Earlier this week, I ran across an article about a homeless guy who got arrested for charging his phone in a public park. Yes, apparently everybody — including the homeless guy in the park — now has a cell phone.
In that article, they mentioned that it costs just $0.41 to charge an iPhone 5 over the course of a year, and even less if you have an older model. I have to admit, I was surprised it was so cheap.
That being said, the sum total of annual power usage by all iPhone 5 units sold over the next year is expected to be enough to power all of the homes in Cedar Rapids, IA for a year. Interesting.
Anyhoo… Here are some more articles that caught my eye over the past week.
- Tips From a Former Car Thief on How to Protect Your Car – Fascinating read on protecting your car from thieves — from a former car thief…
- IRS Rules for Paying Investment Fees from Taxable and Retirement Accounts – This is a rather complex topic, but my preference is to avoid it entirely and pay fees with funds from non-retirement accounts whenever possible.
- How Far Does $300,000 of Retirement Savings Go? – $300k isn’t a huge sum when it comes to retirement nest eggs, but it might go farther than you thought.
- The Not-So-Lost Decade – “Lost decade” arguments depend on the timeframe. Believe it or not, the past decade (looking back from today) doesn’t look so bad.
- Why Close is Often Good Enough When Managing Your Money – Personal finance isn’t rocket science. Yes, you need to get things mostly right, but striving for perfection can be counterproductive.
That’s it. Have a great weekend.