This week’s picks for the best in personal finance from around the web.

7 retirement-planning myths to dispel (Bankrate).  Many are the retirement-related rules of thumb, and many of them may no longer apply.

Making sure your end-of-life wishes are followed (US News). Why having the proper paperwork in order may not be enough.

Beware of annuity ignorance (AdvisorOne). This article is written for advisors, but would be helpful for anyone thinking about buying an annuity as well. Within the article is a link to a more detailed piece on the topic that the author wrote for the CFA Institute.

Financial education: does your state make the grade? (CNNMoney). High schools have certainly increased their efforts to provide education on personal finance, but those efforts vary widely from state to state. Here you can see what’s happening in your state.

Discount club match up: Sam’s vs. Costco (Yahoo!). Do you belong to one of these clubs? What’s been your experience?

And from the blogosphere…

How long between leaps? (Seth Godin). Good career management thoughts to ponder, such as the dangers of adopting “the rhythm of stability.”

Retiree paralysis: can I spend my money? (Squared Away Blog). A different take on how much retirees actually can spend each year.

Frugal tips for every year of your child’s life (Wise Bread). Navigating the high cost of raising kids one year at a time.

6 indoor plants that can clean & purify the air in your home (Money Crashers). They’re less expensive than an electronic air purifier, and they look better as well.

Are you ready for a “zero waste” lifestyle? (Ask Liz Weston). What steps have you taken to throw less stuff in the trash?

We’d love to hear your responses to any of the above. To weigh in, just meet us in the comments section.

Matt Bell

By Matt Bell

Matt Bell is Sound Mind Investing’s Associate Editor. He is the author of three personal finance books published by NavPress, leads workshops at churches and universities throughout the country, and has been quoted in USA TODAY, U.S. News & World Report, and many other media outlets.


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