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Link Round Up: 3 Teens Edition

January 22, 2011 · 137 comments

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I cannot believe it, my youngest child turned 13 this weekend.  Where did the time go?  I can officially say now that I am a mom of 3 teenagers- that is crazy!  (Even though the youngest is still too small to sit legally in the front seat…)  It seems like yesterday I was attending Mother’s Day Teas and going on cute little field trips.  Now I have to cough up 500 hundred dollars for his field trip to Pennsylvania to go white water rafting and hiking.  That is a far cry from the free trips to the cider mill!

So, while I will be spending the weekend feeling nostalgic, you should be sitting down and reading some of the great posts I read over the last week.  Enjoy!

101 Centavos:  Another great food post from Andrew, this time it is a recipe for Penne Girate Al Sugo.  Of course, I had never heard of it before, but it looks delicious.

Aloysa’s Kitchen Sink shares a story of people-watching at the gym (and parking lots).   I love people-watching, so I found this post particularly entertaining.   I want to know if the woman in the story really did have a wedding ring when Aloysa saw her at the gym the first time!

Andrew Hallam is selling $700,000 in stocks, and plans on buying something else…

Beating the Index writes many posts about stock trades that he makes.   I am not linking to a specific post, but to the site in general.   I like when people discloses what they just did without knowing the end result ahead of time.   So many people talk only about their successes after the fact.   It is great to read the stocks he picks and why as it happens instead of 6 months after the purchase.

Biz of Life has a post that ALL teenagers should read. (How perfect considering I have 3 teens now.)

Bucksome Boomer shares what staples she keeps in the freezer. I didn’t even know you could buy frozen onions! I will have to track some down because I hate chopping onions.

Budgeting In the Fun Stuff shares where she stands on attaining certain financial milestones for people in their 20s.   I must say she is better off than we were in our 20s.  I would love to see a list of milestones for people in their 40s.

Car Negotiation Coach did some great research and put together a review of web hosting companies.  This is a must-read for anyone that has a self-hosted website, or is thinking of getting one.

Do Not Wait lists 10 reasons to save for retirement.  With Social Security dollars at (possible) risk and fewer companies offering pensions, I think people need to really dig deep and try to save as much as possible for retirement.  (Of course, you do still have to live for today too.)

Faithful With A Few has some great information about tax rates for 2011, along with some charts that will help you figure out how much you will owe in federal taxes for the year.

Financial Samurai drives a vehicle that just won’t quit.  Does he secretly want “Moose” to break down so he can justify a replacement?

First Gen American thinks back about her six months of blogging and makes some decisions about her future blog content.   It is amazing what you can learn in six months, and I think Sandy has done a great job so far!

Get Rich Slowly writes a great post about how hard it can be to create and maintain a successful blog.   It is definitely NOT a path to quick riches, that is for sure.  (JD, please write more posts like this!)

Green Panda Treehouse offers advice on getting your first mortgage.   The first suggestion is very important:   Make sure you are ready.   Don’t just jump into home ownership because you found a house that is a perceived good deal.

Grumpy Rumblings of the Untenured think about life AFTER they get tenure, and what they want to do.   This is an exercise everyone should do when coming upon a new phase in life.

Invest It Wisely has moved into his new condo.  I have to say, it sounds exciting to live in a high-rise in the city, which is the complete opposite of how I have ever lived.   Congratulations Kevin!

Krantcents discloses what he wished he would have accomplished before he turned 30.   (This is a post from the past.)  I enjoy reflective posts like these because I think readers can really learn something from other people’s experiences.

Live Real, Now shares how he is now able to save money.   What I appreciate most about this post is it shows how important it is psychologically to have some emergency funds set aside.

Money Crashers has a great post about home canning in the winter.   Each year, I tell myself I am going to can some of the things from the garden, and I don’t.  This post made it seem so easy that I think I will have to give it a try this year.   I did buy the mason jars, so that is a start…

Money Reasons is offering up ways to get rich.   The suggestions aren’t easy or get-rich-quick schemes, but definitely something to consider.

MoneyCone writes about the Beardstown Ladies.   I had completely forgotten about them!   He also provides a reminder that people need to track their portfolios so they really do know how they are performing.  Oh, you should also pay attention to the math too…

Mr. & Mrs. Not Made of Money must know that I am really getting tired of winter, as they encourage us all to start saving  for our summer vacation.  I would love to fly away to somewhere warm right now…

Personal Finance By the Book has a great 4 part series about budgeting.   What better time than the new year to commit to making (and sticking to) a budget?  Make sure you check out all 4 parts.

