Weekend Toast 4/21

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The Weekend Toast series is a collection of recently published articles by other bloggers that I put together to share. Consider this your one stop shop for remaining up-to-date on being a badass.

So, grab your drink of choice, put your feet up and get ready to read!

This week: credit scores, frugal vs cheap, buying that next big ticket item, surviving long distance flights and jetlag, spring break savings, vacation before retirement, and in honor of national stress awareness month, combating stress and work!

Cheers!

Featured: Margarita con sangria


Finance

Buying your big ticket items, or planning for them, requires all kinds of financial planning, and also good credit.  In comes your credit score.  How many actually know what yours is? Have you checked? Even if you do check, how do you know what’s good, what’s bad, and what’s required for what you’re planning? SuperSavingsTips writes a post that defines all of this and helps you get started with all your credit knowledge! Credit Scores You Need for the Things You Want.

Speaking of buying things you want, are you frugal? Are you mindful of how and where you put your hard earned cash? Do you just buy the cheapest thing you see?  The Frugal Physician defines being frugal vs being cheap in her post Being Frugal vs Being Cheap, and how to be one and not the other.

On that same note, when you do find yourself wanting to make a big, pricey or superfluous purchase, are you intentional in your buying?  Emptying your wallet based on impulse or to fill an emotional need should be avoided of course, and Budgets Are Sexy gives you another set of questions to ask yourself before you complete that next transaction. 4 questions to ask before you buy that next “thing”

Travel

Traveling and seeing a new country, experience a new culture, try all the yummy food is something you should do at least once year, if not multiple times in my opinion.  If you’re not convinced, then Forever Lost in Travel has a post 25 reasons why travel is good for you to help you change your mind. 

However, the journey, the flight, the sleeplessness you experience and exhaustion: that’s a pain in the butt.  As excited as I get to go somewhere new, I also dread the actual travel portion.  Travel Dudes helps out with their 10 Tips to Survive Your Next Long Distance Flight. 

On that same note, for anyone who struggles with jetlag on these long trips, check out my post on 6 Strategies to Overcome Jetlag. 

This spring break, TravelLatte has you consider these tips to keep your trip affordable and still fun!  Check it out at 5 tips to Keep Spring Break Affordable

Work

Stop Ironing Shirts shares a post on early retirement, and one strategy for making your exit.  It can be really awkward from that moment you give your notice, yet you have to keep working for whatever period of time.  This goes for those retiring early or even just trying to change jobs.  Taking a prolonged vacation may help transition you out, and prevent you from getting pulled into future commitments!  Check out the full post at: Take a Long Vacation Before Early Retirement.

April is National stress awareness month.  An article on LinkedIn I found goes over some of the statistics regarding workplace stress and stressors, who its affecting and how you can manage it.  Check it out at Stress at Work Report: Who is Feeling It the Most and How to Combat It

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