MSN had a good article: 5 Financial Habits That Will Make You Happy.
The article opens with a statistic that I heard no long ago:
"happiness rises as household income does up to about $75,000 ..but beyond that more money won't make you happier"
I still don't know how I feel about that one. Anyway. None of the five habits ticked me off - in fact I actually find them all to be true. My favorite is #1:
"Get Pretty Organized."
Personally, I can't manage to get really organized. I am too lazy to make a budget and too spoiled to stick to it. Example:
One trick my sister-in-law, Becky, uses is to grocery shop only every two weeks. To do that, she has to plan meals for two weeks together. I saw the list and was totally bewildered:
"But what if you don't want that for dinner tonight?"
"Too bad," was her answer. I have nothing like that kind of discipline.
I can, however, manage to stick receipts in a file folder. Archive e-mails. My taxes are always in order. I can tell you that I spent $1,500 on gasoline in 2010. American Express says so. I feel better now.