The Simple Dollar Morning Roundup: Nancy Sinatra Edition

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So named because I listened to two different Nancy Sinatra records last night while browsing personal finance sites. On with the show…

Costs Of A Long-Distance Relationship “$278: Average total amount long-distance couples spend a month to keep love alive.” As this article points out, $278 is often on the low end of things. How much does a relationship have to cost you before you either move or decide it’s not worth it? (@ my open wallet)

The Year-End Personal Finance Moves You Should Make These are ten excellent tips, but I’ve got one more: give yourself a Christmas present. I have a very secret “armageddon / big secret surprise” fund that I’ve started that I have not told even my wife about, using money out of my budgeted “entertainment and dining out” money for the month. I’m going to put a bonus amount in there as my Christmas gift to myself. Consider socking a little something extra away for that rainy day. (@ free money finance)

Does Wealth Equal Success? My fervent answer is no. Wealth is possibly a measure of financial success, but that’s largely the only dimension of success that wealth really affects. For example, my definition of success for The Simple Dollar is to increase visits in a given day as compared to one week before; that has little to do with wealth. I’d like to see others’ thoughts on the topic, so head over there and leave a comment. (@ mac’s money blog)

Also, there are only three days left to get in on The Simple Dollar’s giveaway of a copy of The Millionaire Next Door. All it takes to enter is a simple email to me (or a blog post) containing an idea for The Simple Dollar, so what do you have to lose?

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