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: frugal living; buying used cars; put your money to work; quarantine gift ideas; giving back; working for free; following through on promises; saying no; finding the right job
Cheers! (and stay safe everyone)
There’s a difference to being frugal vs being cheap. You may choose frugal living due to circumstances or by choice. At the end of the day, though, the frugal life can help you save money, reduce excess spending, and reduce lifestyle inflation. A Dime Saved delves further into the meaning of this in the post Living a Frugal Life.
There are rumors that car prices will go down this year. Many rental companies are bankrupt, lease contracts are coming to an end, and fewer people are buying. I am definitely keeping an eye out for the car I want. I fully intend to buy used if the opportunity presents itself. Arrest Your Debt gives us a few reasons why buying used is a good idea: 5 Reasons Buying A Used Car Can Make You Rich!
This post by WealthyDoc is geared towards physicians who don’t have a handle on finances (so that means, like all of them). However, I think the step by step breakdown and advice is great for anyone looking to get their finances in order and make their money work for them. Make Your Money Work For You.
How many birthdays have gone by this year already? Mine has. It’s been tough not being able to celebrate the way we used to. Not Your Mom’s Gift’s has some ideas (for the rest of you this year) on how to make the most of your day, and some unique gifts while we’re at it! 20+ Clever Quarantine & Social Distancing Birthday Gift Ideas
I have a job, a roof over my head, a steady income. While stress in life is common, and I have more so than usual these days, I have a lot to be grateful for. Others, however, may not. There are a lot of people out there, especially now, who are struggling, who don’t have it as easy. Times like this, I think, call for those who have, to help those you don’t. Giving back, even in small ways can make a difference. Don’t Work Another Day tells us how we can get started…and giving back doesn’t just have to be about money. Giving Back: How to Give with No Money
We already, as women, have to suffer the gender pay gap. Then there’s the pink tax that affects our daily lives. Living as a female is much more expensive, and gives a lower return. However, is it ever a good idea to work for less? Or work for free? We hear all the time that maybe we should because of the “experience” or the “exposure” Women Who Money keep it real and tell us that the answer should be NO. Read more at Should You Ever Work For Free?
We’ve all dropped the ball on occasion in regards to following through on email responses, promises, thank you notes, etc. Xrayvsn tells us how important follow-through is. The benefit of simply doing what you said you would, or checking up on something that you think you should, can set you apart from the crowd. See what I’m talking about at The Importance of the Follow Through. I’m the first to admit that I’ve definitely been guilty of not following through on occasion. I think this post is a great lesson we need to keep in mind as we navigate career and life changes.
So I’ve written a post on saying yes as a way to empower yourself. I wrote it from the point of view of saying yes to yourself, and all the things you want for yourself and want to do in life. The flip side of that is saying no – to others and prioritizing the things that matter to you so that you don’t spend time doing things you don’t want or don’t like. This can be extremely difficult. We are taught to make good impressions, show people how hardworking we are; many are told that working on projects and participating in committees can help further your career. While not entirely untrue, there are limits to that. We have to recognize when it’s no longer fruitful to spend our time on certain tasks. Handful of Thoughts has a post to help you say no: Saying No – A Workaholic’s Transformation Story
Looking to change jobs? Maybe the ones you’re looking at don’t seem to be the right fit? My Best Friend the Money Guy has a post to help you find the right one. 9 Indispensable Tips to Help You Land The Right Job!