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Make fewer things matter.

Hello again, and welcome to Thursday. Before we dive into our regularly-scheduled money articles, I wanted to share a sign of hope. A sign of spring. A sign of a world returning to normal — I hope.

COVID gods willing, the EconoMe Conference is planning to return this November! Yay! Early bird tickets just launched this week. I’ll be there, as will some of my favorite folks from money media. If you’re interested in improving your financial life, you should check it out.

With that out of the way, let’s look at some recent money stories from around the web.

Make fewer things matter. [The Finance Buff] — “Making fewer things matter helps you zero in on things that really matter. It also helps you ward off FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) and sales pitches. FOMO and sales pitches always try to grab your attention by saying you’re making a mistake. When you don’t mind making a mistake because you made fewer things matter, the sales pitches slide right off.”

What percentage of income do people really donate to charity? [My Money Blog] — “People across all income levels gave between 1% and 2% of their incomes to charity on average, after adjusting for effect of outliers. This is not to say that this number is the ‘right’ amount to give for any specific household.” Related: How to give with more impact from Smart Money Mamas.

How we paid off a mortgage against all odds. [Mad Money Monster] — “Eight months after the announcement and start of the pandemic our accelerated financial plan was achieved in reality. We felt an immediate sense of relief. I mean the kind of relief that makes you sigh out loud. You know what I’m talking about.”

How much money is enough? [Rinkydoo Finance] — “Many people who read this article will undoubtedly be looking for a specific dollar amount that will bring everlasting happiness, rainbows, and fulfillment. That’s really sweet and philosophical. However, you need to determine your exact intentions for the money. Otherwise, you’ll never have enough.”

And that’s it for today. I’ll be back tomorrow to take us into the weekend. See you then!