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How your childhood affects your money habits.

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned it here at Apex, but I’m experimenting with sobriety. I never really thought I had a drinking problem, but I did think alcohol was keeping me from being the person I wanted to be. As of Independence Day, I gave up drinking. And this month, I’m trying to do a completely sober October. (Translation: no pot either.)

Well, we’re nearing the end of the month, and I think it’s safe to say: giving up the pot has had a more profound positive impact to my mental health than giving up alcohol did. But giving up the alcohol has helped my physical health.

I’ll have some interesting choices in the future. I’m pretty sure I’ll give up the pot for good (but hey, I could change my mind), but I miss beer and wine. Still, do I really want them back in my life? I’m not sure.

Anyhow, you don’t actually care about my experiments with my health. You’re here for money links! 🙂 Let’s get to them.

How your childhood affects your money habits. [Femme Frugality] — “Our past can unconsciously help us make decisions. Paying attention to our thoughts and behavior patterns with money can help us create reflective money habits. Sometimes we have to dig a little deeper to find what’s going on.”

“Three video games that made me wealthy.” [Tic Toc Life] — “This article focuses on the long term educational value of video games. By teaching you business, economics, and finance, video games can help you build your personal wealth…This article is an ode to the video games that helped me grasp business and personal finance from a young age in a way that my peers did not.

How to invest on a low income. [Moriah Chace] — “I didn’t start out with all of this. I built it over a period of two years. And you can too. The goal is to invest in a way that makes you feel confident, because when you feel good about your money, you’ll want to build on the good habits you’ve created to feel even better.”

Finally, here’s a quick video to close out the day. Maybe you’ve seen this already. It’s worth watching again. It’s a joint political ad from the two candidates for the governor of Utah. And it’s amazing.

This is what it should look like when two adults with different ideas come together to ask voters for their support. Just because somebody disagrees with you, that doesn’t mean their stupid or evil. It just means they disagree with you. Kudos to these guys.