We’re hosting another Festival of Frugality this week where we give you a run-down of some of the best frugality and personal finance posts from around the web. This is the Festival of Frugality, Beware of Little Expenses edition which comes from the quote by Benjamin Franklin, “Beware of little expenses. A small leak will sink a great ship”. This week we have a few posts that fit that theme with the post from Money Smart Guides detailing how consumers don’t think enough about a deal before purchasing to the post by Money Reasons on how we think about the big expenses differently than the smaller ones that actually add up to cost us more.
Spending Money Fail! How We Spend More Than We Realize – we go through many big expenses on a monthly basis that may cause stress or make us think we’re paying too much for that service or product. What we many times don’t add up are the small expenses such as coffee and food that we pay way too much for that add up to more than the so-called major expenses.
Consumers Are Horrible At Math – most of us have done this. You see a great deal on a product and you impulse buy before you really think through whether the deal was actually a good deal.
Surprising Uses For Aloe Vera – do you need something to treat your sunburn or to prevent stretch marks? Bargaineering lists all of the clever uses for Aloe Vera.
Earn Extra Cash As A Personal Paparazzi Photographer – this may seem like satire but sadly it’s a real thing that real companies are doing. The good thing is there’s some freelance work to be had for those in the photography field to tap into this new niche.
Social Security Taxes the Poor to Benefit Rich White People – an interesting opinion piece on how social security takes from those that are lower in social class and gives to those who are higher. Seems like a good argument for net worth restrictions on those receiving government benefits.
Important Steps in the Home Buying Process – in a guest post by Genworth Financial they walk you through the absolute basics of the home buying process. This should give those in the market a good blueprint for what they are probably going to have to go through.
Why Investment Fees Matter – a great post about how many times when getting pitched on investments the buyer overlooks the fees that will be included when they put their money in and when they take it out.