Quizzle Top 5 Weekly Must-Reads – January 13, 2013

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A collection of Quizzle’s Must-Read Articles of the Week:

A common piece of money saving advice is to cut back on eating out, but everyone likes to go out to dinner! Here are some ways to keep that food bill to a reasonable size while still enjoying a night out now and then.

Want to stay in a hotel where it is more than likely no one else you know has ever stayed? How about the ICEHOTEL, a UFO-themed place located in the Arctic Circle? Each year it takes 1,000 tons of ice block and more than one million cubic feet of snow/ice mixture from Sweden’s Torne River to build. Rooms start at just 5 100 SEK, or about $800 USD. Talk about a splurge!

Confessions of a Deranged Shopaholic. Aloysa spent $8,676 on clothes, shoes, handbags and make-up in 2012. And yes, she does believe that no one in their right mind should be spending that much money on stuff that isn’t necessary.

“First thing I did was look around me at friends and coworkers who seemed to know what they were doing with money. I didn’t go and say I was broke and beg for help. In hindsight that would have been hilarious though. I asked for tips and tools that they’d recommend. One character trait I also noticed they all possessed was being responsible. Not just with money but in life.”

The best way to increase your odds for retirement success is to run various investment scenarios. After all, don’t you want to be ready for whatever situation may present itself? And if you plan on retiring early, it’s even more vital that you start running different scenarios now to see which one will get you to your goals.