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With that finished, let’s move on to some fun finance articles from around the web:

The largest banks in the United States recently underwent a series of “stress tests” to see how well the could handle an economic collapse. Pamela Yip from The Dallas Morning News argues that consumers should face the numbers with their own personal financial stress test. Her test measures four factor:

  1. Disposable income ratio
  2. Suriving on savings
  3. Total spend-down
  4. Debt-to-income ratio

According to this stress test, I’m in excellent financial health. What about you?

Elsewhere, The New York Times reports that it’s becoming fashionable to shop at Goodwill — literally. Ruth la Ferla describes how this network of thrift stores is trying to appeal to fashion-conscious shoppers. As my wife can attest, I’m anything but fashionable. But I do love shopping for second-hand clothes.

At Articles to Make You Think, Ouida Vincent recently wrote about developing your personal financial philosophy. “Developing a financial philosophy that serves and empowers rather than imprisons us is a personal development activity that never ends,” she writes. “Without evolving philosophies we risk slavery to poverty and sacrifice carefreeness and charity even as we gain material wealth.”

Finally, Trent at The Simple Dollar just posted an article that describes 12 ways his wife quietly makes their life work. I wish I’d written this — not about Trent’s wife, but about Kris. Because the truth is that Kris makes our life work. She’s smart, level-headed, and supportive. Without her, there would be no Get Rich Slowly, and I would be an unhappy man. Great post, Trent.

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