Single Mom, Rich Mom has some decisions to make regarding child support type payments from her Ex.   Go read this post and share your thoughts.

Squirrelers has a birthday, and he is squirreling away free meals!   (Great job Squirrel, I only get free appetizers on my birthday.)

Sustainable Life Blog has posted his goals for 2011.   Jeff, keep us informed on how your goals are going!   (Regarding my own goals, I am doing great without the pop so far!)

Watson Inc writes about taxes and redistribution of wealth.   The comments are as great as the post, so make sure you read through those too.

Wealth Informatics talks about saving for that first home.   She has asked the same question I have asked a million times when I saw people buy a house of a certain size: “What am I doing wrong?”

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Aloysa January 22, 2011 at 10:09 pm

Thank you for mentioning my “gym affair” article. And to answer your question – I swear I saw a ring on her fingure. 🙂


Money Reasons January 22, 2011 at 11:31 pm

Thanks for the mention!

My kids are pre-teen, my oldest is 10 1/2 yrs old. I’m trying to make the most of it that I can. I need to take more pictures though 🙂

I hate how fast my kids are growing up…


twentysomethingmoney January 23, 2011 at 12:10 am

This is a great list of links, thanks for sharing!


Roshawn @ Watson Inc January 23, 2011 at 1:01 am

Three teenagers… that’s quite a milestone.

Thanks for the mention!!! Yes, the comments on this one are just phenomenal IMHO, as are the emails people sent in response to the post).


First Gen American January 23, 2011 at 6:49 am

3 Children sounds like a lot to me let alone 3 teenagers.

Yup, a big field trip for my son is still a trip to the fire station. Thanks for the link and the complement.


101 Centavos January 23, 2011 at 9:51 am

Hi Kris, thanks very much for the link. #1 Son is 14, #2 is 11.
Where does the time go indeed? Seems like yesterday I was carrying them around on my shoulders.
#2 still insists on jumping up on me and giving me a hug when I come home from work. He takes a running start, leaps and then 92 pounds of boy comes flying up and makes smacking contact. I then have to carry him into the kitchen and hold him a while while I talk to Mrs. 101 and download. My lower back, my legs all protest loudly, but I’m sucking it up, since the leaping and hugging won’t last for much longer.


Moneycone January 23, 2011 at 10:25 am

And I can’t believe my kid is already running around! Feels like he was born yesterday! I know I have a long way to go, but I also hear it’ll be gone in a blink! (Why do parents of grown up kids always say that!)

As always, thanks for the link Kris!


Nicole January 23, 2011 at 10:54 am

Happy 13th birthday! We just did a belated birthday party for our 4 year old… I can’t imagine him being a teenager… but some day…

Thanks for including us!


krantcents January 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Thank you for the mention. I didn’t think anyone bothered with the older posts! There are some real pearls there!


Car Negotiation Coach January 23, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Hey Kris, thanks for including my link!


Squirrelers January 24, 2011 at 1:05 am

Thanks for mentioning my article. You too can get free meals from restaurants – they’re out there!


The Biz of Life January 24, 2011 at 7:48 am

Thanks for the mention.


Mrs. Not Made of Money January 24, 2011 at 9:30 am

Thanks for the mention.

Happy Birthday to the new teenager! Can’t imagine having 3 teens at once! Even though we have 4 kiddos, only one who is officially a “teen” – though a younger one thinks they are LOL! I hear you about the costs though. Teen expenses are definitely higher than preschool ones. Plus, orthodontic expenses are crazy!


Invest It Wisely January 24, 2011 at 9:58 am

That’s so cool that you’re sending him on a white-water rafting and hiking trip. What a great mom! That really is the perfect type of present for a kid; it’s the best time to enjoy those types of activities! 🙂

I’ve been super-busy with the move and my computer’s not even plugged in (not that I have internet installed yet, anyways) so haven’t been able to follow up as much as I want, but next week should be back into it!


Crystal @ BFS January 24, 2011 at 4:09 pm

Thanks for the mention! I’ll have to come up with my own list for people in their 40’s, lol. 🙂


Joe Plemon January 26, 2011 at 4:58 pm

Not to be a “one-upper”, but we had four teens in the house at one time. We not only survived, but actually enjoyed those years…most of the time :). I know you have heard this before, but soak it up…those years go fast.
Thanks for the link to my budgeting series.


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