a> and expand your mind.</p> <h2>4. Get a Massage</h2> <p>Man, do I love a massage. But I love them even more where I can get a full hour for just $50. Do you have a massage school in your area? Students need to rack up hours to become licensed, so it can be a bargain. See if you have one in your area.</p> <h2>5. Embrace Your Inner Child</h2> <p>What sorts of things did you love doing as a kid? Did you love to color? You're in luck, because adult coloring books are so in right now. One of my friends has taken up painting again. Take some time to think about what you enjoyed, and take it up again for some relaxing fun.</p> <h2>6. Volunteer</h2> <p>Wait, isn't volunteering about helping <em>others</em>? Yes, but according to Harvard Medical School, &quot;volunteering helps people who donate their time <a href="http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/volunteering-may-be-good-for-body-and-mind-201306266428" target="_blank">feel more socially connected</a>, thus warding off loneliness and depression.&quot; Plus, you could also make some new friends in the process. Find a group where you feel you could contribute by using <a href="http://www.volunteermatch.org/" target="_blank">VolunteerMatch.org</a>, which matches interests with needs.</p> <h2>7. Learn Meditation</h2> <p>Do you have a stressful job? High blood pressure? Maybe you just need to slow life down a little. Meditation, according to WebMD, can &quot;not only <a href="http://www.webmd.com/balance/features/meditation-heals-body-and-mind#1" target="_blank">lower blood pressure</a>, but can also amp up your immune system, while improving your ability to concentrate.&quot; I took the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/oprah-deepaks-21-day-meditation/id903893632?mt=8" target="_blank">Oprah &amp; Deepak's 21-Day Meditation Experience</a> and loved it.</p> <h2>8. Give Yourself a DIY Pedi</h2> <p>A salon pedicure can run you $40 and up. Save your money and give yourself one at home for almost nothing. You don't need a lot of fancy equipment, either. Just <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/16-hacks-for-the-perfect-at-home-mani-pedi" target="_blank">some nail care steps at the start</a>, a steady hand, a favorite color polish.</p> <h2>9. Take a Nap</h2> <p>A quick nap can help you to feel more alert, refreshed, and recharged. As a cube-dweller, I'd never try to take one at work, but I often grab one when I get home, or on the weekends. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-surprising-benefits-of-naps-including-the-best-time-to-take-them?ref=seealso" target="_blank">Surprising Benefits of Naps and the Best Time to Take Them</a>)</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/marla-walters">Marla Walters</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/9-sweet-valentines-day-gifts-to-give-to-your-truest-love-you">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/5-better-ways-to-celebrate-v-day-this-year">5 Better Ways to Celebrate Valentine&#039;s Day This Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/3-smart-ways-to-save-on-fathers-day">3 Smart Ways to Save on Father&#039;s Day</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-skills-you-must-have-to-survive-autumn">9 Frugal Skills You Must Have to Survive Autumn</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-44-sneaky-shopping-traps-to-avoid">Flashback Friday: 44 Sneaky Shopping Traps to Avoid</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-160-gift-ideas-for-everyone-you-know">Flashback Friday: 160 Gift Ideas for Everyone You Know</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping frugal living Health Holidays self-care self-love shopping Valentine's Day valentine's day gifts Mon, 06 Feb 2017 10:00:09 +0000 Marla Walters 1886389 at https://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 41 Frugal Ways to Battle a Cold or Flu https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-41-frugal-ways-to-battle-a-cold-or-flu <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-41-frugal-ways-to-battle-a-cold-or-flu" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/couple_sick_flu_162061759.jpg" alt="Couple finding frugal ways to battle a cold or flu" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Have you gotten sick yet this season? No matter what your answer is, you might end up with a cold or flu before the snow melts. And being sick just sucks. It can also cost a lot of money to recover. You should do everything you can to guard against the crud, but if you find yourself down for the count, here are 41 frugal ways to battle a cold or flu.</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock_100133849_MEDIUM.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-important-reasons-to-always-call-in-sick-when-youre-sick?ref=fbf">8 Important Reasons to Always Call In Sick When You're Sick</a> &mdash; One of the most important things you can do when you're sick is to stay home! Don't try to be the hero and work through an illness. You spread your germs all over the office when you're too sick to focus and nobody wins.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-ways-to-treat-the-common-cold?ref=fbf">9 Frugal Ways to Treat the Common Cold</a> &mdash; Since both the cold and the flu are viruses, there is no &quot;cure.