Well, as you know if you have been reading this site over the last week, we got some snow. One thing I learned: Snow can stop the postal service from delivering mail. (So far, rain nor sleet has stopped them in my area.) I don’t blame them though, the roads were a disaster. My postal carrier drives a little truck and puts mail in the mailboxes by the curb, so without the roads being plowed, I imagine it would have been very difficult to deliver the mail. Fortuantely, we only missed the mail for one day.
How are all of you doing today?
I got out and did some shopping today and had a fantastic time. I love the feeling of saving money, even if it is ‘fake’ savings (if they inflate the original price to cover the coupons/sales). Although, am I really saving money when I am spending money? Hmmm…
Anyway, here are some posts from around the internet world that you may enjoy:
101 Centavos compares the writing of Personal Finance bloggers vs. that of the general media in terms of depth of coverage of the topics. I agree that PF bloggers appear more passionate about their ideas, but I may be biased. What do you think?
Aloysa’s Kitchen Sink shares what ‘Christmas’ was like growing up in Russia. I feel so lucky to have been born in America when I read posts like this. I wonder if Lenin would have outlawed Festivus? (Seinfeld reference…)
Biz of Life shares some very interesting information regarding earmarks. Looks like some ‘promises’ are not being followed through on.
Budgeting in the Fun Stuff talks about how life would be if ‘the worst thing happened’. Very interesting post and discussion that follows. I know it made me think. Also, feel free to check out my guest post over at BFS on Zip Lining (you gotta try it…).
Do Not Wait gives some great career advice, along with some ideas for alternative revenue streams. (Also, he is right, you definitely can’t count on a pension!)
Financial Samurai shares one of the best snippets from television ever. It is a clip from the Cosby show, where Mr. Huxtable is trying to explain how much money you need to live on to Theo. I have always appreciated this clip as it really describes how people can sometimes have ‘unrealistic’ plans. You just can’t miss the lesson as it is written so well.
First Gen American has a quiz you can take to find out how frugal you are. (I was a split between As and Bs, not sure what that says about me!)
Grumpy Rumblings of the Untenured ask what kind of Christmas tree people have. Mine is artificial. No water, no risk of fire (well, unless the lights are strung all crazy), and no allergies!
Invest It Wisely teaches us 5 ways to use credit cards responsibly, along with the benefits they provide. (Besides convenience, obviously.)
Little House In the Valley is getting back on her bike and trying to ditch the use of her car as much as possible. I think the process she went through of starting something, and then stopping, is something we have all gone through. It is great that she is learning from her experience.
Molly On Money shares her trials and tribulations with homemade shampoo. I would love to find a great homemade shampoo recipe that was free of all the sulfates and fragrances. I also am desperate to find an unscented hairspray, as I cannot find unscented Pantene anywhere anymore.
Money Reasons gives us all a new perspective when sharing his Grandmother’s experiences with Christmas during the Depression. This is something that teens need to read for sure!
MoneyCone shares an example of stock market overreaction when Visa and Mastercard stocks take a dive because of the Frank-Dodd Bill Proposal, which really shouldn’t affect the credit card companies at all.
My Journey To Millions explains why he chose a 529 plan from New York. Also, congratulations to Evan on the new baby.
Retire By Forty shares how much it costs him to use renewable energy. I wish some of our electricity could be supplied from wind power.
Saving Money Today gives some great advice on what to do if you hate your job. (My own personal tip: Don’t make all your coworkers hate their job too just because you hate yours.)
Single Mom, Rich Mom has a motor home and is ready to hit the road. But will second thoughts stop her? Visit her site and voice your opinions.
Squirrelers shares some memories from Christmas past and Christmas present in this post. I love posts like these, as they bring up some long-lost memories of my own.
Watson, Inc shares how successful celebrity clothing and other product lines are. I had no idea. I figured nobody was drawn to something ‘made’ by Jessica Simpson, but I was wrong.
Wealth Artisan gives some great advice on how to remain employed. (And if you don’t value your current job enough to be a good employee, then you better make some contingency plans.)
Wealth Informatics provides a very comprehensive list of restaurants and the promotions they are offering. I really need to take advantage of some of these offers as there are certain restaurants I go to quite a bit.