How your brain might be costing you cash & other must-reads

It's the beginning of the new week, which means a fresh start! Start your week off on the right foot by reading up on these 5 articles from Finance Collective members. From refreshing your goals to looking at your next real estate-related move, these are must-reads!

  1. A FIRE-Side Chat With Escaping To Freedom by The Green Swan: Get to know the blogger behind Escaping to Freedom with this in depth interview. See how a financial expert would spend $1 million!
  2. Goal Setting: The Key to Staying on Trackby Millennial by Forty: As it's the beginning of a new quarter, it's time to readjust your financial strategies and make a game plan for overcoming your obstacles -- take a cue how from Millennial by Forty.
  3. Here are 7 Ways Your Brain May Be Costing You Moneyby Funancials: Is your head getting in the way of your finances? Find out if you are guilty of one of these seven self-sabotaging habits.
  4. The Real Cost of Buying a Bigger House by REtipster: Check out this smart article from REtipster that can help you decide if you can afford a larger home (and the added cost)!
  5. 10 Fun and Frugal Dates to Try This Weekend!by Couple Money: Looking for exciting but budget-conscious activities to try on your days off? Don't miss these ideas for where to have your next date night!

RELATED: 6 rules to follow when shopping online

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6 rules to follow when shopping online
1. Make sure that the website you are ordering from is secure
"Many websites will have a seal at the bottom stating that the website is indeed secure and will not make your information public under any circumstances. A site that has 'https://' at the beginning of their web address as well as a padlock symbol is typically a site to trust." -My Broken Coin
2. Search for product reviews beforehand
"Returning items to online stores can be a major hassle. So why not find out what others think of the product before you purchase it online? For example, before buying a new laptop, search for comments and complaints associated with the brand. If there are more negative reviews than positive, and the same problem is reoccurring, then it may not be a brand worth investing in. This will save yourself from buying something that would have to be returned to the store soon after receipt." -My Broken Coin
3. Look for promo codes before checking out
"Who doesn't like saving money, especially on necessities? Almost every retailer will have some sort of promotion available, so ensure you look for one before purchasing. You may not find every code useful or relevant to your purchase, but there are plenty out there that could save you money. So, before you check out ensure you search your retailer for voucher codes and see how much you could save." -My Broken Coin
5. Check and double check your shopping cart
"When shopping online, it's incredibly easy to get side-tracked and accidentally add things into your shopping cart. For example, you may double click on an item and not notice that you've order two of it until it's too late. As well as this, if you've visited a site before but abandoned your cart before purchasing, the site will sometimes have saved your items when you visit again. Thus, it's incredibly important that you double check what you're buying." -My Broken Coin
6. Track your order
"Many sites give you the option to track you orders. This is especially handy when you need your order by a specific date (before Christmas, in time for a birthday party, etc.). Stay on-top of your order's location at all times, including the cities that it is arriving in and departing from every day. A lot of online trackers go through FedEx or UPS and are typically very accurate." -My Broken Coin
4. Price-match whenever possible
"Price-matching and price-comparison is the one of the best strategies for saving money while shopping online, as you will be able to purchase items that you otherwise would not have been able to afford. Retailers are in constant competition with each other to offer the best price and product to customers, so find the one that's offering the best deal." -My Broken Coin
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