&quot; However, these frugal &quot;treatments&quot; might help you feel good enough to get back to your normal routine.</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock-510574486.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-high-cost-of-catching-a-cold-or-the-flu?ref=fbf">The High Cost of Catching a Cold or the Flu</a> &mdash; You might think that the cost of catching a cold is nothing more than a bag of cough drops and a box of tissues. You would be wrong. Even if you have health insurance, being sick can add up quickly. Being informed will motivate you to maintain a healthy lifestyle.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-all-natural-home-remedies-for-colds?ref=fbf">7 All Natural Home Remedies for Colds</a> &mdash; When you're sniffily and congested, shop your pantry for the best cold home remedies. A couple bowls of broth and a spoonful of honey can work wonders on your cold symptoms.</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/flu_vaccine_000050442510.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-places-to-get-vaccinated-for-cheap-or-free?ref=fbf">7 Places to Get Vaccinated for Cheap or Free</a> &mdash; If you haven't gotten your flu shot yet, head to your local pharmacy! That big flu strain is going around right now, and you can still guard yourself against it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/make-these-9-health-moves-now-or-youll-regret-it-in-20-years?ref=fbf">Make These 9 Health Moves Now or You'll Regret It in 20 Years</a> &mdash; An easy way to protect yourself against these common viruses is to eat healthy, get enough sleep, and stay active. Any bad habits that could weaken your immune system could lead you straight into bed with a fever. Health is wealth, y'all!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-41-frugal-ways-to-battle-a-cold-or-flu">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-2"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-38-ways-to-get-more-sleep-tonight">Flashback Friday: 38 Ways to Get More Sleep Tonight</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-76-new-years-resolutions-thatll-make-2017-your-year">Flashback Friday: 76 New Year&#039;s Resolutions That&#039;ll Make 2017 Your Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-87-frugal-ways-to-make-winter-less-miserable">Flashback Friday: 87 Frugal Ways to Make Winter Less Miserable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living cold common cold fbf flashback friday flu flu shot frugal living Health home remedies Fri, 20 Jan 2017 10:30:30 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1877682 at https://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 87 Frugal Ways to Make Winter Less Miserable https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-87-frugal-ways-to-make-winter-less-miserable <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-87-frugal-ways-to-make-winter-less-miserable" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_winter_snow-499814150.jpg" alt="Woman finding frugal ways to make winter less miserable" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Winter is a dreary, dark time. The sun rarely shines, and you can barely wade through the white mess on the ground without getting your feet and pants soaked. But never fear. You <em>can</em> turn that S.A.D.-induced frown upside down. Here are 87 ways to make winter less miserable.</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_sad_window_507633424.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-prevent-the-winter-blues-from-busting-your-budget?ref=fbf">5 Ways to Prevent the Winter Blues from Busting Your Budget</a> &mdash; Seasonal Affective Disorder puts you in a very vulnerable state of mind during the winter months. This can naturally lead you to making all sorts of ill-advised decisions, especially when it comes to your finances. Use these tips to keep you armed with a plan to fight those habits.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/9-frugal-winter-activities-to-keep-kids-busy-during-holiday-break?ref=fbf">9 Frugal Winter Activities to Keep Kids Busy During Holiday Break</a> &mdash; When the kids are home during holiday breaks or snow days, it's hard to know what to do with them to keep them busy and entertained. These activities are fun and cheap, so everybody wins.</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock-490080588.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway?ref=fbf">8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway</a> &mdash; Wanna get out of the snow? Plan a trip to somewhere idyllic and in your mind, you'll already be there. It doesn't matter if the trip is weeks or months away. Having something to look forward to will instantly boost your mood.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-investments-that-do-better-in-winter?ref=fbf">5 Investments That Do Better in Winter</a> &mdash; Sometimes, money actually can buy happiness. Especially when money turns into even more money. Put your cash in these stocks and you could have a nice little cushion by the time spring arrives.</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/winteract-78255607.