Friday is here! It’s going to be a hot weekend here in Portland, but we’re keeping it cool today at Apex Money. Lots of great stuff to share with you. Ready to dive in?
Today’s video is actually useful. (It’s not about cats and birthday cakes.) Here’s Marie Forleo interviewing Alexandra Carter about her new book, Ask for More: Ten Question to Negotiate Anything.
But I don’t want to leave you cat lovers out in the cold. No no. So, let’s lead with a cat-related story…
The financial benefit of cats. [The Wealthy Accountant] — “Up till this point we focused on the money you can save from having a resident cat. Even a minor reduction in medical costs can turn your tabby into to a financial dynamo. Add the personal benefits and joy of petting and playing with your furry friend and it becomes clear cats really are a member of the family. But saving money is only one financial benefit of cat ownership. You can also make make money with cats.”
How to find college scholarships to help your kid graduate debt-free. [Physician on Fire] — “Scholarships can be the difference between graduating with a mountain of debt that may take decades to pay back or starting a new career without a massive financial burden hanging overhead. That’s why they are so crucial to the equation. If you are wondering how you can help your child go to college debt-free with scholarships, here’s everything you need to know.”
Quick note: I like that scholarship article, but have real problems with a piece of the fundamental premise: that parents are the ones searching for scholarships. What?!? Is this normal? Why aren’t the kids themselves doing the work? When I was young — and admittedly, that was back when dinosaurs roamed the earth — kids did their own college planning. My parents had zero input on the schools and scholarships I applied for. But other than this one nit-pick, this is a good piece.
And lastly for today…
We have the tools and technology to work less and live better. [Aeon] — “So if today’s advanced economies have reached (or even exceeded) the point of productivity that Keynes predicted, why are 30- to 40-hour weeks still standard in the workplace? And why doesn’t it feel like much has changed? This is a question about both human nature – our ever-increasing expectations of a good life – as well as how work is structured across societies.”
That’s it! Enjoy your weekend. We’ll be back on Monday with more of the best in personal finance.