I hope you enjoy this week’s Five Friday Favorites. Click here to see previous editions!
- Favorite personal finance article/post. I love to see personal finance bloggers work through the numbers of a particular scenario, so I particularly enjoyed Mr. Money Mustache’s article this week about renting vs. buying a home. In it, he highlights one of the great paradoxes of home ownership, which is that despite people thinking buying a home is the best investment you could possibly make, sometimes it is a downright awful investment. In the scenario Mr. Money Mustache works through, renting turns out to be far cheaper, and arguably provides a better quality of life.
- Favorite non-personal finance article/post. I think I have a tendency to complain a lot. Many of us do. So often, it is a conversation starter, which is really too bad. We should find more positive ways to communicate. I stumbled across this read about how to complain less from Becoming Minimalist and found it really useful. I especially like the third point, about understanding the difference between helpful criticism and complaint. I like to be productive and constructive, but complaining usually is the opposite.
- Favorite thing I did this week. On Monday, BF and I finally returned from the great European adventure. After 8 weeks away, it felt good to be home. Because we sublet our apartment while we were away, we’re staying with my parents for a little while until the subletters move out. It feels nice to be home, to see my family, and of course to see our puppy! Look at that face!
- Favorite recipe. This week I don’t just have one favorite recipe, but a whole roundup! I just got a slow cooker last year and I’ve really enjoyed experimenting with it. Somehow slow cooker always signals winter to me, but this list of 15 slow cooker recipes to beat the summer heat from Crockpot Gourmet looks awesome! Tacos, buffalo chicken, mac and cheese – my mouth is watering already!
- Favorite quote. Coming home from Paris, I was confronted again by how much stuff I have. I have way too much stuff. I gotta look into this minimalism thing. In any case, this reminded me of a great quote from a beautiful book, The History of Love.
What are some of your favorite things from this week?