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-fun-things-to-do-when-youre-stuck-inside-during-winter?ref=fbf">50 Fun Things to Do When You're Stuck Inside During Winter</a> &mdash; Life isn't so bad when you can curl up by the fire and read a book or take a nap. The weather outside might be frightful, but these indoor winter ideas are all kinds of delightful.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-awesome-staycations-you-should-take-before-winter-ends?ref=fbf">5 Awesome Staycations You Should Take Before Winter Ends</a> &mdash; Before the snow melts, embrace your indoors-y side and have a nice little staycation. You'll feel bad about doing this when the weather outside is warm and beautiful, so take advantage of it now.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-87-frugal-ways-to-make-winter-less-miserable">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-4"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-76-new-years-resolutions-thatll-make-2017-your-year">Flashback Friday: 76 New Year&#039;s Resolutions That&#039;ll Make 2017 Your Year</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-51-ways-to-organize-your-whole-life-in-2017">Flashback Friday: 51 Ways to Organize Your Whole Life in 2017</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-38-ways-to-get-more-sleep-tonight">Flashback Friday: 38 Ways to Get More Sleep Tonight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living fbf fitness flashback friday frugal living frugal living goals goals Health Holidays money New Year's new year's resolutions Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:30:30 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1873235 at https://www.wisebread.com Flashback Friday: 76 New Year's Resolutions That'll Make 2017 Your Year https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-76-new-years-resolutions-thatll-make-2017-your-year <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/flashback-friday-76-new-years-resolutions-thatll-make-2017-your-year" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/woman_2017_loading_624248520.jpg" alt="Woman making new year&#039;s resolutions for 2017" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>There's no dancing around it &mdash; 2016 has been a garbage year. Most of us are ready to enthusiastically wave goodbye to it on New Year's Eve and usher in a fresh start. And even though most resolutions are abandoned by February, if you incorporate focused, realistic goals, your chances for success are far greater. So let's give it a go when the clock strikes midnight. Here are 76 New Year's resolutions that will make 2017 your best year ever!</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/iStock-518171446_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/15-easy-to-keep-new-years-resolutions-that-really-pay-off?ref=fbf" target="_blank">15 Easy to Keep New Year's Resolutions That Really Pay Off</a> &mdash; The smartest way to make goals that will stick is to make them easy. If they're difficult and vague, you won't be motivated enough to keep them. These are all easy, focused, and will make your life so much better.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/successful-new-years-resolutions-have-this-one-thing-in-common-does-yours?ref=fbf" target="_blank">Successful New Year's Resolutions Have This One Thing in Common &mdash; Does Yours?</a> &mdash; The secret to achieving these holiday goals is to understand why the successful ones actually work. This breaks down the one thing all successful resolutions have in common. Make sure it's part of yours, too!</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/woman_dog_pet_499423418_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/4-new-years-resolutions-your-pet-wants-you-to-make?ref=fbf" target="_blank">4 New Year's Resolutions Your Pet Wants You to Make</a> &mdash; Your pet lives for you. They think you're the best creature on this Earth. So why not consider what they'd want for you when making your annual list of resolutions? Seeing your dog with that goofy grin will be more than worth it.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/23-frugal-living-resolutions-anyone-can-master?ref=fbf" target="_blank">23 Frugal Living Resolutions Anyone Can Master</a> &mdash; Living frugally is a trend that will never go away. We could all spend less money and buy fewer things. All of these brilliantly simple resolutions incorporate the frugal mindset. A little saving can go a long way.</p> <p><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/u5171/friends_new_years_498059820_0.jpg" width="605" height="340" alt="" /></p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-personal-finance-resolutions-anyone-can-master?ref=fbf" target="_blank">8 Personal Finance Resolutions Anyone Can Master</a> &mdash; Money. We all need more of it. Living paycheck-to-paycheck is a miserable way to live. Taking these small steps to building your financial cushion will give you financial freedom, and ultimately, a better life.</p> <p><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/25-small-new-year-s-resolutions-you-can-start-today?ref=fbf" target="_blank">25 Small New Year&rsquo;s Resolutions You Can Start Today</a> &mdash; Why wait until the ball drops? Get started on your resolutions now! These steps are all small and easy-to-make. After all, the early bird gets the worm, right?