Diamonds in the Rough Roundup 7/18/14

Lots of stuff going on in the world lately.  From Palestinian children being killed left and right to the lives lost on the Malaysian jet liner, it seems senseless loss of life common nowadays.  Makes me feel really grateful for living in a safe place with enough food and resources to last a lifetime.  Hopefully we can use those resources to help those around the world who really need it:

A Nation of Well-Educated Debtors by How to Save Money:  This post gives some scary stats on student loans.  Student loan debt is really affecting this country and it will unfortunately only get worse until a bubble or something drastic occurs.

The American Dream Now Costs 130K by Club Thrifty:  The American Dream is this nebulous idea of having 2 kids, a house and a dog with 2 full time working parents.  This is also costs a lot of money according to USA Today.  Some of these expenses seem ridiculous.

Are You Living the Life You Want? by Retire by 40:  We only get a finite number of years on this planet and we don’t get a do over.  It’s always a good idea to take stock of where you are in your life and compare it to where you want to go.  If you’re not in the right place, do whatever you can to get there.

Weathering a Financial Storm by Student Debt Survivor:  They say two things are inevitable:  death and taxes.  Which means we should at least be saving for funeral costs and tax bills.  Add to that list car problems and medical issues.  Emergencies are going to happen and it is up to you to be financially ready for them.

22 Things You Should Always Haggle For by Len Penzo:  Haggling is definitely an art.  Successfully being able to haggle can also depend on who you’re haggling with.  If it’s a low level employee, you’re not really going to get much help.  Always ask for a supervisor who can actually change things.



  1. This week in news was so depressing. Trying to stay focused on the good things.

    • Syed says

      You’re right. Counting my blessings everyday.

  2. The world is a scary place these days, ugg. Thanks so much for including my post, really appreciate it!

    • Syed says

      It certainly is. We just have to do what we can to make it less scary. You’re very welcome.

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