Beware the “Keeping Up With the Joneses” Trap of a Minimalist Lifestyle

Minimalism is having a moment. At its core is a useful message about conscious consumption and mindful living, which is great. However, as minimalist Anthony Ongaro points out, many people make a common mistake with minimalism: they turn it into a lifestyle trend they have to keep up with. People have different ideas of what minimalism should be, and there’s certainly nothing wrong with simply appreciating it from an aesthetic or design perspective. The problem is, many people gravitate toward the “less is more” lifestyle only to turn it into…

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Beware of high-pressure telemarketers hawking health insurance plans, department warns

Consumers should beware of high-pressure telemarketers selling health plans that won’t protect against tax penalties for being uninsured, the Nebraska Department of Insurance says. Telemarketers are pushing the plans now because consumers may be hearing about the upcoming Nov. 1-Jan. 31 open enrollment period for individual insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act, which requires people to have health insurance or face tax penalties. The federal website HealthCare.gov is the place to sign up for health plans, not through telemarketers saying they are from the “national enrollment center” or the “national…

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