Saturday Links! July 11, 2015

I’m rich Baby! (And follow your Heart) by Mr. 1500, 1500days.com. How much money do you really need to be happy? What makes people rich? It’s certainly not a $700,000 kitchen remodel. At least, not in my experience. More stuff doesn’t necessarily equal more happiness.

The Health Benefits Of Early Retirement Are Priceless by Financial Samurai. I linked to a few articles last week about how great and non-boring it would be to retire early, and also it might be easy to just let yourself do nothing but watch TV all day if you retire early without anything to do. But consider that your job actually might be the thing that kills you, not the fact that you got out of it early.

A New Financial Reality at pewtrusts.org. A new study finds that “three-quarters of Gen Xers … have higher family incomes than their parents did at the same ages, but only a third have higher wealth.” Common explanations for this is the disproportionate increase in property values and education expenses, but I bet that spending habits play a huge part of this too.

BONUS! What I’m listening to this week:

I haven’t stopped listening to this album since it came out last year. Fantastic!

Photo: Last week, I showed you a picture of the pineapple I grew in my yard. Did I mention that I also have a grove of banana trees that make these cute little bananas? The only downside is that once the tree produces fruit, the tree dies and you have to cut it down. But these trees grow like weeds to it’s really not too bad!

Saturday Links!

Living a more minimalist lifestyle is all about cutting out everything that’s holding you back so you can live the life you want to live. Everyone is different! Hopefully some of the interesting things I’ve read recently will inspire you as well.

Minimalism And The Pursuit of Happiness by a guest author at Becoming Minimalist. The goal of a minimalist lifestyle isn’t getting rid of stuff for the sake of getting rid of stuff. It’s about cultivating a life that doesn’t chain you to posessions, and making time for the things that really matter. Sometimes it helps to be reminded of this idea.

Check out this awesome living space. Have you ever seen something simpler? It even makes its own energy and recovers rainwater. Makes me want to sell everything I own and drive around the country with this little capsule.

How the Sunk Cost Fallacy Makes You Act Stupid by Michael Davidson, lifehack.org. Remember this the next time you think something like “But I’ve spent so much time/money on this, I have to keep it longer to get my money’s worth!”

6 Things Mark Cuban Says You Should Do With Your Money in 2015 by Stefanie O’Connell, gobankingrates.com. Mark Cuban is sometimes a controversial figure, but his advice on personal finance is spot-on. He worked his way into his billions, and his work ethic and attitude towards money is largely the reason.

Bonus! What I’m listening to today:

Photo: Downtown Miami from a few weeks ago when I drove across a bridge to Key Biscayne.