Personal Finance Roundup – Week 18, 2019

Some of our favorite articles, links, and Tweets about personal finance, fintech, and spreadsheets for the week of April 29 – May 4.

Fintech

Great overview of Cash App’s growth with volume up 150% in the first quarter compared with the year before. (Coffee Boost!) But competition with PayPal’s Venmo is heating up. via Morning Brew

Small Biz / Side Hustle / Freelance

Median revenue is slightly down but work satisfaction is up for freelance and small businesses – this and many more fascinating insights in the 3rd annual American Self Employment report: via Freshbooks

Financial Independence

This is great advice: “You shouldn’t just retire from something, but to something” – quoted from “Retired people share the secrets of early retirement” via MarketWatch

Household Finance

.@AAAnews forecasts nationwide gasoline prices to rise over $3 a gallon this summer, 15¢ more than current prices and above last summer’s prices: https://pxlme.me/Ax2teC-S h/t @TheHustle

AAA forecasts nationwide gasoline prices to rise over $3 a gallon this summer, 15¢ more than current prices and above last summer’s prices: via The Hustle

Saving Money

When it comes to money, “transparency might set you free. And if money diaries help you achieve that, more power to them.” via New York Times

Getting Out of Debt

62% of parents have been in debt for their kid’s extracurricular activities, and one in three are still paying off a related debt. via Marketwatch

Spreadsheets

Google Sheets guru Ben Collins’ new “Automation With Apps Script” course is now open. If  find yourself doing the same manual tasks in Google Sheets and want to take your spreadsheet skills to the next level, this course is perfect for you: via Ben Collins

For personal finance, spreadsheets give you more control, options, and a  platform you can reliably build on for years ahead → “6 Reasons Why Budgeting with a Spreadsheet Beats Automated Tools Every Time” via Wallet Hacks

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