A week from today, I’ll be on my way to California. I’ll be visiting my family in Los Angeles and Orange County for Thanksgiving and to get away. It’s not all personal, though; I’ll be doing quite a bit of work on Consumerism Commentary while traveling. I’ll be writing, assisted by a few guest authors, and planning some enhancements to the website.
Earlier this week, a new article of mine was published by US News. 3 Creative Uses for Frequent Flyer Miles will help you determine other ways to get value out of your loyalty programs without booking a flight. These points will eventually decrease in value, so don’t let them sit too long.
Don’t forget to check out Currency from American Express, where I’ve written a number of articles over the past couple of months:
- True Romance: Dating With Financial Attitudes in Mind
- Being a Philanthropist Without Being a Millionaire
- Renting Gives You More Freedom — So Take Advantage
- Snagging a Great Holiday Travel Deal
Here are a few other great articles I spotted this week.
Investing Advice: Just Enough Information to Be Dangerous. Pop takes a look at the typical strategies people use to time the market or invest in individual stocks and shows how using these strategies can devastate your portfolio. Common metrics, like P/E ratio and dividend yield, can prove to not reveal whether an investment will increase in value. Even Buffett’s advice can result in a terrible loss.
Make More Money: How to Supercharge Your Income. This überarticle takes a look at the often-ignored aspect of building your finances, earning more income in a variety of ways. Saving money can only take you so far, so if you want to grow your wealth in order to position you better for achieving your other life goals, you’ll need to earn more money.
Low Cost Methods of Stress Relief. These days, I am constantly busy. While I try to take time for myself, it’s difficult to find the time. For every half hour of meditation, there is an hour of business responsibilities not being attended to. I’ll be relieving some stress by making changes to my employment situation, and using some of the released time to focus on personal health (though the bulk will be earmarked for taking this website to the next level). Trent’s article at The Simple Dollar offers some options for reducing the effects of stress.
To all Consumerism Commentary readers: have a great weekend!
Updated February 6, 2012 and originally published November 13, 2010.