Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Money Crashers: 4 new articles

During the past week, while I was occupied with my Thrift Week entries, Money Crashers posted four more of my articles from the backlog that's built up over the past year. So, once again, I'm going to do a quick batch post here, with links and a brief description for each of these new articles. After this lot, I should have time to post any subsequent Money Crashers pieces one at a time with a bit more commentary, the way I usually do.

How to Deal With Sudden Wealth Syndrome and Manage Newfound Riches
Chances are, not many of you readers out there have recently come into a lot of money. But you never know; it could happen, and if it does, it's best to be aware that the blessing of sudden wealth often turns out to be a curse in disguise. In fact, therapists have coined a name, "sudden wealth syndrome," for the various emotional and social problems that often affect the newly rich. In addition, there's the problem that people who come into money without warning are often ill-prepared to handle it, and sometimes they end up worse off financially than they were before the windfall. In this article, I discuss the symptoms of sudden wealth syndrome and outline steps for protecting yourself, both financially and emotionally.

How to Be an Adult – 12 Life Skills You Need to Have as a Grown-Up
The word "adulting," which was one of the nominees for Oxford's Word of the Year in 2016, tends to get thrown around in a joking way on social media. Recent college grads tack on the hashtag "adulting" to posts about such mundane tasks as cooking a meal or doing laundry. But all joking aside, these are important skills to know if you're going to live on your own—and these days, they don't tend to get taught in school. In this article, I cover 12 skills that every full-fledged adult needs to know and offer advice on how to master them.

Urgent Care Clinic vs. Hospital Emergency Room – Costs & Comparison
This article opens with a true story about an incredibly frustrating visit Brian and I had to the emergency room a couple of years back. The problem was an infected cat bite (not the cat's fault, by the way; she was having a seizure) that wasn't an immediate threat to life or limb, but nonetheless couldn't wait until the doctor's office opened on Monday. We spent nearly five hours just to get a prescription for an antibiotic, which we then had to find an all-night pharmacy to fill. Worse still, Brian had a reaction to that antibiotic that led him to think he might be allergic—so we had to go through the whole thing all over again then next night.

If only we'd known at the time, we could have saved ourselves a lot of time and hassle by going to an urgent care center instead. This is exactly the kind of problem these facilities are designed to treat: emergencies that require immediate care, but aren't life-threatening. We could probably have gotten in and out of one, with our antibiotic in hand, in less than an hour.

To avoid getting stuck in this same situation, check out this article to learn about what urgent care centers do, how they can save you time and money, and when it makes sense to visit one.

9 Ways Microwave Cooking Can Save You Money
The most recent article to go up on the site is about one of my favorite topics: food. Specifically, it's about how your microwave can help you save money on it.

Most people probably think of the microwave as a time-saver but not a money-saver. And the way most people use it, that's true. I've argued on this very site about how many foods designed for the microwave, like microwave popcorn and TV dinners, are not only ridiculously expensive but also wasteful, with all their excess packaging.

But there are other, better ways to use your microwave. You can reheat leftovers in it for lunch, a much cheaper alternative than the cafeteria. You can use it to make homemade versions of snack foods like potato chips, convenience foods like breakfast sandwiches, and desserts like chocolate cake. And more! Read the article to learn about all nine ways your microwave can save you money in the kitchen.

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