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The revenge of the latte factor.

It’s freaky Friday, friends! You know what that means. Time for another batch of awesome money links as we head into the weekend.

How to have “the talk” with your parents about aging and money. [Smart Money Mamas podcast] — “Remember when your parents had the birds and the bees conversation with you? Well, now it’s your turn to sit down with your parents for ‘the talk’. Talking about aging and money with our parents can be scary – but it is so necessary in order to avoid harder situations in the future.”

Consumer Reports reviews food delivery services. [Consumer Reports] — “Just how good is the service you receive when you use a food delivery app? CR decided to evaluate consumers’ experiences with four major players in this market—DoorDash, Grubhub, Postmates, and Uber Eats—to see just how well they performed. We also reached out to all four companies with specific questions about their services and about the issues we identified.”

The revenge of the latte factor. [Monevator] — “It was always obvious you can take frugality and compound interest to extremes. I once called it Buffett’s Folly, in honour of Warren Buffett’s house of the same name. Even as he bought his property in 1957, Buffett calculated the $31,500 home cost him at least a million dollars…But Buffett still lives in exactly the same house, 63 years later.”

Bike sales surge as Americans seek to avoid mass transit and get exercise. [The Philadelphia Inquirer] — “Bike shops across the nation are seeing a spike in demand. With gyms closed, some consumers switched to bikes for exercise and stress relief…As America slowly reopens, commuters are turning to bicycles to stay away from crowds in subways and buses. More than 80% of Americans see cycling as safer than taking public transportation.” Wow

And now for something completely different…

I’m a long-time videogame player. I came of age in the late 1970s, so cut my teeth on the Atari 2600 and the Apple II. From there, I’ve played all sorts of games. Having said that, my gaming tastes are currently stuck in the late 1990s. I don’t play a lot of modern action games. But that might change.

The next version of Unreal Engine — a tool for game designers — was revealed recently and the worlds it can create are mind boggling. I mean, take a look at this demo.

Truly stunning stuff. And it just might make me start playing more modern games.

Speaking of which, this week I fell into the pit that is Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Nintendo Switch. So fun! And such a timesink. I’m not even a week in yet, so I’m really just getting my island set up. Can’t wait to buy turnips and play the Stalk Market starting on Sunday.

Okay, that’s all for today. See you on the flip side…