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Link Round Up – Time to Read!

November 6, 2010 · 47 comments

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We got some snowflakes this week.  I know not everyone shares this opinion, but I love snow.  I don’t want anyone to get hurt driving or anything, but snow just makes me happy.  One of my favorite memories of childhood is skating at the ice rink at the park at the end of my street.  I loved skating at night and seeing the snow in the lights that lit up the ice rink.  I still love seeing snow in the lights, and seeing bushes with Christmas lights under a blanket of snow.

Now that everyone probably hates me, I still want you to get some hot cocoa and read some great posts from this past week!

Barb Friedberg Personal Finance discusses how easy it is to lose time surfing the internet and just taking in so much information in general. I know for me, time flies when I am on the computer.

Biz of Life shares how to detect when someone is lying. I hope that teenagers in the reading audience do not come across this! (We don’t want them to know we have them figured out.)

Budgeting in the Fun Stuff asks what is in your wallet. I realized I have a lot more receipts than I do actual money. An interesting exercise. Check out the comments too to learn how to protect your spinal alignment.

Faithful With A Few shares the 2011 contribution limits for 401ks and other retirement plans.  (I didn’t like the numbers I saw!)

Financial Samurai shares his basic formula for deciding when you are able to retire. I like its simplicity, and the fact you don’t have to consider 1,000 different variables.

Financially Poor shares some ‘to the point’ wisdom about getting out of debt.  I am guessing not everyone will be willing to take the steps necessary, but his words are very true.

First Gen American shares an interesting perspective on those who are retired.  Maybe they are busy for a reason, and a very good one! By the way, I won a jar of homemade jelly from First Gen American, and I cannot wait for it to arrive in the mail!

Grumpy Rumblings of the Untenured share books they loved from long dead authors. It made me realize that I don’t read many ‘classics’, or books at all from dead authors. Perhaps I need to expand my horizons? I did real ‘Tale of Two Cities in high school, but I absolutely hated it.

Invest It Wisely discusses the upcoming election (which really already happened by the time you read this). Very knowlegeable post- Kevin understands American politics better than most Americans, and he lives in Canada. The comments are also very interesting, so make sure you read through those too.

Len Penzo shares some spelling issues he has. My personal hang-up is when people spell the word ‘weird’ like ‘wierd’. Switching that ‘i’ and ‘e’ makes my brain curl up.

Money Beagle shares his house ‘horrors’, and it reminds me of how much our house truly costs us. I love our house, but the spending just never ends…

Money Reasons discusses treading water versus swimming in relation to personal finance. He also discusses his own spending/saving since paying off his house. Hey, since the house is paid off, he should feel free to spend a little extra, but that is just my opinion.

Squirreler’s does not disappoint this week with its 18th installment of Squirreling Gone Wild. This Wild Squirreler would have driven me insane. It is the ‘Extractor’, someone trying to get something for nothing. In this case, it is someone always complaining about food or service in hopes of scoring a free meal. Even our favorite squirrel becomes a victim!

The Saved Quarter shares a post written by the blogger at The Boxcar Kids about how her family became homeless. It is a very sad, frustrating story that will give you a new perspective if you are currently living a comfortable life. This is a case of life truly not being fair.

Watson Inc. discusses saving vs. paying off debt. It is a very interesting discussion regarding the balance of saving and still holding consumer debt. It also discusses consumers trying to maximize their last dime by using other people’s money. (Did you know that 88 percent of people that take out 90 day same as cash deals still end up paying interest? Using other people’s money really doesn’t pay off in those situations!) In essence, the article states the psychological benefits of not having debt.

Wealth Artisan asks some great questions about financial goals. Stop by and read them, but make sure you have some time to think.

Wealth Informatics discusses two weddings. One is in the planning stages and the couple wants it to be extravagant (and on someone else’s dime), and the other wedding was paid for by recycling 400,000 aluminum cans. I know which wedding I would rather attend!

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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Crystal @ BFS November 6, 2010 at 12:59 pm

Thanks for the mention! Have a great weekend!


Money Reasons November 6, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Thanks for the mention!

Hope your first week back to work went great!

Have a great weekend!


First Gen American November 6, 2010 at 1:17 pm

In tale of two cities, you got further than me. I was supposed to read it but I never got past “it was the best of times and it was the worst of times” or however it goes.

thanks for the mention and I can’t wait to share the jelly either. I hope everyone likes it.


Kris November 7, 2010 at 6:38 pm

First Gen- I believe your quote was on page 1, so I think I did get further. I only did begrudgingly though. I think I used Cliff Notes too..


Nicole November 6, 2010 at 2:46 pm

I also did not care for Tale of Two Cities.

Try Jane Eyre or Pride and Prejudice if you haven’t. They’re both wonderful no matter what century you’re reading in.

Thanks for the link! (And soon we will be off to birthday party #2 for today…)


Kris November 7, 2010 at 6:38 pm

Nicole- I have been thinking about Jane Eyre, maybe I will pick it up! I need to broaden my horizons.


The Biz of Life November 6, 2010 at 3:39 pm

Thanks for the reference. I love Dickens…. one of the world’s great novelists…. of course, he got paid by the word.


Nicole November 6, 2010 at 4:51 pm

I love Dumas for the same reason… those lengthy wonderful descriptions of meals. Delicious writing when you’re paid by the word.


Kris November 7, 2010 at 6:36 pm

If an author is wordy, I find myself skimming a ton. I have zero attention span, and I don’t care what highway someone is driving on and what tree was on the side of the road…


Kris November 7, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Biz- I have had limited exposure to Dickens as I was so turned off by Tale of Two Cities. Which work would you recommend most that I could try?


Roshawn @ Watson Inc November 6, 2010 at 6:20 pm

Thanks so much for the link!!!


Khaleef @ KNS Financial November 7, 2010 at 1:13 am

Thanks for including my article in your round up! I love the snow as well. It definitely makes for great scenery!


Squirrelers November 7, 2010 at 10:15 am

Thanks for the mention!


Kevin@InvestItWisely November 7, 2010 at 3:51 pm

When I drove into the country side last weekend and went to a B&B, it had snowed over the night and it looked like Chronicles of Narnia the next day. It was really nice…

Thanks for the mention!


Kris November 7, 2010 at 3:57 pm

Kevin, you have to go back and read Friday’s post of mine…. 🙂


Kevin@InvestItWisely November 7, 2010 at 4:16 pm


Step 1: The ring… :O


Kris November 7, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Kevin – was that early in the year to have that much snow? We only got a few flakes, but no blanket yet. So nice!

I have never been to a B and B. Isn’t that pathetic?


Invest It Wisely November 8, 2010 at 10:22 am

Why not take a B&B break one of these weekends? It can be really nice… It was in the hills/mountains so by this time of year I think that snow is becoming common over there. I’ll try to get some photos up sometime 🙂


Kris November 8, 2010 at 4:32 pm

I would really love to see some photos. Something about having 3 kids keeps me from going to B&Bs. Go while you can my friend.


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