Spreading the Gospel: Moving Abroad and Internet at Work

internet_at_workGood morning, y’all! Today we’ll be spending the whole day driving on our way to Utah, but I still wanted to show my appreciation to all the other awesome personal finance bloggers out there who write such amazing stuff, and to give YOU the opportunity to learn more about this delicious topic from someone other than me. Welcome to the Saturday Spreading the Gospel Round-Up!

Why Your Boss Should Let You Screw Around on the Internet by Nicholas at Wise Bread – I’m not a big proponent of wasting your employer’s time and money, but I do believe that having a little down time while you’re at work can help you be more productive and avoid burnout. Employers will say that it lowers productivity, but then again so do the constant emails you get from managers asking what the update is on this or that. The only difference is that you actually enjoy surfing the Internet, so the down time is going to actually be helpful.

Budget Cuts You Should Never Make by Anton at Dreams Cash True – It’s important to see where you can cut expenses, especially if you’re struggling to make ends meet. But, it’s also important that you do whatever you can to take care of yourself and your family as you look to the future. So if you’re thinking about cutting down on the health or life insurance instead of giving up your eating out budget, the answer is obvious.

Why it’s Financially Possible to Move Abroad – by Cat, a guest post on Frugal Rules – Read this one if you’re even remotely interested in living in another country at some point in your life. And I’m sure most of you are! (p.s. Canada doesn’t count) Anyway, Cat and her husband just moved back to the states from living in Grenada for 2 ½ years. Doesn’t that sound amazing? The question I have is why in the world did they come back?! Anyway, Cat shares some tips on how she and her husband were able financially to move abroad.

Stupid Things Finance People Say by Morgan at The Motley Fool – This one is just hilarious. This is coming from a guy who reads a lot of financial news for his job, which gives him a “front-row seat to the downside of financial journalism: gibberish, nonsense, garbage, and drivel.” My favorites are:

“They don’t have any debt except for a mortgage and student loans.”

OK. And I’m vegan except for bacon-wrapped steak.

“We’re waiting for more certainty.”

Good call. Like in 1929, 1999 and 2007, when everyone knew exactly what the future looked like. Can’t wait!

If you need a good laugh this morning, and don’t tell me you don’t, read this one!

Look with Your Eyes, Not with Your Mouth by Lisa, a guest post on Smarter Bucks – I love the story she tells about how her parents finally got fed up with solving her problems for her, and made her learn to solve them herself. I know too many people who run to mommy and daddy when they’re out of money. In fact, I get a lot of people who come in to bank to put cash in their college student’s account, complaining about how much money they spend. I always respond (with a smile, of course) with, “Well, you can always tell them to get a job.” They laugh, but I don’t think much will change. Maybe I’ll just print out copies of this article and give each of them a copy when they come 🙂

And that, my friends, is today’s round-up. I didn’t get a chance to read as much as usual, so it’s a little short. But you’ve got other things to do today, so I hope you won’t cry too long.

Have a great weekend!

p.s. thanks again to Financial Nerd for including me in Thursday’s Carnival of Financial Planning!

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5 thoughts on “Spreading the Gospel: Moving Abroad and Internet at Work

  1. I also agree with Nicholas's post about the use of Internet while at work just to help an employee fight the burn-out feeling which is often a reason for leaving. But then, there are some who tend to abuse it that is why perhaps most employers don't allow it.
    My recent post How To Travel For Free

    1. Yeah some do ruin it for the rest of us. But honestly, if an employee is going to abuse that privilege, taking it away won't make him more productive. He'll just find other ways to waste time. To me, that's a commentary on the type of people you're hiring.

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