How to Make Your Money Last a Lifetime

How to go on a cheap date without being cheap, fun and free ways to make friends and how to make your money last a lifetime — it’s all in this week’s top stories from around the web.

How to make your money last a lifetime: “Living to 100 is expensive, but taking time to run through this annual checklist will help you afford it. Here are 17 steps to a more secure financial life: All ages: Analyze your spending over the last month to see where your money is going and where you might be able to cut back to add more to your savings. Many banks offer free money tracking through online accounts, and money-tracking tools such as make it easier to follow the dollars, too” – U.S. News & World Report

Fun and (practically) free ways to make friends: “Want to meet new people? The easiest and most important element is to just be “out there.” Be active and be open! Don’t be picky, and be willing to hang out with everyone. A good rule to follow is to say “yes” to every invite (well, except the sketchy ones). Need some more specific ideas? Try these 10 ways to help meet new people.” – Wise Bread

How to go on cheap dates without being cheap: “The benefits of frugal living are real.  In time, a person really can take control of their finances, pay off bad debts, build savings, and drastically increase net worth simply by cutting out needless expenses and living a frugal lifestyle. Similar to building a small business, the idea underlying the entire notion of frugality, however, is freedom and empowerment.  Therefore, there are areas of one’s life that must not be surrendered to the pursuit of debt free living.  At the end of the day, happiness is the goal.” – One Smart Dollar

Save Money by Pickling Fruits and Vegetables at Home: “When you think of the word pickled, what comes to mind? Do you picture briny cucumbers in glass jars sitting among condiments in the grocery store or do you envision the art of pickling or preserving products so they can be eaten at a later date? If the latter is what you had in mind, I have a book for you to read. It’s called the Pickled Pantry, and it’s written by Andrea Chessman and put out by Storey Publishing. Part cookbook, part informational guide, it has over 150 recipes for pickles, relishes, chutneys, and more. If you have leftover produce from your summer garden, Chessman shows you how to preserve and enjoy it well into the winter months.” – Generation X Finance

Legitimate Ways Make Money Online: “You’re here because you want to learn how to make money online.  And, you’re not alone.  Most people do and we all have different reasons for doing so.  If you’re like me, then you want to spend more time with family and avoid the hustle and bustle of a daily commute.  For others, making money online means owning their time and not having to answer to anyone else. Now you may be asking, how can I really make money online?  Is it legitimate?  Is it possible?  Yes and yes.   You can make money online and there are tons of legitimate opportunities for you to do so.  We’ll cover a total of 15 ways to do so here but we will make this a 3 part series since I want to go into details with each way to make money online.” – Girls Just Wanna Have Funds