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/chrissa-hardy">Chrissa Hardy</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-76-new-years-resolutions-thatll-make-2017-your-year">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-6"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-87-frugal-ways-to-make-winter-less-miserable">Flashback Friday: 87 Frugal Ways to Make Winter Less Miserable</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-51-ways-to-organize-your-whole-life-in-2017">Flashback Friday: 51 Ways to Organize Your Whole Life in 2017</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-99-best-fitness-hacks-of-all-time">Flashback Friday: The 99 Best Fitness Hacks of All Time</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-84-frugal-ways-to-eliminate-stress">Flashback Friday: 84 Frugal Ways to Eliminate Stress</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="https://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-38-ways-to-get-more-sleep-tonight">Flashback Friday: 38 Ways to Get More Sleep Tonight</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Health and Beauty fbf fitness flashback friday frugal living frugal living goals goals Health Holidays money New Year's new year's resolutions Fri, 30 Dec 2016 10:30:30 +0000 Chrissa Hardy 1865098 at https://www.wisebread.com 17 Reasons to Look Forward to 2017 https://www.wisebread.com/17-reasons-to-look-forward-to-2017 <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/17-reasons-to-look-forward-to-2017" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="https://wisebread-killeracesmedia.netdna-ssl.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/iStock-594485114.jpg" alt="reasons to look forward to 2017" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>As I often do before I write anything, I asked my Facebook friends some of their suggestions on the topic at hand. I should've known better this time. Because when I posed the question, &quot;What are some of your reasons to look forward to 2017?&quot; I received responses like, &quot;The apocalypse&quot; and &quot;Trump's impeachment.&quot;</p> <p>I digress.</p> <p>Rest assured, however, that I didn't take their advice. Instead, I'm including only positive entries, devoid of partisan politics, because that's what we all need right now &mdash; hope, happiness, and the pursuit of anything that isn't 2016. Yep, it was a terrible year by most accounts, but it's almost out of here. So let's rejoice and look to the future. Here are some awesome things to get excited about in 2017. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/8-personal-finance-resolutions-anyone-can-master?ref=seealso" target="_blank">8 Personal Finance Resolutions Anyone Can Master</a>)</p> <h2>1. It's Not an Election Year!</h2> <p>I don't know about you, but I was tired of hearing about Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump around March. Of course, the vitriol surrounding the election didn't get much better as the months passed &mdash; or even after Trump was elected. In fact, it seemed to get worse. I'm keeping my fingers crossed, though, that people on social media have expunged all the frustration sufficiently over the past two months, and are now committed to concentrating on more important things next year. If not, I think I'll have to hit the block button.</p> <h2>2. Lots of New Movies and Music</h2> <p>Each New Year brings 12 months of new-release movies and music. What are you looking forward to this year? Personally, I'm ramped up about AMC Theatres' Best Picture Showcase in February, a two-day event that I've attended the past several years to watch all of the Oscar-nominated films back to back before the Oscars. I purposefully avoid any film that has Oscar buzz so I can enjoy the fest in its entirety. I highly recommend checking it out. Looking ahead, I'm lining up for sure-to-be blockbuster films like <em>The LEGO Batman Movie</em>, <em>Alien: Covenant</em>, and <em>Baywatch</em>, along with some of the sleeper hits that will inevitably go viral. As for music, I'm preparing my iTunes for album releases by Tinie Tempah, Fergie, Iggy Azalea, Major Lazer, and more.</p> <h2>3. Paying Down Your Debt</h2> <p>Have you been <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/fastest-way-to-pay-off-10000-in-credit-card-debt?ref=internal" target="_blank">paying your debt down</a> consistently to a more manageable amount in 2016? Make this the year that you completely obliterate it. If you've been putting it off, attack it aggressively to unburden yourself. You'll be thankful you did. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-ways-to-pay-off-high-interest-credit-card-debt?ref=seealso">5 Ways to Pay Off High Interest Debt</a>)</p> <h2>4. More Affordable Taxes</h2> <p><a href="http://fortune.com/2016/12/12/donald-trump-tax-plan-charts/" target="_blank">President-Elect Trump's tax plan</a> gives most Americans a break on what they're currently paying, according to Fortune. His simplified tax code turns seven brackets into three and raises the threshold at which workers begin to pay income tax. In addition, many married couples will see their taxes reduced substantially. Something to look forward to if the new tax code falls in your favor.