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Americans are better off than you think.

Hey hey hey. Today is Thursday, money nerds. My name is J.D. and this is Apex Money. As always, I’ve rounded up some interesting stories to share with you. Take a look.

Americans are better off than you think. [A Wealth of Common Sense] — “I’m not trying to say things are perfect in today’s economy. There are problems and there will always be problems. But things aren’t as bad as many people make them out to be. We’ve seen real progress in this country over the decades, even though that progress hasn’t always been equal or fair. So many people today have nostalgia for simpler times that never actually existed. The good old days are right now.”

How to stop impulse shopping. [No Sidebar] — “Impulse shopping involves buying stuff on a whim. It can be as innocent as picking up a few extra goodies on an errand run or as serious as making a major purchase without thinking it through. Impulse shopping to any extent can lead to serious financial stress. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to be more intentional with the things that you buy.”

Six signs a home-seller is hiding something. [Lifehacker] — “Most of these problems are just bad luck and part of the home-owning experience, but sometimes the sellers knew there were problems in the house and decided not to disclose them. This is unethical and downright evil, but if you’re not careful it could happen to you.” [When we bought our last house, the sellers did some of this shit. Unethical and shady af. Makes my blood boil to think about it.]

That’s all I have for you today. It’s a slow week around here, mostly because I’m still wrestling with the fallout from our recent winter storm here in Oregon. Busy in real life always means less busy on the web.