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Habitat's online financial toolkit/
Want to get a better control on your finances? Check out Habitat's interactive financial toolkit that provides ongoing financial education and resources to Habitat homeowners and the general public. The toolkit includes several helpful topics, such as controlling finances, credit basics, finding a better-paying job and getting an education.
Spending on Happiness
Money can't buy you love but it can buy happiness--as long as it's money for someone else. New research by Harvard Business School professor Michael I. Norton and colleagues Elizabeth W. Dunn and Lara B. Aknin, described in the journal Science, looks into how and why spending money on others promotes happiness. Norton explains more in this Q&A. How much money people earn is less important for their happiness than how they choose to spend it. Although people believe that having money leads to happiness, new research suggests they are happier if at least some of the money is given to others.
MSNBC presentation on paper & plastic bags -
Click on Battle of the Bags/
This presentation displays the pros and cons of using paper and plastic bags. It discusses the impact that this choice has on the environment. The article continues to talk about the use of reusable bags and reducing the number of plastic or paper bags that a person uses.
The 100 Thing Challenge is my little way to personalize my efforts to fight consumerism.
What's behind it? My belief that material possessions can be good when they serve a greater purpose than possession alone. We should make better use of our things than just owning them. My hope is that by living a year with 100 personal things, I'll be able to show that an average American guy does not need tons of stuff to live the good life. And also I hope to shed some light on the nature of consumerism in our culture. Thanks for following along!
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