Wow, what a long week, my money nerds. I’m not sure why it was so taxing on me — nothing especially difficult is happening in my life — but I spent the entire week d-r-a-i-n-e-d. It was a challenge to do anything…and that includes publishing Apex Money on time haha.
Have no fear, though. I still managed to find great stories to share every single day, even if they weren’t ready bright and early in the morning. Here, for instance, are the four best money articles I read today.
Is there a benefit to moving to a state without income tax? [Be Three] — “There are some states without income tax, and amongst many of the high income earners I know, they’d love to live in one. So much so, in fact, that I often get question marks and eye rolls when I tell them that living in California is great…Is it really all that beneficial to live in states without income tax? That’s what I’m going to look into here, and we’ll see what the outcome is.”
How to install a bidet seat. [Consumer Reports] — “Judging by our recent bidet user review, adding a bidet to your bathroom is well worth the effort. ‘I’m thrilled that we’ve probably cut down [toilet paper] consumption by 80 percent,’ said one panelist. ‘I think the bidet does a better job cleaning,’ said another.” [It’s no secret that I’m a fan of bidets. I got hooked on them while traveling, and installed one in our home about three years ago. I love that they’re gaining popularity in the United States. More clean butts!]
Why is gold valuable? [Of Dollars and Data] — “For millennia gold has played a significant role in human society. From ancient civilizations to modern times, it has been used to showcase status among neighbors, to display power among rulers, and to facilitate trade among nations. Yet, despite its shiny exterior, it is intrinsically worthless…Why gold? Why not aluminum? Or iron? Or something else entirely? And, more importantly, should you be investing in gold?”
Sometimes comparison is good. [Accidental Fire] — “Comparison is not always good. If you’re a person who is extremely self-critical and hard on yourself as I have sometimes been in the past you might want to steer clear of comparison. But I’ve found comparison to my old self the best way to improve, and comparison to others very helpful if I pick the right measures and go in with a positive mindset.”
That’s it for this week. I’ll be back on Monday with more of the best in personal finance. See you then!