Here are some random thoughts to go with my links this week:
*I bought my car at the end of March, and it already has 15,000 miles on it. That is kind of depressing.
*Shortly we will be able to close on the refi for our house. I cannot wait to get away from Bank of America.
*I love underdogs. (I am talking about underdogs as in those who are not expected to win, not the cartoon character ‘Underdog’.)
*Why does poison ivy have to exist?
*Comfortable pajamas are worth the investment.
*I have to get my Halloween decorations up. Where has the time gone?
*Saw the movie “Ides of March” and I did not like it.
Now, for some great reading from around the web:
101 Centavos discusses some unique freelance jobs that I unfortunately am totally unqualified for. However, these jobs sound perfect for the talented retiree.
Afford Anything breaks down how much “Lisa” really makes from her job when ALL factors are taken in to consideration. Interesting concept when you take commute and such into account.
Barb Friedberg Personal Finance had a smashing time discussing finances with a technician one day, and now Barb shares with readers what financial steps she feels this woman should take.
Biz of Life shares a great quote from Ron Alsop, which I feel not only describes the younger generation of this country, but also many adults as well.
Budgeting In The Fun Stuff is spending money because of her dog’s eating habits, and they aren’t refined eating habits either….
First Gen American discusses sexual harassment and feminism, sharing personal examples and her own definition of feminism. When I think of Feminists for some reason, I only think of Gloria from All in the Family.
Free Money Finance shares what credit cards he feels have the best rewards. I have been using the American Express Blue Cash card for our purchases, but now I may have to consider switching to Chase Freedom based on the info in this post.
Funancials is facing blogger burnout! That can totally happen when starting a blog because you want that darn Alexa ranking to go down and see a bunch of traffic knocking down your door. You may also fear that if you aren’t devoting enough time to writing/commenting, that you won’t grow fast enough, or will somehow ‘miss out’. My advice is this: Unless blogging is your main income, you must treat it like the hobby it is. Just like I am sure that scrapbookers do not race home to put a few pictures on a page, the blogger must resist the urge to always be performing a blog-related activity. It does not have to be all-or-nothing. There is plenty of room in-between.
Invest It Wisely discusses the impact food has on our bodies and also is hosting a giveaway for three copies of the book “In Defense of Food”. I know that food totally rules my moods, and I do plan on reading this book.
KrantCents makes a great suggestion that people get out there and find a good mentor or coach. Having an experienced person to help you through the tough times can be invaluable!
Little House In the Valley is going to keep on subscribing to Netflix, and I am doing the same. I went out to the movies Friday night and dropped ten bucks on a movie I didn’t even like. So, if I can get access to so many different movies and TV shows at what I feel is a decent price, then I will stick with it. (I think I have gotten my money’s worth just from all the reruns the family has gotten to watch of ‘Arrested Development’.)
Money Reasons shares an email written by a reader in the top tax bracket. This reader shares how they became rich and the hard work and sacrifice it took to get there. So, I wonder, why should this person have to shoulder so much of the tax burden? Why should he have to pay even more that he already is?
MoneyCone got good results from 9 impulse buys. Ironically, one of his treasures is my trash- the Roomba. I regret that purchase every day! MC just found a way to use it though and I haven’t had the time or patience for it.
Out Of Your Rut asks which parent should stay home with the kids, if you can afford for one to stay home. In our case, I am the one that stayed home for a variety of reasons, but it is a very individual decision.
Personal Finance By the Book questions the true value of reward credit cards. I do agree that you may not really be getting real rewards if you tend to spend more just because you pay with a credit card vs. paying with cash. However, I will say I love my Amex Blue Cash card because the rewards pretty much cover Christmas shopping for us, and I truly spend only on what we need (most of the time 🙂 ).
Retire By 40 had a great financial month of September. Having money leftover at the end of the month is a wonderful thing!
Squirrelers discuss free round-trip airline tickets to Japan and houses that are for sale for a dollar in Detroit. Since I live just north of Detroit, maybe I should forego eating lunch out next week and buy a block of homes instead?
Wealth Informatics went on a great trip, and shares fantastic rental car tips. I especially appreciate this post as I will be needing to rent a car in December when we head to Florida. Thank you Suba!
Wisebread shares 6 Habits of Highly Productive People. One of my favorites was to seize small blocks of time when you can. It really is amazing what you can get done in just 10 or 15 minutes.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone.