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

Fear of (No) Commitment. [Money by Lisa] — “Some time ago, I read a research article that sought to answer the conundrum, why do some people carry debt when they have the means to pay it off? On its face, it doesn’t appear to make sense to simultaneously have a persistent, interest-accruing credit card or personal loan balance and a better-than-bare-minimum savings account balance. Then again, by now, I think that we all appreciate that financial decisions are about one part math and two parts emotion. So, what gives?” (Submitted by Tarsha.)

Unclaimed Funds: Look for Them! [Surviving and Thriving] — “You might be owed money. Go look for it! And if you find any, I hope you’ll come back and report it, to encourage other readers.” (Submitted by J. Money.)

A Freelance Writer Reflects on Five Years In [Women Who Money] – “As a few dollars turned to thousands, I realized I had met the goal of my sabbatical: finding a location and schedule-independent way to earn a living. That way, I could fully show up for myself and those I loved.” (Submitted by Jim Wang.)

21 Life-Changing Minimalist Experiments to Try in Your Home. [Becoming Minimalist]— “Society is constantly calling us to expand and upgrade every area of life: our home, our car, our kitchen, our wardrobe, our technology…. A Living with Less experiment provides us the opportunity to see if there is a more intentional, more focused, better way to live.” (Submitted by J. Money.)

Six Important Reasons Not to Retire Early [Clipping Chains] – “When I first discovered financial independence, the thought to retire in my 30s warmed my soul like a batch of hot stew on a late February night. If I could rely on the wondrous and fantastic powers of compound growth to build a bitchin’ snowball of money, I’d never need to work again.” (Submitted by Jim Wang.)

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