“Around the Web” posts are all about sharing articles that I’ve read during the last couple of weeks which I found interesting enough to share with you. Although I try to keep these articles topical, I  don’t necessarily limit myself to posts about investing and frugal living.  It’s all about whatever strikes my fancy — so it’s possible some of these might seem out of place. Just bear with me and enjoy!

Revealed: the 30-year economic betrayal dragging down Generation Y’s income

Website: www.theguardian.com

Holy crap I could write a book about this subject. I was born in the early, early 80s, which (depending on who you talk to) makes me either a Generation X’er or a Millenial — either way, I can definitely relate to this article. I think it’s fairly obvious that my generation (and especially those that came after) have had a harder time succeeding in today’s economic world. What I find odd is that we’re only now finally starting to talk about it in the mainstream media. In my opinion, we need to talk about this even more before it gets even worse (which it likely will).

Here’s an interesting article about the relatively short history of ETFs. Having recently discovered ETFs and wanting to learn more, this article was very timely for me.

#Vanlife With No filter: Couple records work/life on wheels

Website: www.youtube.com

Here’s a relatively short (but great!) documentary about the reality of van life.  I recently decided that I was going to move into a trailer sometime this year and, while searching for information on the subject, came across this little nugget of a video. There’s a lot of great information here, and it’s not all sparkling rainbows and purring kittens. The authors are surprisingly candid about not only the joys, but the also pains they’ve experience while living full time on the road in a refurbished van. It’s incredibly interesting (at least it was for me) and, despite the problems they address, makes me want to do it even more!

A Cheap and Easy DIY Washing Machine. Spin Cycle Included!

Website: www.youtube.com

While the building I live in has a laundromat on the main floor, I’ve been driving to my parent’s place every Sunday to use their washing machine and dryer in order to save money. The laundry machines here are crazy expensive — costing around five to ten dollars per load (depending on how long I need to use the dryer for). While it might seem like an inconvenience to drive to my parents just to clean my clothes, I probably save fifty bucks every month just by doing this. Besides, I like my parents and it’s a great opportunity to catch up and say hello. They don’t seem to mind my company either, since they can ask all of their computer related questions all at once.

Unfortunately (or fortunately, depending on how you look at it), I won’t always be living so close to my parents, in large part because I recently decided that I was going to move into a trailer, and perhaps eventually even a van, and live a nomadic life on the road. Although the “on the road” part probably won’t be for a few years yet, I thought I’d experiment with some low cost, DIY washing machine ideas just to find something that works beforehand (and to get used to the idea). I finally settled on the model above and bought all of the parts I needed over the weekend. I have to say that I’m pleased with the results. Check it out!

An Interview with Mother Earth on Climate Change

Website: www.mrmoneymustache.com

Mr Money Mustache has a remarkable knack for writing interesting articles. I don’t always agree with everything that he writes, but even when that’s the case, I’m guaranteed to have a chuckle or two while reading his stuff. His latest article is an “interview” with Mother Nature, with whom he has apparently had the pleasure of speaking to while vacationing somewhere along the equator. I wonder if it’s because he’s been taking Ayahuasca? Anyway, it’s a great article about climate change, presented in a way only Mr Mustache could do.

Obligatory Kitten Video

Website: www.youtube.com

OMG the cuteness is too much!


Well that’s it for this instalment of “Around the Web”. Hope you enjoyed the links!

André