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Link Round Up: Getting Sick of Being Sick Edition

January 30, 2011 · 17 comments

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OK, I have had it.  I need to be able to open some windows and get some fresh air in this house.  Four out of five people are sick here, and I can’t stand the sound of coughing anymore.  If we had a dog, I bet he would be coughing too. Perhaps we need to be quarantined?  On a positive note, I have abs of steel now…

Now that I am done whining, I will share some of my favorite posts from around the web this week.

101 Centavos might be planting a lot of food on his land to prepare for rising food prices.   Are you planning on expanding your garden this year?

Aloysa’s Kitchen Sink tells a fascinating story of having to give a bag of money to the mob at a previous job.

Barb Friedberg Personal Finance has been in a secret competition involving Roth IRAs.  Did she win?  Give it a read and find out, and also learn a valuable lesson along the way.

Biz Of Life shares some great quotes from author Walter E Williams.   It is a very thought provoking post.

Broke Professionals went grocery shopping, and doesn’t plan to go again for another month. Can they make it 30 days?   There is no way we could do it, but it will be fun to watch BP’s progress!

Budgeting In the Fun Stuff asks if anyone wants to pay $75,000 for a Ford Expedition.   Personally, I think I would go with a vehicle with less options, less price, less size, etc. (Oh, I also wouldn’t buy a new car when I haven’t paid off the first one…)

Car Negotiation Coach gets some feedback from a reader that used CNC’s free guide to buying a new car.   Read about how well the process worked out!

Faithful With A Few highlights what he feels are the best personal finance blogs for 2010, along with some new blogs he thinks will shine in 2011.

Financial Samurai talks about taxes and the State of the Union address.  Could someone please implement a flat tax for me?   Thank you.

First Gen American shares some nightmarish renter stories.  I don’t know how some people live with themselves.

Free Money Finance asks if you would choose the same career if you had to do it over again.  Me?   Well, my job provided a lot of flexibility when I was working so I could be home with the kids.   But it was definitely not a career I loved.

Grumpy Rumblings of the Untenured wonder if adults can create nice kids.   I think they could, if they worried less about being a friend first, and focused on actually being a parent.

Invest It Wisely hosts a guest post from Budgeting in the Fun Stuff about whether or not an emergency fund is necessary.

KrantCents writes a great post about the importance of contributing to your retirement plan, and starting your savings early too.

Len Penzo has his own ‘State of the Penzo’ address, which was prepared by his wife.   It is incredibly impressive how well they have tracked their expenses over the years, and their efforts have obviously paid off.

Little House In the Valley just found out her pension will only provide income for her until she is 71 years old.  That is not good news!

Money Reasons misses his neighbors!   Will he end up eventually moving?  Only time will tell. (But I am taking bets…)

MoneyCone knows the right bank for you if you don’t want to ever spend money on ATM fees.

Not Made of Money helps us to save more money- by spending less!

Personal Finance By the Book asks if work is a curse, and if so, is it Adam’s fault?  To me, work is a way to get a paycheck!

Retire By 40 is teaching investment fundamentals, starting with saving early in life.  More importantly, there is a really cute picture of the ultrasound of his soon-to-be-born child.

Squirrelers teaches us about Brazil Monetary Reform and the effect it has had on Brazil.

Watson Inc asks if a 15 year mortgage is for everyone.   I personally am thrilled I went with a 15 year mortgage, so they definitely are for me!

Wealth Informatics has some tips for students looking to travel cheap.   Great information to have, especially with spring break coming up.

Windy City Gal introduces us to her adorable dog, who really has not had an easy life.   I just love the pictures in this post!

Yes I Am Cheap doesn’t want a 30 year mortgage, especially not in New York City.  Do you think it is a good idea to take out a 30 year mortgage when you are 50 years old?

That is all I have for now.  As a side note, the weather forecasters are already predicting a major snowstorm to affect a large portion of the country this week.  Who knows if these predictions will actually come true or not.  If they do, drive safe and keep warm!

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Nicole January 30, 2011 at 7:38 am

Hope you feel better soon! Thanks for the link!
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The Biz of Life January 30, 2011 at 8:17 am

Thanks for the mention.
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Deidre @ TransFormX January 30, 2011 at 12:19 pm

I had the same thing for 2 weeks I commiserate with you!!
Get well Kris!
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Little House January 30, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Thanks for mentioning my link. Take care and drink lots of liquids. Also make sure it’s not bronchitis. That seems to be making a huge come-back in elementary schools. Hope you get well soon!
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Moneycone January 30, 2011 at 1:15 pm

That is one massive roundup Kris! Been out most of last week, so I have a lot to catchup – your list provides me a good starting point!
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Money Reasons January 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm

You had me really laughing on the abs of steel comment! lemons to lemonade!!!

Thanks for the mention, I hope you feel better soon!!!
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Car Negotiation Coach January 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Hey Kris, My family was on sick lockdown for the month of January too. We just kept passing the germs around….nobody could get healthy for more than a few days, so i know the feeling. We’re finally doing better though!

Thanks for the include!
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Crystal @ BFS January 30, 2011 at 3:43 pm

That is one heck of a roundup! Thanks for including me!!! I’m sorry everyone is sick still…hopefully you’ll all feel better soon. :-(
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Squirrelers January 30, 2011 at 3:53 pm

Hope you feel better soon, and your family gets healthy.

I have had family sick as well, and am hoping my luck continues in being healthy.

Abs of steel comment was good:)

By the way – thanks for for including my post in your roundup.
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Roshawn @ Watson Inc January 30, 2011 at 7:26 pm

I hope you feel better soon too! Thanks for the link.
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krantcents January 30, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Thanks for the mention. As a teacher I am exposed to 100s to thousands of sick kids, I managed to avoid getting sick (colds or flu) by using sanitizer often. I have been doing this for 10 years. I do get a flu shot each year too.
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101 Centavos January 30, 2011 at 9:31 pm

Hi Kris, hope you feel better soon. Dr. 101 prescribes chicken soup, vitamin C.. and a hot whiskey honey and lemon toddy. Thanks for the link!
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Yesiamcheap January 31, 2011 at 12:21 am

If you can pass that whiskey from 101 Centavos and make mine on the rocks I think that will do the trick. Thanks for including my 30 year mortgage thoughts in the roundup. I like to push buttons.
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adnes January 31, 2011 at 2:13 am

Same here, climate change does affect earth mostly to do the people. Everyone is sick, until now we haven’t recover yet.


Kevin@InvestItWisely February 1, 2011 at 12:25 am

On top of the busyness from the move, also had to do a few medical visits last week… not for me but for the GF. I haven’t been too fogged lately so at least there’s that, but I’m hoping that she feels better soon. So far all tests are negative which is a good sign but negative or not, if you feel something you feel it. It’s like me and my “foggy” head, haha.
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