Showcase: I Used My Emergency Fund, and I Liked It

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Here’s what we wanted to share with you this week

The Incredible True Story of Renting a Friends in Tokyo. [Afar] — “At one point the waiter offers us drinks. Yusuke says no alcohol on duty, and I realize I’d forgotten this was duty at all. I’ve paid for every word Yusuke has uttered, but I’m also certain we’ve forged something genuine…Maybe it’s easier to believe their professed affections than I’d imagined, even as the money is right there in front of you. Maybe life is complicated. Maybe affection can be paid for and real at the same time.” (Submitted by J.D. Roth.)

Incentives: The Most Powerful Force In The World. [Collaborative Fund] — “You, me, everyone – is susceptible to and more influenced by than we want to admit: Incentives are the most powerful force in the world and can get people to justify or defend almost anything. When you understand how powerful incentives can be, you stop being surprised when the world lurches from one absurdity to the next.” (Submitted by J.D. Roth.)

The Millionaire Mindset: Javascript-ing Your Frontal Lobe. [] — “Anyone can acquire the Millionaire Mindset, even those not seeking a 7 figure net worth. You could have the millionaire mindset as a garbage collector, a waiter, or a CEO, it doesn’t matter, it’s simply ‘javascript-ing’ your mind.” (Submitted by J. Money.)

I Used My Emergency Fund, and I Liked It. [She Picks Up Pennies] — “The first mistake we make when we talk about emergency funds is talk about making money from them. I have no interest in making money on my emergency fund, and neither should you. I don’t view it as an asset. Instead, I look at it as a safety device. It’s a form of insurance. I want it to exist and hope to never need it.” (Submitted by J. Money.)

A Stronger Bond. [Humble Dollar] — “SERIES I SAVINGS bonds might be the best-performing investment in folks’ portfolios this year. With steep losses in both the stock and bond markets, I bond’s 9.62% current yield looks like a home run. But the playing field could be shifting.” (Submitted by Tarsha.)

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