Today’s bits: How to take your kids to Disney World for free… almost

How to take your kids to Disney World for free… almost

Visiting the Magic Kingdom would end up costing a family of four between $396 and $496 depending on the season. And that’s for just one day at the park. Disney does offer special discount ticket packages, however, so be sure to check out what’s on offer before booking. You might be able to get a really good deal, especially during the off-season. Of course, there are other ways to reduce your costs for visiting the happiest place on earth. (MarketWatch)

How to stop worrying about retirement — and actually start saving money

Millennials are smarter about money than their parents in lots of ways  in large part because they’ve had to be. Weighed down by student debt and having lived through the Great Recession at a young age, they’re more likely to budget than Baby Boomers and don’t expect Social Security to provide for them like it did for previous generations. If you’re worried about retirement, it’s time to turn those fears into action. Start with these five ultra-simple steps. (Mic)

What worries investing guru Jack Bogle right now

Buffett says the market is reasonably price, even cheap. Bogle… not so much. Investment legend John “Jack” Bogle is worried about President Trump’s policies and the massive surge in the stock market. “I don’t feel super confident in the stock market. By any historical standards, it’s pretty fully valued,” the 87-year-old founder of Vanguard told CNNMoney in a phone call. (Money)

Are You Ready for Retirement?

Retirement is a huge transition, much like getting married or having kids. And just like those other life events, it takes preparation. Three aspects: Are you mentally ready? Physically ready? Financially ready? (Kiplinger)

15 worst cities for renters

Here is the annual list from Forbes

The Case for Spending $550 on AmEx’s Platinum Card

AmEx is upping its Platinum rewards to compete with the Chase Sapphire Reserve card. You might be surprised by some of the perks. For most people the answer is simple: No. It’s not worth spending $550 a year for the privilege of using a credit card. But…for frequent travelers in search of a new card who are willing to take the time to learn everything AmEx’s Platinum has to offer, we say, go for it. (Barron’s)

6 Psychological Tricks That Will Make People Buy Anything

My wife is a sucker for the “Sale” sign, and she starts salivating when she sees the “Clearance” sign. Are these items really on sale? Did the store simply jack up the prices and them lower them to the same price that they were previously?

In one study, candy store shoppers were 42 percent more likely to buy something if they received free chocolate. No wonder See’s gives out a free sample to every visitor.

Want to know the six reasons? If you want to know more, you better click this link before it goes away. (Inc.)

Scarcity is one of the six…

Here’s Why American Suburbs Are Dying

Is suburbia going the way of the shopping mall? Are Millennials buying fewer houses and choosing to live in densely populated urban areas? If you believe this, your house on a cul-del-sac with its white picket fence and well manicured lawn might be losing value instead of appreciating. (House Beautiful)

Think Airbnb is only in the short-term rental market?

Airbnb is exploring the possibility of getting into the long-term rental business and has retained management consulting firm McKinsey & Company to conduct an analysis of the market. (Curbed)

Wasting away again in Margaritaville

Jimmy (not Warren) Buffett’s company has partnered with Minto Communities, a Florida-based developer, “to develop new active adult communities in seaside destinations around the country.” Construction on the first one, in Daytona Beach, is already underway. This is no ramshackle village: the $1 billion project includes 6,900 homes, a walkable “town center” with a fitness facility, indoor lap pool, a bandshell, spa, and restaurants—doubtlessly serving cheeseburgers, cold draft beers, and margaritas. A private beachfront club will be reachable by shuttle, should residents be wary of walking too far in their flip-flops. (Quartz)

A bar tab without the credit card

Raise your hand if this has ever happened to you: You’ve opened a tab at a bar and had a few drinks with friends, only to realize, after you’ve responsibly made your way home, that, in your post-cocktail haze, you’ve left your credit card or ID with the bartender and have to find your way back to the bar to claim it.
Or, how about this: At the end of the night, you’re looking to settle up your tab with the bartender, but the bar is so packed with other revelers that you can barely get near it, let alone catch the bartender’s eye.

Mastercard has just come up with something to solve both of those problems. (Flip)

Chart of the Day

Infographic: Where Women Feel They Lack Equality | Statista You will find more statistics at Statista

 

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