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The levels of financial autonomy.

Why, hello, money nerds! It is I, J.D., your humble host. And your late host.

Jim and I generally aim to have each installment of Apex Money posted by 8 a.m. Pacific (5 a.m. Eastern) every weekday. And honestly, we both like to work in advance, which means being a week ahead. But due to lack of sleep Sunday night, I completely spaced curating links yesterday. Oops.

But it’s still Tuesday, so this installment counts as “on time”, right? Well, unless you get these by email, of course, in which case you wont see this until Wednesday haha. Anyhow, here are your links for today!

How much is enough? The levels of financial autonomy. [CityFrugal] — “The problem of not having enough money, at least for me, is a problem of perspective. I fixate on what I don’t have enough money to do – namely, quit paid work altogether and join the ranks of the financially independent – and ignore the freedoms I already have.”

How to make extra money in a small town. [Financial Best Life] — “A small town might not offer all of the same opportunities (or as many), as a big city, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a lucrative side hustle or start a successful small business. Let’s take a look at some of the challenges and opportunities associated with working in a small town and some creative ways you can start making money. ”

How to rent a vacation home during the pandemic. [Consumer Reports] — “The country may be reopening, but the risk of COVID-19 remains. Until a vaccine is developed, this is a reality Americans will ‘have to contend with every time they step outside,’ says Amesh Adalja, M.D…This new reality extends to vacation plans. Over the new few months, many Americans will weigh whether a trip makes sense. ” [Related: A rural vacation destination worries it may be swallowed by the pandemic.]

And to wrap things up, here’s a video I’ve had open in my browser for a couple of weeks. It’s short. And simple. And you may have seen it before (it has more than 4,000,000 views on YouTube). It’s a 1974 interview with science-fiction author Arthur C. Clarke in which he makes the bold claim that by the year 2001, computers will fit on a desk and be able to do all sorts of stuff.

What do you think? Was Clarke correct? 🙂

Okay, that’s it for Tuesday. I’ll be back tomorrow — and I’ll be on time — with more great stories about personal finance.

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