</p> <h2>5. The Release of the 10th Anniversary iPhone</h2> <p>Can you believe it's been nearly a decade since the iPhone single-handedly revolutionized the way we use mobile devices? For its 10th anniversary, expect a big reveal and, likely, a completely new design. Rumored features include a glass body, edge-to-edge OLED display with an integrated Touch ID fingerprint sensor, plus a game changer or two, like wireless charging.</p> <h2>6. Summertime</h2> <p>I live by the beach, and my favorite season is summer. I love everything about it &mdash; exercising outside, walking the boardwalk, visiting amusement parks, grilling in the backyard. I'm getting excited just thinking about it! Have you started thinking of your summer plans yet? If you plan to travel, winter is a great time to score deals on future getaways.</p> <h2>7. The World Expo</h2> <p>After taking a couple years off, <a href="https://expo2017astana.com/en/" target="_blank">World Expo 2017</a> will commence on June 10 in Astana, Kazakhstan, with the theme &quot;Energy of the Future.&quot; Thus far, 101 countries are participating.</p> <h2>8. A Total Solar Eclipse</h2> <p>A total solar eclipse will take place on Monday, Aug. 21. It will be the first solar eclipse visible from the United States since July 11, 1991, which was seen only from part of Hawaii. The longest duration of the eclipse will be two minutes 41.6 seconds, with the best viewing in Carbondale, Illinois. Just don't look directly at it, okay?</p> <h2>9. Your Vacation</h2> <p>Do you have a vacay on the books? Start planning where you'll stay and all the fun activities you want to do. It takes me hours and hours of planning to create an amazing vacation. I'm big on activities to create memories, and I like to compare prices and search for discounts to get the best deals. Happy hunting!</p> <h2>10. Making at Least One New Friend</h2> <p>I make several new friends a year &mdash; I actually set it as a goal &mdash; because I like to keep my social life active and interesting. Broaden your horizons by joining a social sports group, signing up for fitness classes, taking an art or music lesson, or becoming a member of a group that interests you.</p> <h2>11. Learning Something New</h2> <p>I'm sure you'll learn plenty of new things this year, but you have to make a conscious effort to learn anything important, like a new skill or a more efficient way to do something that takes up time or money. Decide what you want to learn and make it happen.</p> <h2>12. The First Human Head Transplant</h2> <p>Despite how you may feel about it, the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/12/world/asia/china-body-transplant.html" target="_blank">first human head transplant</a> will likely be performed this year. Italian neuroscientist Dr. Sergio Canavero and Chinese surgeon Dr. Xiaoping Ren are expected to remove the head of a Russian man named Valery Spiridonov who suffers from Werdnig-Hoffman Disease, and reattach it to a donor body. The procedure is dogged by controversy, but if it's a success, it will go down in history as the most important medical advancement thus far.</p> <h2>13. <em>Stranger Things</em> Season 2 Is Coming</h2> <p>If you were a fan of the Duffer Brothers' love-letter supernatural series to the 1980s, you'll be happy to know that a nine-episode second season of <em>Stranger Things</em> will be released on Netflix in 2017. The new narrative will take place about a year after the first season's events and will explore the &quot;bigger mythology&quot; of Will's disappearance.</p> <h2>14. Carving Out More &quot;Me&quot; Time</h2> <p>Seriously, give yourself a break. See more movies by yourself, take a nap every once in awhile, go grab a cup of coffee, and read a book or magazine in the café. Just love yourself more often. You deserve it.</p> <h2>15. Adding a New Revenue Source to Your Income</h2> <p>I live by the philosophy that you should always have two sources of income. I truly believe it's the only way you'll get ahead in life, especially if you like to do things like go out to dinner or on vacation. In addition to a full-time career, I supplement my income by watching other people's pets via DogVacay, renting out my homes on Airbnb, and <a href="https://uber.7eer.net/c/27771/207645/3437?sharedid=000_wisebread.com">driving people around town with Uber</a> and Lyft. There are many, many ways that are not limited to my suggestions that you can put more money in the bank this year.</p> <h2>16. Finding Joy</h2> <p>We live in a world of negativity, it seems. Everywhere we turn, it's bad news. But that's perhaps because we're actually looking for the bad news, like on social media where all people seem to do is complain about things they can't change and otherwise lament their lives. Shun that mentality this year and find joy for yourself. Maybe that means taking a social media hiatus, but do whatever you've got to do. There's still happiness left in the world, if you know where to look.</p> <h2>17. Committing to a Healthy and Productive Lifestyle</h2> <p>Go to bed early and wake up earlier. Stay on track with your fitness. Drink water and eat healthy. Do these three things for yourself and I promise you that so many other things will start to fall into place. Just stick to it and you'll see the results. I promise.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="https://www.wisebread.com/17-reasons-to-look-forward-to-2017">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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