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Why you should spend money on your friends.

Hello, Apexians, and welcome to another Monday! It feels like it’s going to be a great week, doesn’t it? Maybe that’s because Kim and I recently made an offer on a home and had it accepted — all without a crazy bidding war!

Our home inspection last Friday went well. Tomorrow, we’ll have an additional structural inspection to look at some cracks around doors and windows. It’s probably just standard settling stuff, but we want to be sure before we actually purchase the place, you know?

The place we’re buying reminds me some of the Brady Bunch house. It’s a 1964 two-level ranch with some mid-century modern vibes. Because of that, let’s lead off today with our bonus video. Here’s a 20-minute CGI recreation of the Brady house. So fun!

Next, let’s dive right into the personal-finance links.

The end of peak consumerism? [The Art of Manliness] — “When you shop online, you’re more likely to only buy things you really need; when you shop in a store, you’re more likely to pick up extra stuff. Statistically and specifically speaking, consumers spend an average of $50 more when they shop in a store versus online.”

What self-care really means. [Thought Catalog] — “Self-care is often a very unbeautiful thing. It is making a spreadsheet of your debt and enforcing a morning routine and cooking yourself healthy meals and no longer just running from your problems and calling the distraction a solution. It is often doing the ugliest thing that you have to do.”

Why you should spend money on your friends. [Incognito Money Scribe] — “What are friends for? A lot. While it is important to identify what expenses you can cut from your budget, it is equally important to identify what you like to joyfully spend money on. We should never get too hung up on spending time and money on friends. It sounds trite, but it seems necessary to write because fewer and fewer people have them.”

That last article really hits home for me. This past year specifically (and the past five years, in general), I’ve allowed too many friendships to lapse. This summer, I’m actively working to rekindle those relationships, and it feels like this is some of the best spending I can possible do.

Anyhow, that’s it for Monday. I’ll be back tomorrow with more of the best from the world of personal finance. See you then!