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Confidence is great for many a thing. Like when you’re working up the nerve to ask the cute person at the bar to dance, or when you’re about to give a speech to a room of your peers. But overconfidence is best avoided, especially when mixed with ignorance (I’m looking at you, Achilles, and your weak heel). Overconfidence when it comes to your finances? REALLY not good.

LearnVest, a financial planning service, conducted a survey with questions related to how a person’s confidence about their finances affects their saving/spending behavior. In answers from 100,000 users, they found a huge discrepancy in the level of financial confidence between the different age brackets.

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Why Textbooks Are Actually BargainsThe following was written by our own Ben Zoon, a talented Bookbyte employee and avid reader.


Ah, the start of the term, when countless shiny new textbooks are traded to college students in exchange for an arm and a leg. Meanwhile, last term’s books are being sold back for what seems like pennies on the dollar (unless you’re selling back to Bookbyte). It’s amazing how frequently textbooks get “updated” to new editions and seem to depreciate overnight. What then happens to all the old editions? They magically transform into some of the greatest bargains of our time!

Many modern college textbooks, especially the popular ones, are true works of art when you think about it. They’re overflowing with helpful pictures, diagrams, and charts. The text is written by some of the brightest educators in the country, whose passion truly shows through in their work. While I did my assigned reading in college, I would often find myself leafing forward a few chapters and marveling at the sheer quantity of blood, sweat, and tears that must have gone into producing it all.

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Absorb more info when you combine exercise and study.

As a student, my New Year’s resolutions usually always included some form of promising to exercise, eat healthier, and study more. Sometimes they would come out as a plea to the universe rather than a list of ways to improve myself in the New Year: “Please please please let me get all As and have rock-hard abs and I promise to stop eating twinkie sandwiches together while binge-watching Doctor Who before a huge test.”

When school actually started again, exercise usually fell to the wayside while studying, working, and having some semblance of a social life took priority. Exercise, or the lack thereof, is a problem for many students who tend to not make the most health-conscious choices, from pulling all-nighters to subsisting on a diet of instant noodles, energy drinks, and granola bars.

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More Games, PleaseThe following was written by our own Ben Zoon, a talented Bookbyte employee and avid reader.


 

The average American spends 13 hours a week playing video games. What great things might we achieve if all that collective time was directed toward something productive? But before we discount the value of video games, we must ask ourselves what makes them so incredibly engaging and captivating.

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3D printingYou may already know how awesome 3D printing is, so forgive me if this post is a kind of “No duh” for you. My inner old lady comes out when I hear the word “3D” — the Nintendo 3DS gives me a headache as do 3D movies. Not a fan. Of course, as you may already know, 3D printing is not really like those things at all. 3D printing makes your dreams come to LIFE!

Okay, maybe that’s a slight overstatement, but not really. You want to make a spider guitar? You can. How about a pizza? Yes. Did you have a dream last night of Abraham Lincoln riding off into the sunset on a unicorn? You can probably make that, but I couldn’t find an image of it on the internet. Need a liver or kidney? Pretty soon, doctors will be able to print one up for you.

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grandpa christmas sweater

Alright, I’m calling it: ugly Christmas sweaters just aren’t funny anymore. Some have rung the death toll for this Christmas trend long before me, but now it’s time to put the final nail in the coffin.

What started out as a small-scale holiday event where kitsch-lovers could comb through the racks of thrift stores and estate sales for the most horrendously ironic of Christmas cardigans (think: bright pink sweaters with puffy-paint kittens and Christmas trees) has been ruined the way most fun things are: by stores trying to monetize a trend.

From Urban Outfitters moody models trying to look sexy in oversized sweaters with gold sleighs to the NBA – yes, the NBA – making their own ugly Christmas sweatshirts printed in team colors, here are the worst offenders we could find.

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Happy Holidays!

What are a few of your favorite holiday pasttimes? Sledding, decorating the tree, drinking hot cocoa? This time of year reminds those of us in the Bookbyte office of happy memories with family full of warm-and-fuzzy feelings…for the most part. Read on for shared stories, from Doby’s mouthwatering descriptions of sopaipilla to Jesse’s larger-than-life Festivus “memories.”

Leave a comment letting us know what your own cherished holiday traditions are!

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