Did you know that friggatriskaidekaphobia means a fear of Friday the 13th? I found an old National Geographic article about the origins of this day, and it mentioned this startling statistic from the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, NC: “It’s been estimated that $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day because people will not fly or do business they would normally do.” The organization also estimates that 17 million to 21 million people in the United States suffer from this phobia.
Really, folks? I’m not at all superstitious, so it’s hard for me to understand how a fear of one day could be so crippling. Our economy needs all the help that it can get right now, so don’t put everything on hold in fear of bad luck. Keep on flying, keep on shopping, keep on working. There are bigger things to worry about, like a large credit card bill or high interest rate! If you are feeling fearful, distract yourself with this wonderful list of my favorite personal finance blog posts from the past week.
1. Wealth Pilgrim offers tips on how to protect your financial information and avoid identity theft while traveling. My credit card information was stolen when I was in Turkey, and it was not pleasant!
2. Credit Donkey lists 10 financial mistakes many moms make, including not building their own credit.
3. Live Real Now tells how he got out of debt and discusses several different strategies for paying off debt.
4. It’s hard to eat at home as a single person; fresh food goes bad quickly, and it’s not easy to cook small portions. It’s easy to pick up food from restaurants, but that gets expensive very quickly. Beating Broke lists four great ways to eat on a budget if you live alone.
5. Curious to know what your creditors can find out about you? Young and Thrifty explains exactly what information appears on your credit report.
6. Moolanomy reveals four lifestyle habits you can adopt to achieve financial freedom and build wealth.
7. Familiar with the debt snowball? PT Money introduces readers to a similar concept: the savings snowball.
8. PF Firewall compares personal finance with music, and explains how playing a song by ear can be similar mastering your finances.
9. Solider of Finance discusses why it’s important to search for problems in your credit report as carefully as soldiers have to search for real land mines.
10. Couple Money advises readers on whether credit cards or debit cards provide better protection from fraud.